Monday, 17 March 2008


I have been getting slack: no posts for over a week. Anyway, talking to Mum today reminded me that she is checking on this site almost every day for news. Get blogging Don.

I have added a new link to the site which enables readers to get email updates of new posts, not sure how well this works yet. AND I am also working on a map, which will graphically link/show posts where the posts originate from.. it should help put things into perspective... but it is not ready yet. But Wait. If you call now you also get....

So what news:
After a few very full on weeks we have been cutting ourselves some slack. The focus this week has been getting the kids back into their school routine and catching up on some shopping essentials - more on that later. Ange has even been out for a few runs in the rain, I joined her for the first time today after the sun finally presented itself.

Last Wednesday was our first attempt at "Home School Wednesdays". While the kids are managing fine at Le Got, in the short term they will struggle with the language barrier and we need to ensure that they don't fall behind the NZ curriculum. I will expand on this concept in a separate post.

Weather was crap on Saturday so Dad decided to take the family on one of his "well planned" Sunday drives.. Anyway, by "well planned" I really mean navigation without the aid of maps. It was a very successful outing, although Ange may disagree with me on this point. The good bit was that we stumbled across two new castles and a few caves that we didn't know about.

Pizza at Monpazier was back on the menu last Sunday for lunch. Part blackmail and part treat, this outing is now locked in as a family favourite. Only disappointment was that the waiter only spoke English (how did he know? my French pronunciation is perfect!). After lunch we finally managed to see inside Château de Biron, 3rd time lucky....

Monday came around pretty quickly and after dropping the kids at school we headed to Périgueux, the préfecture (capital) of the Dordogne département. It was all about shopping, shopping and more shopping: the day is still a hazy blur in my memory. I was there, I think.

Over the last week, Jack and I have been planning and building a swing in one of the big trees in the back garden.. The initially concept called for a flying fox but this was always going to be a stretch. Anyway.. the swing finally went into commission just before dinner tonight - I am quite proud of this contraption and I am sure a picture or two will slip into a future post somewhere.

aAhh, I should mention we have three confirmed "bookings": Dr Hu, our NZ family doctor is due for a visit in May. Alex.J, the MAD Dutchman, is landing for a flying visit in early June. Jack's buddy, Matthew and family are spending a few days with us in July. My aunt in Dublin and my cousin are very keen but timing is TBC. I need to work on my mum but its a timing thing. I also need to give James and Ash another prod or two.

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