Friday, August 18, 2017

A Three Country Summer

After having no overseas holiday last summer, this year we've taken two. I feel a bit spoiled. It was amazing to experience 3 different countries' summer offerings. 

Gotland, Sweden.

We found fossils everywhere.

Jungfrun, Lickershamn

Midsommar, Visby

The Island Games were being held in Gotland while we were there. We didn't go to any of the events, but did play Spot the Island Team. Here's St Helena's team joining in with the dancing round the Maypole. 

The Pancake Tree, Pannkakstrådet adventure playground. Where I had to cook our pancakes and toasties over an open fire and the kids climbed everything.

It's a beautiful island and we only really explored the north. Hopefully we'll get a chance to go back. 

Then back to Finland to the fun familiar. Haltiala Farm

Mellsten Beach, Haukilahti, Espoo.

I finally found a new strawberry farm to pick at after our disastorous attempt a few years ago. Marjatila Juhmo, Vantaa. Lots of space and friendly, helpful staff. Small kiosk with cakes and coffee. 

Then off for 2 weeks in Ireland, just outside of Dublin. 

Seaside amusements.


Hope you had a great summer like we did, wherever you ended up!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Pirate Pottery

We've been in and out of the country on holiday jaunts so I've fallen behind with my posts. 

Just before we left for our last trip Suzanne from NiiloVilla Studios brought by the kids' pottery from her Pirate Pottery Summer Camp. It was lovely to have the big reveal as a whole family so we could watch the kids' reactions to their own work.

The kids really did a great job. They listened to advice and took Suzanne suggestions and managed to make their bowls and their treasure chests in their own particular style, exhibiting their particular talents and interests. 

They even made treasure to go inside:

The kids really enjoyed themselves and are so proud of the final results. I'm sure I'd have no problem interesting them in another workshop. 

For details on upcoming workshops for adults and kids check out the NiiloVilla website.

I'll catch up with the rest of summer's posts soon. 
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