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Dolomites, Italy — the last 2 days. Meh.

Dolomites, Italy — the last 2 days. Meh.

Yes, we were very sad to leave Santa Cristina Val Gardena. Very sad to leave our lovely apartment (very sad to leave the sauna in my bedroom).  And VERY sad to leave Oreo.  But she did come for a visit in the morning -- as did all three cats, which Liam has named the...

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Dolomites, Italy — Day 4

Dolomites, Italy — Day 4

Weather forecast was pretty dodgy for our fourth day. I briefly considered doing a Via Ferrata, but decided that if the skies opened and the rains came, the last place we'd want to be is on exposed rock relying on steel cables and iron ladders to get back down again....

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Dolomites, Italy — Day 3 (more hiking!)

Dolomites, Italy — Day 3 (more hiking!)

Oh dear.... I am keeping my eyes open on the weather forecast, and it looks like this, our third day, will be the LAST day of sun. This puts us in a dilemma... What to do? I carefully weighed out our options of things I wanted to do: a) another via ferrata -- but Liam...

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Dolomites, Italy — Day 2 (Via Ferrata!!)

Dolomites, Italy — Day 2 (Via Ferrata!!)

So if you aren't familiar with Via Ferrata -- it literally means 'iron paths' and they are a series of protected climbing routes -- which generally began in the Dolomites in WW1 to help with the movements of troops over the mountains. They could be composed of...

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Dolomites, Italy, Day 1 — Secada Ridge

Dolomites, Italy, Day 1 — Secada Ridge

We were blessed with incredible weather for our first day... but looking at the long term forecast, the rain could come in another day or so, so we have to make the best of it NOW!! One of the landscapes that I fell in love with when doing my 'mega quick' planning for...

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Dolomites, Italy — the long drive…

Dolomites, Italy — the long drive…

Covid kind of pooched our holiday plans this year (as it did to everyone else) so since we couldn't really go anyway truly interesting as we have the past few years, I decided it was a good time to explore the dolomites (the mountainous area in northern Italy.... part...

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Away in the treetops!

Away in the treetops!

We had committed many months ago to head to the mountains and stay in a treehouse with our friends Hayley and her son Tom. Hayley turned 50 earlier this year during the confinement, and was really bummed about how her plans for her 50th were so dismal... So this is...

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Alexandre’s visit

Alexandre’s visit

So we've been trying to arrange for Liam and Alexandre to see each other for a while now!! They didn't go for a ski holiday last year (where we had planned to see them) and with Covid restrictions, we weren't sure we were going to be able to see each other at all this...

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Summer Activities

Summer Activities

Now although Liam would like nothing more than to have NOTHING to do for the 2 months of summer holidays, that was simply not going to happen. It's not like when I was a kid and we could still be outdoors (bike riding, climbing trees etc). He's a city boy, and so...

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Summer Weekends

Summer Weekends

So apologies that I am WAY far behind in posting, but August has been one of those months that was overwhelming with work as we were so short staffed, and I did my very best to keep our weekends active and social -- Covid restrictions could come back at any time, and...

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Weekend away with the girls and Liam (Gorge de Verdon)

Weekend away with the girls and Liam (Gorge de Verdon)

Okay... not so many pictures for this part of our weekend away. The plan was to upload a video, as I'd set up my sport camera on the front of my paddle board to take some nice video of us cruising the gorge... unfortunately Liam had knocked it into the water...

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Weekend away with the girls & Liam, Moustiers St Marie

Weekend away with the girls & Liam, Moustiers St Marie

so many photos from one 2 day weekend, so I've split it between three posts. After we (FINALLY) finished our tour of the lavender region, we headed over to our little B&B in the middle of nowhere, only 5 minutes from the absolutely gorgeous town of Moustiers St Marie....

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Weekend away with the girls (and Liam)  in the lavender!

Weekend away with the girls (and Liam) in the lavender!

A couple of my girlfriends wanted to see the lavender fields, so we planned a super weekend -- one day to see the fields, and the next day to stand-up paddle in the Gorge du Verdon (which is in the same area). Hanging out with three ladies wasn't Liam's idea of a...

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Our first mini-break, post covid confinement!!

Our first mini-break, post covid confinement!!

Now that a) our car is out of the shop (don't even ask how much that cost) and b) we are no longer restricted to staying within 100km of our home -- it was time to plan a first weekend road trip!!! I decided to take Liam out for a little adventure of kayaking on the...

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sport of the season!!!

sport of the season!!!

A little treat to myself this season.... a Stand Up Paddle (SUP) board!! I rented most weekends last summer, and now I have my own and plan to use it!!! I've been out a few times already (sometimes with Liam, and sometimes without) and I'd like Lola to give it a try...

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Finally seeing friends again!!!!

Finally seeing friends again!!!!

It's been a long lonely confinement, especially for liam as the only friend he saw was Iris when she came by on her scooter towards the end. But now we can visit people and have small parties!! And we've been doing just that 🙂 [gallery royalslider="4"...

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Getting back to normal… kind of.

Getting back to normal… kind of.

So, we are getting back to normal! Kind of! We still can't go out without having masks in our pockets because anywhere enclosed will require you to wear them. We can start doing sports again (the gym is now open, and tennis back open) so we're getting active again,...

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COVID 19 — 2 long months of ‘nuthin

COVID 19 — 2 long months of ‘nuthin

So France is having it's first tentative steps of deconfinement this week.  Finally I could get back to work, although Liam is still 'home schooling' until 25 May -- the date his grade goes back to school. Fortunately for him, his home lessons have been light, as he's...

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