A couple of weekends ago we were invited by friends to stay in a cottage they had rented out on the Stockholm archipelago – the island of Sandhamn.

Leon and Maya had been invited to an overnight party, so we went just with Alfie and Ted, which worked out well as they have two children, Klara and Johnathon, who are the same age.

And it was a cottage that playwright August Strindberg had stayed in! πŸ˜„

We had a lovely time, playing hide and seek in the cottage, walking through the very green forest to the beach with the beautiful stones, and paddling in the sea.

Adventures in Turkey

We went on a big trip on our last day in Turkey – all of us together. And it was fantastic!

First we took a boat out to some volcanic mud baths…

Yes. The ludicrousness of it all is that we covered ourselves in 800 year old volcanic mud, which supposedly would make us 10 years younger. That makes Ted now -5, and Maya just 2. πŸ˜‚ Leon was happy to stand in it up to his knees, but that’s all – “far from fresh” was his explanation! 😝Alfie wouldn’t go near the place! 😳😱

Afterwards we washed it off with cold water, before entering the thermal pools…

Remarkably, our skin did feel a lot softer afterwards!

Then we took the boat through a bird and turtle nature reserve, where Alfie was extremely happy to have got to drive the boat! πŸ˜„

On the way we saw rock tombs – incredibly impressive ‘temples’ where the dead were buried (these being wealthy people, and the bigger one being for a King) dating back to 2400Bc. Being made of limestone, these temples have survived, even surviving earthquakes!

After lunch, we drove to a beach where there was a WWF turtle sanctuary. We learnt how they rescued turtles who had been hurt by propellers or caught in fishing nets, and would then be released in to the wild…

This is termed as ‘turtle beach’, a place where the turtles come year after year, to bury their eggs – thus the protecting cages.

Of course, then we had to have a swim – in the warmest ocean ever!

And make ‘Hogwarts’ in the sand…complete with Hagrid’s hut, his pumpkin patch and the forbidden forest! πŸ˜‚

A wonderful trip indeed!

Goodbye Turkey! A lovely country with wonderful people! πŸ˜„

Boat Trip In Turkey

While Richard and the small boys went on a pirate ship trip, I took the big kids on a sailing trip around the islands on the Lycian coast.

It was wonderful…

We had the chance to swim, and to snorkel, and not only saw fish, but two sea turtles! We had lunch on the boat, and after lunch went on an inflatable ‘sofa’, pulled by a motor boat! Lots of fun!

The trip took us to a number of different swimming areas, including a couple of islands where we could get off and walk around. On one of which we found a few examples of pumice stone!

Wonderful! πŸ˜„

Relaxing In Turkey

One week ago we left for a wonderful, relaxing holiday in Sarigerme, in the Dalaman region, in Turkey. Amazing weather (between 27 and 30 C each day), a fantastic hotel, great food, and lovely people. 

Here are some shots of our time relaxing by and in the pool, and by the beach….

There were parasailers on the beach, and the kids enjoyed running in the shadows of the parachute… πŸ˜„

There were various pools, and we all had a lot of fun…

We often took walks around the hotel complex, especially evening walks – and Alfie and Ted enjoyed being sent off to the playground after dinner every evening… πŸ˜„ well as enjoying the free ice-cream and drink on offer…. πŸ˜‚

Alfie and Leon shared a room, and enjoyed their time together… 

..and there were lots of beautiful flowers…πŸ˜„ well as interesting ‘wild’ nature…

And that was the ‘basics’ of our holiday. The next post will be on our adventures in Turkey… πŸ˜„

Tyresta National Park

Yesterday Ted and I enjoyed the company of ‘scout’ Janne P, and went, first to the farm at Tyresta, and then on to the frog pond, past the bee hives, and on to the bird tower.

It was a fabulous trip, and nice to see an area undiscovered by our family….

I can’t believe, that this Spring, Ted and I have seen so many baby animals! Ducklings, chicks, goslings, kids, piglets and lambs! Fabulous!

Robin Hood

After reading ‘Robin Hood’ with Alfie (which he loved), I booked tickets to see the play, by a local theatre company – he, Maya and I went – and it was fantastic! 

Seeing this with Alfie reminded me, that even if you have to ‘catch’ Alfie at the right time, he really enjoys things that are not offered at school, or among his friends… πŸ˜„

‘Biologiska’ Museum

You would have thought, that after Skansen, Ted would be all tired out. But as we left one place, he saw the entrance to another place…

He asked what is was, and when I explained that it was a museum full of stuffed animals (from Scandinavia), he immediately wanted to go in.

Well, it was free for kids, and wasn’t too expensive for grown-ups, and as I had always wanted to see this place, we decided to go in – and I’m so glad we did!

Set in an incredibly beautiful and old building, with just two levels, set in a circular room, the animals were set out in a stylish and intriguing manner, in different ‘environments’.

Everywhere we looked we saw an animal, a bird or a butterfly…it was stunning…and very magical.

We will definately be going here again! πŸ‘πŸ˜„

Baby Animals At Skansen

On Tuesday I took Ted to Skansen. He really wanted to go, and was so excited! πŸ˜„

We wanted to see the new bear cubs, but unfortunately, due to it being an extremely hot day, the cubs were sleeping in the cool of the cave. We returned a second time to see if they had come out, but to no avail – so we’ll have to go back again soon… 

Meanwhile, we were lucky to see lots of baby Spring animals (although summer seems to have come early!). We saw piglets, and kids (the goat form!), ducklings and chicks, and even some elk and bison calves. 

We also saw very sleepy wolves at a distance, some wild boar, a seal, sleepy reindeer, and some horses. Not to forget the smaller animals such as snakes, rabbits, mice and rats. πŸ˜„

Ted loved seeing the animals, and despite the heat and the sleepiness of most of the animals, he kept his positivity, and did not get disappointed. 😊

There are lots of things to look at in Skansen, even the buildings spurred Ted’s curiosity. 

Here are some pictures of the trip (not many animal pictures, as they were too busy sleeping!)….

The first Spring babies we saw. Make way for the ducklings…. 

Next, the story cottage, where you can go in, and tell someone a story – but it was closed when we walked past it..

‘Little Skansen’ is the area for young kids, where we saw smaller animals, and a small play area.

Ted was intrigued by the snakes, and the feely box where you could ‘touch’ the difference between an adder and a grass snake…

Despite not seeing the bears (apart from some fur deep in a cave!), there was plenty to let us know they were there!

That’s Ted’s hat on the bear πŸ˜†.

There was a little kids theatre, but today wasn’t our day, and there was something wrong with the sound, so it wasn’t showing. But they did a song session instead, and Ted enjoyed this just as much, and joined in with all the songs and the actions. He loves singing. And it was thirsty work…

We enjoyed the buildings, and did a lot of walking…

Ted also thought that the ants at Skansen were really big!!! 

On the way home we took the ancient funiculur railway. Built over a hundred years ago on electric tracks, the carriage moves slowly down the steep bank. Ted was both intrigued about how this worked, and frightened about it going too fast. He trusted me enough to go on it though! πŸ‘πŸ˜‰

A lovely day, with a lovely positive person. πŸ˜„