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The Week That Was – 4.49

June 24th, 2012 · 4 Comments

Can you believe it is half way through the year… half way through the year… well almost…

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We have had sunny days…

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And really not sunny days… in fact cold, cold, cold days…

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The beach is perfectly deserted, though we did see people swimming with dolphins today…

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Winter mushroom collecting – yum!!!

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A wander through Kalk Bay…

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Other folks stuff always looks so much more creative than my own!!!

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I think I might need to do this… somewhere in our house… time to learn a new skill!!!

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And roadworks of course…

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And trips to the park…

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We love the park…
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And a hope for spring!!!

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Birthday’s and cake…

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And more birthdays and cake…

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And skateboarding…

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And birthday ice-creams…

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And some fun at Cape Town’s Book Fair…

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And dancing…

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And Lego games invented…

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And major construction…

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And a project in progress…

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And haircuts…

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And a visit to granny for breakfast…

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Followed by an egg hunt in the garden!!!
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And an enormous amount of sorting and organizing of just about everything… Everybody’s treasures are sorted and under control at this moment in time!!! It has been raining and a mother must!!!

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And smoke bombs… “I never saw…” more important neither did the neighbor…

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The smallest scholars…

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Camping out, trying to catch the tepid sun…

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My favorite Artwork of the week:

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We’ve been reading heaps and heaps of books…

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Stories with Granny
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And bed time stories…

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And upside down stories…
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And birthday books…
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Our book of the week:


We are mad fans of Shirley Hughes, how many cups of tea have we had around our dinner table… on account of all her wonderful Alfie stories… So when we heard she was writing a novel we just couldn’t wait to read it. This book is set in Florence, Italy, at the close of World War II, and the coming of age of a young boy whose life becomes transformed in a couple of chapters from a boy to a man. Of course with a heap of teens and preteens in our house, who all think they are practically adults, everyone was intrigued about this young man and the steps he took into manhood and the sensible older sister who had a handful of soldiers from either side showing that love really does count for more than sides even in a war. We started off well-disciplined with a chapter a night after dinner… but within three days we had to put a day on hold and follow a wintry patch of sun around the house as we read it from cover to cover. We loved it, every page of it… We loved the real emotions of the “players” and we loved the twists and turn of fate. It wasn’t your typical sweet Shirley Hughes, it had a real bite to it… and as my kids said – it didn’t end with a cup of tea!!! Lovely to see a book that the author obviously had on her heart to write and did she write it well… gripping tension, you can’t get time to move fast enough to get on with the story, and then she slows the story down for afternoon siestas and it kills you… trying to get the book to get on with it!! It was a real but not terrifying picture of war and would be a great war story to read with your kids. You can take a look at the book’s website – everything about it is fabulous!!! We would rate this book as a very definite keeper!!! Very grateful to PanMacMillan South Africa for a copy of this book to review.

And this is what the Hoods have been up to:

Hood #1: Has vanished into the world of part-time course work essays…

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Hood #2: Listening…

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Programming…

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Hood #3: And journaling…

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Hood #4: The spy who loves me… had a birthday…

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Hood #5: Has been studying the world as we know it…

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Hood #6: Is mastering the wink…

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And hijacking her sisters music lessons!!!

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Hood #7: Storytelling…

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No toe tickling…

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Hood #8: Has developed a passion for puzzles… starts everyday with my miff puzzle collection!!!

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And every time I turn around seems to have discovered another pair of scissors.

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That’s us… Hope you have a totally fabulous weekend!!!

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 katherine marie // Jun 24, 2012 at 4:39 am

    beautiful, creative, brilliant times my friend!!!!!

  • 2 se7en // Jun 24, 2012 at 7:00 am

    You summed it up, Katherine Marie, Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!!!

  • 3 Jonathan // Jun 29, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Looks like a whole lot of fun 😀

  • 4 se7en // Jul 1, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Thanks J, have a good week.

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