Friday, 28 February 2014

So very lucky to be a Mum !!!

I have been trying to write this post all week and every time I start it, it is just too hard.... This story really starts when I was a little girl watching my mum and how she had such an open heart for children and how being a mum was the most important thing to her and she always used to say....I just want you to be happy....  At the time I thought, that is lovely mum, but I really didn't know the true meaning of what she was trying to tell me...  and my mum left us 12 years ago this year so my beautiful ones were only tiny but over the last few years with my hazel eyed girl getting married and now my hazel eyed boy heading off to uni those words of my beautiful blue eyed mum ring in my head...We just want them more then anything else to have JOY in there life...and to be able to be themselves in a sometimes confusing, dramatic but beautiful world we live in.
My hazel eyed boy headed off to uni last Sunday and it was beyond hard {for all of us}... He is my strength, the smile {that would break a thousand hearts} that greeted me every morning, the best hug in the world and the little independent boy {young man} that always wanted to make a difference. Stubborn, smart and beyond sweet... I miss him so much and there have been probably way too many tears this week and to be totally honest as I am typing this they are still rolling down my cheeks.... 

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” 
―John Lennon

Saturday, 1 February 2014

European Adventure - Part VIII - Nuremberg

Nuremberg is known for being one of best Christmas markets in europe so we thought we should check it out...  It was rather busy but yet another pretty, historic city....  Bought some yummy gingerbread and always hot chocolate as we strolled the markets....  on to Munich ......

Friday, 31 January 2014

European Adventure - Part VII - Berlin

My hazel eyed ones really wanted to go to Berlin...My hazel eyed boy had studied German through high school and is was yet another diverse city... It definitely touched our hearts and souls....We stayed in a lovely apartment and walked a lot of the city....A lovely local restaurant on our first night was definitely a highlight with three young carolers singing Christmas carols while we waited for our meal.... We explored the memorial of the berlin wall, the holocaust memorial, the Brandenburg gate and so much more.... next stop Nuremberg.... 

Sunday, 26 January 2014

European adventure - Part VI - Prague

One of the most magical cities of the trip... Apartment on Paris street {extremely cheap through wotif and it couldn't have been more perfect} in the old town centre...  Short walking distance to town square and the incredible old astronomical clock, christmas markets, charles bridge...  We went on a tour of the rest of the city in an old red vintage convertible which was beyond cool...Dinner in an old historical pub...Not enough time here.... and the adventure continues...

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

European adventure - Part V - Vienna

No matter what was going on, on this trip my beautiful ones always made me smile...They loved on each other so much... After a rather long drive from Venice to Vienna and with no accommodation booked we drove to the centre of Vienna and picked one that was central so we could walk and explore the city as that is how we like to do it.... It is an incredibly beautiful city.  We explored the city a little on tram and visited a  huge fresh produce market/flea market that we enjoyed so much with warm soup in a local pub to end our day... The Christmas markets were magical with hot chocolate on a pretty cold winters night.... On to Prague....and the adventure continues....

Monday, 20 January 2014

European Adventure - Part IV - Venice

Venice {10 - 13 December} is so beautiful you could photograph it all day long....  A water taxi to our motel and exploring all the little streets, eating the yummiest food and just taking it all in... Each of the cities we traveled through coming into Christmas were just so magical with all the pretty lights just to add to all the beauty that was already there.  On the road in our hire car ...... across the border into Austria and the beauty Vienna ......

Saturday, 18 January 2014

European Adventure Part III - Verona

Aaah - heart home..... I am not sure what it is about Verona but as soon as we pulled up at Anne's beautiful apartment (la dolce vita) I just felt like I was home again....Anne welcomed us with open arms and she is a gorgeous french lady living in Italy and her apartment is so very special to us... We spent 2 nights there on our last trip and 4 nights this trip.  On our first night we had a lovely tea at a little local restaurant and then walked into the main square to the christmas markets.... So beyond magical.. Then the next day we explored again and went to a Monet exhibition, re-visited Juliets balcony bought some yummy provisions and cooked in Anne's kitchen.  The next day we took a day trip to Lake Garda and it was so pretty you just wanted to sit and take it in...I bought myself a lovely little leather wallet at one of the markets along the water and the boys tried some of the local food.... We awoke the next morning to a very sick hubby in a huge amount of pain and within a short while we knew we needed to ring the ambulance all a little scary when you don't speak much italian and he needs help straight away.... Anne was INCREDIBLE and sent some friends to go with us to the hospital we waited for about 5 hours and with lots of  medication on board they let him leave.... My hubby had knee surgery 6 weeks before the trip (as well) and he works so very hard that we so wanted him to be able to take it all in and enjoy everything....(unfortunately his health wasn't great for all of the trip but he is such a wonderful strong man and he tried to enjoy it all)...  We had beautiful italian food in a little cafe and ate gelato for our last night in Verona...and had a yummy hot chocolate with Anne before we left....on our way now to the beautiful Venice .... and the story continues...