Sunday, May 01, 2016

Mykonos bday break

 We flew to Mykonos from Milan for the first time as a family, it's slightly longer than the blissful 25 minutes from Athens... 2,5hours. But we were enthusiastic and ready for the sun!
 Here we are arriving... look at that water!

We enjoyed food at Nikolas's Family taverna - Steph even got one of their t-shirts! - our regular hang out down the road. Greek home cooked food is so yummy!

 Then one evening we had dinner a bit late and the wind had risen so we had dinner inside our home there for the first time!
Good morning! and the moon is still there, see?

William enjoyed lemon meringue cake and neighbours and friends for apéro on his 6th b-day! Happy birthday Willou!!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Planting an olive tree- Mykonos

 We bought a second olive tree for our garden.... and actually drove it home along with Cretan pots for the Tsikas.

Then while the kids spent time with friends Don and Sophia, we planted it!

 


Yay!!!

The Tsikas! We still need to paint the pots though... 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

William's bday prep

Tomorrow we will be celebrating William's bday at school with his classmates. I've just finished preparing 35 goody bags! Phew!!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Growing and wising up

On Sunday as we were walking through the streets of Milan, William surprised me: "Why do you take all our teeth?" He then went on to tell me that he would not leave his milk teeth out for the tooth fairy because Mummy and Daddy are the ones who take the teeth.  ( He hasn't lost any teeth yet, but I guess he's looking forward to it and receiving some coins...)

Next, he went on to say Santa Clause doesn't put the presents under the tree, so I asked "who does?" 
"you do that too" came the gleeful reply. He then called Emma over so she would confirm this to silly ol' me. "Right, Emma? Santa Clause doesn't put presents under the tree, Mummy & Daddy do!" And obligingly, she confirmed.
We've been unmasked! 
Oh well, he will be 6 in two weeks time...

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Easter holiday beach

Yesterday we visited the lido di Modica


Then, one of Za Za's dog buddies stole one of William's shoes and we went on a mission to find it. 
The plan: 
We posted Emma below where we had lost the dog's trace as he ran off with the shoes, then William and I have the dog thief the other shoe and ran after him.
We found the shoe in the dogs hide out along with some stockings and socks. ( Today there was a black high heeled shoe and a football too!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Modica Sicily, Easter Holiday

I love all these beautiful run down doors...

And the square cut trees!

The blue blue skies

Against the vanilla bourbon walls


And the contrast of the two


And oh the sunshine! 

Easter break in Sicily- more pics


Love the blue ceramics in the garden


An amazing and impressive cemetery 


Delicious espresso


The "pini" (pine cones) a symbol for prosperity, abundance, fertility...


The Easter procession in Noto; Jesus Christ

On his way to meeting mother Mary.


And confetti! 



Easter in Sicily- more pics!

 

Emma in Noto



The mythical cinque cento in Ferrari red! 


Local marketing technique; bunnies & parrots


I love the lemon tree in our garden. I wonder how old it is...? 


Candle light & fireplace for heat at the home we are staying in... Cosy! 

Local produce for a simple cold dinner...


Good morning! 


And breakfast time! 



With hats borrowed from the house owners... 

It's SO good to feel the warmth of the sun and sit in the green of nature again after a winter of concrete in Milan.