And We Have a Winner!!!!

So the Summer 2014 Photo Contest is officially over, and we can announce the winners. First of all, a huge thanks to everyone who participated and who voted – your engagement is very much appreciated! Sliding in at third place with 18% of the votes is ‘Kids in Arms’, an unbelievably cute shot that actually comes from…

The Best Laid Plans of Eggs and Men

It all started idyllically enough. I picked the boys up from school, I briefed them on the great fun we’d be having, we went for a stroll along a country lane bordered by vineyards and olive groves. Late afternoon sun slanted. Lizards scuttled across sunlit stone walls. We picked blossoms and interestingly-shaped leaves, laughed, chatted. What…

Homemade Play Dough Revisited

We spent the morning hiking, picnicking, and doing a bit of rock climbing, but since our youngest still requires a mid-afternoon nap there’s often a bit of drag time in the gap between nap and dinner, one too short to really get out to do something but too long to just chuck them at their…