So, where to next year?!?!
Sunday, 9 August 2015
So, after a traumatic last day of school, we all set off on the Friday for our adventurous holiday to France.
We left early doors Friday morning and caught a Brittany ferry from Portsmouth to Caen where we drove over to Houlgate (via the Pegasus bridge) to say on an Eurocamp in a safari tent!
So glad we didn't have to put this one up, with bunk beds and single bed and double bed in the room next door, we were rather happy with our home for the next few days.
On the Saturday we ventured to Ste Marie-Eglise and to the church were the 1st Airborne squadron missed their drop point and dropped in to enermy fire. There is still a manequin with a parachute hanging from the church in rememberance of where one brave paratroper was shot dead...
A brief stop at Omaha beach (which is why we were all in Normandy if I'm honest as I've always wanted to go on this beach. Amazing to think what it's like now to what it was back then. My Grandad was part of the D Day landings, (although not at Omaha beach as that was allocated to the American's) and I try and think about what happend to all those very bave young men to ensure our freedome now and it's something that I want my children to understand.
One way of trying to show them just a fraction of how many people died was when we visited the American Cemetary.
This was an emotional place as, as far as the eye could see were just hundreds and hundreds of pristine white marble crosses. One for each solider the USA lost...
Some have names and dates some are just for the "un named soldier".. but was good to see, was that there was no rank. Those crosses that did have names were in no order..
Sunday was not a good day weather wise, but we still ventured out and went to Bayeaux to see the tapestry.
Monday took us to Arromanches-les Bains where we saw Mulberry Harbour - the big structures that the Allies built and floated across to create a man made harbour.
On Monday we broke camp and travelled 4.5 hours or so down to St Jean de Monts to our second Eurocamp. This one was a lot bigger than the other one and we stayed in a lovely (albeit small) caravan this time.
Personally, I prefer to just "sit"...
the others however decided that a bit of bodyboarding was in order
Sometimes a helping hand from Daddy is all that's needed to build a long trench to a dug out with lookout towers around it.
Girls in their new hats!
Alexander however, prefered to be IN the pool!
All too soon it was time to go home and en route back to Cherbourg we stopped at Le Mont St Michael - what a magnificant abbey
Wednesday, 22 July 2015
Time goes by so quickly....
Today, after 8 years of being there, Alexander spent his last day at Blenheim Primary school.
Alexander and his teacher Mr Shaw
Yr 6 teacher Mrs Wiley
Yr 6 teacher Mrs Bulpitt
Yr 6 teacher Mr Taylor
Headteacher Mr Woollard
Alexander and his girlfriend of many years - Rebecca George. He's really going to miss her the most.
And to think, I've got to go through this two more times!!!