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Lausanne and Morges

Lausanne is an interesting city, the old town is perched on the top of several hills, there are bridges and walkways connecting the different areas of the city. It is slightly confusing at first but

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Creativity in education

While reading this blog I stumbled across a speech by Sir Ken Robinson that I first heard a few years ago at a conference. The audience at the conference, teachers of English as a foreign

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Santa Claus House – Le hameau du Père Noel

Today we headed over to France to Santa Claus’s house, Le hameau du Père Noel after a tip from a friend. It was well worth the trip, a truly magical house filled to the brim

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Morning in Switzerland

Sometimes I open the shutters in the morning and the first thing I do (after shouting OH MY GOD, LOOK AT THAT) is grab my camera. This was one of those mornings.

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Escalade Celebrations

This was taken down in the village, early evening. I love the colours in this picture. We were down at the Salle Communale for the village celebrations of the Escalade. The football club had invited

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Kind old ladies, aren’t they just lovely?

I recently took the children to Manor in Vesenaz to buy a comic each. They hummed and hawed and the old lady who works in the newsagent came over. I was worried that she would

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Autumn in Switzerland

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Abondance Abbey

We spent the day in the mountains, in Abondance and Châtel. The Abbey in Abondance is beautiful. The sun shining through the stained glass windows made for colourful shadows around the church.  

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Wonder what you can buy in this shop

Ok, so I am easily amused.

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Maltese Terriers – vicious with ex-presidents

Who knew? Little Daphne could turn into a dangerous dog. Ex-President Chirac’s Maltese Sumo took the move from the Elysee Palace to an appartment in Paris hard and severe depression turned him from “an innocent

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La Galoise

The children were fascinated by the villagers in their Asterix and Obelix style dress at a festival in a local French village. Not quite sure what it was all about, but it was fun! 

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Fête de la chasse – Hunting Festival in Machilly, France

Quite by accident, we stumbled across this festival. Or rather, my husband cycled past in the morning as they were preparing for the Fête and we decided to go after breakfast, thinking it was a

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Fète de Genève

We went to the Fête de Genève today, a massive carnival that runs right around the lakeside. Geneva is busy busy busy, lots of tourists come especially for the Fête, and this years Guest of

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1er Août 2009, Fête national suisse

On the 1st August 2009 Switzerland celebrated the country’s 718th anniversary, referring to the creation of the country in 1291, although independance came some time later in 1648. The population voted in 1993 to make

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Daphne gets on her bike

Or rather on mine. She was a bit wary but seemed to enjoy it. (Please take note of the Glo-bag on the back of the bike)

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The tale of Boris the cat

I am looking after the neighbours cats while they are away and when I went to bring them in there was no sign of Boris the tabby. I called and called and even got the

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On the plane to Scotland

I am on my way to Edinburgh for SIL-to-be’s Henny Night. Tonight we will get down and dirty at the Boyzone concert in Glasgow. It is a bit strange, travelling without the kids. I have

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You Can’t Take them Anywhere

Son caught in the act by daughter using my mobile phone. Yesterday we were invited to husband’s colleagues house for Kaffee und Kuchen and in that time DS managed to terrorise our dog, draw on

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Puppy Makeover

Daphne went to the “Toilletage” for the first time this week and was transformed. She went in looking rather bedraggled and came out looking so cute. It took 2 hours and cost more than my

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Papa’s new career…

… as a hairdresser since son does not like going to the salon  

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Mer de Glace – Sea of Ice

Did you know that cut into the glacier at Chamonix Montblanc, there is an Ice Grotto? To get there we travelled on the Montenvers Train, which was built 100 years ago. The train takes around 20

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Guess who has been digging in the garden…

One very mucky pup.

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Rolls for breakfast

I am feeling rather smug this morning after baking rolls for the first time. They look delicious, lets hope they taste as good.

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Daphne and her brother

Daphne was the smallest of the litter, and Obelix the biggest. They met today for the first time since leaving their mum and had a great time. She is less than half the size of

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Happy Valentine’s Day

 

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Lyon

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Jingle bells, Jingle Bells…

I know it is too late for Christmas songs, but this was one that we should have been singing today as we dashed through the snow on our 2 horse open sleigh. We were in

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Wackelzahnkinder

As I have posted, DD was soooo excited to finally be a Wackelzahnkind. She spent ages wobbling it back and forth, hoping it would fall out. We went out for a meal with Oma and

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Escalade and Marmite pots

Geneva celebrates the Escalade each December to commemorate the defeat of the troops sent by Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy in the night of 11/12 December 1602. During that fateful night the Genevoise were

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Introducing Daphne

This is the newest member of our family. Daphne Sparkle. She is a Maltese Terrier x Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, born on 24th September and is absolutely darling. This photo was taken on Christmas Eve

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