Bordeaux – Part deux – Chateaux and vineyards

During our trip to Bordeaux, we did a few drives through vineyard towns, namely Margaux and Pauillac.   I lost count of the number of Chateaus we saw.   Some buildings were majestic, reminiscent of mini palaces, others slightly subdued, almost akin to old convents. Regardless, we were awed by the beautiful landscape that greeted us with every corner and turn in the roads.    Alas, with the bear in tow, we were unable to commit to tours of the vineyards.   Perhaps in future, when she’s older and of wine-sipping age :-)

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Bordeaux – Part 1 – the beaches

We recently holidayed in Bordeaux, having developed a love-affair with France in the past year or so.   The weather couldn’t have been kinder to us.   A daily trip to the beach became the norm.  Sometimes for an hour, sometimes more, toddler-tantrum permitting :-)

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Lac d’Hourtin

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Lacanau-ocean

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Carcans plage

IMG_6684The bear happily playing in the sand.

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There was even time for beach-yoga!

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Sunset walks were enjoyed by all.

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Toddler update – 21 months

Dear little bear, happy (belated) 21 months.

This has been the most difficult month for us in w while.     You went through big changes in nursery, moving from the baby room to the toddler room.   You missed the comforts of the baby room as well as your fantastic key worker.  Whilst you kept a brave face in nursery, once you got home, you cried non-stop, hysterically and were inconsolable.  Your sleep was interrupted, and you threw endless tantrums.  You stopped giving hugs.  You stopped blowing kisses.  You didn’t like the changes imposed on you, throw in some serious teething as well and it made you a very unhappy little girl.

We comforted you as best as we could.  In the midst of it, we went away on a long weekend to France, and spending quality time together as a family helped, though there were still plenty of tears and tantrums.  So much so that we didn’t really snap many photos whilst away.

Thankfully, you turned a corner last week.   You started enjoying nursery again, running into your class excitedly in the mornings.  You still throw tantrums, but they are not as full blown as they were a few weeks ago.  Our happy little girl is back!

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We stayed in our usual accommodation in France.  There was a heated pool, and we decided to take you swimming.  We hunted high and low for a swimsuit and eventually bought one in the Aqualud shop in Le Touquet.   Mama bought you Hellow Kitty floats.   Though you were all set, you hated the water and screamed your lungs out when Papa took you into the pool.   We have a video of you protesting, which may make an appearance at your 18th birthday party :-)

Little bear, you have grown so much physically in the last few weeks.  Your size 18-24 months clothes are just right, but you’ve outgrown pretty much everything else which is quite a surprise as we’ve always had to go one size down for your clothes.

This is a photo of you at 9 months, this time last year!

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You continue to have a great appetite.   You are happy to share Papa’s breakfasts at the weekend – scrambled eggs, wilted kale/spinach and avocado.

You have many words.  Yellow, doggie, ball, bird, red, flower, pen, up, down, all done, more, teeth….

You love singing.   Wheels on the bus, Old MacDonald, Row row row your boat, Wind the bobbin, Tommy thumb, Hokey Cokey….

The summer is coming to an end.   We’ve been to the park many times and your favourite is the slide.  You now fly down solo, which means Mama and Papa no longer have an excuse to slide down with you.  Boo.

Baby girl, we hope you will continue to settle well into your new class in nursery.   May your molars not hurt you much. May you always be happy and content.

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Lots of love, Mama xxx

 

What we’ve been eating lately

A quick recap in pictures of what we’ve been eating of late.

Chicken salad, with baby spinach, cucumber, avocado, roasted beetroot, tomatoes and plums.

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Salmon with ginger, baby potatoes, roasted sweet potatoes, kale

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Grilled salmon, baby spinach,  cucumber, avocado, tomatoes

(Plated in a hurry) Lamb mince bolognese, jacket potato, steamed broccoli

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Grilled salmon, baby potatoes, swiss chard stir-fry, yellow peppers

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Chicken, courgettes, read peppers homemade fajita seasoning- roasted sweet potatoes, lettuce

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Scrambled eggs, oven-baked tomato, sautéed spinach, avocado.

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Thai red curry with code, squash, courgettes, cauliflower

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Scrambled eggs, sweet potato hash, roasted tomato, kale

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Lamb meatballs in spicy tomato sauce, courgette noodles and baby spinach

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In search of sun, sand and sea

London is beautiful when the sun in shining in the summer.   Whilst we were blessed with higher than average temperatures in the city this summer which made for lovely picnics, dinners al fresco and impromptu barbecues, we did crave sea breeze and a day on the beach.

We made a day trip over to Hayling Island and West Wittering one warm Sunday.   Hayling Island was pretty and calm.  The beach was pebbly, which wasn’t great for the little bear, but she did have fun skimming pebbles with Papa.   We enjoyed the fresh air and the bear got very excited meeting cute little puppies.

Lovely beach huts

Lovely beach huts

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The bears outfit: Pintuck blouse, bloomers, hat – all from baby Gap.  Snoopy sandals – Zulily.

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We drove to West Wittering beach without having done much research.  We followed the signs for the beach and found ourselves trailing lots of cars heading for the same direction.   We ended up in a queue, and at the top of it was a ticket booth charging £8 for parking, cash only.

Having driven so far, we paid the fee, and drove to what appeared to be a massive field converted into a car park.   The place was heaving with cars, caravans and lots and lots of people.   There was no food stall in sight.  Everyone seemed to have brought a picnic or their own portable barbecue.   We walked to the beach and parked ourselves on the porch of someone’s beach hut for a few minutes.   This was no secluded beach.

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The bear had fun playing in the sand, but the atmosphere was just to chaotic for us.   We left the revellers to enjoy the beach, and left West Wittering soon after in search of food and quiet contemplation!