Sunday, September 02, 2007

End of the holidays

Sorry about the lack of posts lately.... with the school holidays finally finishing tomorrow we have been spending the last week or so trying to do as many things as possible. Things completed over the last couple of weeks include (in no particular order!):
  • 2 nights camping on a friend's property near the beach with another family. It was our first real camping trip and a really good break away - made even more perfect by a fantastic view of the eclipse in a cloudless sky from a deck chair! We spent most of the days at the beach fishing and swimming and avoiding the large numbers of jellyfish (apparently harmless, but still not particularly nice!).
  • Hosting 4 people who were taking part in a pizza oven making event. On Tuesday we get to test the oven out... just a pity it isn't on our property! If all goes well we may try to convince a few people to come and help us build one too... after the chicken house, the deck etc. etc......
  • Having more guests - this time from Oita City. A brother and sister and their girlfriend and boyfriend. A trip organized by the mother who thought it would be a great way for them to get to know each other better. As it turned out a great time was had by all - especially my kids who loved having big brothers and sisters to play with.
  • Yesterday we topped the holidays off with a trip to Fukuoka to go to the movies and of course go shopping. A slight bit of mis-communication led to one member of our family staying home, but apart from that a nice way to finish the holidays.
From tomorrow it is back to life as "normal" ... the weeds await!
By the way - I've just done a quick count (I'm not totally sure why....) and from my calculations about 77 different people have now stayed in Kiora Cottage. Maybe I should make a special prize for the 100th visitor.....

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