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16/09/2012 at 18:09

TT - S for all her vile behaviour has always been really good about taking herself off for a nap when tired. Never forget taking her on Scout Camp when she was about two and wondering where she'd gone about 4pm only to discover her tucked up in her sleeping bag for a nap!  She did it every day all week, just for 30 mins. She's quite sensible amongst the drama and hystrionics!

16/09/2012 at 18:36
We used to do Portsmouth -Caen. Took forever. And we always got lost in Caen the following day. That was over 20yrs ago tho. Edinburgh - dordogne in a ford escort diesel towing a caravan. Hell.
16/09/2012 at 18:49

That's why we haven't been down to Vezere last couple of summers EF, thought of two days travelling in a car, although I think there is some kind of ferry that goes out of Newcastle?  We would love to go again though as we have a campsite we adore and have even considered hubby driving car down as far as Gatwick on his own or similar and kids and I flying down and meeting him there to continue rest of journey, cos lets be honest, we could probably hack it but two days in car with kids I think for all concerned!!

16/09/2012 at 18:52

and yes, that sounds like hell!!! Our holiday travels always seemed an adventure - clearly days before H&S got on the ball ... load car up night before (laden roof rack), put seats down in dads shiny new ESTATE company car. Wake kids up at 2am and bundle them into car where they slept in sleeping bags stretched out in back - seatbelts???, wedged in by rest of kit ... wake kids up about 7am for breakfast in Happy Eater before heading off again and stopping at various beauty spots on way before eventually arriving in middle-of-nowhere cottage in Northumberland!! Sis and I loved it esp the sleeping bag bit.

16/09/2012 at 19:00
Def would do crossing to Le havre, Caen or somewhere, M is desperate to sleep in a boat and would prefer less driving. Latest thought is Vendee area, anyone been there?

Just booked 4 days in Sweden in summer half term, to stay with friends. Flying BA from London city to Stockholm using air miles so has cost just ver ??100 for all of us. However....our flight lands back at 9am on the Monday morning so M will miss about 2 hrs of school the day after half term. So teachers and parents among you, how badly is that frowned upon (given she doesn't legally have to be in school till she's 5 anyway) and do I tell the school the truth? (if I don't I'm sure Matilda will!)

Downton abbey tonight and magnums were half price in tescos

Well done sonya!
16/09/2012 at 19:14

Try Portsmouth to St Malo Caro. I think that can be overnight and is a lot closer to the dordogne than any other port. Might make the crossing a bit more expensive.

16/09/2012 at 19:26

Reece used to do that too, well he still does. Takes himself off to bed when he has had enough. Lewis is amazing at fallng asleep where ever he is and you cannot get him to wakeup. I've seen me carry him in to the swimming pool from the car, lay him on a hard floor on a pile of jackets while older kids have done their coaching and then carry him back to the car and drive home without him waking! (And this was when he was 3). He will just fall asleep on the floor or wherever he is, under chairs at a school concert for example!

Been watching netball most of the day. Sophie was playing in the U13s tournament. It almost made me want to take up netball which I haven't attempted to play since school! Anyway they were runners up which was only decided on the last game as both teams had won all their games up to then.

Tomorrow I will try to phone and plea with Holmsley and see if they will let us stay (being a family of 8 so exceeding their 6 person rule!) But I have today booked 3 nights at Crystal Palace camp site before we head to the New Forest for a week. So would love to arrange a meet up Caro and anyone else in London! Sorry you will all be fed up hearing about our holiday plans!

16/09/2012 at 19:29
Caro - I'd be honest with school. Our head has been very open and said he feels that time with family is very important at primary age, but that their hands are tied with regards attendance, so he will consider authorising up to 5 days absence per year provided attendance has been good. We may apply for an extra week off at the end of the year as I'll be on mat leave and it's tough for us to get any time off in August, so we feel we should make the most of only one of us having to apply for leave, and have a decent amount of time off as a family.

I was going to suggest looking at sailings from Portsmouth too. Our friends go overnight and think its a great way to get to France - mind you, it's only 20 minutes down the road from here, so that probably helps!

We did the drive from here to Switzerland over the summer - about 14 hours total - and it was surprisingly pain free. Isabelle was great, and we only stopped twice to eat and stretch our legs, along with the time we were in the train. We were extremely pleasantly surprised!

EF - all fingers crossed for this month. Although, TT, the image of EF being 'serviced' is possibly one I don't need with my Sunday evening bowl of porridge!!!
16/09/2012 at 20:08

Mine are pretty good at the 12 hour stretches we do up and down the UK now, although many of my friends express horror at the thought!

I have taken mine out of school for various family occasions. I've never lied about it though.  In England we were made to feel far worse about it than in Scotland. I'll never forget the boll*cking I got from the school secretary about taking J out of school for an extra day so we could look round schools up here ... she was really snooty about it all, like it was any of HER business!  Up here I've taken them from school a day early at end of summer term (but they just do games anyway), I've never done it in middle of term BUT we want to go skiing next year, not sure when yet but we don't get February half term (just a couple of inset days) so I can see we'll have to take a few days then. I do get why the schools come down so hard, but equally, while they are still that young and it's not interfering with school studies and exams ... well ...

Sounds like a plan Lotte - great to spend a few days near Crystal Palace too. My two are desperate for a trip or two into London, now old enough to appreciate it and esp after the olympics. They both want to go on the London Eye for starters.

Netball was my downfall at school. With absolutely no eye-ball coordination whatsoever and being the shortest in the class, I absolutely could not catch or throw and earned mass riddicule throughout my entire PE years. Funny really as we were practising throwing/catching the rugby ball in the garden other day, and with simple instruction from hubby on HOW you catch, job done, caught ball every time!

16/09/2012 at 20:48
Are we talking October Lotte? I've lost track now! But would be good to catch up and meet the clan!

Yeah I'm always inclined to tell the truth in these situations, and it's not till may so I've got time to figure out who to tell etc, and if her attendance is impeccable between now and then they can't be too snotty about 2 hrs!

Why oh why am I watching a programme about the air France plane crash??
16/09/2012 at 20:49
St Malo good anj thanks, never even heard of it. Have done Portsmouth, Le havre a few times before.
16/09/2012 at 21:01
Blimey, just had a quick look, ??600 for Portsmouth-st Malo in August!
16/09/2012 at 21:07
Wow, that's a lot Caro, although I guess airport parking, plane tickets, hire car etc could well add up to more than that, plus you get to take all your stuff in your car, which with small children is a huge bonus! We go through the tunnel, which is much cheaper, when we go to Switzerland, but would leave you with a long old drive at the other end.

CC - we used to get put in the back of the car with our sleeping bags too. I remember it being really exciting!
16/09/2012 at 21:32
Actually according to google maps it's 3 hrs from st Malo, 4.5 from Le have and about 6.5 from Calais to vendee, so not actually as far as I thought. Also need to factor in the holiday club when booking dates, assuming I am working, and I can guarantee my not very organised friend who runs it won't know which weeks she wont be open next summer.

Anyone else watching downton? I'm gripped already!
16/09/2012 at 21:49
Lotte - crystal palace is great, that's,where we stayed when I did VLM. Pitches aren't massive, but being out of season should be fine. Train was pretty quick, straight onto jubilee line. One bit of advice though, go down to the a30?) going in, we,went via Richmond and Wandsworth I think, was a nightmare towing a van!

Caro - we've done the Vendee via Boulogne (they don't do that crossing now) was two days of hard driving, wouldn't recommend it. Know of a great campsite/b and b close to Caen/Cherbourg. Have you checked the day crossings? Often much cheaper.

School hols - it's a tough one. We're no longer allowed to authorise holidays in term time by order of Welsh Government. For a couple of days they could,be ill, but some families really take the Michael...

We used to drive to the Algarve (Western) every year, why?????

Think we pay about ??500 for the Roscoff crossing, but tolls are about ??50 + each way, the extra we'd do an extra 600 miles + each way, so costs about ??380 for us in the car alone and then there's the ferry crossing!

Good run tonight, Garmin ran out of battery so ran how I felt, rather than what the watch told me! Sub 10mm for lsr which I was pleased with. On top of digging over most of the allotment it's been a productive day!
16/09/2012 at 21:51
Caro - google lies! There's a number of traffic hot spots on that route we drove over two days and one of those was 8 hours!
16/09/2012 at 22:07
Maybe I looked up the wrong vendee......how can it say 6 hrs if it really takes 2 days........?? Slight difference!
16/09/2012 at 22:21
Hmm will have to get boys some passports, these Hols sound amazing!
May have to rethink how I actually 'ask' for a few days off school when I go to Munich for running trip. Last time the school were fine as long as it was the kids main holiday but obviously asking if they can stay with auntie so mummy and daddy can go in a jolly may be pushing it. Will ask auntie to sleep here instead I think so can go to school as normal (even though Archie won't even be 4 by then!!!!)
House looking amazing now the roof and sides are enclosed. I guess I knew what it should like it but it was still a lovely surprise!!
just watched Dragons Den - I want to be an entrepreneur !!
16/09/2012 at 22:37
Camlo - your house looks amazing. And I thought my husband was handy!! From what you'd said I'd imagined a little room over a garage, not building the upstairs all over again! Jpe it all gets finished ok.

I just had a look Caro - says about 650km and 7 hours ish on the site I checked. We've always found the French motorways very fast and clear, although of course you do pay for the privilege. The tunnel would definitely be cheaper - from about ??40 each way depending on date and time - than the ferries, and if it is only 7 hours driving I reckon you'd be fine. We usually aim to get to the tunnel for about 7am, have breakfast and get the children dressed and use it as our first break, so we've got some of the driving out of the way before they're really awake!
16/09/2012 at 22:46
It's the queues for the peages caro. We spent two hours. X2 on the first day, took four hours from Jumieges (near Rouen) to Boulogne the next. It's a journey we'd never repeat as was so hellish but I'm sure there are others who'd disagree!

Camlo - yep, no holiday authorisation here now. Just wish patents wouldn't try and shoot the messenger!
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