Sunday, 31 July 2011
Saturday, 30 July 2011
Friday, 29 July 2011
Wednesday, 27 July 2011
Monday, 25 July 2011
Tuesday, 19 July 2011
Monday, 18 July 2011
Sunday, 17 July 2011
Saturday, 16 July 2011
Friday, 15 July 2011
Up early, given we still were 2 hours ahead in our minds. Met Sonia at the Ritzy to watch the last Harry Potter film. A fitting end to the film series, which is not a patch on the books but a fun frolicking flickfest.
Wandered round Brixton and then back home to do some sorting out and jobs before a lazy evening of sorting out bike trip hotels with Charlie and Alex. Penny ate for Britain again, maybe it is also a growth spurt?
Thursday, 14 July 2011
Up at a reasonable hour to pack up and go. Said goodbye to Roli and Aida, and pretended to leave the baby with them J
Another good flight, though Penny was a bit more awake, talkative and decided to have a little poop which Charlie manfully dealt with. Tired and hungry back in blighty, so grabbed some M&S lunch.
Charlie decided to try and get to his Nomads writing group, so spent the afternoon reading through the content while I put the washing on.
Andrew came round for dinner, where I tried my best at Aida’s meatballs (not bad, though they need more time to become more tender).
Penny was clearly a bit out of sorts as she had 4 big feeds over 3 hours … crazy!
Wednesday, 13 July 2011
A very hot night, so hot that Penny woke up needing a feed at 6am (unusual these days, especially in Greece). Also was scratching lots due to the buzzy monsters in the room … eeek! Thank goodness for P’s mosquito net.
We went en masse to the Jewish Cemetery to pay our respects to Erika who died in November. It was sad but I am pleased we went. We also saw the graves of her parents and also Roli’s parents. It is a beautiful place, very still and magical in its own way.
Walked along the promenade in the centre of Thessaloniki in the evening, admiring the view, taking photos and meeting for drinks with Demetris’ niece Christina and her boyfriend Nikos.
Spent the evening playing board games out on the porch with a massive moon shining overhead.
Tuesday, 12 July 2011
Monday, 11 July 2011
Sunday, 10 July 2011
A day by the pool again, with me sneaking out from the shade every now again to go to the pool with Fishy, playing spinny games and generally having fun.
We all went towards the headland for dinner at a great restaurant where we watched the sunset and ate lots of yummy seafood … Greek food is so fresh and tastes fantastic!
Saw various Greek friends and family throughout the day, who all seemed very keen on Penny … so pleased she has done so well on this trip.
Saturday, 9 July 2011
Packed 3 days worth of stuff and all headed off in a convoy to the hotel by the beach. Spent our first lazy afternoon by the beautiful pool, covering the baby with sunscreen and white fabric, and for me one again enjoying ‘Who Will Cry When You Die’ (terrible title, great book, which I found as useful as ‘Help’).
Rather than struggle again without our bath support for Penny, we decided to try taking a proper bath with her. It was just wonderful, a bit like going swimming with her, as there was enough water to splash around a bit and do back floats.
And then the wedding. So sweet, so personal and so glamorous. We were all waiting on the beach in a circle as Justina walked to us in her fabulous dress. She looked perfect, and the ceremony (officiated by Theresa’s friend Rikke) was emotional and touching.
Afterwards was chatty and fun, with amazing food and some heartfelt speeches. Charlie ended up going in the pool in his suit, and Justina’s sister Nikki joined him afterwards in her bridesmaids dress!
Friday, 8 July 2011
Mostly stayed out of the way as everybody was preparing for the wedding, going shopping for bridal lingerie and sorting out what would be said.
We all went out to a restaurant at a nearby nature reserve to celebrate, a lovely dinner and a real sense of occasion. Justina and David did pretty well at their ‘how well do you know each other’ quiz, better than me and Fish!
Thursday, 7 July 2011
Decided to feed Penny after all at 2:30am as we were disrupting her routine. And she stayed pretty awake, bemused by the taxi journey and the airport. Really pleased we booked the taxi with Erika and Dan, so much easier!
Met Marion and Robin there, and very happy to see a tanned and glamorous (yes, even at 5am) David and Justina arrive with Theresa as the plane started boarding.
Penny slept through the whole flight (YEEEAAAAH!), as we all did. Arrived to find Demetris and to sort out hirecars, carseats etc.
Lovely to see Roli and to meet Aida at the house in Panorama. Sad of course not to see Erika senior, but to me the house is still filled with her … and we spoke of her a lot over lunch.
Met Justina’s Mum, Sister and Niece and we all decided to go to the sea. Penny not entirely impressed with our decision to give her a teeny tiny dip in the sea, but she soon recovered. Yet another new thing for her … a busy day!
Exhausted by the time we got back to the house … pleased to get to bed.
Wednesday, 6 July 2011
Managed to make it to Mum and Baby yoga, but then spent the whole day packing and preparing for the big holiday, Penny’s first, to Greece. So much stuff to pile into a small suitcase and a rucksack, but finally managed it at about 11, in anticipation for a 2:30 alarm … ouch!