” 1,2,3, Lets Go!! “

We were treated this weekend to a lovely visit from my sister-in-law Julie and my niece Eve. It was so nice to see the two cousins together, Peter followed Eve around alot and is the first time I’ve really seen him try to play with another child. There was lots of fun chasing bubbles in the garden, singing “show me show me” songs, playing on the swings and visiting various animals.

What a difference in Eve, she seems so tall and is chat chat chatting away. She knows all her colours and numbers and is such a hoot. We had a great time pretending the logs in my garden were a boat then we had to get out and explore.

Once the kids were in bed it was ace to catch up properly with Julie and find out how they are getting on with baby Daniel. It was cool to talk late into the night even though we paid for it when the kids got up early the next morning. Bless her for always having some interesting tales to tell us … and motivating us to do something completely different. Thanks to Julie, I got item #52 ticked off my “101 things! list; Spend an evening watching the stars & drinking hot toddies. Now, originally I imagined this to be a romantic notion of camping wild star gazing, but with the end date not too far away and little opportunities to get away, we all headed into our garden in our jammies to sit on the picnic rugs with our toddies instead! Ben I think, thought we were crazy especially asĀ  it was freezing and damp and we insisted he stay out until we had brainstormed item #61, Study 5 countries and write down all the things that I find interesting, from our own heads. Again not what I imagined doing but I’m ticking it off as it was so funny doing it. So here it is:-


  1. It is a real country! (For some daft reason I thought it was made up)
  2. Site of a tale of a family member I couldn’t possibly publish!
  3. It’s only eurovision winner was the awesome Lordi.
  4. A quarter of Finland’s territory lies within the Arctic Circle and the midnight sun can be experienced for more days the farther north one travels. At Finland’s northernmost point, the sun does not set for 73 consecutive days during summer, and does not rise at all for 51 days during winter.
  5. Lapland, home of father Christmas sits at the most nothern part of Finland.


  1. Home of sambuca. Yum.
  2. Contains a country within it’s capital city. The Vatican City .. where you can drive around a square on a moped with the stall sellers if you have nothing better to do after a night out.
  3. Florence is pronounced “Firenze” in Italian.
  4. A traditional legend holds that if visitors throw a coin into the Trevi fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome.
  5. The highest peak in Europe is in Italy. Monte Bianco (White Mountain) is 15,771 feet high and is part of the Alps.


1. The Magic Kingdom has just started selling beer.

2. Alaska is one of it’s states.

3. They have never had a female president.

4. You can see the Great lakes from space.

5. Colorado is very very flat.


  1. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch means “St Mary’s church in the hollow of the white hazel near to the rapid whirlpool and the church of St Tysilio of the red cave”. The town is actually a village on the Isle of Anglesy
  2. The leek and the daffodil are also Welsh emblems.
  3. I went to university there.
  4. Super Ted and Fireman Sam were created in Cardiff.
  5. The soil quality in Wales is very poor. It is difficult to grow crops in Wales so they focus on raising livestock. Wales is well known for sheep farming.


  1. The country’s national dress is pyjamas.
  2. Their currency is coal.
  3. Monogamy exists but only for ladies who can have up to 10 husbands.
  4. National food is Num Nut curry.
  5. We were cold, it was late and this country is made up!




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