Just thought we'd send you a couple of pics from our day out at Longleat today. Felix saw Stonehenge followed by a day at Longleat where he held a tarantula and a snake and fed deers,
birds and sealions. What an amazing day with lots of experiences which he has never done before. You may be able to send a couple to his teacher for their blog.
All in all it has been a very positive experience for our daughter assisted by not only the willingness of our German guest to get involved with family life but also by her fantastic
command of the English language.
Below is a small snap shot of Rosa's time here (note no Stonehenge):
Lovely weekend with Viola – a delightful young lady. Couple of photos attached - we didn't spend all our time eating - it just looks like it!
We had a lovely weekend with Carla - she seems a lot happier now and fitting right in to our family! Saturday the girls helped with the village litter pick - grabbers
provided! I'm sorry we have no photos of that. They watched our son play a football match and went for a walk on Hazely Heath. The girls played violin duets and then cooked sweet and sour
chicken (RMS recipe!) for everyone and we watched Mama Mia with German subtitles! I now know lots of useful German words like 'Probier mit mir' and 'Zuzammenflicken'.
On Sunday my husband insisted on getting them up at 7am (!!) and we drove to Boscombe Pier and walked along the beach to Bournemouth Pier. Lunch was Carla's first ever Fish
and Chips - which seemed to disappear in a matter of seconds.
No negatives whatsoever for us - Carla is such a lovely child - we are so enjoying her company.
Thank you so much for all your arranging and for choosing such a lovely partner!
I would like to say that our house guest, Philippa, has been an absolute pleasure. A very polite, fun, easy-going young lady. Her school and parents should be very proud and I have told
her that she is welcome to stay at our house again anytime. The girls have become very close friends and it is as though they have known each other for years.
We are thoroughly enjoying looking after our exchange student and we
are most impressed with her English. This weekend we braved the cold and had a trip to Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral; this proved to be a very popular day especially as our student
enjoys history. The cakes and cream tea at the cathedral were very tasty! On Sunday we visited our church in Basingstoke and then chilled out with another exchange
student and her partner. Wii sports and other games were very popular as was Uno and Monopoly deal; the German girls were familiar with all these games so no need for explanation, just
fun! There are no negatives at all to the exchange, only that they are leaving on Thursday, we shall be sad to have to say goodbye!
I had a lovely weekend so hope the girls did too! Our daughter was dancing on Sat so I showed Riccarda around Hartley Wintney and we did some present shopping for her
family. In the afternoon the girls went into Basingstoke for more shopping followed by a fish and chip supper in front of Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.
On Sunday we took a picnic and went to Hackwood Park to watch the point to point as Riccarda used to ride and had never been to a horse race before. It was a bit cold but I think we
managed to enjoy ourselves. I have attached a few photos.
In the afternoon the girls baked some biscuits and got in a wonderful mess, and then watched a movie with German subtitles and ate scones, jam, and clotted cream.
Riccarda has been a joy. She is extremely polite, her English is amazing and she is always smiling.
Thank you for all your hard work in organising this trip. Our daughter can't wait to go to Berlin!
Just to let you know Emilia has settled in SO SO well. Andrea and her get on like a house on fire .. and they haven’t stopped laughing! It is a joy to have Emilia and these
girls are so similar.
Andrea took Emilia to her stables at the weekend as Emilia has a horse and Andrea rides; they came back laughing after a really lovely day .
On Saturday night we had pizza and games at our house and the children had a blast, all getting on so well; even nine-year-old Rowan has enjoyed the company.
We have been playing games in the evening like " Rapido " which is a bit like pictionary but with play dough. Very funny! Emilia’s English is superb and the Wii has
also become very competitive, drinks flying, lamp shades swinging !!! all in good fun.
I think Emilia would probably enjoy taking our 46-kilo dog Harvey home with her !!! lass the suitcase will not accommodate!
The girls have shared a bedroom and it has been like one massive sleep over with a bestie,,,
I meant to send you this one from the weekend of Felix holding a tarantula!!!!! He was so brave!!! I could not go near it as its
legs were moving!
We have had a great time with Felix and hope he has had an amazing time here on the UK. It has been a pleasure having him
live with us for a week and he fitted in just like one of the family. His parents should be very proud of him as he has been extremely good and well mannered and has tried all types of foods and
Nathan is now really looking forward to staying with him and his family in Berlin.