My diary begins in Wicklow in July 2004
We went to Silver Strand on Thursday today is Saturday. This is our campground. On wednesday to thursday I had a sleepover at Claire's house. We had a good time playing games and watching TV. Today I played ball by myself, like bouncing the ball.
We are in Wales. We climbed a mountain with Caitlyn, Alison, Emily, Heather and Michael. Me and Alison did not want to climb to the top of the mountain. We climbed a little and a big one. First the little and then the big one.
Dad did a long cycle in 15 hours on his 40th birthday. There was a fun surprise and it was that Baba and Safta came. Everyone knew except my dad. The surprise was for my dad. Me and Rebecca did a little cycle around the campsite. It was late. Mum and dad slept in a hotel. We went to the beach, crab fished with Rebecca, David, Dad and me. And we got two crabs.
Fross, Co Mayo
We like it here. Baba and Safta were there, we had a fun time. I got an 8ball from Baba and Safta and mom did some baking. I did some play with Griania and now I am doing my diary, I am going tomorrow.
I played with the kids and stayed up late, watched TV with Eli and Sammy. We went to the campervan which was in the field. Now I read and book then well I fell asleep because I was so so so so so so tired well why else. Well thats the story in Jessica's farm.
At the Mobile
I was so happy when we just got there because in the tent was getting sort of ockwerd (sic) Me myself slept in a bunk on the top, Sammy slept on the bottom. My daddy got a new pickup truck. I went in it. Eli had his own bed Mummy took the bed out of the spare bedroom and she it beside the sofa, then it would be a double bed. I like the pickup truck. Some days Claire came. On Wednesdays I would go to her house.
Before we went in France we went on a ferry. We went in a field in a village we went in the garden of a cottage. In the cottage there was some rabbits and two baby rabbits. The are the size between the two dots. Next we went to a little place where there was a funny toilet which you have to stand for boys and girls. Next in the place there was an old man. I think he was 80 something. I don't know.
In France, again
Next we went in Vinsorbes. In Vinsorbes there was a football club but it was closed so there was only their house. In France we went to a campsite where there was a playground and swimming pool. Eli jumped in the pool, it was very very very very very very very very very very !!! cold!!!
Next we went through some tunnels then we were at Italy. Before that we had a rest.
We first went in a campsite where there was lots and lots and lots of campers who were camping. We had an explore. Daddy gave us hot chocolate. Next we went to the castle. In the castle there was a bar but we didn't go in. Then we went in a cafe and had crisps and pizza. Then we went to a farm where there was a lady and a man and a little baby called Antonio. And then we went on a big long Journey to another castle. In the castle there was a crown because it was a museum. Then we went to a busy village where we met the People who own the farm. They showed us the way to their farm. We stayed a few days at the farm.
In our Apartment
First Domenico showed us the way, then at the apartment we had 5 beds. My mum pushed 2 beds together then it would be a double bed. I slept in a normal bed so did Eli. My Mom and Dad slept in the double ed and so did the little boys. There was a little kitchen and a room for eating. Eli slept in that room. It was very dirty so we had to clean it all up. It took a long time to clean it up. We went for a walk in the town. In the town we went to a supermarket and bought lots and lots of things, and went to the square where there was a fountain.
Living in Giovinazzo
I like the sea because there are lots of rocks and rock pools and lovely boats with nice colours. In the town there is a big square with a fountain in the middle. There are fish on the top with water coming through their tails.
In the town I like the little streets with balconies and tiny three wheeler trucks. Near the harbour is an ice cream shop and there is a man in the shop. His name is Toni he's very nice. We went to an olive press and they gave us a big tin of olive oil and there was a big tub with huge wheels. There is a playground. We went there and played on the wobbly seasaw with 2 wooden horses. One day we went to the Circus. I liked everything, especially the hippo and the man with a lettuce because he gave it to the hippo and the hippo opened his mouth and went gulp!
Another day we went to the beach where there was lots of rock pools. I bathed my feet in the water and we had a picnic it was fun. My favourite food in Italy are: Toni's ice cream, bums, Toni's yoghurt, bakery almond biscotti that mummy got Dad for carrying heavy sacks of Almonds. I also like pizza and pasta. We have met some kind people: Francesca, who is really kind. She's been giving us lots of stuff. Noami, she is being so kind to me. Nicole, she is six and likes to do art with me. Pierre Luigi is Nicole's brother and he likes to play with Eli.
Today we went to a fish shop and we bought some salmon and we had a barbeque on the balcony it was yummy.
My first day in scool was just ok. It was hard because they spoke Italian but the second day was better and we went back to do art and stuff for the Christmas play. I am going to do a snow dance.
Well at the Masseria Eli was playing with Peter. I don't no the word in Italian. I played with Giovanny. I played bord games and cards. There is lots of muck in the field. Daddy picked lots of olives in the field. His boots got very mucky so we had to get a stick to get out the muck. We picked prickily pear, even the skin was prickly. We were eating it it was good and it had lots of pips in it. There is three beds at the masseria. I sleeped in a bed so did dad mom and Finn, Finn sleeped with mom, Eli sleeped on the floor with a mattress, Sammy sleeped an two sofas pushed together to make a bed. I tis very mucky. There is lots of little trulli. They are small little houses which they would of stayed in. There is a building they let visiters in but they didnt let us go because it was being bilt. We ate bread for breakfast. Dad picks the olives with a long stick and Pascuale has a thing that looks very funny (it is a thing that shakes the olives off the tree). There are ants outside that bild and there is a lost dog we called him yippy. There is a very big tree and there are little curly bugs like catapellers.
School in Italy
My scool is called papa giovany. There is lots of fun kids there. My best friends are zoe and mara parla. They are good friends. I am learning Joint writing and it is fun. I like scool. Zoe used to sit with me but now she doesn't any more. Now Alassia does. There is no art unless the kids do it themself, and bring stuff for it, and there is school on Saterday. it was a bit hard but then I got used to it. I do lots of work. Lunch time is fun. I like to talk at lunchtime. They have lots of homewowork but I only do english homework. In english class we do fun things (like wordsearches). We had lots of partys, there it was fun. I have about six teachers in the scool. The partys were Chrismas which was the grinch, and I did a play I was a snowflake and there was dancing presents. It was very fun. Chismas in italian is natale. There was a feast of St Antonio, there was a fire outside and we had to eat olives and little biscuits. When I left they gave me a party and they had a cake for me and everybody well almost everybody gave me a present.
We had a big party. Maira carla, one of lorella's girls (she is my good friend), came.
We took a ferry to Croatia from Italy. We stopped at a beach to have a picnic. We looked everywhere for a campsite then we went to an island. Then we found a campsite on the island which was not ready to be open but they were nice and let us stay. It was a farm and there were gaots and hens and a dog. The mother goat had two babys. They were cute.
We still were staying at the campsite. One day we cycled to the beach. I went on the back of dad bike and Sammy went on the back of Eli's bike because we didn't bring the other bikes. Next we went to another campsite were we met a nice lady who spoke engish her name was Anna. There was swimming pool but there was no water. We stayed a few days when we left she gave us some smelly bags. The little boys opened theres and lavender went everywhere. Before we went to Anna we had to sleep on a pier because the boat was so early we were going back to Croatia off the island. After Anna's camp we went to a big lake it was snowy and sunny at the same time. We had a picnic by the waterfalls. It was called Plittvika. There was a rainbow in the waterfall. we down down a wiggly road then we had dinner in a fish restaurant Mom had shark. Then we went to a tiny campsite which was wet and cold. I eat in the camper. We went on a bridge to another island it was rainy so we looked for a campsite and are place was very mucky place when it rained it was a big one. my dad cycled by himself. I walk all around the campground look for the exit because I wanted to find dad.
We went to a small island for a concert with music. At the end there was some food. I ate lots so did Eli. We went to the small island by boat (we were on a big island before we went to the small island). We met some people on the boat. THe n ext day we thought that they wouldn't come but they did. We went to their house. The grownups had tea, we had biscuits. They didn't eat sugar, but had some biscuits anyway.
We went to another island called Cres (procounced Tres) one night in a campsite you didn't have to pay in then we went to a vulture place. There was a donkey, a lamb, a sheep, a dog and two cats. The vultures only eat dead met and when there was dead meat they circled around the meat. We gave milk to the lamb, he drank very fast. Cres was the last island.
We went to a big amphitheatre where the little boys played gladiators. We went to one last campsite by the stony beach where we ate sea snails. We had a fire.
We drove out of Croatia through Slovenia and back to Italy, and in Italy we had one night in lake Guardia. The next day we went to near Venice. We slept one night and in the morning we met a lady who took us to the Venice boat.
Venice is a city on water. We went on a big ferry boat. We had to put a muzzle on Cal. Then we thought we were in Venice. We walked around a bit. We saw some canals then we realised we were in Lido. We went on a bus boat to Venice. Venice had no cars, just boats down canals. First we went to a huge piazza with lots of pigons. You could talk across the canal by balcony.
We walked down the canals on the bridges. We went to another piazza with toys to play on. We had lunch there. We saw Gondolas. A Gondola is a type of boat. A man would stand and row. We heard a man singing in his Gondola. We walked around lots, we went to the Grand Canal. We went back to the pigeon piazza and we played. There was a man lying on the ground with corn on him and lying very still with pigeons on him. There were people selling corn and kids throwing corn. There was corn everywhere. The little boys picked up corn from the ground. We had ice cream in the big piazza then we went on the bus boat.
We drove towards the border of Italy and France in the mountains. We came to France in the morning. We had to go back into Italy because the road was so wiggly, then we were in France.
We spent a week in St Pierre. There were lots of animals which were: horses, donkeys, hens, two cockerels, pigs, rabbits and one baby rabbit, turkeys, ducks, geese ad goats and baby goats. First we slept in their spare bedroom. Every morning we got up and fed the animals, the rabbites ate vegetables and so did the pigs. The goats ate chocolate buiscuits (old ones)! The hens ate henfeed and duck and geese ate bread. I found a friend. He climbed with me. We did art together.
We moved out of the house and up to the mountain because they were having visitors. We had a caravan for play and we slept in the camper. We had a kind of barn with big windows without glass and no door, just a hole, where our kitchen was. A few days later it got cold and snowed so we had to leave. It was sad because I liked my friend and the donkey ride before it snowed. Eli and Sammy and Dad and some people from the farm had a mountain ride with the donkeys and Eli slip off the donkey's head!
Then we went to a playground on the beach.
We spent a few days at this camp. There was a swimming pool and it had water slides. We went to the swimming pool and there was one big slide, two small slides, three medium slides and a baby slides which was not a waterslide. There was a mushroom with water coming out in the baby pool (the swimming pool was outside) and there was a wave pool, it was like the sea. I cycled around the campsite. I made some friends.
We tried to camp before we got a good camp for Grandma and Granddad. The day before they came we went to Carcasonne. The castle there there was armour made from cardboard, there was lots of shops. The next morning graddad and gradma came. I was very happy. They had a mobile and a spare bedroom and me and Eli slept there. I put flowers on her table. We went to a shop and bought some stuff like chocolate cereal etc. We had cereal every morning.
The next day we went to Carcasonne. In Carcasonne we went in a part of the castle that you played in and we went there it was sort of a museum. There was a old snone man there was lots of paintings and there was a shop, we bought nothing. There was big rocks for throwing on the knights, they poured boiling oil and shot arrows. The knights outside the castle could starve them out by surrounding them. We went to Decathlon.
Mom and grandma went to Spain over a mountain and bought a dress for baby Ava in America.
First we went on a walk around. We saw a small water mill. We had a picnic. It had lots of waterfalls and it was drissly. Then we went in a shop and there was all types of paper and there were some pencils made from ... [to be continued]
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