Taking care of cats (do they really need all that attention?) was the first order of business.
Then, there were the birthday parties. GD2 (second granddaughter, now 7) loved the fairy cake
GD1 (now a grownup 12--"What do you mean, Little People???") devoured Harry Potter's Sorting Hat (complete with magic wand).
Notice the leathery effect on the back. Man, that was a delicious cake--chocolate through and through. I get a sugar high just thinking about it! Cake credits go to my friend and fellow sketcher.
Besides piano practice every day, the girls spent several days at the beach, and we worked on our sketchbooks, sometimes at breakfast.
|GD2's breakfast sketch|
|GD1's breakfast sketch|
We did our annual visit to the Roman city of Uthina.
Just imagine that what appears to be a hill is actually a buried city, which is s-l-o-w-l-y being excavated. We visited the water reservoirs that served the city--incredible constructions.
And then we took out our sketchbooks and sat for awhile at the temple on the top of the hill.
|GD1's sketch at Uthina|
|GD2's olive tree at Uthina|
Back on the farm, GD2 practiced driving the tractor.
OK, I admit that it sounds like we had a lot to do, but, after a busy and stressful school year, the kids (of all ages) arrived at the farm and simply collapsed. Sometimes lazy is good and one just needs time to grow. Take the case of GD2's new tennis shoes, a subject for sketching at the beginning of summer.
|GD2's tennis shoe sketch|
|GD1's tennis shoe sketch|
On the day of their departure, I found GD2 sitting on the steps and fussing: "Grandma, my shoes are too tight." Sure enough, the new tennis shoes didn't fit anymore and we had to scramble to find a pair of sandals suitable for traveling.
And they almost had me participating in the ensuing crying fest. But Grandma does not cry--she has a reputation to maintain. It was close, though.