Our final day arrived yesterday and it was time to say 'goodbye' to these kids. We spent the morning shopping in Ronciglione as usual.
But, as a treat, we had ice cream for snack because it was such a hot day.
Then we took a little drive to the village of Canepina for a very special lunch 'Da Linetta'.
Back at the Hazelhut, the children had time to play their favourite games and say 'goodbye' to the animals before the families came.
Then the competition winners were announced at our ceremony and we all finished by singing the Hazelhut song, one more time!
Our thanks go out to these awesome children and their families for giving us such a fun-filled week. Please remember that we have one more week of Hazelhut summer camp from 26th - 31st August 2018, if your child is interested in attending, contact us as soon as possible.
A hot morning left us thinking of only one thing - the lake!
So we packed a delicious lunch and some entertainment and headed to Vico.
The children decided that the ping pong table wasn't as good as ours' at the Hazelhut - but the lake certainly made a nice change from the pool!
After plenty of play, the Hazelhutters were ready for James' delicious barbecue - chicken wraps and our very special sweetcorn.
It seemed like our timing was perfect because soon after lunch the raindrops began to fall and we felt ready for home anyway.
Once the shower had passed the children were able to do the long-awaited treasure hunt!
Then three of the boys helped to make some tarts for tomorrow's tea party.
Our pizza party was full of laughter, fun, dancing and....pizza - of course!
We can't believe it is our last evening with these great kids, who all get on so well - it seems like only yesterday that they arrived!
Since the hens have been on peak production, we were able to offer these Hazelhutters a fresh egg each for breakfast and they loved them - well who wouldn't?!
A day filled with creativity followed. This group made some of the most colourful and interesting shopping bags of the summer.
More children made chickens too!
And others went their own way!
The rain came down at lunch time and so we had an indoor picnic followed by a drama game or two.
There were plenty of moments for being active too.....
....and for playing some favourite games!
The children tried out a few treats of their own making(!) at snack time and since our weekly barbecue was rained off, we had an indoor feast for dinner culminating in a very British tradition - fruit crumble - all from the Hazelhut trees of course! 'Delicious!' was the verdict.
Just look at the lovely riders we took to La Martingala today!
They were not all so sure about the horseriding at first, but with the help of Giada and her team, most of them ended the morning trotting!
The children even helped to wax the saddles after their ride - very good job, Hazelhutters!
Rita made us a delicious lunch, for which we were all very grateful and then it was time to head back to the Hazelhut.
The boys got busy doing their jobs, which included feeding the pigs and a very kind group of children dug some potatoes for dinner. We made up a delicious dauphinoise to go with our fish fingers and peas and not a scrap was left behind!
While this was going on two of the girls were getting creative making bracelets and working in the art room.
While the other Hazelhutter relaxed in the hammock.
Today has been full of activity and full of fun!
The day began with sports and first up, as always, was skipping - can you believe this guy did 190 jumps???!!
And this determined little day visitor managed her personal best of 27!
Next up was the water relay - won by the green watering can team....
Then it was time for a snack and a relax before moving on to a new game....
It became very hot before lunch, so some kids took an artistic break to make the now famous beanbag chickens....
Others continued to stay with sports and played in the games room.
The kids made their own lunches again - smiles all round!
Later in the afternoon the children were thrilled to get into the pool and have a good splash about!
Even Pip came down to the poolside to see what all the fuss was about!
There was more action as the tennis net finally went up and many of these energetic youngsters enjoyed a game or two.
Later in the afternoon some of the group came to the veg patch to help pick vegetables for dinner.
We all enjoyed the super fresh sweetcorn and crunchy salad very much!
So here they are - our new set of summer campers for the week!
So far they have shown some very healthy habits....
....as well as a caring attitude towards Boris and Stiva...
.... and to the hens!
They speak great English, know how to play games and how to have fun....
...we think it's going to be a great week!
Another week complete and another load of 'goodbyes' to say to these extraordinary eleven.
The sun was not to bright or hot as we headed towards Ronciglione for our weekly shopping spree.
As we left the gates I had to take a snap of this very special Hazelhutter and the sign she made for us!
Once in town, the boys split from the girls and the shopping began!
The Hazelhut shopping bags which the children had made came in very handy!
Lunch was delicious! Then most of the kids took a lift home from James and Kristina, but 3 brave girls and Ottavia didn't give in and walked back to the Hazelhut.
Parents arrived, gifts were exchanged, certificates and prizes handed out and finally the children sang a particularly rowdy version of the Hazelhut song!
Our next summer camp is from 5th - 10th August and places are still available, so please let us know if your child would like to join in the fun!
Sports Day kicked off with spectated skipping.
Followed by the famous water relay.
Then 'Water bomb Passies'....
After snack we headed to the pitch for a rather hot game of rounders which thankfully ended 5 all.
Then the children washed their hands and made their own sandwiches for our picnic lunch.
After lunch the younger children read a story with Ottavia in the sitting room,
while the older children continued with indoor sports....
Once they had digested, most of the children couldn't wait to get out of the heat and into the pool!
The big highlight for the children sleeping over was the talent show which begun at 6.30pm with a very accomplished piano recital.
Then we had a couple of footballing stars....
A very pretty balancing act...
...some very elegant gymnastics....
....and a truly awesome dance duo - impressive for 11 unpracticed Hazelhutters!
We all loved hanging out for the end of camp pizza party and despite any ups and downs we've had along the way, it was clear that we will all miss each other in days to come.
Another week and another trip to La Martingala to see all the ponies - no captions required!
As usual the children were famished by lunch time!
Back at the Hazelhut we had our first practice of the Hazelhut anthem.
Then there was plenty of free time to bake, swim and play.
At 5 o'clock the Hazelhut Karaoke evening began with some excellent tunes sung by almost all Hazelhutters!
Then we rounded off the day with a delicious barbecue in the cool evening air.
The usual Hazelhut timetable was turned on its head this week, so we headed to the fishing lake at the last minute and will go to the horses tomorrow.
Before the fishing experience began, there was time to play in the park area.
In order to become good fisherpeople, the kids had to learn how to handle maggots.
They had to collaborate to catch the fish and not get the line tangled in the wind.
They also learned how to handle fish and some were even brave enough to take the hooks out of their mouths.
Our best trio ended up catching 18 fish and were given the privilidge of sitting at the head of the table during lunch.
Back at the Hazelhut, there were tatties to be dug up!
There was the pool to jump in.
Cookies to bake.....
....and games to play..... not to mention all the other Hazelhut jobs, like feeding the pigs, collecting the eggs, caring for Pip etc.
Well done, Hazelhutters for another champion day!