Our final day together was spent in Ronciglione. We stomped around the shops and happily many of the children bought local, ecologically conscious gifts.... others didn't.
Marilena cooked us the perfect feast, which we enjoyed with the best view in the village.
Back at the Hazelhut, it was time to sing and celebrate then say 'goodbye'!
We couldn't have had a better start to the summer or a nicer group of children - come back next year, please!
The Hazelhutters begged us to change the trip today to fishing, so at half past nine we headed off to the sporting lake.
The children were not entirely sure about the bait and initially they wondered if they had made a mistake....
... furthermore the wind was up, so nothing was biting.
Then gradually the teams started to catch fish...
...and more fish!
After 2 hours they had caught almost 80 fish!
As usual the kids couldn't wait to get to lunch, which was booked in a very smart restaurant in the beautiful village of Sutri. The meal at 'Vescovado' was delicious and plentiful and we all came out feeling very satisfied!
Later at the Hazelhut the children enjoyed terrorising each other in the pool!
Then we prepared some more treats for the tea party tomorrow.
And some ice cream for tonight.
Before heading down to the camp fire for burgers.
Despite a bumped head and a marshmallow burn..... we still all managed to enjoy our last night together!
Another day at the Hazelhut and another team doing jobs - first of the day: to feed Boris and Stiva.
Once the room inspection was complete, we started our first activity with a chat about pollution and the problems of plastic... we came up with the idea of making long life shopping bags from old T-shirts and using bleach to make interesting patterns on them.
James and Ottavia were very happy to see their old clothes re-purposed for shopping trips of the future.... and what fashionable items they are too!
It was windy again today, but we managed to have our snack and lunch outside again.
In the afternoon the children did many different things from playing games....
..to making ice cream....
....to playing with Pip...
...to baking cakes!
The children finally had a chance to do the treasure hunt from Monday and followed the clues, traversing the land with a compass and walkie talkie to discover the treasure.
Just before dinner we had a sing song.
Then we had pizza for dinner followed by home made ice cream and coconut cups - DELICIOUS!
It was windy but clear as we approached 'La Martingala' and the children were excited to see the ponies.
Frequent Hazelhutters were quick to greet old friends like Dolce Nera.
While 'new Hazelhutters' were keen to make new friends.
We are proud to report that the Hazelhut children were complimented on their behaviour and agility today!
They also kept the staff entertained with their good humour and comical attitudes!
Once back at the stables we saw the caring side of all the children as they brushed and cleaned the ponies who had worked so hard for them.
By the time we sat down to lunch everyone was super hungry! Luckily Rita had prepared a bumper lunch for us with pasta salad, fruit salad and Giada's mum's strawberry crostata - to die for!
Back at the Hazelhut, the kids took a dip and enjoyed some free time.
Then they made a keepsake before we enjoyed a big bowl of carbonara made with the freshest of Hazelhut eggs. YUM!
Our numbers increased from 8 to 14 today as we welcomed some local children to our camp for sports day. The sky was blue and everyone was full of energy as we started the day.
The skipping contest and water relay went off without a hitch.
But as we moved to the pitch after snack....
It went from crazy heat to crazy ice!
Adaptable as ever, we moved everything indoors and sports day became indoor games day...
The kids made sandwiches for lunch
and the sun popped out in time for us to enjoy them outside!
More rain came after lunch, so we headed indoors for some clay modelling.
With the sun back out, everyone wanted to visit the garden and see how the animals were.
For dinner we had chicken with Hazelhut runner beans and Hazelhut potatoes dug by very kind Hazelhutters and drizzled with delicious olive oil!
Today's last picture shows the children getting ready for the film 'Drop Dead Fred' (what again?!!!)
Look at this lovely bunch! Summer 2018 has started well with a super team of Hazelhutters.
No sooner had the parents left than we headed off to see the animals. First of all our beloved Pip and then Boris and Stiva at feeding time.
We walked through the forest and ate the last of the wild strawberries. Some children learned to make noises with grass and others didn't!
We paid a visit to the vegetable garden where this evening's salad came from - YUM!
Then everyone felt warm enough to jump into the chilly pool - they even had fun!
Before dinner we spent some time in the art room and then Marilena's fabulous lasagne arrived. We enjoyed it with the garden salad followed by frozen berries in chocolate sauce. Delicious!