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!
We hit our maximum intake today as 9 more children joined for the day!
With such big numbers, we decided to split the group into 2 lots of ten - one of which painted stones.....
The other group went to the art room and made a bag to last a lifetime.
James also couldn't resist getting back to his sports teaching roots and doing some group games with all 20!
All twenty children made their own sandwiches for lunch, which we very much enjoyed in the garden.
After lunch the younger children read a book with Ottavia in the cool and calm of the sitting room.
Then most of the children went for a swim. Some others helped make a passata from all the tomatoes spilling out of the veg patch.
Later the boys made ice cream and the girls went off to feed the pigs and see if any of the blackberries were ready.
The pigs were very happy to see us, but there are at least 2 weeks to go before our berries turn black!
Once the day children had left, the girls gravitated back to making chickens in the art room and the boys went to the football pitch! What a busy day!
Another bunch of funny, friendly and carefree Hazelhutters have arrived to spend a week with us!
We have already found out that they love nature and animals.
They are also active and sporty.
They love art and crafts.
And they have winning smiles and good appetites.....
.....something tells us it's going to be another great week at the Hazelhut!
It seems to have been a week of saying 'goodbye' as so many children have come and gone, but today was the final farewell for the 4 children from Scotland before everyone got up and later for everyone else.
The remaining 2 girls picked flowers in the morning to decorate our ceremonial table. Then the children went about their business cleaning their rooms and packing their bags ready for home. Once that was complete, we played a bilingual 'Kim's Game'.
Then we headed into town for shopping, lunch and a look round the village.
Everyone was feeling the heat as we headed up the hill back to the Hazelhut, but before we knew it, the first cars were arriving!
At the ceremony the Sports champs were announced as well as the winners of the tidiest room and the top Hazelhutter of the week. Then it was time for another rendition of our famous song!
It has been one of the most memorable weeks at the Hazelhut and we want to thank all the children who came and all the people who made it possible!
It was the perfect weather for a day at the lake and we all enjoyed relaxing in the shade.
Some kids took a dip in the soft lake waters.
Lunch was tasty as ever!
Then afterwards we played a group game of wink murder.
Back at the Hazelhut we checked on the pets.
Then got stuck in to some music....
First up 'I Alti Bassi'!
Followed by some beautiful singing....
....and some interesting rap....
....a very sweet rendition of 'Over the Rainbow'....
...and a tune which had everyone asking a lot of questions!
The pizza party was so much fun!
And given half the chance the kids would have danced the night away!
We are going to miss these guys!!!
We split the group in 2 this morning and one group worked on survival skills - putting up a tent, sawing chopsticks from bamboo and lighting a fire with flint and steel.
The other group worked in the cool of the artroom making a 'forever' bag to take home. They showed that they care a lot about our planet's future and many chose to make anti-pollution messages.
Even the youngest children made their own sandwiches and we had a delicious picnic lunch.
After lunch we went indoors to cool down and learn the Hazelhut song.
Then a few of the children gave musical recitals.
Later there was time for afternoon fun at the pool!
One group made some biscuits for Friday.
And we all enjoyed some delicious sausages and salad for dinner!
All the children are tired but happy after another busy day at the Hazelhut.
Once at the Martingala, the children were quick to brush the ponies ready for a ride.
Once saddled up, they hit the track and enjoyed some circuits with Dolce Nera, Bartali, Nocciolina and Misty.
As usual, lunch was a hit and we really enjoyed the food Rita had prepared for us.
The boys enjoyed playing in the woods and with Lea the dog.
The girls strengthened their friendships and relaxed with Walter.
Back at the Hazelhut, there was the usual mixture of things to do - a dip in the pool, snack, planting cabbages...and.... the Hazelhut Quiz!
Our super helpful room B, who were doing jobs today, fed the pigs and dug the weekly potatoes, which we have thoroughly enjoyed for dinner!!!
Thank you to everyone who helped us get through this busy and fun filled day!