Sports Day was smooth this week with 2 helpful teens to keep an eye on activities!
But once again it was a hot day, so refreshing snack was crucial!
For lunch we enjoyed our usual picnic under the trees and spent our time trying to keep Mr. Jones at bay!
Some of the children took the time to go and see Belen and Fidel today too.
In the afternoon there were swimming events.
Then some children got involved in gardening, helping us to plant some new lettuce plants.
Another group made delicious apricot ice cream using our perfect apricots!
We ate the ice cream after dinner and toasted our hens for their part in a very good carbonara and ice cream!
Once again we have another lovely group of Hazelhutters to spend the week with. We can already tell that they are active....
We also have three lovely teen helpers this week as well as our much loved Workaways.
We think it's going to be a good week!
The hydrangeas have coped with the heat and so did these super Hazelhutters... Here they all are with our student helper (plus Mr. Jones) on the last day!
We made our usual walk to the village and visited the usual shops....
...but this time we ate at the 'Antica Osteria' - our last lunch together was delicious!
Back at the Hazelhut, the children waited excitedly for their parents to arrive and for the Leaving Ceremony to begin.
There were many certificates to be given out and so many nice words to be said about these super Hazelhutters.... James and Ottavia both felt quite emotional!
Then there were prizes to be handed out...
And of course a rowdy rendition (without the words in front!!!) of the Hazelhut song before the words : "Hazelhutters dismissed!" rang out. We hope to see you all again soon!
Where do Hazelhutters love to go on a hot day? Lago di Vico of course!
What do Hazelhutters love to eat at the lake? Grilled hot dogs and watermelon of course!
And how do Hazelhutters pass their time at the lakeside...? Playing fun games of course!
Once we returned to the Hazelhut the children enjoyed some relaxation time and then we played everyone's favourite 'The Hat Game'.
But before we knew it, the DJ was pumping some tunes and the Pizza Party had begun with some amazing acrobatics.
We can't believe that we will be sending these lovely kids home tomorrow... it's been such a great week!
...because we had a birthday at the Hazelhut!
We also had 6 children join for our arts day...
...where we made jewelry....
...and set up tents and hammocks....
...some of the children also played music..
For lunch we had a lovely outdoor picnic.
Of course everyone was desperate to get in the pool in the afternoon.
Everyone was even more desperate to enjoy the karaoke afternoon.
How else could this evening end other than with a campfire, burger party and cake.
Tuesday is here and we headed off to the stables at La Martingala as usual. The children took special care to prepare the ponies due to the very high temperatures.
Then they headed up to the riding corral to learn some horseback skills. Irma and her team of helpers were very impressed by the high standard of this particular group.
After the hard work in the field, the horses needed a good cool down, so the children watched while the stable hands showered them down.
Then we headed to the clubhouse where Rita had prepared a delicious pasta salad for the children and helpers.
This afternoon the two boys headed two teams in a mime and sound game in the end the Fluffy Nachos beat the Floppy Bananas.
A group of children went with James to pick the ripe apricots to make jam tomorrow.
A different group helped to make the dauphinoise potatoes for tonight's dinner and they were delicious!
A very positive attitude to our unusual sports today, despite the hot weather! Thank you, Hazelhutters!
Better still all this exercising has got the children making healthier choices at snack and meal times - that's what we like to see!
Due to the heat we concluded the morning of sports indoors....
After our lovely home made lunch, the children were desperate to swim, so they took a dip, but it soon turned into a boy v. girl war!
In the afternoon James took some children aside to make fresh strawberry ice cream - we had it for dinner and it was absolutely delicious!
Then it was time to conclude the sports in the relative cool of the evening.
After a long, hot and busy day, it was great to relax in the evening breeze over a very tasty dinner. Now the children are enjoying 'Home Alone 2' and I have a feeling they are dreaming of cool weather!
We feel so blessed at the Hazelhut because every week we seem to get a super bunch of children who want to spend their summer camp with us! This week there are a LOT of girls....
... and 2 awesome boys!
The heat continues to hang and so the pool was a big attraction.
Our evening menu was a huge hit as well.... as usual!
With a large and happy group of helpers too, we feel that this is going to be another smashing week at the Hazelhut!
Once the children's rooms were packed up, they followed a treasure hunt designed by this week's helpers and the loved it! Then we all braved the hot sun and walked to Ronciglione, where the first stop was Tatiana's bar for some refreshing water and salty crisps.
Afterwards it was time to shop til you drop! The girls were especially good at this.
Once the gifts had been brought we all went to our favourite restaurant for a celebratory lunch.
We felt sure there would be some complaining on the way home, but these kids are true Hazelhutters as they all walked to the cemetery smiling, before getting a car ride up the final hill.
Before we knew it parents were at the gate and it was time to give out certificates....
...and to thank our teen helpers...
....before the best rendition ever of our Hazelhut song! Of course this group of Hazelhutters is welcome back and will be missed very much! - Enjoy the rest of your summer!
With the thermometer hitting 36 degrees today, there was only one choice for our trip - the cool of Lago di Vico.
The children enjoyed splashing about in the fresh water and also playing games on the shady green banks.
There was a queue for lunch - chicken wraps and hot dogs, followed by refreshing melon - yum!
When we returned to the house, it was the boys turn to make something sweet for tomorrow's tea party: they particularly enjoyed crushing the nuts for the macaroons.
It turns out that they are excellent chefs, which the parents will discover tomorrow!
In the evening we enjoyed the pizza party and celebrating a week of new friendships and fun. Well done Hazelhutters!