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text 2017-08-20 14:42
OT: A little trip to Tallinn, Estonia

My family and I have been on a little vacation trip to Estonia. We thought it might be fun for the twins to travel on a big ferry and it turns out we were right. Though actually it took them a very long time to realize we were on a ship. It was only when we had left our cabin and were waiting to be allowed to disembark that the children saw the ocean through the big windows in a lounge area.


The trip was ok, if not quite as much fun as my sister and I had hoped.


We took a new type of train that we'd never travelled on before. They use the same tracks as the old state monopoly's trains but the actual trains are a lot nicer. We'll definitely travel by the same trains again. On the way out, the children were on their best behavior. Unfortunately, they weren't on the way back. Maybe they were tired.


We had to learn how to fold up (?) the buggy several times, which was a bit tricky. The first time was on the way to the ferry terminal, the second when we had to get it inside our cabin. But everything went fine and my sister got a little practice in, in case we'll need to do it again on other trips.


The children loved the cabin and at least the playroom on the second ferry on the way back. The first one was too small and my son was a little scared of the slide.


The food, as on our previous trips to the Baltic states were delicious. Unfortunately, the beds (bunks?) in the cabin were really uncomfortable and I woke up several times a night because of back pain. On the way back, my mom let me have the least uncomfortable one, but it still hurt quite a lot.


The positives (other than what I've mentioned above):


On our way to a park where we'd be waiting until we could check into the hotel an Estonian man who didn't speak English offered my mom a seat on the bus.


In the park, an Estonian family who had been given three balloons for their three children gave away the one the baby had got. I think she was too young to appreciate it and my daughter really did. She watched as the two older children played with theirs and laughed out loud with delight. We still have that balloon but neither twin really cares about it now. They tire easily of everything.


On the ferry terminal, on the way back, a Swedish boy gave away two emoji toys to my twins. It was really cute the way this kid of about ten or so, kneeled in front of the buggy and handed over his toys. Very kind of him. His whole family seemed to enjoy seeing the twins so happy about their gifts.


When we got off the ferry, the bus we were going to travel on back to the city center didn't have room for our buggy, so we had to wait for the next one - but then the driver of one of the other buses from the same company offered us a ride out to an area of Stockholm where his passengers were going to get off, one where there are plenty of museums and other interesting sights to see. I only wish we could have stayed and visited a few museums, particuarly the Historic museum and the Medieval Museum.


On the bus back home, after we got off the train, a nice lady helped me get the buggy onto the bus and when were about to get off, a likewise nice kid of about eighteen cheerfully offered to help me get the buggy off the bus. We're not used to being treated that nicely so that was a really pleasant surprise.


The negatives:


A really unpleasant drunk woman complained about my children's messy eating. I suppose she doesn't have any children or grandchildren of her own. I got so angry I just picked up my daughter and carried her back to the cabin.


The internet connection was really bad pretty much everywhere. That's something new, because as I remember it from the last time I was in Estonia, there were plenty of wifi hotspots. We could barely use our phones at all.


The hotel was rather dull and uninspiring - an old Soviet style building with really depressing colors, at least in my opinion. The color scheme was beige and black. And the wall to wall carpet in the corridors smelled.


The food in the restaurant was good, but there was so little of it, it was practically like an hors d'oeuvre, not actual dinner.


While we were waiting in line to be allowed off the ferry, a rude man bumped into my sister with his huge backpack and almost pushed her over. She's usually very steady on her feet so that was really unpleasant.


Some photos:






A real pigeon


More pigeons




Advertising thing


View from the hotel window




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review 2017-05-15 05:44
The Girl in the Painting - Kirsty Ferry

Three and a half star rating.
Cori moves down to London, is fascinated by the PRB and consequently meets the lovely Simon and then Daisy who goes on to make her presence felt in many ways. This is a good mix of art, obsession, ghosts and two different timescales featuring ladies who resemble Ophelia, told in an easy restful way. Perfect book for people who like romantic mysteries, with amusing characters, just the sort of thing to take away on holiday!

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text 2017-04-11 20:17
Curious to read these retro cookbooks from my Library (Overdrive) ebook finds
The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Sixties Cookbook: More than 100 Retro Recipes for the Modern Cook - Rick Rodgers,Heather Maclean
The 1950s Kitchen - Kathryn Ferry
The Historic Kentucky Kitchen: Traditional Recipes for Today's Cook - Deirdre A Scaggs,Andrew W McGraw,John van Willigen
Our Irish Grannies' Recipes - Eoin Purcell
Kentucky's Cookbook Heritage: Two Hundred Years of Southern Cuisine and Culture - John van Willigen

Thought I'd share in case interests anyone whose library offers.

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review 2016-11-28 00:00
The Little Prince
The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry,Irene Testot-Ferry I liked this children's classic.
The illustrations were fun, the deeper message was there, but I wonder if kids would really get them?
I guess thats something to find out in a few years ;)
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review 2016-11-11 01:10
Stick and Stone!!
Stick and Stone - Beth Ferry,Tom Lichtenheld

I am so looking forward to reading this book because I have seen it pop up everywhere as a great book to use in the classroom! I would use this book to talk about bullying and to stick up for each other. I think it is so important to have a safe classroom environment and any classroom that acts as a protective family is one that fosters that environment! I would use this book for lower elementary; K-3rd grade! 


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