Gwen Jolie, Grandma's house, England


Posted Mar 3, 2011, 4:40 pm
We said farewell to Charlie B. today.
We had some apple pies.
Have a safe journey little mouse.

Posted Mar 3, 2011, 5:02 pm
It's party time! It is Captain Caramel's birthday.
There's a candle on the cake.
After the cake, we played with these balloons!

Posted Mar 6, 2011, 6:43 pm
On our way home, we went via Magna, an industrial science museum set in an old steelworks near Rotherham/Sheffield.
There were 4 zones. The first zone we went to was Water.
A whirlpool exhibit.
Next, we went to Fire.
This is a fire tornado.
Lighting isn't that good for photographs with the fire tornado.
Next stop was Air. This is a musical exhibit with tubes and things.
The exhibit can be quite noisy.
We then went for a game of Air hockey.
The air blows through holes in the table and lifts up the puck ever so slightly.
This is a frequency exhibit with little polystyrene balls bouncing.
This is a different frequency.
Before going on to the final area, we caught some of the Big Melt show, a reconstruction of how they made steel. This is the arc furnace.
We went to the final area, Earth. The set up is quarrying "rocks" and these get picked up by the children and taken somewhere by wheelbarrow before going on conveyor belts and distributed either back to the "quarry" or to a chute.
Can you see the "rocks" on the conveyor belt?

Posted Mar 29, 2011, 9:32 pm
We've already said goodbye to Pippi, regit brown, Captain Caramel and Baconella.
Mummy, is this a new visitor?
Let's open it up.
I hope he can squeeze through this hole.
Yes! he's free. Hello, my name is Gwen Jolie, nice to meet you Frankie_Blue

Posted Mar 30, 2011, 8:55 pm
Today, mummy got two parcels in the post
I wonder who our new visitors will be!
The new visitors are Belka and my brother, Rendolph

Posted Mar 31, 2011, 9:31 pm
Some of the toys are going away on their travels tomorrow, so we thought we'd have a game of Cluedo playing in teams
However, we spent far too much time chatting instead of concentrating on the game and we all drew the 8th clock leaving the crime unsolved.

Posted Apr 6, 2011, 4:44 pm
Today, Royal Mail issued some nice stamps and my mummy went out and bought some.
Do you like them?

Posted Apr 6, 2011, 7:54 pm
we went out GeoCaching.
The first two we found are part of a series. This is exciting stuff, looking for the treasure. Which stump/tree is it hiding under?
Then, after a nice afternoon cuppa, we found a third.
Mummy isn't putting in latitude and longitude co-ordinates for this as these caches we found are scattered around.

Posted Apr 20, 2011, 11:59 am
Mummy took us to the allotment today.
This is a young broad bean plant. The weevils have been out munching and making notches in the leaves.
They've even been nibbling on the pea leaves.
This rhubarb plant is throwing up a flower stem. We'd better chop it so it doesn't waste resources on it. Perhaps we can have some rhubarb stems later and make a pie.

Posted Apr 28, 2011, 3:28 pm

After the allotment, we went Geocaching
We found this one in Aberdesach.

Posted Apr 28, 2011, 3:33 pm
Today, we are going on the train.
This is first class.
Here, we are at Dinas station. When the Welsh Highland Railway was being rebuilt, Dinas was the HQ. There are work trains and carriages, and engines in need of repair.
The railway meets the River Gwyrfai several times along its route.
There's quite a bit of water in the river.
There are fields alongside the railway, this one has horses.
We are coming into Betws Garmon. Can you see the bell in the church tower?
It is a long train. Can you see the steam engine at the other end?
This is Cwellyn, a reservoir supplying water to parts of north Wales.
We had to wait for the train coming in the other direction to stop at Rhyd Ddu before we could continue. The train is also steam-hauled.
They've got a first class carriage, but the one we're in was unveiled by the Queen in 2010 after refurbishment.
The carriage is called Glaslyn, after another river this railway meets.
We are off for the second half of the journey. This section was opened last year, and then not all the way to Porthmadog.
There's the River Glaslyn.
Here we are coming into Porthmadog. The river is the Glaslyn here too, the estuary.
The river is the Glaslyn here too
The Glaslyn estuary. And now, we have arrived in Porthmadog. It is time to run for the bus to take us back home before school closes for the day.

Posted Apr 28, 2011, 7:49 pm
We are having a nice game of Settlers of Catan.

Posted Apr 28, 2011, 8:07 pm
A nice day for an afternoon out at Hunstanton.
There's a crazy golf course.
There's The Wash Monster, an amphibious vehicle that now takes people on tours of the coast and seal island.
The promenade was busy.
We grabbed a nice cuppa in the cafe in the sea-life centre.

Posted Apr 28, 2011, 8:11 pm
Ooo, look at all these Easter Eggs and bunnies.

Posted Apr 28, 2011, 8:40 pm
We've come to Gullivers Kingdom in Matlock Bath.
Mummy took me on the lazy river ride.
Mummy went on this ship ride earlier.

Posted Apr 28, 2011, 8:41 pm
Mummy took me to the post office to send me to my first host. Yes, I am excited, but I will miss you mummy....

Posted May 6, 2011, 11:28 am
I have arrived in Finland! I'll take a nap and then go on adventures  B)

Posted May 9, 2011, 7:38 am
My host lives by the Baltic Sea! The open sea view is behind all this archipelago though. Nearby is also the island where the creator of Moomin (a woman called Tove Jansson) spent her summers. Now it's a nice spring, the sea has just melted and the flowers are starting to bloom  B)

Posted May 9, 2011, 7:46 am
I attended a geocaching CITO event with my host! It was her first. We cleaned the surroundings of a sightseeing tower - quite a lot of glass lying around.

The story tells that the sightseeing tower was made by a giant: he heard that they were building a church in Porvoo and got angry (apparently giants don't like churches) and threw a stone all the way from Sipoo (where he lived, a place not too far from Porvoo). He didn't either aim it too well or his arm wasn't in good enough condition as he missed the church.

The stone has been a place to gather for festives a hundred years ago. Kids were told that babies were picked up from under the stone. Around 1880 they made the stairs and it became a sightseeing tower. Nowadays kids are told that a stork brings the babies - which is weird because you very rarely see storks in Finland...

Posted May 10, 2011, 7:55 am
I rode the only subway there is in Finland!

My host took us to the Recycling Factory in Helsinki. It's an annual one weekend event in Cable Factory. There you can learn and see about recycling, products people have made of recycled material (clothes, jewellry, toys, decoration items...), ethical food... There was a Bookcrossing table where my host took some of her bc-books - and took some with her :) My host also took stuff to the "free of charge" market. People left stuff and took stuff. My host took only a shirt home but left two bags of stuff.

It was really interesting, people were really creative!

After the Factory we walked around a bit and looked for geocaches  B) We found 3 and then we finally drove back home to celebrate Mother's Day  :D My host was so excited about the finds she totally forgot to take photos of me helping her... Again!

Posted May 14, 2011, 8:47 pm
We made a small trip to Castle Hill! In the 14th century here stood a wooden fortress. Now you can only see the hill and the castle moats. My host said this's a good place to play Robin Hood! 

Also a famous artist (Albert Edelfelt) has painted this view. He painted other views from Porvoo as well - and tons of not-at-all-Porvoo-related paintings. After all, he spent years in Paris.

The view where you can see all the bridges from here, and the Old Town is my host's favorite spot. She has taken a photo here which she made into postcards! Very cool!

We also did some geocaching while we were there  B) My host looked for the clues for a multicache, a code she later broke (and it included runes!) - and we found the cache. This took 2 days but we decided to show all the photos at once. It was her first multicache find!

By the way: Porvoo  is Borgå in Swedish. Borg means Castle and Å means River. Borgå = Castle river  :o

Posted May 27, 2011, 11:44 am
This is Helsinki, the capitol of Finland! Originally Helsinki wasn't the first capitol of Finland  :stare: it was Turku. Here's a short history of Helsinki. Nowadays there are allmost 600 000 inhabitants in Helsinki and that make sit the biggest city in the country.

In the first photo you see the Parliament peeking behind the trees. Next one shows Kiasma the museum of contemporary art with the statue of riding Mannerheim (one of the former presidents) in front of it. Then there is the main post office - which is also a apopular place (there is a cafe too) for Postcrossing meetups is Helsinki ;) Right behind the post office is the main railway station.

Then we walked around a bit and I saw the statue of the 3 Smiths and an old tram! Helsinki is the only place in Finland that has trams and subways.

Then I got to the Esplanad with trees and flowers - and many tourists. At the other end of the esplanad park is the Havis Amanda statue/fountain. Behind the Havis Amanda is the market square which was packed with orange tents, people selling all sorts of stuff: food, souvenirs, handicrafts, postcards... etc.  You also see the orthodox Uspenski Cathedral in the background.

Before the photo with the cruiseships is the Presidential Palace. The current president of Finland is Tarja Halonen, who is the first female president in this country.

While waiting for the ferry that was going to take us to the Korkeasaari Zoo we tried to find a few goecaches but somehow we had no luck.

Posted May 27, 2011, 11:56 am
So, we arrived to the Korkeasaari Zoo by ferry. We saw many interesting/cute/ scary animals - mostly felines like tigers and lions. I personally could've lived without seeing such huge cats... I don't think I'll ever chase a cat in my life anymore - not that I have, I'm a posh dog, I don't need to run after some silly cats, that could ruing my perfect fur!

While we were waiting for the ferry to go back, we checked out a castle-like building nearby. It was an old bearcage! They had polar bears there in the past (1890)! The history of the zoo can be read here.

When we came back to where we left we finally saw the most wellknown sight in Helsinki up close: The Cathedral.

Posted Jun 16, 2011, 9:17 pm
My host organized her first geocaching event. It was a CITO (Cache in Trash Out) event on castle Hill in Porvoo. About 20 geocachers came to clean the area from trash and the wipe info posts, so that people could read them again. We even saw a bride&groom coming to take weddingphotos in the cleaned environment  B)

It was a really hot day, with sunny and +34'C but people didn't complain. My host had brought ice cold water (it stayed ice cold as it was in the freezer over night and melted only gradually) and after taking the trashes everybody walked to a place my host had reserved for 2 hours, for refresments and blueberry pie. It was really interesting and fun!

My host was very happy too and got compliments. She's ready to arrange another event! After the event we went geocaching around Porvoo. We found lots of caches. We were at home around 10pm.  :stare: My host stayed up for hours more, logging the caches found. She was obviously in the right mood as she solved her first mystery cache! You should've heard the yelling  and wooting  :D

Posted Jun 16, 2011, 10:08 pm
2011 Nordic Orienteering Tour's tournament was held in Porvoo today. My host is not into this particular sport but they had also arranged a "treasurehunt" for kids in the Runeberg's park. She took the kids there and when they were picked up she showed me some sights  B) In the photos it's a lovely day but it didi rain heavily every now and then.

We did see some of the competitors and even took photos, but have no idea who they are...

Posted Jun 18, 2011, 9:21 pm
This is me in the Finnish Sauna  :D In Finland every household has a sauna - or in case of a block of flats, then there usually is one sauna for the whole highhouse. Anyway. This is my host's sauna.

Sauna is a room that you heat up (there are saunas that are heated with wood and saunas that are heated with electricity), preferably 60-80 degrees Celsius (that varies, some people like it even hotter). Then you take a shower (just to get wet, it's not pleasant to be dry in a sauna) before you enter the sauna (naked!). In sauna you just sit and relax and maybe throw some water on the hot stones (to get more heat and steam). Sauna relaxes your muscles and opens your skin pores, which makes you clean from the inside  :)

After a while (when you feel like it) you go to the shower again to get wet and re-enter the sauna. You can repeat it as many times as you want. In the end you shower to wash yourself.

In summerhouses people also have saunas. There it's tradition to make (or buy) a birch whisk with which you beat yourself gently in the sauna. The whisk has the leaves on so it won't hurt.

There are saunas in gyms and swimming halls but there men & women are divided in separate saunas. Otherwise, with friends and family, it's normal to go to sauna together.

Finns even have a Sauna Society!

Posted Jun 18, 2011, 9:28 pm
My host bought herself a new hand-gps (the yellow Garmin e-trexH) and of course she had to go try it :)

We started with this nature reserve next to the city center. We found a birdwatching tower that gave us a good look over the area. The only birds we saw was a swan couple  B) They were eating something from the water - lunchtime!

You can see the rooftop of the cathedral from here too!

Posted Jun 28, 2011, 12:20 pm
My host and a friend of hers drove to Kotka to geocache. I got to tag a long as well as Banyo and Gary Boldie. We arrived around noon in the city of Kotka (kotka in Finnish for eagle).

What you see in the photos are the Church of Kotka, Haukivuori lookout tower, Herb Garden, seashore of Kotka, Maretarium form the outside, Maritime centre Vellamo from the outside, city center and Langinkoski rapids. Then it got too "dark" for proper photos. as it was midsummer the sun didn't really set but it wasn't light enough for photos.

In basically every spot was a geocache to be found  B)

As you could see, we did eat and write some cards too! And then we continued...

Posted Jun 28, 2011, 12:28 pm
I think I fell assleep... My host and her friend didn't  :rolleyes: geocaching all night long!

Around 04 we arrived in Pyhtää to find a cache near this medieval church built in 1460!

Then we drove to Loviisa to find a cache next to this lookout tower.

05:45 am we found the last cache and headed for breakfast - finally!  ;)

Posted Jul 3, 2011, 8:17 pm
We arrived in Jyväskylä last night and today we're fresh & ready to go touring! Jyväskylä is a city about 250km and 3h drive north from Porvoo.

The City of Jyväskylä:

    the seventh largest city in Finland with 130 000 residents
    surface area 1171 km2
    water surface area 295 km2
    number of jobs 60 000
    households 70 000
    number summer cottages 4 000
    city of 47 000 students
    48 comprehensive schools, 8 high schools and 15 libraries
    the biggiest employer in the area totalling of 7 000 employees
    3 000 foreign residents from 100 different countries


At first we drove to the local candy factory outlet Panda to get some sweets :)

Then we drove to the city center to meet some postcrossers/geocachers! We walked around with the geocachers of the group and found some caches - and saw the sights. It was really hot so we couldn't do it too long. Luckily it was soon lunchtime!

After the lunch we headed to the harbour for a lake cruise...

Posted Jul 3, 2011, 8:22 pm
We took a 3h cruise on the Lake Päijänne on s/s Suomi with "everybody"  B) As everybody was a postcrosser it was logical that they wrote & signed some (200)  cards before enjoying the views. It was really hot so the little breeze was more than welcome. We saw some quite awesome summerhouses/saunas on the shore - or maybe we thought they were awesome because the owners could take a swim anytime on this hot weather...  ;)

When we got back my host looked for one more cache before we headed back home.

Posted Jul 3, 2011, 8:28 pm
Oh yes, we just got home from Jyväskylä and we're on the road again  :rolleyes: It's only the zoo in Helsinki we visited but still... I have been here before so we took photos only of the new thing: sand sculptures! There had been a competition "Art meets sand" few weeks back. It's an annual event and this year the theme was "acting like apes". The sculpture in the last photos won - a person from Mongolia made it.

Posted Jul 13, 2011, 11:29 am
My host and a few of her friends went to Tallinn, Estonia for the weekend and I got to go too! We took this little red ferry to cross the Baltic Sea. It took us onlu 2 hours as it's only 85km away  B)

Posted Jul 15, 2011, 8:28 am
I'm in Tallinn, Estonia! We were here to see the Medieval Days  B) They sold all sorts of "medieval" items at the market place and everyone was dressed in a medieval way. There was music/dance  performances too! The Tallinn old town is a perfect spot for such a festival.

Built up from the 13th to 16th centuries, when Tallinn – or Reval as it was known then – was a thriving member of the Hanseatic trade league, this enclosed neighbourhood of colourful, gabled houses, half-hidden courtyards and grandiose churches is, quite rightly, the city's biggest tourist draw. And the fact that it's all neatly packaged within a mostly-intact city wall and dotted with guard towers gives it an extra dose of fairytale charm. (webpage) That is so true! I felt like I needed a tiara or something!


Posted Jul 31, 2011, 7:48 pm
Lohja is a small town about 1/2h drive west from Helsinki. It has 39 000 inhabitants and is wellknown for apples. So I guess it's "The Small Apple"  :D

We drove there to meed postcrossers and to look for some geocaches. I'm sure the Church of St. Lawrence isn't the only sight allthough we photographed it the most. We just didn't see much else while staring at either postcards or gps-device... But my host found her first nano-cache!  B)

Posted Jul 31, 2011, 7:56 pm
The places we visit are getting smaller and smaller! This is the town of Vammala, now part of municipality called Sastamala. First we visited Mr Clutterbuck's House - in Finnish he's Herra Hakkarainen. Mr Clutterbuck is one of the famous characters in Mauri Kunnas' books. He's quite popular and very well known in Finland. My host says he rocks more than the Moomins  :stare:
The house was quite small but had fantastic displays and interactive plays (for example: you could dress up as Robin Hood or maiden in the castle room).

When we were finished we drove around for geocaches (starting to see a pattern here...?) and saw a few churches while at it. The first one is Church of Tyrvää (some indoor photos here) and the medieval one is Church of St. Olaf.

It's a rural area but thus lovely to drive in  B)

The last photo doesn't show me because my host was too speechless and overwhelmed by the cache. Yep, it's a geocache you're loooking at. The kid's (who is covered with butterflies for anonymity) in it. Still wonder why my host's brain didn't function normally  :p The cache was HUGE!

Posted Jul 31, 2011, 8:02 pm
Finally a bigger city! Tampere is my host's second (first) favorite city. And she takes this little photos of me there  :stare: Well, maybe she takes more in 2 weeks when she attends the geocaching Mega Event!

It's 2h drive north from Helsinki, has approx 213 000 inhabitants being the 3rd largest city in Finland (after Helsinki & Turku). The city website reveals this in a nutshell: Tampere is the third largest city in Finland and the largest inland centre in the Nordic countries.

Currently there are over 213,000 inhabitants in Tampere, and close to half a million inhabitants in Tampere Region, which comprises Tampere and its neighbouring municipalities.

Tampere is one of the three most rapidly developing regions in Finland. It is a centre of leading-edge technology, research, education, culture, sports and business.

In 2010, the City of Tampere came first in an image survey comparing the largest cities in Finland. It was also the most attractive city among Finns who plan on moving.

Yep, my host could imagine moving only to Tampere if she had to choose another city. Maybe it's partially because she has nice reletives there... Or maybe it's bacause she thinks the adventure park Särkänniemi is the coolest in this country (they usually go there every summer but this time it was Mr Clutterbuck's turn).

There's a Moomin museum in Tampere, under the main library. The Moomin statue is in front of it.

Posted Aug 7, 2011, 6:43 am

I got the opportunity to visit Suomenlinna Sea Fortress! Suomenlinna is an interesting place; it has loads of history but it's also a district of Helsinki - regular people (about 800 of them) live there all year round!  :o Oh, and there's also an open prison  :stare:

Here's what the website has to say about Suomenlinna today:
Suomenlinna is the property of the Finnish government and is managed by the Governing Body of Suomenlinna, an agency subordinate to the Ministry of Education and Culture. The fortress was handed over to civilian administration by the military in 1973 with the exception of Pikku Mustasaari island, where the Naval Academy is still located. The Finnish customs authorities have an office on the islands, and Suomenlinna also houses the Helsinki open prison. A substantial part of the repairs to the walls, ramparts and buildings are carried out by convicts.

The old buildings are still in everyday use as housing, working space, maintenance facilities and visitor service facilities. There is a continuous building repair programme going on. The restoration of fortifications and old buildings requires considerable expertise. The 18th-century dry dock on Susisaari island is still used as a winter storage and repair facility for old wooden sailboats. There are dozens of historical underwater sites around the fortress.

The natural environment on Suomenlinna is a mixture of indigenous Finnish archipelago ecosystems and centuries of horticulture. Many migratory birds stop on Suomenlinna, and several species of birds such as barnacle geese and swans nest on the islands.

The views are great at Suomenlinna B) Parts of it looks like the Shire in the Lord of The Rings (by JRR Tolkien)! The big cruise ships
sail thru a very narrow space next to Suomenlinna on their way to Stockholm and Tallinn. The only way to get to Suomenlinna is by ferry (or your own boat if you live there).

Here's some info I found about the history on their website:
Suomenlinna has played a key role in many turning points in Finland’s history. It has been the property of three sovereign states. The majority of its buildings date from the late 18th century, the end of the Swedish era. From the early 19th century to the early 20th century, Suomenlinna – then known as Viapori – was part of Russia along with the rest of Finland. Russian-era Viapori was a lively garrison town. After Finland gained her independence, Suomenlinna became home to a coastal artillery regiment, a submarine base and the Valmet shipyard, where ships were built after the Second World War for Finland’s war reparations.


Posted Aug 15, 2011, 12:20 pm
My host attended the Mega Finland 2011 -geocaching event in Tampere 11.-14. August. I was there too! Lots of caches all around, competitions, friends, new pals, searching, finding, being froggy, confusing mugglers... It was awesome! My host took only a few photos of us toyvoyagers - she was quite active with everything else :D

Posted Sep 6, 2011, 2:14 pm
It's my hosts birthday (she turns 25, again) and we spend the day geocaching. My host and her friend drove to Mäntsälä, a really small place with a few caches neither of them had yet found. I got to see some sights while at it. It was quite rainy for a birthday...

Posted Sep 11, 2011, 11:21 am
My host and her middle kid attended The postcard event in Hämeenlinna. It's an annual event where postcard artists and distributors and collectors come to sell their cards. There are also postcard and stamp displays, competitions and some arts&crafts booths. They are in two levels but we managed to take photos only on the lower level (the upper one was packed!). The were also Postcrossing table and my host was one of the people telling about this hobby. later she even got to brief Keanne van der Kreeke about Postcrossing!

There I could've completed a mission: take a photo with someone famous. Like Inge Löök or Keanne v. d. Kreeke or Omppu Omenamäki or other Finnish artists... My host just didn't remember it  :(

We also attended the postcrossing meetup there and signed quite a few cards... I can't yet tell how many as there will probably be a competition about it  ;)  :(

Posted Sep 11, 2011, 11:33 am
I'm packing... I'm going back home tomorrow. It'll be fun to see family again and tell them more about my journey!

Posted Sep 17, 2011, 10:41 am
Hello Mummy, so good to see you again. I loved Finland but I missed you.

Posted Oct 11, 2011, 4:13 pm
To celebrate Clyde's arrival and also to wish some of us who are travelling to pastures new
we shared a doughnut!

Posted Nov 4, 2011, 11:08 am
Today, we welcomed a new visitor Tiger Lilly
Clyde was shy so we had another photo taken.

Posted Nov 18, 2011, 11:37 am
Today, we, that is us toyvoyagers and prospective travellers, welcomed a new visitor, Mr Wilson.

Posted Nov 19, 2011, 9:20 pm

Today, new ToyVoyager tags arrived. We gathered around them with the prospective travellers...  They looked excited... Who will be chosen to go on an exciting adventure around the world?
Today is also the day Clyde leaves for pastures new. Travel safely.

Posted Dec 12, 2011, 11:06 am
Mummy is doing this jigsaw puzzle.
She isn't quite finished yet...
Luc Zeke is leaving today.
For travel, he's popped back into his egg. ...

Posted Dec 12, 2011, 11:59 am
Mummy and us welcomed a new toyvoyager to stay.
His name is KalliHH

Posted Dec 12, 2011, 12:08 pm
Mummy had put in some dried fruit for soaking in brandy the other day.
Today, we will make the Christmas cake.
The butter and sugar is being creamed.
Eggs were added.
Flour, spices, the fruit, nuts and treacle also get added.
The cake will take 4 hours in the oven, after our bedtimes. Maybe we'll have a photo with it when the cake is fed some more brandy.

Posted Dec 20, 2011, 10:59 am
Oh dear...
There's a piece missing....

Posted Jan 12, 2012, 11:38 am
We went to grandma's for Christmas.
My family started the tree without us.
These lights work!
We hid among the tinsels

Posted Jan 12, 2012, 11:56 am
What is behind us in the wrapping paper?

Posted Jan 20, 2012, 11:01 am
Tomorrow is a new year
Let's celebrate with some cake

Posted Jan 20, 2012, 11:24 am
On our way home, we went via Magna, an industrial science museum set in an old steelworks near Rotherham/Sheffield.
The museum is in 4 sections. The first section we visited was Fire.
This shows the inside of an engine, middle in...
middle out...
The fire is lit.
Twirling up into a tornado
On to air now.
This thing blows air to generate "music" at the press of buttons.
Then, onto water
Lots of possibilities to get wet but we didn't bring any towels, so will be careful.
A water blaster..
Those cones will get full of water when someone raises the water up a rope or something.
Those balls are being kept in the air!
Then, we went on to Earth
This film is showing the Earth.
We arrived here late and didn't have time to put our hard hats on.

Posted Jan 26, 2012, 11:01 am
We got back home safely but haven't done much. Travelling is tiring!
A package arrived
Henrik came to see us! Someone new to talk to!
However, Mr Wilson and KalliHH are leaving tomorrow.

Posted Feb 9, 2012, 10:23 am
Today, we went to Garden Organic's Ryton Gardens near Coventry for a Potato Day.
Look at all these spuds!
There were so many different ones.
It was a pleasant day so we walked around the gardens.
Ryton Gardens has many little gardens. This is a small garden.
This is the biodynamic garden.
This is Paradise Gadren
There's fruit still on the trees.
Grandma has one of these plants in her garden

Posted Feb 24, 2012, 9:32 am
After leaving Ryton Gardens, we had time to stop off in Ironbridge at Enginuity, a hands-on science centre.
Look what is inside a teddy.
A Dyson washing machine.
And some model ships.
The ? are to be aimed at with a special remote to activate a commentary
There's a bicycle powered thing.
A crazy boiler!
Wind Power. There are different numbers of sails to experiment in the wind.
Water power and dams.
Tessellations. Can we put this back together?
I think so...
Yes we can!
Another one!
Let's have a race in the Norgren Climbing Challenge!
A tie!

Posted Mar 4, 2012, 5:44 pm
There's no snow :( other parts of the UK have had significant snowfall but we've had none.

Posted Mar 7, 2012, 2:07 pm
We haven't been out recently, my mum and dad have been redecorating the house slowly. Anyway, this room was recently finished and is now a workshop and jigsaw area.
We decided to help my big brother do The Periodic Table jigsaw puzzle he received for Christmas.
Zed Dog and I found a jigsaw piece of Bismuth to put in.
We all dived in to have a look for more pieces to put in the puzzle.

Posted Mar 9, 2012, 9:05 pm
The postman came with a packet...
I wonder who is inside.
It is Squizzle
Mummy is attempting a 3000 piece jigsaw of the Mappa Mundi. How long will it take if we help?

Posted Mar 16, 2012, 10:32 am
Look who has come to help with the 3000-piece jigsaw
Hello Shesh and Lizzy Lizard

Posted Apr 15, 2012, 8:11 pm
Ooo, we are off somewhere. A package arrived so we'll open it later when we get wherever we are going.

Posted Apr 15, 2012, 8:24 pm
We've arrived at Grandma's house
and now it is time to see what is in the package.
Hello Yetta Bear

Posted Apr 15, 2012, 9:05 pm
It is my Mum'w birthday soon, and grandma doesn't live too far away from LittleBlogFrog
So, we hijacked mum's toyvoyagers account and decided to contact LittleBlogFrog for help with presents.
We wrote a message to her asking her to meet some of us at King's Lynn the next day, to see if she has any ideas what mum would like.

Posted Apr 15, 2012, 9:30 pm
It is time to wrap up my mum's birthday present.
And then Grandma gave us an Easter chocolate each.

Posted Apr 26, 2012, 6:51 pm
Happy birthday Mum.
I hope you like our present to you..

Posted May 9, 2012, 10:15 am
A package arrived...
Hello MuhKuh to our home.

Posted May 18, 2012, 4:37 pm
A package arrived today, let's see what is inside...
It is a ToyVoyager called Twixx

Posted Sep 17, 2012, 9:00 pm
Hello mommy!

I'm here!!! I'm in Finland now!!!  :D

I arrived here today, and I got a warm welcome. There's already many other toys here, so I think I will have great time here with so many new friends.

Mommy, take a look at the pictures. In the first picture there are we all toys together. And in the second picture I'm with Kurnau, TV who is living here and who is my host here.

I just want you to know, mom, that I'm fine. :)

Gwen Jolie

Posted Oct 9, 2012, 4:01 pm
Hi mommy!

I have got nice time here. I have made new friends with other toys here, and we have got fun!

Today I was outside, and I saw some great things of the autumn. Look the photos, mom, and you can see the colours of nature, too. Yes, it's the most colourful time of this season, very soon all trees will be "naked", and then it's time wait some snow coming. I'm so exited, I want to see some snow... but I have to wait little more first...

I'm fine here, mom. :)

Gwen Jolie

Posted Oct 12, 2012, 7:27 pm
Hei! Hello!

It's getting quite cold outside in Finland already.
Can you believe, the weather forecast has said it will be minus degrees Celcius outside in this weekend?!?  :o  And it might be snowing in Lapland very soon...  :o  :o  :o

I'm only wondering, when will come the first snow here Central Finland... Oh, I just need to wait little more...

Just take a look at the picture. There's a sign, and you can see how far away Jyväskylä city is from other countries... Wow!  :o

Gwen Jolie

Posted Oct 18, 2012, 6:23 pm
Hei! Hello mom!

Today happened something really great!
Mommy, I aaaaaamm sooooo haaaaappppyyyyy now!
I got one of my life mission completed. I was eating in a restaurant!!!  :D

First, I was thinking what to order...
There were so much nice foods what to choose for.  :thinking:

Then I started eating the salad.

Suddenly happened something unbelievable!!!  :o
Mommy, can you believe that there was a big squirrel walking in the restaurant? Look!

And mommy, look!!! This squirrel hold me in his hand, so hostmom could take a picture of us. :)

When the squirrel had gone, hostmom told me the squirrel is the mascot of the restaurant. Squirrel's name is Ossi Orava, and this restaurant's name is Rosso. Then hostmom showed the children's menu, and there's a picture of Ossi Orava. :)

Yes, it is the same squirrel, that I just met. Cool!  :D

Then was time to eat. I ate some salmon with vegetables.
It was so yummy!!!  :p

OOoooooh, it was so yummy, that my tummy is soooo full!  :o

Mommy, it was a great day today. :)

Gwen Jolie

:)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)
To dine in a posh restaurant!

:)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)

Posted Oct 22, 2012, 12:29 pm
Hi mommy!

Something exiting happened today. My hostmom is active in postcrossing hobby, and today I had a chance to take part in the postcrossing meeting! It was really fun!  :D
I was there with Kurnau, Alberto, little Sunny and Matsya.

The meeting place was a wonderful postcard shop named Harjun Paperi. It's absolutely the best postcard shop in this town (it's like a postcard heaven).

And what we did in the meeting... Well, we chat to each other, and eat some great snacks...  :p

...and we wrote many postcards...

...and while people wrote even more postcards, we toys were exploring in the shop. :)

It was fun!

Gwen Jolie

Posted Oct 22, 2012, 12:33 pm
Hi mommy!

Today I visited to see the oldest building of Jyväskylä.
The building called as Taavettilan riihi, which is in English the drying barn of Taavettila.
The building has buildt somewhere in 1700's, the exact year is unknown.
First, building used as a drying barn, but somewhere in 1800's it became usual barn/cabin and it got windows then. In 1900's the building started to be a cabin museum.

Jyväskylän vanhin rakennus = the oldest building of Jyväskylä
Riihi muutettu tuvaksi 1800-luvun alussa = a drying barn has turn to be a cabin in the beginning of 1800's
Jyväskylän yliopisto = University of Jyväskylä
Rakennus 3 = Building 3

Because we didn't have a chance to go in (the door was closed), we decided to look through the window...

Gwen Jolie


Posted Oct 26, 2012, 8:01 pm
Hello mommy!

Guess what? Something white thing has came here. It's all over outside.
It's cold, white, and it's covering everything!!!  :o  :o  :o

YES!!! It's the first snow!!!  :o

Winter is just around the corner... Temperature has been about -3 degrees Celcius the hole day.

Brrrrr... snow is so cold!

All others came to sit on the snow, too. Brrrrrrr...

Ooooops! What just happened?!?  :o  Some snow fall on us!

Hih... it was only fun!  :D

Gwen Jolie

Posted Nov 3, 2012, 8:52 pm
Hei! Hello mom!

Kurnau told me, that we all toys can travel with hostmom, when she will visit her parents in other side of Finland in this weekend. I was totally exited about it. It's so cool to see other placed in Finland, too.

Kurnau showed me the map. Can you see the spots A and B in the map? Yes, that's our travel plan, it's about 320 kilometres.
We are going to little village called Ilomantsi. It's in the Northern Karelia in Finland.

After sitting 4 hours in the car, I was tired and I wanted to relax.
So, I experienced one Finnish thing, how to relax and take a bath at the same time: I went to sauna!!!

And guess what?  :o
I met saunatonttu (=the elf of sauna) there!!!

This room, sauna, is a hot place. Saunas are very common in Finland (maybe because the cold and long winter seasons?!?). Finns go to sauna to wash themselves, but also to relax. They throw some water to the kiuas (it's like the "oven", and there are some stones on it), and this hot kiuas makes the hole room so warm place to be.

AAAaaaaahh, I'm sooooo relaxed now!!!

Gwen Jolie

Posted Nov 3, 2012, 8:56 pm
Hi mommy!

Unfortunately, the weather is awful here... it's raining a lot...  :(
So, there's no sightseeing here today...

But, the bad weather is not the problem for us!  :) We can do many fun things inside, too.  :D

At first, I want to show you the coat of arms of Ilomantsi. It looks like this:

And because there's three kanteles (kantele = it's one kind of instrument) in the picture of the coat of arms, I wanted to play this instrument.

And happily I can say, that I did it. I played kantele.  :D  B)
Kantele is the national instrument of Finland, and especially in Karelia.

Others played it, too.

And then, we found this marvellous little building! Wow!  :o

Hi hiiiiii!!!!! Here I am!  ;)

And then, I saw something, what I first couldn't believe...  :o

Look yourself! Is it cool? So many medals and pokals etc!!!  :o  :o

...Hih, and I'm there somewhere, too. Can you find me?

Well, can you see me now?

Great! You found me!!! Well done!  :)

Oh, one more photo for today...

I'm dreaming: "...and the winner is....... GWEN JOLIE!!!"
Hurray!!!  :p

It was fun day!

Gwen Jolie

Posted Nov 3, 2012, 8:58 pm
Hello mommy!

It's last day of our visit in Ilomantsi, and the weather is still bad... :(

Well, because outside is terrible, we decided to make nice inside this house.
Yes, we are going to bake some cookies! :)

First need to use kaulin (= a rolling pin).

Then it's time to make cookies. I made bunny shaped cookies. :)

Kurnau helped. He put the cookies to the cookie sheet.

Mmmmmm... it smells so good already!  :p

Cookies are ready! Yummy!!!

Now it's time to enjoy!  :p

Gwen Jolie

Posted Nov 5, 2012, 8:28 pm

I read today's local newspaper named Keskisuomalainen today.
Finnish is nice language, but very difficult to learn. But my hostmommy helped me to read the newspaper. :)

Here's the front page:

There was a big article about what happened last Saturday in Jyväskylä. A huge amount of water were wasted, because the watertower crashed down suddenly. Many people had to be some times without running water in their homes. The article tried to tell what really had happened. This was one big news here. (it was lucky, that I was in Ilomantsi last weekend).

And then there was some advertisements.

Hi hii, these speaking bubbles look so funny, don't you think so?

Well... Ice hockey (jääkiekko in Finnish) is very popular sport in Finland. And offcourse there's at least one article of it in the newspaper.

I liked reading comics. They were so funny! :D

And offcourse I watched very carefully the weather forecast.  ;)
It looks quite nice. Maybe we could go outside in the next following days...

Gwen Jolie

Posted Nov 15, 2012, 8:10 pm
Hello mommy!

Now I want to introduce hostmommy's cat, who name is Jeppe.
He is 2 years old, and so typical cat. He likes to sleep a lot. :)
He is very kind (and hostmom is taking good care of me), so you don't have to be worry about me at all.

Gwen Jolie

Posted Nov 16, 2012, 4:09 pm
Hei! Hello!

Today was nice weather outside, so I went there for little walk and to have some fresh air. :)
I went to place called Harju (Jyväskylä Ridge). It's like a hill just next to city center.

As you can see from the pictures, there's not snow anymore.
All snow has melted away. Well, it's not a surprise, because it was the first snow.

These stone stairs of Harju is very long...

There's city center down there.

This building is called Vesilinna. It's located in Harju.
And there's the viewing tower in the building, too. I'm going there. :)

Look, so nice views!!!  :)

Gwen Jolie

Posted Nov 20, 2012, 8:26 pm
Hi mommy!

It's my last day here in Finland, so I wanted to go to city center one more time
to take some photos. As you can see from the photos, today was raining.
It's not very good weather to be outside, but I still had fun!

Mom, take a look the next photo. Can you see a cat there?

Hihii, I didn't mean the real cat...  ;)  :D

Look, there's a cat in the wall!!!  :o

Then I continued walking.

And I arrived in pedestrian precinct (= kävelykatu in Finnish)

There's a big Chritmas tree in the pedestrian precinct.  :D

The pedestrian precinct is the place for live music, shopping centres, boutiques, gift shops, cafés,
restaurants, pubs and many other services.
And guess what?!? Jyväskylä's award-winning pedestrian precinct is ranked as
one of Finland's best!!!

There's also some nice Christmas lights and decorations there. :)

I also saw the working place of Santa Claus through the window there!!!  :D  :D

After that I continued walking... :)

Then I saw a very high statue in the middle of the tori (= a market place or a central park).
Ooh, it's very very high!!!  :o

Mommy, I had nice little walk outside today. :)

Gwen Jolie

Posted Nov 20, 2012, 10:24 pm
Hello mommy!

It's my time to leave here and continue my journey.

I'm so exited, because I'm going to Germany, wow!!!  :o  :D

But before leaving I said goodbye to others, these wonderful toy friends of mine.

And we gave a group hug to each other.

Bye bye all! I'm going to miss you... hope to see everyone somewhere in the World someday.

Germany, I'm coming!!!!!

Gwen Jolie

Posted Nov 20, 2012, 10:26 pm

It's so dark in here! I can't see anything!!!

I'm in the envelope and travelling to my next host.
I just hope I'm going to arrive there soon and safe.

Bye bye Finland!

Germany, I'm coming!

- Gwen Jolie -


Posted Dec 11, 2012, 10:25 pm
Hello Mum.

After a short trip I arrived at my new host in Bochum.  Outside of my envelope I could hear different voices.  I was very excited to see who was outside. Then I could see light and the next thing I could see was the head of Mr. Stanley who wanted to be the first to welcome me.

When I looked out of the envelope I could see me TVs’ who were looking at me. There were Snowball the TV from my new Host mum Shilo, Purple Tentacle and Sterni.

They all hugged me to welcome me.

After this nice welcome I showed the others the gifts I had brought with me and Snowball took a photo with me for her memory album.

It was a very nice first day here in Bochum. Shilo told us that we will visit Hamburg this weekend, so we all went to bed and I dreamed from the weekend.

See you soon
Your Gwen Jolie

Posted Dec 23, 2012, 8:03 pm
Hello Mum.

This weekend was very special, because we were visiting Hamburg together with host mum and dad. There we planned to watch the musical Tarzan.
When we arrived at Hamburg it was already dark, so we decided to visit the Christmas market.
It was a very beautiful there. I love all this wonderful lights everywhere. Unfortunately some pictures where a little bit blurry or a bit too dark, but I hope that you could see me. :)

The decoration on this house was the best, with all the different languages on it.

Tomorrow we were watching Tarzan but not it is time for us to go to bed.

See you tomorrow mum.

Posted Dec 23, 2012, 9:02 pm
Good morning Mum.

Today is our second day here in Hamburg. I am so happy because today we will see the musical Tarzan.  Host mum told us that this musical is really cool.
Before the show began we were looking around the musical hall.

Look Mum this is the handprint from Phil Collins

Than it was time to sit down. I am so exited…… and then the lights turned off…

During the break I had a pretzel and an apple spritzer

Wow this musical was really amazing.

Posted Dec 23, 2012, 9:44 pm
Hello Mum.

Tomorrow the Advent season is starting and because of that we were helping host mum to prepare the Advent calendar. All this sweets were looking so yummy. I wish I could eat them all by myself.

This is the calendar from host mum. Look I can sit inside this bag :)

Then it was time to fill host dads calendar. It took a while but then it was finished. Doesn’t it look great?

I want to wish you a wonderful Christmas time Mum.

Posted Dec 23, 2012, 10:32 pm
Today it was time to say goodbye to our good friend Mr. Stanley. He will travel on to his new host.
Before he left we lighted up the first candle on our Advent wreath.

Then we said goodbye to Stanley. We hugged him all together and wished him a save and short trip.

Bye bye Mr. Stanley I will miss you and hope we will meet again one day.

Posted Jan 4, 2013, 9:34 pm
Hello Mum.

Today arrived a new envelope with a TV inside. I was so excited to meet a new Friend. We sat down around the envelope and I was the lucky one who opened it.

Out of the envelope came a little bear called Peppi Pooh. To welcome him here in Bochum we hugged him all together.

After that we sat down with some cookies from cookie monster and talked about our adventures and the TVs we met on our journeys. It was a wonderful evening.

Posted Jan 4, 2013, 10:25 pm
Hello Mum.

The weather was rainy today but we didn’t want to sit around at home. So we planned to visit the Christmas market in Oberhausen. This market is really wonderful. Unfortunately it was too wet to take more pictures but here I can show you some of the decorations on the streets and look at this giant nutcracker isn’t it cool?

Posted Jan 13, 2013, 4:24 pm
Hello Mum.

Today we were decorating the Christmas tree and the rest of the living room Host mum planned to decorate everything very colorful this year.
Look at this wonderful Christmas tree balls. I put some of them onto the window bench.

I love this star because it looks like there were a lot of other stars in it.

Then it was time to decorate the tree. We climbed up the tree to place the Christmas tree balls. Can you see us sitting in the tree?

I want to wish you a merry Christmas mum.

Posted Jan 13, 2013, 6:02 pm
Hello Mum.

We were visiting some friends of our host parents in Stuttgart to celebrate New Year's Eve. We were starting our day with a cookie breakfast :)

Then to pas some time we were driving around with the car of host mums little godson.

The car was a little bit too big for us so we needed a break.

After our rest it was time for us to prepare the firework for the evening. We unpacked everything and put it together. I think this could be a great firework.

Then it was time for dinner. Today we had Raclette. Doesn’t it look really yummy?

Finally it was midnight and we had a really wonderful firework.

I want to wish you a Happy New Year 2013 Mum
Gwen Jolie

Posted Feb 6, 2013, 9:00 pm
When host mum came back home after work today she brought a small envelope with her. We were very excited to meet the TV inside. Cookie Monster opened the envelope and out of it came a little bear called TezTez.

We hugged him to welcome him here in Bochum.

We spend the rest of the evening with chatting about our adventures and eating the chocolate TezTez had brought with him. I love to hear new stories from the others and the chocolate was great.

Posted Feb 7, 2013, 8:03 pm
Today we were sitting on the sofa when the doorbell was ringing. We were wondering who will be there. Snowball jumped from the sofa to open the door.
She told us that she could hear that someone was coming up the stairs and then she could see our new guest. It was Cassiopeia the turtle.

Snowball showed Cassiopeia the way into the living room where we were waiting patiently.

We were so happy to see Cassiopeia that we all hugged her to welcome her here in Bochum, after her long tour with the car.

Then we took the chance to make a group picture together

Now there is only one TV missing for the trip to Las Vegas.

P.S. I should learn to drive a car. I think it could be very useful for the future. I hope Cassiopeia could tell me how to drive.

Posted Feb 7, 2013, 9:05 pm
Hello Mum.

Today we planned to outside to play in the snow. Host mum drove with us to Dortmund where we could play on a playground. But the best was the tobogganing. We had a lot of fun together. I love to play in the snow.

Posted Feb 25, 2013, 9:49 pm
Hello Mum.

Today was a happy and also a little sad day. When Host mum came home she brought a small packet with her.
We sat around the packet and were wondering what could be inside.

Then suddenly the packet opened and we could see the head of Hoppsi. He jumped out of the packet and we could see that he had his own bag.

To welcome Hoppsi here with us in Bochum we hugged him.

Hoppsi is the last TV we were waiting for, for our trip to Las Vegas. To celebrate this we made a group picture together.

Then it was time to say goodbye to Cookie Monster. Today he will start his trip around the world. I wish him the best, but it is sad to say goodbye to a friend.
Before he left we all hugged him and wished him a safe and short trip.

Bye bye Cookie Monster I hope we will meet again one day.

Posted Mar 13, 2013, 8:55 pm
Hello Mum.

Tomorrow we will finally fly to Las Vegas. Today we were helping our host parents to pack the bags for our trip. Everything fits into the bags, but luckily we don’t fly inside the bags.

When everything was ready we sat around the netbook and looked at some pictures Snowball had made in Las Vegas during their trip in summer last year.

Then it was time to go to bed. Tomorrow we had to stay up very early in the morning.

Good night mum

Posted Mar 14, 2013, 9:57 pm
Good morning Mum.

Today we were finally flying to Las Vegas. Very early in the morning we flew from Düsseldorf to London. This was a short fly from just an hour, but in London we had to change the terminal. We took a bus from terminal 1 to terminal 5.

When we arrived at terminal 5 we had two hours to wait till our next flight to New York started. We used the time to look around the terminal.

Our flight to New York took nine hours. During the flight I watched out of the window and looked at the landscape under us.

When we arrived at New York we saw this cool apple at the airport.

We haven’t got much time at the New York airport, because we had to check out and in completely to get to our next plane. It was a little bit stressful but we made it in time.
The flight to Las Vegas took another six hours.

Yeah mum, we finally arrived at Las Vegas, after our 21 hour trip. I am very happy that we are here but I am too tired to enjoy it. But I think after a lot of sleep I could enjoy it.

Good night mum

Posted Mar 17, 2013, 2:10 pm
Good morning mum.

I sent you Greetings from the sunny Las Vegas. Behind me you can see the “New York New York” hotel. I think it looks really cool.

Today we were visiting the MOB attraction. It is an exhibition about the mafia in Las Vegas, inside the Tropicana hotel. We learned a lot of interesting things about the old mafia and saw cool stuff that belongs to that time. But the best thing was that we met some “real” mafia gangsters who gave us missions that we had to fulfill.

Mum I promise you that I didn’t broke the glass.

Posted Mar 17, 2013, 8:44 pm
Hey Mum.

After our breakfast we were going to the Bellagio hotel to have a look at the botanical garden, which is specially decorated for the Chinese New Year, which is celebrated everywhere here in Vegas.
At the entrance of the garden we were welcomed by a giant snake which is 9 feet tall and is constructed of 5,000 handmade silk scales. In the Chinese Zodiac 2013 is the Year of the Snake. Individuals born in the Year of the Snake are known to be keen, cunning, intelligent and wise. If you happen to be a Snake, you could look forward to a year of good fortune.

I like this Chinese Money Tree. It is a symbol to bring good fortune to the Chinese while still living and in the after-life used to guide spirits to heaven and provide wealth while there. The meaning handed down from ancient Chinese legend is that a person shall grow wealthy through hard work and relying on ones own sweat and blood.

This Chinese Calligraphy is called “Fu” which carries the meaning of Blessing, Happiness and Good Fortune.

In the garden we saw a lot of other cool flowers and decorations.

Later we were going to the former Imperial Palace hotel, because they have a giant car exhibition.

Look at all these wonderful cars

Hey mum look who we found, the blues brothers ;)

The car in the middle belonged to president JFK

Posted Mar 29, 2013, 9:19 pm
Hi Mum.

After our breakfast we visited the m & m world. Have you ever seen so many m & m’s in so many different colors?

Here I am standing in front of the famous Bellagio hotel.

In the evening it looks much more impressive, especially when the show with the water fountains began.

After the show we drove to downtown to visit the famous Fremont Street. The lightshows were really amazing.

This was an amazing evening.

Posted Mar 31, 2013, 11:00 pm
Hello Mum.

Today we visited Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat inside the Mirage hotel. The dolphins were really cool and we could watch how they were fed.

From the dolphin habitat we entered the secret garden. I have never seen white tigers and lions before, that was really special. But it was a little bit sad that they have such small compounds.

This Waterfall is really wonderful.

Then we went to the Venetian across the street to visit Madame Tussauds. There we meet a lot of famous people.
I am sitting on the arms of Matthew McConaughey can you believe it?

After that a chatted with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

I want to show you my new Friend Muhammad Ali, he is really strong

Criss Angel is a famous magician here in America

Today was really cool, I hope tomorrow will be so cool too.

Posted Apr 1, 2013, 12:19 pm
Good morning mum.

Today we were looking around the Cesar’s Palace. This hotel is really gigantic and we saw a lot of cool things here.

After that we went back to the Luxor hotel to visit the Body’s exhibition. It feels a little bit strange to see all this body parts of dead people.

To relax a bit after that we walked around the strip at night. It is really beautiful to look at all these lights.

Later we went to the Aria hotel to watch the Cirque du Solei show Zarkana

Posted Apr 1, 2013, 2:13 pm
Hello Mum.

Today is our last day here in Las Vegas. Before we left in the evening we visited the Shark Reef Aquarium inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel. Here we saw impressive sharks and a lot of other fishes. We also had the chance to touch rays. It was like touching jelly.

Then it was time to say goodbye to the Luxor hotel and to Las Vegas.

It was a great time here and I hope I will come back here again.

Posted Apr 1, 2013, 8:45 pm
Hello Mum.

Today is host mums birthday. But before we could celebrate it, a new TV arrived. We sat around the envelope and were really excited to see who will be inside.

When we opened it a little rat came out called Miss Lucy. She is joining the long time RR like, Gwen, Bzzzzz and Knöpfchen.

We hugged her to welcome her here in Bochum.

Then she showed us what she had brought with her. The card is really beautiful.

After that we decided to make a cake for Shilo as a birthday surprise.
We were all working together and at the end we made a really yummy looking cake.

Posted Apr 2, 2013, 9:03 pm
Hello Mum.

Today another TV arrived here at Bochum. Angel was very excited to see who will be inside because it was the first time that he saw the envelope with a TV inside.

When it opened a little sheep came out called Tsukumo. She is joining the Big German RR just like Angel.

We all hugged her to welcome her here in Bochum.

After that she showed us what she had brought with her.

Because we were so many TVs here at the moment and some of us will travel on the next days we had the idea to take a group picture together.

The weather was better than the last days so we planned to take a walk outside. We visited a small park near our home.

Posted Apr 2, 2013, 10:15 pm
Happy Easter Mum.

Today the weather was so nice that we went outside to search some spring flowers and with some luck the Easter bunny ;)
Look I really found some flowers and some Easter eggs.

While we were walking around we saw a small playground. We took the chance and played a bit.

When we got back home, we noticed that the Easter bunny was here and that he was hiding some Easter eggs into the living room. We were really good in searching and at the end we had found a lot of eggs.

Happy Easter to everybody!

Posted Apr 15, 2013, 4:15 am
Gwen Jolie safely arrived in Iola, Kansas, USA! :D

Posted Apr 16, 2013, 2:52 am
We enjoyed youth group... there were a cup cake craft, hay stacks for dinner, and songs!

Posted Apr 22, 2013, 5:08 am
Springtime is slowly getting here and the host family took advantage of a sunny afternoon to start getting their garden ready :D

Posted Apr 25, 2013, 4:23 am
Yay, yummy Mexican food! We went to El Charro's to celebrate a birthday with the host family :D

Posted Apr 28, 2013, 2:37 am
A flock of wildly colored ninjas invaded the home... (well, really, they were more fundraising items that host mom made and donated to the middle school History Bowl, to help get the team to the national competition in Washington DC).

Posted May 4, 2013, 7:41 pm
We visited the amazing Deanna Rose Farmstead! It was so fun to explore all of the different things :D

Posted May 6, 2013, 5:17 am
After a fun time at the farmstead, we went to eat veggie burgers at Red Robin! :) They have the world's best veggie burgers (we think) and all the french fries you can eat :D

Posted May 9, 2013, 3:49 am
It was a beautiful day, so we went down to the Neosho River to play! Lots of people were out to fish and throw rocks in the water! :D

Posted May 13, 2013, 5:35 am
We helped a high school student campaign for treasurer in her school's student elections (she won)! :D

Posted May 15, 2013, 5:20 am
Road trip! We headed on an adventure today and our first stop was to see the historical marker at the spring in Eureka, Kansas.

Posted May 18, 2013, 12:37 am
Our next stop to stretch our legs was at a pretty bridge in El Dorado, KS. This little site is tucked just off of the highway and is very peaceful.

Posted May 19, 2013, 7:05 pm
Once we got to Wichita, we found a lovely Chinese restaurant for dinner. The name of the restaurant was Kirin and they were having their grand opening. We ate an amazing vegetarian feast including cream cheese wontons, lo mein, ma po tofu, fried rice, white rice, and chow mein.

Posted May 20, 2013, 1:02 am
After dinner, we drove downtown to the Orpheum Theater, to watch the Wichita State University Contemporary Dance Recital. They don't allow pictures inside the theater, but we got there early enough that we were able to wander around downtown and admire the art and architecture. We found an amazing horse sculpture that was made entirely out of old car bumpers. There were also pigs made out of bumpers, but they were inside of a building that was already locked for the night.

Posted May 21, 2013, 6:07 am
It was a beautiful evening and we very much enjoyed the middle school's musical performance on the town square!

Posted May 22, 2013, 5:18 am
We attended the 5th grade graduation at a local elementary school.  The gym was sure full of excited children and their families! The flag on the right is the Kansas state flag.

Posted May 23, 2013, 2:55 am
We got to play with some baby hedgehogs, under the watchful eye of their mama!

Posted May 28, 2013, 4:06 am
I went to youth group with the host family. We had fun making melted pony bead sun catchers and eating a yummy fellowship dinner! :D

Posted May 28, 2013, 5:32 am
Mmm! I always enjoy Sabbath supper at the Seventh Day Adventist church! :D

Posted May 31, 2013, 5:32 am
Host mom showed us one of the country storm shelters... we were curious about them after the tornado sirens went off last week. The host family live in town, so when the tornado sirens went off, they went to the local arts center, where a huge basement room, two stories beneath the ground, was opened up for people to stay until the storm passed. In the country, people have their own little shelters, like these. Host mom said that the ground here is very wet, so not very many people have basements, in spite that it would be really convenient when the threat of tornadoes come!

Posted Jun 1, 2013, 11:45 pm
Host mom was on call on Memorial Day and had to go to Erie. She was looking for the metal dinosaurs that are supposed to be on display in the are, but found the Osage Nation plaque instead.

Posted Jun 4, 2013, 4:49 am
Host mom set her GPS to get to and from Erie for her on call visit. The GPS decided to take her off of the highway and down gravel roads. She came across this pretty community building in the middle of seeming nowhere. It had just the building, a storm cellar, and a small playground. When she got home, host mom looked up Odense, KS. Apparently, it is a township so small that she couldn't find a listing of the population anywhere!

Posted Jun 6, 2013, 4:31 am
Our next stop was to look at the wildflowers near Elsmore, KS. Sometimes it's a good thing when the GPS takes you off the highway and into the wild!

Posted Jun 8, 2013, 1:29 am
Host mom got to stay home for about half an hour before getting called out again. We helped host mom's friend, who is helping host mom paint her living room!

Posted Jun 8, 2013, 2:44 am
Host mom showed us what most Americans do on Memorial Day: Visit the cemetery to pay respects to loved ones who have passed, especially honoring those who have given military service to the country.

Posted Jun 10, 2013, 5:21 am
Host mom's last call was in Fort Scott, so she took us by to see the Fort Scott National Historic Site. It was closed for the evening, so we only got to look at the outside. Host mom explained that the bricks that line the streets and the walkways in old town Fort Scott were locally made, back in the 1800s!

Posted Jun 12, 2013, 1:58 am
It was picture day at the host family's kids' dance studio. All of the kids looked like they were having so much fun showing off their costumes and playing while they waited their turns! :D

Posted Jun 12, 2013, 4:04 am
Oh goody, a birthday! Watching presents being unwrapped is the most fun part of the day! :)

Posted Jun 13, 2013, 4:46 am
Tonight was the dress rehearsal for the host family's kids' dance recital! So many excited kids, and I really enjoyed it!

Posted Jun 14, 2013, 5:28 am
Recital day! I got to play with all the dancers who waited in the "holding pit" between their routines! There were so many costumes and so many fun kids

Posted Jun 15, 2013, 4:58 am
Host mom's parents were visiting, so host mom made a vegetarian Thai feast for dinner! In the wok pan there is pad se ew, and in the glass dish (under all of the garnish) there is pad thai!

Posted Jun 18, 2013, 4:28 am
The host family needed to take a trip to Lawrence, so they decided to visit the World's Largest Concete Teepee! It looks like someone lives in the main teepee now, but the side building is for rent. You can read more about its fascinating history by clicking here!

Posted Jun 20, 2013, 2:45 am
On our way to dinner, found one of the Jayhawk statues that show pride in KU (University of Kansas), which is located in Lawrence. It was just across from the parking lot for Zen Zero, which is where we decided to eat. Everything was so good and plentiful that we ate and ate and ate until everyone was full! :D

Posted Jun 20, 2013, 3:38 am
It's that time again! It's summer and the Farmer's Market has come to Iola on Thursday night. People from Iola and the surrounding area come to buy and sell produce, baked goods, and crafts. We love to look and see what there is to buy! :D

Posted Jun 23, 2013, 5:07 am
We ate "haystacks" at the Sabbath potluck this time! Haystacks have fritos corn chips on the bottom, then slow cooked pinto beans, cheese, lettuce, sour cream, tomatoes, olives, onions, and salsa. They are super delicious! :D

Posted Jun 27, 2013, 1:39 am
Host mom says that the best part of spring and summer in Kansas is the wildflowers! These pretty flowers grow by her garage.

Posted Jun 27, 2013, 4:23 am
We had to pick up kids at the airport, so of course we took advantage of being in the area to feast at the Ghengis Khan restaurant! The host family LOVE this place because you can create your own meal and watch them cook it on the giant grill stone! :D

Posted Jun 28, 2013, 4:44 am
Host mom took us out to the community garden at about 10 pm to look at the supermoon, since there were too many trees around the family's house. It didn't seem that enormous from where we stood, but it sure was a pretty orange!

Posted Jun 30, 2013, 3:06 am
Today's adventure involved playing with baby hedgehogs! They are so prickly, but adorable :D

Posted Jul 1, 2013, 8:41 pm
Host mom's project today was to make 2 pairs of blue slippers, to go with the cosplay costumes she is making. They turned out to be adorable! :D

Posted Jul 2, 2013, 6:02 am
Today host mom took us to Chanute to run some errands. She stopped to show us the lovely, historic down town area. The yellow brick building called the Tioga Hotel has a wooden elevator much like the one featured in the old movie The Shining, but we didn't have time to go in and look at that part.

Posted Jul 7, 2013, 3:35 am
I was so excited to be on vacation with my host family, at Broken Arrow Ranch in north central Kansas. We are here for a week of family camp, with about a dozen other families. :D The first thing we did when we arrived was unpack and make ourselves at home in the cabin.  Next, we spent some time playing in the recreation area. In the evening, we enjoyed a campfire service on a bluff overlooking the Tuttle Creek Reservoir. Sunset was stunningly gorgeous! :D

Posted Jul 7, 2013, 6:54 am
On the second day of vacation, we started the day with a worship service in the Green Cathedral. Then, went to the beach. Later, we enjoyed an outdoor cooking lesson where we made foil-wrapped packets with olive oil, white potatoes, sweet potatoes,  yellow and red bell pepper, onion,  fri-chik (vegetarian meat substitute), sage, salt, and pepper, that we roasted on a fire.

Posted Jul 12, 2013, 6:36 am
We celebrated the Fourth of July (American Independence Day) with an All-American (though, all vegetarian) luncheon. In the afternoon we had another cooking with Travis lesson, and learned to make baked cinnamon apples on a camp fire. In the evening, we had a campfire worship service that was followed by fireworks over the beach! :D

Posted Jul 14, 2013, 6:27 am
The host family started the day with ziplining, but we didn't get to go because host mom was afraid she'd lose us. After that was a yummy lunch with veggie burgers. Then host mom took a picture of the view from the cabin on the way back to take a nap after lunch. After our nap we went to play in the recreation room :D

Posted Jul 16, 2013, 5:10 am
On our last day of camp, they brought us breakfast in bed... a basket full of cereal, milk, orange juice, and fresh, hot scones! It was a great way to end a wonderful week. After that we packed up, and we stopped to take a look at the tall grass prairie and the Flint Hills at a vista just outside of Broken Arrow Ranch.

Posted Jul 19, 2013, 4:42 am
The day after we got back from family camp, host mom took one of her sons to summer camp at Hidden Haven. Just outside the camp, she stopped along the road to show us the black-eyed susan flowers that were growing along the road. They are one of the many forms of sunflower that grow in Kansas.

Posted Jul 22, 2013, 12:55 am
We joined in the festivities at the Mad Bomber Run (a community event celebrating a piece of local history) by helping the middle and high school band booster club run carnival booths. :D

Posted Jul 22, 2013, 1:57 am
We had fun helping to get ready for the Sabbath potluck at church. There were so many fun people and so much delicious food that I had a fabulous time. We got to look at the To Save A Life movie kit that host mom shared with the church elders and got approval to show it at church and do a discussion group with teens this fall.

Posted Jul 23, 2013, 5:03 am
We got to go to a wedding! Host mom has been friends with the bride's mom for over a decade, and got to watch her grow from a little girl into a young woman. She was such a beautiful bride, with a country style wedding. :D

Posted Jul 26, 2013, 4:39 am
I was one of a few special TVs that the host family took on a bus trip to Wichita to see the Drums Across Kansas drum corps competition. We rode on a school bus with other local band kids (and a few parents) to the Cessna Stadium. We got there a little early so we got to wander around and see the bands practicing. Then we went into the stadium to see the show, which was was beyond amazing!!!!

Posted Jul 29, 2013, 3:52 am
We took a trip to Springfield, Missouri to go on a ghost hunt with the Paranormal Task Force! We stayed at the University Plaza Hotel, which has a reputation for being haunted, and visited the Pythian Castle for the ghost hunt. We didn't experience anything unusual, but it was interesting to explore anyway.

Posted Jul 29, 2013, 3:52 am
We took a trip to Springfield, Missouri to go on a ghost hunt with the Paranormal Task Force! We stayed at the University Plaza Hotel, which has a reputation for being haunted, and visited the Pythian Castle for the ghost hunt. We didn't experience anything unusual, but it was interesting to explore anyway.

Posted Jul 29, 2013, 3:52 am
We took a trip to Springfield, Missouri to go on a ghost hunt with the Paranormal Task Force! We stayed at the University Plaza Hotel, which has a reputation for being haunted, and visited the Pythian Castle for the ghost hunt. We didn't experience anything unusual, but it was interesting to explore anyway.

Posted Aug 3, 2013, 5:47 am
After an exciting night of ghost hunting, we stopped at the beautiful Precious Moments Chapel on the way home. Host mom said she has traveled to many places in the world, and this is one of the most peaceful places she has found.

Posted Aug 7, 2013, 2:46 am
The host family took us to the Allen County Fair! We saw different kinds of livestock, baby animals, baked goods, and handicrafts that people entered in the fair.

Posted Aug 11, 2013, 5:15 am
Tonight was our first night in Tulsa... we watched the host family and friends get ready for the rave at the Tokyo in Tulsa anime convention! :)

Posted Aug 13, 2013, 4:41 am
The host family were really busy with the convention today so I stayed back at the hotel with most of the TVs. This is the view of downtown Tulsa from our hotel room :D

Posted Aug 14, 2013, 4:26 am
On our last day at the convention, we spent some time just sitting and watching the people pass by in the hall, near the artist booths. Some of them were very interesting!

Posted Aug 17, 2013, 5:03 am
On the way home, we stopped at Red Robin in Owasso for lunch. We love the veggie burgers, but service was crazily slow!!! The table just behind us had 3 sets of customers while we waited for our food, grrr!!! But, the veggie burgers were delicious!

Posted Aug 19, 2013, 1:29 am
Host mom made an adorable outfit for one of her daughters! :) I love the bright orange fabrics, they look so cheery! :D

Posted Aug 21, 2013, 1:57 am
We went to deliver hedgehogs to PetWorld in Lawrence, KS. It's the best pet store in the world (at least, the host family thinks so). The staff are super friendly and they let you pet the animals and teach you all about them! :D

Posted Aug 28, 2013, 2:23 am
After delivering hedgies, we headed about 30 minutes to the east to run a few more errands, then ate dinner at delicious Sweet Tomatoes!

Posted Aug 30, 2013, 4:31 am
Host mom made a second outfit, for her other youngest daughter! :D

Posted Sep 5, 2013, 3:41 am
We took a trip down to the Neosho River to check the water levels. At the beginning of summer, the entire area was under extreme drought conditions and you could easily walk across at hip level. Now the water levels are showing at over 9 feet deep!!! We got a lot of much needed rain this summer!

Posted Sep 9, 2013, 12:27 am
Gwen Jolie gets ready to travel! :)

Posted Sep 23, 2013, 5:47 am
Hi mum,

after a long time traveling over the ocean, my envelope was opened by lot

of  friendly TV´s. I arrived in Delligsen, Dr Kröbners  place. He and all other

TV´s welcomed me in Europe, Germany- Lower Saxony. :D

Some of them told me this would be a short stop here, because we are

allowed to join host mum on a special trip where we have to behave highly

lordly... ;)  ok.....

kisses from your little dog

Gwen Jolie

Posted Oct 10, 2013, 2:05 pm
Hello mum,

today my alarm clock bells at cock-crows. This should be the great day

where we start our “special trip”. After I snuffled together my luggage

hostdad brought us to the station. By train we traveled via Hannover to

Hamburg…. Hamburg Habour, Cruise Terminal.

Mum, you will not believe what vessel was laying there on the pier!

The Queen personally; Queen Mary 2!!!!. :D

We cecked in, left our luggage

in the custodial care of the crew and started a short sightseeing tour

through Hamburg. 

Since 1897, the seat of the government has been the Hamburg city hall
The town hall is a richly decorated Neo-Renaissance building finished in 1897. The tower is 112 metres (367 ft) high. Its façade, 111 m (364 ft) long, depicts the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire, since Hamburg was, as a Free Imperial City, only under the sovereignty of the emperor.

The Speicherstadt (lit. city of warehouses, meaning warehouse district) in Hamburg, Germany is the largest timber-pile founded warehouse district in the world. It is located in the port of Hamburg—within the HafenCity quarter—and was built from 1883 to 1927.

The district was built as a free zone to transfer goods without paying customs. As of 2009 the district and the surrounding area is under redevelopment

time for a coffee ;) under a palmtree

a little chat with guys from Hamburg  ;)

after entering this majestic ship we left the harbour very slowly, so the

mass of people could say good bye to us TV´s, it seems like a folk

festival. :rolleyes:

in the background Europe's largest inner-city development (as of 2008), the HafenCity, will house about 10,000 inhabitants and 15,000 workers. The plan includes designs by Rem Koolhaas and Renzo Piano.

The Elbe Philharmonic Hall (Elbphilharmonie), expected to be completed by 2015, will house concerts in a building on top of an old warehouse, designed by the Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron.

St. Michael's Church, the 132-metre high Baroque spire totally covered with copper is a prominent feature of Hamburg’s skyline and has always been a landfall mark for ships sailing up the river Elbe.

another cruise terminal

Blankenese is a former independent town, now a suburban quarter in the borough Altona in the western part of Hamburg (Germany). It is located on right bank of the Elbe river. In 2006 the population was 13,011.

While the sun went down we left the river Elbe and reached the North Sea.

see you soon mum

Gwen Jolie

Posted Oct 24, 2013, 2:20 pm
Hello mum,
now its the second day with noble deck planks under my feets. ;)

Today is a passageday with kindly weather at the northsea, quite good

to linger at the railing and watching the sea rolling by, :rolleyes:

its not so easy with my long hair and the beasty wind :mad:

but I made it :D

to made an excursion on the ship....

here the initial of our ship,

our bedroom.....with Dr.Kröbner and his family ;)

a deckchair....on my private balcony B)

another deckchair...

another was a little deckchairtest  ;)

my diningroom,

yummy icecream....

English teatime for TVs.... ;),

and champain for me :cyclops: …. 

Next stop is Copenhagen, Denmark.. What bad luck!  The QM2 had to

moored roadstead of shortage of space in the habour, but the captain said it´s to dangerouse in cause of strong current trough the Sound. So the land excursion is canceled! :(

after looking into the daily program and a short discussion ( with yummy chocolate) later

we  decided to ride the glass elevator ... up and down and up and down
and up and down :cyclops:...... the meantime the Queen moved slowly toward Oslo  :rolleyes:.

kisses from

Gwen Jolie


Posted Nov 4, 2013, 5:14 pm
Land Ahoi, Mum!

After 2 days on the mightful North Sea we arrived in Norway.

First we have to follow the Oslofjord.......

and mooraged at 7:00 am in front

of the castle Akerhus. Akershus Fortress (Norwegian: Akershus Festning) or Akershus Castle (Norwegian: Akershus slott) is a medieval castle that was built to protect Oslo, the capital of Norway. It has also been used as a prison. :rolleyes:

Today we´ll made a Sightseeingtour throug the capitaltown of

Norway. First stop is Vigelandpark, an area with lots of human

sculptures showing the whole circle of life. Fantastic. :D

Next stop is the opympic ski-jump Holmenkollen. It´s not the

original olypmic one  from 1952, its the new 3 years old skijump.

I met a very friendly Troll  ;)

and we visited Akershus Fortress

then we posed in front of our majestic ship  ;)

after another day on the rough sea, we arrived back in Hamburg

thats for today

a big hug from
Gwen Jolie

Posted Nov 28, 2013, 3:56 pm
Hello  mum,

first a big sorry :) updates for a long time :rolleyes: but hostmum was very busy

today we went for a short trip to Bavaria, we were at the Kloster Banz,
Banz Abbey (German: Kloster Banz), now known as Banz Castle (German: Schloss Banz), is a former Benedictine monastery, since 1978 a part of the town of Bad Staffelstein north of Bamberg, Bavaria, southern Germany

unfortunately it was soooo windy and cold, it was very difficult to take photos. ;)

here you can see the spiers

and from here you can look down into the valley.

a very short trip  ;)

kisses from
Gwen Jolie

Posted Nov 28, 2013, 4:56 pm
Hello mum

a short trip to Hamburg
to visit the zoo,

The Tierpark Hagenbeck is a zoo in Stellingen, now a quarter in Hamburg, Germany. The collection began in 1863 with animals that belonged to Carl Hagenbeck Sr. (1810–87), a fishmonger who became an amateur animal collector. The park itself was founded by Carl Hagenbeck Jr. in 1907. It is known for being the first zoo to use open enclosures surrounded by moats, rather than barred cages, to better approximate animals' natural environments,very interesting. :D

I have a little chat with the elephants and they were so friendly and showed me their living room and swimming pool. ;)

I have seen orangutans.


Strange fish. :thinking:


and polar bears.

the brown bears were very talkative and have complained about the sign.
"Do not feed" ;)

Here you see the old entrance gate.

Before my train drove back, a last look at the harbour

bye bye

Gwen Jolie

Posted Dec 10, 2013, 6:01 am
Hello mum,

we made a short trip to the north hessian capitalcity Kassel., especially the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe:

The area of the park is 2.4 square kilometres (590 acres), making it the largest European hillside park, and second largest park on a mountain slope in the world. Construction of the Bergpark, or "mountain park", began in 1696 at the behest of the Landgraves of Hesse-Kassel and took about 150 years.

.Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe is administrated by the State of Hesse and affiliated with the European Garden Heritage Network since 2009. On 23 June 2013 it was proclaimed as a World Heritage Site during the UNESCO meeting in Phnom Penh

The park house more than 400 different plant species (most trees) from all continents.

We found a lot of baroques gimmicks like Pavilons :rolleyes:

or the Löwenburg ,  :rolleyes:
The Lion's Castle is a pleasure palace built after 1793 in Kassel mountain park William height.

The park is so huge, that we can´t commit it as TV at one day….

Next later.. ….


Gwen Jolie

Posted Dec 29, 2013, 3:21 pm
Hi mum,

Christmastime is coming and all around the people are busy with decoration and illumination. We too!Dr. Kröbner want to arrange a cristmastree and need our assistance.
But where we can get a Christmastree and how did he looks like? Mr. Lemony sayed that he has seen some trees in hostmums orangerie, ;)

so we risk a view inside. Indeed, there were some plants, but which we could use for a christmastree?

So we decided to vote by selecting every ones favorit. The result was without anny doubt, we would take the tree in the middle.

Now the next problem: how to carry it from the orangerie in the livingroom?
After several recommendations we try to permute Günthers idea: to manage it like the Viking, with logs. First we need a wooden beam and a strong rope to build a lifting arm.

With united power we managed it to lift the bucket of the tree at the backside, while *coco* and Phog … could place a log behind the baseplate. At next the biggest of us had to luffing on a lever to lift the baseplate at the frontside for placing a secound log behind the plate.

After we managed this diffucult parts  Scruffy and Dr.Kröbner pulling the rope and Günther make nonsense. *coco* ,Mr.Lemony and my job was, to lay new logs in the front of the baseplate.

It works surprisingly good! Wavy-Gravy was supervising the experiment. After a while we passed the corridor….

the kittchen…

livingroom. :cyclops:

We all are rather groggy and decided to continue tomorrow with the christmasdecoration.....

more later
Gwen Jolie

Posted Dec 29, 2013, 4:59 pm
.....Next day, early morning: Christmastreedecoration.
At Hostmums attic we found some knitted balls and other oddities and place it into the Christmastree in expectation of big presents ;)

At christmaseve:

We hearded a big noise like stamping and rumbling. Dr. Kröbner means,  it could be St. Claus.
5 minutes after the noises stopped we enter the livingroom and indeed, the cristmastree was surrounded by presentsand Dr. Kröbner started to distribute them and we unwrap our packets

a you..

Merry Christmas mummy

yours Gwen Jolie

Posted Jan 1, 2014, 3:02 pm
Hello mum,


Vacation on an island, with lot of  sun, sand and shallow water. No not what you mean, we are at Spiekeroog, on of the East Trisian Islands. It´s realy nice here, with lookout points, dunes with beachgrass and  sea buckthorn with orange fruits. (nice as jam or grog)….

love you….

Gwen Jolie

Posted Jan 24, 2014, 12:21 pm
Hi mum,

it´s time to say good bye to Delligsen and all the lovely TV´s
I ´ve got realy nice adventures here from a trip with the QM2 to Norway, visiting a zoo in Hamburg, made a cultural journey to the bavarian abbey Banz, Xmas in Delligsen and New year on the east frisian island Spiekeroog…. It was a wonderfull time…. But there was unfortunately no chance to try my new sledge  :(

So I pack my bags, sattled Flocky the black sheep and say farewell…

I`m coming home mum  :D

Your Gwen Jolie

Posted Feb 18, 2014, 10:50 pm
Home, but have come out for some fresh air.
Wet fresh air.

Posted Apr 15, 2014, 1:56 pm
My Mummy has been shopping....
I wonder what she's bought.
Hello, don't be shy, come on out
Hello there, welcome
Then, we had an idea.... we could play a game...
Power Grid.
Who won?