Sunday, July 29, 2007
We were lucky to be able to sign a contract with a midwife who speaks English as there are only 3 English speaking midwives available at the hospital. Apparently we should have made arrangements very early on in the pregnancy but somehow people had forgotten to tell us this! Luckily my Doctor is the director at the hospital and was able to pull some strings and get us sorted out - friends in high places do help out!
Now with all the paperwork done, all we can do is wait...
Sunday, July 22, 2007
The opening scene from Falling (note the two sets of subtitles - how cool are we huh?)
Amy in front of the 'Puppet Theatre' with festival flag
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
On Saturday we took the boys around the old town (Q. What is the name of the mermaid in the old town square?) and then to Zoliborz playground where Sam showed off his incredible climbing skills!
The next day was really hot, and so we got going fairly early to Wodny Park swimming pool, for swimming and slides and then to our Kiwi friends Penny and Mike for a lovely barbecue on Sunday evening.
It was so great to catch up with them all. Joe told me that he was the first boy in his school to visit Poland - he took a handful of postcards home to show his class. Also I hope they'll all be practicing the Polish words they learnt during their visit!
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Everything was fine, and Amy seems to be in good health - here's a picture of her and her expanding waistline taken on our balcony this morning
Monday, July 9, 2007
The weekend was full of sporting occasions for the UK with the Wimbledon finals, the British Grand Prix and the Tour de France all happening over the two days.
It's rare for the Tour de France to come through the UK (it last did so in 1994), and so there was a mass gathering of lycra in London and the South East - estimates thought that there were 1 million spectators on Saturday, and a further 2 million watching on Sunday!
A group of us went to Green Park in London on Saturday to watch the Tour - there were huge crowds, but we managed to secure both a good view of the race and deck-chairs as well!
The weather in London had been poor all week, but the sun really shone through on Saturday and it was a great day. Even though I'm not a cycling aficionado, it was incredible to watch the speeds that the cyclists reached and know that they had another 22 days (and 3,500km) cycling ahead of them.
Tim-looking different somehow?
Tim: "Who's winning?"
Ben: "Some guy in a yellow jersey"
Tim: "Didn't he win it last year?"
(btw it was all meant in jest)
On a none-cycling note Amy's got a check up at the doctors later this week, so perhaps more baby-related news next time - in the meantime here's a clip of the cycling from Saturday
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
I reckon one of Poland's finest vegetables is not as you might suspect the potato, but the mushroom.
I visit a market every Tuesday morning in a district of Warsaw called Koło, where for the last two or three weeks they've been selling Kurki mushrooms. They're absolutely delicious, and if you eat enough of them you start seeing purple elephants dancing around the room playing trombones (ok I made the last bit up).
I think they're actually just chanterelle mushrooms, but I prefer Kurki as it sounds a lot more Polish. They tend to be sold by wizened old men, who only ever seem to have a couple of boxes of them for sale at any one time. Apparently the old men pick them from the forests in the morning.
They're invariably rather grubby (the mushrooms AND the old men) but when washed, taste lovely in omelettes with a bit of chive (the mushrooms NOT the old men). Yum!
Sunday, July 1, 2007
We travelled down by train to Kazimierz Dolny in the South of Poland (about 2 hours by train). This picturesque village attracts many artists as well as cafes, market stalls and of course tourists!
We had a really relaxing time and it was nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of Warsaw and see some of the lovely Polish countryside.
On Saturday we took a boat trip up the Wisła River and then spent Sunday exploring the ruins of the castle which overlooks the town and the many art galleries dotted around. We even bought a couple of paintings and then had to lug them home on the train.
All in all, it was a lovely weekend and we're glad we decided to take a 'baby-moon' - it will be a long time before we can travel so lightly again (with only a daypack between us)!