What a miserable drizzly morning, in both weather and moods. J showed the girls how to play conkers in a break in the rain, which he enjoyed almost as much as them! We managed to pack up in spite of the rain, and drove over to Drottingholm Palace nearby. My intention had been to go in but it didn't open for another hour, the drizzle was off-putting and jas had done his palace bit yesterday. He wanted to get a few miles under our belt today so we set off.
The beauty of spontaneous travel: we're driving along the highway and j mentions a town he read about in the lonely planet on the Swedish island of Gotland. Half an hour, some Internet and a phone call later, we are booked on this evenings ferry over there, coming back on Friday and have a cabin sorted!! Love it.
Trusty LP says of Oakershamn that it is the setting off point for Gotland and that is pretty much all there is to it! We arrived in plenty of time so I posted off the next lot of items bound for oz and found a skirt (yay!) in lindex. The lady told me about a playground, which we managed to find and the kids loved it. Was a great playground with flying fox, rocket ship, rock walls, huge swing, water play and small children area. Felix had a ball. He is still so pleased with learning how to clap. Yesterday I kept asking him to clap and then giving him big cuddles each time he did. He thought it was so funny and quickly caught on that he should clap then lean forward for his cuddle. Pavlovian! Has gone a bit far now though as when I ask him to clap he just grins manically and falls forwards into my arms!!!! Completely missing out the actual clapping!
While waiting at the ferry port, Meg was looking out the window and said "Oh my gawsh (very dramatically!), look at that sandpit!" She was looking at a huge sandhill on a building site!
After leaving the car deck, we went up to our allocated seats for the 3 hr crossing. Comfy enough. Unfortunately the only kids area was a small auditorium with a tv playing childrens videos in Swedish. We had dinner from the cafeteria (mayonnaise served with a side of fish and boiled potatoes!) and read while the children danced around. Not too bad. Although dark and late, we found the campsite easily enough and got the keys as instructed for our cabin. Not the biggest hut but definitely the nicest. Clean, bright and modern. A showroom for Ikea space saving ideas. Above the obligatory two bunkbeds, there was a little loft with just enough room for two single mattresses under the roof and accessed by a tall ladder. Emily showed the most enthusiasm for this feature, though j and I also got a childlike kick out if it, and immediately demanded to sleep up there. And so to bed.