We did something special for Elizabeth today to commemorate her finishing primary school and starting high school. She somehow missed both the beginning and the end of primary school and I know she was upset about missing the end.
When we first moved to the UK in October 2014, year 1 primary school had begun in August. In New Zealand she wasn’t due to start year 1 until January the following year but instead was thrown straight in full-time in the second term after everyone else had already gone through the transition into full time school. I can remember leaving her alone at this new school in a new city and a new country where we didn’t know anyone and she seemed so little. But she took it all in her stride and was proud to be a big school kid. Here she is back in year 1.
Here she is today.
She went all the way through to year 6 at the same school but then the pandemic struck and we switched to an online school and have stuck with it. Her online school follows the English curriculum and holidays which only just started this week. Meanwhile her old school mates finished year 7 several weeks ago. They had a celebratory activity at a trampoline park which Elizabeth was really sad to miss out on and so we decided to do something special just for her and that something special was high tea at the Fife Arms.
The kids were more excited leading up to this than before any of our swimming and hiking adventures. The Fife Arms is an experience to remember. There’s a different Picasso in the drawing room since we last visited.
They can do a vegan high tea which is what Ben and I had.
Elizabeth spent a very long time trying to decide which tea to get.
Daniel went with hot chocolate.
I think she was pleased with her selection of goodies.
Here’s the vegan version which was delicious.
It was really too much food for us but the lovely staff at the restaurant packaged up our leftovers so we could bring it home. We sat in the Clunie Dining Room which overlooks the garden at the back of the hotel on one side and the Clunie River on the other. The interior of the restaurant was decorated by Argentinian artist, Guillermo Kuitca. You can see the walls he painted behind us in this next photo. Apparently those geometric shapes are typical of his style.
It was a truly special event in a lovely setting with delicious food and great company.