Monday, 8 July 2013
Friday, 28 June 2013
I enjoy learning German and for the past few weeks, each evening I have listened to a little German radio (B5 plus or Bayern 2) or watched some online TV. (Last night there was a programme called "Tierish' Tierish" and since there were lots of cats and dogs on it, I'm guessing it was about pets.)
Earlier on this year my energetic, warm and very funny German tutor died after suffering a massive stroke. The little local church could not hold all those who came to pay their respects to this lovely lady. A couple of weeks later I was allocated a new tutor but I found it hard to apply myself. Over the months since she took on the task of teaching me I have found her also to be warm, funny and supportive of my laborious attempts to understand cases, reflexive verbs and modal verbs.
(Even though as soon as I conquer one subject and learn another, I forget the first subject.)
Under my new tutor's care I've found my enthusiasm creeping back. Having the right teacher goes a long way to making you want to emerse yourself in the language or surprise them with a new word (my lessons are sadly full of surprising new words but I'm getting better!) I'm lucky to have had two tutors who know how to fire that enthusiasm :)
Saturday, 22 June 2013
Each year the village holds a fete to raise money for the local church. Considering how small the village is, 2,000 people, there's always plenty to look at, listen to and throw things at.
Such as the skittle alley...
No win this time.
Or you can listen to the local brass band.
Or admire the view.
Or win a coconut.
Or have a nice cup of tea and a slice of homemade cake while you admire your coconut.
And when we tired of the fete, we went to collect no 1 son who had arrived back in the UK after a week away on a school exchange trip to Germany. Apparently it all went very week and we don't know how he did it but he managed to bring back a gift to warm any father's heart.
Thursday, 20 June 2013
Sunday, 16 June 2013
Our tradition says that on birthdays and Father's Day, the person having the day gets to choose the activity and everyone has to join in. And no one is allowed to complain.
The cards were from one very organised son
And one less organised and slightly confused son
The day began with a trip to not one but three motorbike shops
Where we played the "how much?!" game on the price of accessories
And guess where it ended? I'm hoping this much patience around motorbikes has earned me a lot of brownie points the next time I want to visit a craft shop :)
Saturday, 8 June 2013
Up early this morning to look for kingfishers near Slaughterford. We didn't find any but we did find a beautiful walk along side a river.
And this pretty bird....
And then some more walking.
We are really making the most of this weather, more time is being spent in the garden and very little on the Internet or blogging or crafting. Our activities at the moment are focused almost exclusively on the country house because...we are finally moving in together! After 5 1/2 years of weekends in the country house and week days at the week day home so I can commute to work, we've decided we will both live in the country house. Putting two (fairly full) houses into one is taking time, thought, sacrifice and wall plugs and doesn't leave any time or space for crafting. We've cut back on camping and not gone anywhere so far this year because our weekends are full of painting, sanding, packing, e-baying and trying not to feel too daunted by all we want to achieve while still working. This morning's escape to spend time soaking up some scenery blew away the cobwebs, even if we didn't find our kingfishers.
Thursday, 18 April 2013
The relaxing break from crafting continues while other things take over my time so recent weeks have been filled with de-cluttering the Week Day Home. Books were spilling everywhere and I've tried to weed out those I know I'll read again and those just taking up shelf room. Anyone else who crafts will know how easy it is to drown under papers and stuff you bought years ago with an idea in mind which has been long forgotten.
This weeks distraction from uber spring cleaning has been a work trip to Glasgow for a couple of meetings. The first morning's view from the hotel....
And a view of the trip home to more extreme tidying....
Friday, 22 March 2013
Sunday, 10 February 2013
We'd been hanging out, lounging around and drinking mint tea on the beach about a mile south of Essaouira.