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Posted by Sofia (U15152787) on Sunday, 23rd December 2012
Hi my dear Aneta!!!
You're fast though I know how busy you are now before Christmas and holidays. By the way, I hope that the weather will be nice and nothing will spoil your wonderful trip to the mountains. To my mind, it's a very good idea to run away from the town and spend some time with your friends on the picturesque slopes far from noise and routine. How lucky you are to have snow!!! In Russia the days are very frosty and if there was some snow it would be so beautiful! But unfortunately, weather forecasts doesn't promise any change( I know they're often wrong, and, to tell you the truth, I hope that they cheat us again, and we'll have white Christmas and later New Year's Eve. I wonder if it's possible to order some snow via net...
Yes, Misha is handsome! Especially now when he has his front teeth So the vampire style actually was a result of some game in his childhood when he lost his teeth, and it took him about 20 years to find a good dentist. But he loves vampires for sure! Seriously, the band, in which he sings and writes music, is famous for the songs which resemble fairy tales, and dedicated to witches and wizards, trolls and demons, ghosts and vampires and other nice creatures So for the conserts he sometimes dresses up like one of them, and to be honest, I think it suits him very much. And his haircut ....ummmm! simply the best (sorry, Tina )!
Speaking of music, Aneta, I must make a terrible confession. Yes, I've meant "Last Christmas". Guilty . But it's not because I like this song, actually, I neither like it nor hate it. In Russia we don't have Christmas songs at all, so the first that comes to mind is this one, well, apart from "jingle bells", maybe. Can I be acquitted on the grounds of musical illiteracy ?
Giving presents is a very delicate matter as well as receiving them. By the way, the best present for you is a book, and what would be the worst present ? What would you not like to get?
The cups accompanied by a creative gift are great! Coffee cups or tea? I'd been looking for cups for a couple of my friends too, but I hadn't found what I was searching for (I imagined quite clearly two big cups in which capuccino is usually served in the cafes, of the same shape, but one of them is white and another one is black) Unfortunately, I couldn't predict how difficult this task was. I'd visited lots of shops and found nothing. So at the end I gave up and bought a french press, and later I'm going to buy a set of tea and coffee to go with it. So the mission was fulfilled, though not exactly the way I'd planned. But operation under the secret code "grandmom" is still in action
I think you're a great aunt, Aneta. Tell me about your nieces, what are they like? Do you often see them?
I guess that's all for today - I'm afraid you won't have time to read such a long message.
Sending you the best Christmas wishes, hugging, and hope that you're having a great time!
Posted by aziz (U14970994) on Sunday, 23rd December 2012
me 2 let's speak English
Posted by FCAJM (U15176824) on Monday, 31st December 2012
Hello, my dear Sofia !
As always, it’s a great pleasure to receive a message from you. I’m very sorry not to receive your answer about my e-mails I once received an answer, your name was written with cyrilic alphabet (23/12).
Christmas day’s over, we’ve spent a great moment with my family, this year my son couldn’t be with us. He’ll come next weekend.
Concerning Christmas presents, my grandchildren are adults, except Jules, and they prefer an envelope with some money, it avoids me chasing presents, I made enough it when they were small. Jules had a board game ( Cluedo). My children also receive an envelope with money. They also receive a lot of chocolate. My purse is empty!!!(6 grandchildren and 3 children!)but It’s a great pleasure to see them happy!
On New year day, I cook a meal for Annie, her family and Marie who is here till Thursday. Then, during all these month, we’ll have visits of friends younger than us for greetings; It’s an opportunity to drink champagne. January is the month of festivities!!!
Has it been snowing in your country? I’ve seen the great cold in Moscow on TV (-30°!).Here it rains every day, The weather is warm but all is grey, we’ve had Christmas under rain and also new year, sad weather!!!
Your friend Senay asked me to be her friend on FB, I agree with her, she writes in French.
I wish to you and your family a happy new year a good health and luck. I wish you my dear Sofia that your desires become reality on 2013
Hugging and kissing you .Hope to hear you soon and perhaps by mails.
Posted by Sofia (U15152787) on Wednesday, 2nd January 2013
Hello, my dear Charline!!!
At last the board is open, so I can send you a message!
Thank you very much for your wonderful wishes on Christmas and Happy New Year. I wish you the lucky year full of interesting events and pleasant surprises and sending you my love and kisses! and of course, best wishes and regards to your family!
Concerning the e-mails, on the 23 of December I sent you a message from the second mailbox I have, so you can write me there))) Still don't understand the problem - with Senay we correspond successfully via the same mail system...Anyway, next time try to send a letter on the second address - if it works, we'll use it.
I'm sure you enjoyed the precious moments of Christmas when your family got together even without your son (which is of course a pity!). But I'm sure when he comes he'll reward you with his incredible jokes for waiting))) And how are you going to celebrate your birthday, my dear friend? Are you going to throw a party? By the way, my granny has a birthday on the 4th of January, so, probably, we'll have a little family get-together, nothing posh, just a festive meal with our relatives.
Actually, in my country all the first half of January is time of eating, drinking and partying - as we usually celebrate the New year (for two or three days!), then it comes Christmas (the 7th) and at last the Old New Year which is not an official festival, of course, but a good pretext for arranging parites, visiting friends, eating and drinking again. So noone plans anything serious on that time of year, only fun
As for the presents, my granny always gives me money for all the special occasions (this year was not an exception) and mom prefers surprises. My friends this year gave me some cosmetics. And chocolate is a number one present from pupils to their teachers, so I had got a few boxes too on the last week of December , but locked them up safely in the cupboard or else they wouldn't survive for the festivals. And now I'm enjoying these gifts a lot))) praying hard not to gain weight. Do you pupils congratulate you, Charline?
Concerning weather, it was cold in December, but not very much - about 15 below zero, and one day over 20, it hadn't snowed at all until yesterday. Today it's about zero and everything is becoming grey, as the snow is melting gradually. No snowballs this year. And I hope that by this time the rain has already stopped and I wish you sun and warmth to enjoy this winter)))
That is all for today dear Charline)))
Again sending you my best wishes, hugging and kissing you and look forward for your letter!
Your friend Sofia.
Posted by FCAJM (U15176824) on Friday, 4th January 2013
Hello, my dear Sofia !
It’s always a pleasure to read your letter. You’ll begin to cook festive meals for Christmas day and New Year! Here It’s all for great cooking but not for drinking champagne and eating waffles with the friends who come to wish a Happy New Year.
I wish happy birthday to your granny. Finally, my son Jean arrives on Friday with his daughter; he’ll be there for my birthday, so, Sunday I’ll cook a great meal. He’ll go back home on Monday.
I planned nothing for my birthday, just a good meal on Sunday. After the parties our stomachs are tired!! I’ll certainly receive flowers (I hope some orchids!) from my relatives.
I’ve told you about Marie’s myopathic friend, the poor died few days before Christmas. Marie was very sad .To spend 10 days with the family made her a little happy.
What do you think about G.Depardieu becoming a Russian citizen, he said that Russia is a great
Democratic Country, do you agree with him? he’s especially a drunker and doesn’t know what poor people are, I’m very angry. I think it’s not fair that everyone has to pay the same taxes; rich people must pay more!
And you know, B.Bardot will ask M.Poutine to be also a Russian citizen if 2 sick elephants, of the Pinder Circus are euthanized.
We have still rainy weather, some rivers overflowed, cellars and some houses flooded, fortunately not in my town.
I finish my letter wishing you happy Christmas on January 7th hugging and kissing you my dear Sofia and looking forward for your letter
Posted by Sofia (U15152787) on Monday, 7th January 2013
Hello my dear Charline!!!
Sorry for such a late reply - again my free time didn't match with the board working hours)))
And again, my congratulations on your birthday, Charline, and only the best wishes for you! It's a great pleasure for me to know you, people like you make this world better!
Have you received new wonderful orchids, Charline? And how was the meal? Have you children already left?
What you wrote about Marie's friend is very sad, my condolences to your daughter, I hope she'smuch better now.
Thank you very much for you wishes to my granny - unfortunately, we couldn't make it with a party as we had planned, she didn't feel very well, so we just congratulated her and gave her our present, and our relatives didn't come to see her. Well, I think we'll have party next time)))
Today, it's Christmas but as I've written earlier we don't go to church on this very day and we don't fast, though we don't work as our winter holidays last till the 9th od January. Almost everyone begins work on Wednesday except for..... guess who? I'm working tomorrow! And to tell you the truth, I'm glad, holidays are so tiring))) and I'm almost broke after buying gifts and having parties, so I don't mind work at all. I'm sure kids would disagree with me at this point, but I'd prefer longer spring or autumn holidays.
As for Depardieu, you know, he has just become the Russian citizen, but I have a suspicion that half a population is already fed up with him. He's been on the news practically 24/7 and it's quite annoying as if there was nothing or noone else to talk about. Concerning the democracy in my country, well, I wonder what he would say if he really lived in Russia, especially without all his money. And as for B.Bardot, I've heard about it, and of course, i like the way she fights for the rights of the animals and tries to safe them, but asking for the citizenship is too much. Don't you think so? What is more, I think that people in Russia would live much better if our government dealt with the problems we face with the same enthusiasm and speed they worked on Depardieu's matter. As my mum joked "If he comes to live here, may I move to France?"
In Russia, it's snowing at last! It's great, now it feels like winter though it's not cold at all - about zero only. But it's very pleasant to walk in the streets to feel fresh air and admire the snow-covered trees and buildings. Strangely, most people prefer spending time at the cafes - yestrday we wanted to have some coffee after the walk and all the places were so crowded!
That is all for now my dear Charline!
i hope to hear from you soon!
Hugging and kissing you, your friend Sofia.
Posted by FCAJM (U15176824) on Friday, 11th January 2013
Hello, my dear Sofia!
You answer more quickly than me, my dear friend! I need more practice!!
Thank you very much for your nice wishes, I’ve received some beautiful orchids from my husband and my children, I was very glad! I also received many phone calls of my family of the South of France and my friends. It was a great day. Now, my home looks empty, my children have left. Christmas holidays are finished: children go back to school and parents go back work!! Granny is a little tired!
I’m sorry for your granny’s health; I hope that she’s getting better.
It’s true that winter holidays are tiring for adults but also for children. They used to go to bed too late, to have also party with the family and are very excited while waiting for their presents, they are not getting into shape about studying seriously when they go back to school!
I’m going to tell you something which has amused me: You know that Englishmen laugh at French who eat snails; well, near my town, I got acquainted with an Englishman who brings up snails, cooked delicious sauces to accompany them and sells them. I bought several dozens it and we feasted!
I chatted with him in English, he is very kind but he thinks that the French people do not know the foreign languages because they are not interested about them, I do not agree with him, it is rather the teaching method which is to be revised. I’ve also teased him about snails!
Concerning some groups of wealthy French people, many of them live abroad not to pay taxes. Very rich Russians also come to settle down in the South of France. There are bad citizens who do not like their country! Actually we live in a selfish world; most of people live for themselves without taking care of their neighbours. It’s a pity! Fortunately, there is some more of generous persons, it is necessary to be optimist about the future of our countries!
In France, weather is cloudy and rainy, it’s a pity The meteorology forecast plans some snow next week!
It’s all for today my dear Sofia. I hope to hear you soon.
Hugging and kissing you.
Posted by Sofia (U15152787) on Wednesday, 16th January 2013
Hello my dear Charline!
Sorry for such a late reply, I'm not as fast as you think)))
You are right, the holidays are over at last, and now we have to get back to normal way of life. For some people holidays ended up in tragedy, unfortunately. Have you heard of Russian people who died on the ski resorts? Maybe it's another reason (very sad) to have shorter holidays...
And will you have any holidays in spring, Charline? When will your children visit you again? I'd love to see your new orchids, I'm sure they're beautiful, maybe, you'll post some photos on FB?
Thank you for your kind wishes for my granny, she's better now, watching TV at the moment)))
I laughted a lot at your story about Englishmen and envied a little, because I'd love to try snails too. I've heard and read (for example, in Peter Mail's books, have you read any of them?) that French and English sometimes (quite often) don't get on well. Maybe it's because of wars that took place in the past and constant political rivalry, I don't know, but these two nations often criticise each other, and, of course, national cuisine is one of the reasons for joking. Yes, the French eat snails, but British national dishes are far from perfertion too. And we, Russians, eat "kholodets" which is a jello made of meet (usually pork's legs) and look very strange. I'm not talking about other nationalities with their traditions, sometimes very peculiar.
As for learning foreign languages, I think it depends on each person in particular, on their abilities and will, determination and even money. But I think the most serious problem is the French pronunciation which is completely different from English, but it only means that it's hard for the French to learn English as well as for other nations to learn French. For example in Russia we have a famous interpretor, a linguist and a teacher whose name is Dmitry Petrov and who is famous for translating for Russian political leaders and promoting the intensive method of learning languages. He hosted some programmes on TV in which he taught people to speak English and Italian, and at the moment there is a similar programm about French. I must confess that I watched first episodes, but then I gave it up, because his method doesn't take into account pronunciation (in other words, people speak the way they can, he doesn't try to improve pronunciation) and it sounds absolutely terrible. The music of French is lost, though of course, it's understood that the main goal is to express yourself, but I'd prefer to learn more slowly, considering all the aspect of language. And what kind of teaching method is used in France for learning languages and why don't you like it?
By the way, this week I've been watching a very interesting French programm about history of Paris, which is called "Metronome", it feels as if I came back to Paris again))) There are so many things which i haven't seen (I even haven't tried snails !!!) and a lot of places I'd like to visit once again, but the most important thing is the atmosphere probably. Good old Hem was right - "Wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast"
In Russia it's raining too today, but it's warm and probably it'll be impossible to walk tomorrow, I guess we'll have to wear ice-skates
That is all my dear Charline! It's getting late, I'm going to do some exersises now and then go to bed. Hugging you and kissing and look forward to your reply. Your English is very good, by the way!
Regards to you and your family,
your friend Sofia.
Posted by nana (U15577056) on Wednesday, 16th January 2013
I'm a new member too, I would like to practice English. I'm not speaking very well but hope to improve my language.
Posted by Sheone (U15157904) on Friday, 18th January 2013
Hi my dear Sofia,
So, again and again it took me so long to enter into the MB and write to You. Last time was before Christmas , and now I go to forget the holidays. And have impression that my trip to mountain was so long time ago. Was fantastic as always till I caught the cold and New Year's Eve spent in bed. And instead glass of wine, I said hello New Year rising glass of water with citron and honey . But it helped .
About my nieces. I love them very much (its obviousness), but like them too (just for reason what they are). And hope that I am good aunt, at least I'm trying to be. They like reading very much, they are like "book-eater" and so fragile (are concerned about poor kids, animals etc.. Last time started talk they want to be vegetarian, but one of them has a "problem". Like she said " My most favorite dish is chop". So perhaps they must a little grown up to make decision to become a "no-meat" person.
And the other thing. Did you see "Hobbit"? I don't know do You like this kind of fantasy. I adore Tolkien's "Lord of the Ring" and "Hobbit". And movie was fantastic for me. Beautiful views and wonderful story and those "Dwarfs". I can't wait for next parts.
So think its all for today.
Will wait for your answer .
TAke care and kisses
Posted by meean (U15297825) on Sunday, 20th January 2013
Hello Agent AIFOS
I know I owe you a reply since long. I am on cell now while on a mission impossible.
Will soon post the reply.
Posted by FCAJM (U15176824) on Monday, 21st January 2013
Hello, my dear Sofia!
I am always so happy to discover your letter; It’s a long and very interesting one.
I am certain that you are fluent in English, it is not my case! I try to improve my English language recently
With BBC; I’m able about translation, but It’s difficult for me to understand the spoken language. Student, I was a good pupil in English, I liked this. In my time, the learning of English language had for objective the written language, the translation. I also studied the English literature!! The practice of the oral language was very insufficient, it is this practice which I would like to improve but it’s difficult .I think that learning a foreign language should allow communicate with the concerned foreigners Actually, .It’s better, French families welcome English students and in exchanges, English families receive French students. These exchanges allow practising the language of the country. learning methods have evolved ,but French people are known as bad about foreign language! (I’d have to communicate with the English breeder of snails!!).
Concerning Christmas holidays, every year there are ski accidents more or less serious in ski resorts.Contrary to many persons, I do not like the snow, a landscape of snow makes me thinking about the death, it is too quiet, nothing moves, I prefer an alive landscape!
In France, in this time we’ve snow, icy roads. Emergencies had been busy about a lot of people who had an arm or a leg broken by sliding and falling on icy pavement this weekend. I stayed at my warm home making filled waffles and showing TV! I hate this weather!
Winter school holidays will begin on February 16th till March3rd.I ‘ll not see my children at this period but rather during Spring holidays(April 13 to 28).
My orchids are less beautiful actually some flower buds have fallen, I don’t know why, perhaps It’s too hot or too dry, my new orchids are pretty, I hope that the others will get better!
I don’t know Peter Mail’s book, pleased can you talk me about him?
That’s all for today my dear sofia(It’s soon your birthday!)
Hugging and kissing you and looking forward to your reply. Best regards to your granny and your mom
Posted by ppp (U15584235) on Monday, 21st January 2013
I'm from Brazil. My first time here, be patience with me, please. My english is terrible, but I hope I can improve it.
Posted by Sofia (U15152787) on Thursday, 24th January 2013
Hello Agent Meean!!!
Got your message - hope the mission will be successful)))
Will be glad to hear from you again!
Posted by Sofia (U15152787) on Thursday, 24th January 2013
Hello my dear Aneta!
Don't worry about how long it takes you to write the messages - as the English say better late than never. (what is more, it was Christmas, the busiest time of the year, probably) Anyway, I'm always glad to get some news from you.
Oh, Aneta, it's a pity that you fell ill on the New Years eve! (actually, I myself was a bit under the weather, but later on holidays, so I can understand how you felt. You know, some people say that wine has a healing effect, so maybe you should have tried ? I hope everything's fine by now ))) As for me, I can't say that my holidays were very eventful, though I planned a lot - I only had some meetings with friends and relaxed at home with good books mostly, but it was quite difficult to begin working again.
As for your nieces, I like them even without knowing them - your description was enough))) I have the same story with my goddaughter - I love her just because she is the way she is. She's not a book-eater, but she likes it when someone reads to her, and she's intelligent, and very imaginative. Sometimes she tells incredible stories or creates such games to play with her friends, that I think that she could become a writer one day. But I can't help noticing that she's changing too - growing up, much faster than we did. Sometimes she acts as if she was 13, and she's only 8 years old. Maybe it's because of the fast life we all live, the progress in technology and communications, I don't know. And what kind of child were you, Aneta? What can you say now when you're an adult ?
I haven't seen Hobbit, Aneta, and I haven't read it either, though of course I know about the book. I saw a trailer of the film in December, and I'm sure the film is stunning - with all the effects and magic story, but unfortunately I didn't have time to watch it( (I used to think I didn't like fantasy at all but then I watched The tenth kingdom and read "golden compass" and changed my mind) I also wanted to see Anna Carenina, but didn't manage because of the my slight unwellness and then work...and now I'm suffering - it's new Tarantino's film on at the cinema and I'm working late( it's all disappointment with new films...Hope I'll be able to go to the cinema on weekend...
So Aneta, that's all for today. I have to go to work now.
Kisses, bye for now)))
Posted by Sofia (U15152787) on Monday, 28th January 2013
Hello my dear Charline!
First of all - thank you very much for wishing me a happy birthday, it was very pleasant! and many thanks for wonderful words you wrote in your letter, it's so kind of you, my dear.
And please forgive me for such a delay with a reply - it was a very busy week for me, I had a lot of work and I also had to prepare for a Sunday party. Actually, I had two parties in row. The first one with my relatives, which I hadn't planned at all - they just phoned and told that they would come to congratulate me, so me and mum cooked all Sunday morning, I hardly found the time to put some make up on))) The second party was in the evening with my friends at their flat - I brought all the food and drinks, and we had a great fun singing, dancing, laughing, playing stupid party games and watching funny videos from the net. So everything went very well and this birthday was certainly one of the funniest in my life
To tell you the truth, Charline, last week was full of festivals in my country. The 25th of January in particular. Firstly, it's St. Tatiana's day, and all the women with this name are congratulated on this day. And guess what's my mom's name is? We gave her sweets that day and beautiful roses, she was glad)))
My granny was congratulated that day too, as the 25th of January is the 70th anniversary of the victory over the german army in Voronezh city, which had been occupied for more than 200 days and on the 25th of January 1943 it was completely liberated. We had firework on that day and on the 27th of January there was a historical reconsruction of the events of Voronezh battle. Here's a link for you - you can have a look how it all happened -
Of course, we congratulated the granny, but also my best friends came to visit her, brought her some fruit and told her so many nice words that she was very touched, and even cried.
And on the top of that, 25th of January is the students' day and the birthday of the famous Russian singer and actor Vladimir Visotskiy, so there are festivals to suit everyone on that day)))
I think, Charline, you underestimate yourelf - your English is very good despite the lack of practice. I also think that I don't have enough practice in spoken English, though I speak it everyday with the pupils, but unfortunately not with native speakers. And, to be honest, I'm sure that I should spend much time learning new words (while reading or with the help of this site) or listening to some news (from BBC, for instance), but it's so difficult to find the time for it! I know it's a poor excuse but.....Have you made friends with the snails' seller? Do you have a discount now ?
By the way, speaking of snails and French cuisine . Peter Mayle is a british writer (born in Brighton), but he lives in Provence in France and writes about it in his books. He describes the way people live, their traditions and customs, the relationship with their neighbours, and, of course, French cuisine. You know, Charline, he writes in such a light and funny manner that it's absolutely impossible to put the book down till it's finished. And he gives so many delicious descriptions that sometimes you can't help feeling hungry and dreaming of snails, for example, or excellent French wine. And it's understood that he really loves what he's writing about - France and French, perhaps, more than his own motherland. So maybe it'll be interesting for you to read his books, Charline. The books I've read are - A good year, One year in Provence, Adventures with fork, knife and corkscrew. Are you reading something interesting at the moment?
So dear Charline that is all for today, I'll have to go to work now. Sending my best wishes to you and your family.
Hugging and kissing you.
Posted by Sheone (U15157904) on Wednesday, 30th January 2013
HEllo my dear Sofia!
And again, its glad to get message from You, as always . I have feeling about You, that not only Your goddaughter 'd be a good writer, but You too. I suppose You don't have any problem with start and write so on and spin a tale. Maybe I'm wrong, but feel that You just could sit before a empty page (or better the lap) and begin the story. Anyway its good for You, do You correspondence with somebody? I mean paper letters. I unfortunately not. But before somebody invented Internet, I used to write the letters, now still love to sending the postcards from my journeys.
And if I say about the voyage I probable didn't mention You ,but for 2 weeks I'm going to visit Thailand and if will have enough time visit Angkor in Cambodia. I know, You said wow , I'd do the same . And can't wait for it . So now I'm thinking already about it, read a lot of Thailand, their culture, people, situation, habits etc , and don't remember my illness during new Years eve. But now I'm fine, thank for your care.
Hmmm, what I was when was a child. Difficult question, and many more could tell my parents. But I can say , I was for sure curious child (still I am), and didn't want listen anyone (my parents neither.... ). But liked to play with others kids from the blocks, in which we lived. We spent (except wintertime) all days long on our playground, invented games and plays and being together. I think its very sad for current kids, that they have comp, Internet but don't knowing what is really fun . And from my childhood I really remember very good that the very best as a dainty was .... slice of bread with sour cream and sugar . Now kids couldn't understand it, when they go to the shops and can buy any kind of sweeties do they wish. But I don't exchange my childhood for today. Ha, ha
How about You?
I think its all for today
Posted by Sofia (U15152787) on Thursday, 31st January 2013
Hello my dear Aneta!!!
Thank you for your message - it's really great to hear from you
Well, I've never considered the idea of becoming a writer, but maybe one day when I'm retired and live in the cottage in the country somewhere in the north of France and have a lot of free time and ten cats - who knows ? I remember that when I was a child and even teenager me and my friends wrote some stories about us (who else?) and our adventures in different countries. I still keep one of these stories and, to tell you the truth, it's quite funny, but of course, not as funny as it was when we were creating it.
As for writing letters (paper ones), I used to do it in my teens and even had some friends from abroad. It was so cool and, honestly, I sometimes miss it))) and it's a pity that modern kids don't have the slightest idea of what it is to write with a pen, to decorate the envelopes, to send some little things or photos and what it's like to wait for the answer sometimes for weeks)))
What is more, I made one real and very close friend via corresponding. I first wrote to her, because she collected some stuff about her favourite actors, and I had a lot of this rubbish and wanted to get rid of it, so I sent it to her. Then we met in reality (she lives in the same city), discovered that we had a lot in common and soon became friends. It's incredible, but we've been friends for more than 10 years now. She's a wonderful person and I'm happy to have such a friend. And it's hard to imagine nowadays that but for the letters we could have never met!!!
Aneta, you're reading my mind , I have really said WOW!!! Thailand is great! I'm sure you'll have a good time and bring lots of impression. Is it going to be a "wild" holiday? Where exactly are you going? I'm dying of curiosity and very happy for you))) Don't forget to share a bit of your positive emotions with me afterwards And be careful, the food is very spicy there, one of my friends told me that they had to wash prawns before eating them)))
I agree with you, Aneta, I would never change a thing in my childhood, I think it was the best that could ever be, though for modern kids it may seem boring.
Days spent in the yard playing wild games (most of which were created immediately), bread eaten with oil and salt, collecting stickers, always making and arranging something, being late for dinner, having picnics on the balconies, endless chats on the phone, telling scary stories in the evenings, going to camps...I could go on forever, but all in all it was a great time
On that cheerful note, I must finish - the work is waiting for me
Hope to hear from you soon.
Posted by FCAJM (U15176824) on Friday, 1st February 2013
Hello, my dear Sofia!
I am happy that your birthday was celebrated well with your family and your friends. You are young and you are right to have fun and to take advantage of your youth. I’m sorry about the birthday card I’ve sent you. I don’t understand while mails don’t arrive to you. I’m a little stubborn so, I’ll try again!
I’ve watched the festivals in your town, I’m sure you’ve enjoyed them. Did you see all the shows? (Concert, singings, dance, commemoration of the liberation of Voronezh , the parade...)I’ve read the story on Internet. You’re lucky to live in this big and also beautiful town. I think, my dear Sofia that you’ve been very busy with festivals and about preparing your birthday parties but it’s a good tiredness! Return to the work was to be hard for you!
What’s Tatiana’s day? Can you tell me about this event?
I have not seen yet, my breeder of snails. It snowed a lot on a frozen ground, also, I stayed at home.
I am afraid driving the car when roads are icy. Since Monday the snow melted but it’s rainy again and again!! I’ll try to find Peter Mayle’s books,I’m sure that the books you’ve read will also interest me especially Adventures with fork!!
Tomorrow (February 2nd), It’s Candlemas, the tradition wants that we’ve to cook pancakes and for being lucky all year long, it is necessary while you turn over the pancake, to hold at the same time, a gold coin in the hand. I’ve not a gold coin but I’ll cook pancakes tomorrow. First, it was a catholic tradition, but, nowadays, it’s a tradition for everybody. I think that mostly people will eat pancakes tomorrow!!
My dear Sofia it’s all for today I wish you a very nice weekend.
Hugging and kissing you.
Posted by Sheone (U15157904) on Sunday, 3rd February 2013
Hi my dear Sofia!!!
You are so fast with answering, I should learn from You and as always its pleasure to receive news from You.
Concerning Your plan about future in the cottage in the country Nice and great idea. Sometimes its good to be a dreamer .. So keep your stories from childhood, perhaps one day You will use it, who know? I believe in You and wish You the dream will come true. And in this cottage, cats - I understand without doubts, but why in north France? Do You really want live (now or in the future) in other country?
Yes, I feel similar like You about letters. I still keep the letters from the past. Sometimes I back to them and read it again. Always made me smile on my face, its nice to reminding how we were yesterdays .
And the story about meet your friend. Its incredible and very good that You could be a friends for so many years.
About Thailand. Its yet two weeks only and I 'll take the flight and fly fly away ... I cannot wait for it. but have to do many things before it. It will be "wild" holiday (as You called it ). We organize all trip ourselves. Without any tourist office. We have general plans what would like to watch or visit, but the details would be make on the side there. For sure we''ll stay a few days in Bangkok, then we'll go to the west- south coast: Krabi and island f.e. Ko Phi Phi (they have very funny names, I tried to learn a few words like good morning, I'm sorry, thank You - but its impossible its so hard to remember, but hope that during the looooooooong trip in the plane I'll make the progress . So we plan watch a few islands, back to Bangkok and go to Cambodia to Angkor (famous complex of temples) . Its overall draft, but we will see. I'm sure that will be wonderful. I'm only a little afraid the temperature. The forecast shows about 35-40 degree at the days, and 25 in the nights. But it means that I might pack only small rucksack. Its nice, I hate holding heavy suitcases (even the rolling bags) and others bags . And the food. Everyone who was there, gives me advise eat, eat and eat and don't be afraid. They have spicy cuisine, but always You could ask for not adding spices or little amounts. So hope my stomach will be very happy with all good tastes the dishes (shrimps, prawns and mules - ehhh I'm immediately hungry and won't say "STRIKE".
And last thing, today morning I've just finished the book by Leonie Swann "Sheep Detective story no 2". (its sequel of "Three bag full.) Do You know it? Or know the first part? Its very charming and wonderful story, in which the flock of Irish sheep are on their big tour through Europe with their new shepherd, they stopped to wintertime in France, in the field, next to herd of goats, creepy castle and the forest, in which one day the dead deer to be found and in this moment thriller story was begin. If you will occasion, read it. The best if You start from the first novel.
So its all for now.
regarding and kissing You
Posted by Sofia (U15152787) on Saturday, 9th February 2013
Hello, my dear Charline!
As always, I'm happy to hear from you, and please forgive me that it took me so long to answer. I had a lot of work to do on the weekdays, so I couldn't write you back, though I had read your message almost immediately. But at last it's weekend, I'm not working, so I'm here now.
Unfortunately, I didn't see the performance as all the weekend was dedicated to the celebration of the birthday - thank you again for your wishes, my dear friend. (I must admit that I'd been meeting with friends and receiving gifts all the previous week and that's incredibly pleasant.) The reconstruction of the war events was organised on the 27th at 2 o'clock, at the same time when my guests arrived, so I couldn't make it. And on the weekdays I was working late, so I missed all the events, and had to watch them on the news only.
As for Tatiana's day, well, as I've already mentioned, it's a day of Saint Tatiana, who was killed for being Christian in the third century AD, so nowadays all women with this name are congratulated on the 25th of January. Also it's an important day for Russian culture - on that day in 1755 Russian Empress Elisabeth signed a decree establishing Moscow University, so from that day on 25th of January has also been celebrated as the day of all the students. I remember that when I was a student, we often had exams in the end of January (sometimes on that very day), but we always uncorked the bottle of champagne to mark the event - it was considered a kind of good luck in the forthcoming exams. And what about you, Charline, when you were a student did you mark the passing of exams?
I'm sure that you'll find Mayle's books and enjoy them, and perhaps we can discuss them later - maybe, you'll argue with some of his ideas about the French.
Thank you for telling me about the tradition of making pancakes on the 2nd of February, it was something new for me, though I love pancakes very much))) In Russia we have a "pancakes week" or Maslenitsa - it's a week before the beginning of the Lent (usually at the end of February or the beginning of March) when people make pancakes and say goodbye to winter. Tradition says that people should visit each other, eat pancakes everyday, play and have fun, forgetting all the bad things and getting rid of all the negative energy. On the last day of the week (on Sunday) people should ask each other for forgiveness for everything they've done, remember people who died and visit their graves, and then had a huge celebration which end with the burning of Maslenitsa's effigy. It's one of the merriest festivals and I guess one of the oldest, and many people celebrate it without taking into an account the religion or symbolism of it, just for the love of fun and pancakes, of course.
By the way, what kind of pancakes do you cook, Charline? Usually we make simple pancakes with eggs, milk and flour, but on Maslenitsa we make thick pancakes based on yeast with little "holes" in them and a special eggs "sauce" to go with. Yummy)))
It's a pity that you've got such a rainy weather, Charline, I hope it improves one day))) In Russia it's about zero, and slippery too, but I have a great feeling of spring and I even bought a pair of cool high heeled shoes to meet it
So my dear Charline that's all for today, I'm afraid I've written too much again and you'll be bored with this letter.
Sending you my love and kisses and hope to hear from you soon!
your friend Sofia.
Posted by Sofia (U15152787) on Sunday, 10th February 2013
Hello, dear Aneta!
It's great to hear from you! You were very fast this time whereas I was very slow, though I read your message almost right after you'd posted it. But I have an excuse - I'd been celebrating birthday since 27th of January till the middle of this week! Despite the tight schedule at work, I managed to meet all my dear friends and to receive my relatives at home and even did some shopping (as my relatives gave me some money and I couldn't resist the temptation to invest it in something nice and absolutely essential) So I must admit it was a busy week, but still I ask you to forgive me for not meeting your expectation about my quickness. I'll improve, I promise
As for the house in France, well, I don't think I'll be able to move from my country one day and live abroad, but unfortunately, Russian villages (at least ones I've seen) are not so picturesque to imagine a little quiet cottage there, so it was just an image I just liked the way the villages look in the North France
How is your preparation for Thailand going? I can imagine how excited you are! It's nice to discover something new, to learn something, to get acquainted with different culture, way of life, habits, people, nature and cuisine. That's what I adore in travelling. It's like recharging your batteries I can't wait for my own holidays, though I still have to deal with my international passport - it's past due. But I think I'll cope with it and then choose some nice place on the map and then...!!!
As for the funny names - I laughted when I read the name of the island Phi-Phi, I had never heard it before, so for me personally it was more like Hi-Hi If only all the geographical names were like this, can you imagine what fun kids would have on the lessons of geography . And, Aneta, I really wish you luck with Thai language - you surely need it, if they have such funny words, perhaps, you won't be bored during the flight))) Concerning climate, I think it'll be better to bear such heat there than in our countries because of the humidity and lots of water around, so don't worry - you're an experinced traveller just don't forget your swimming costume! Aneta, you've infected me with your hunger having mentioned all this seafood. Don't forget your big spoon too and photos, and stories, and photos, and stories
I haven't read the book you've written about, but I like the description (and the title!) so I'll try to find it in stock and read. I have just finished a very good book "Dandelion wine" by Bradbury. Have you read it? it's like a mixture of "Catcher in the rye" and "to kill a mocking bird", I mean the atmosphere, the mood of the story, I enjoyed it a lot. At the moment I'm not reading anything just looking for something new to absorb, so thank you for a great idea!
So dear Aneta, that's all for now. Hope to hear from you soon, though, perhaps, you're quite busy with your trip. Hugging you and sending you my best regards!
P.S. Have I written that I've watched Tarantino's new movie at last and it's awesome!!! I've been singing the theme song from it all the week))) Welldone Quentin
Posted by Sheone (U15157904) on Friday, 15th February 2013
Hello, my dear Sofia!!
Wow, good excuse - celebration birthday during one week or longer . I hope You had very lovely time and wish You one more time all the best. And hope You and Your family and friends are alright. I've heard and seen on TV and internet how many people were injured after meteors crashed to earth near Ural mountain. I don't know exactly in which part of Russia You live (maybe You wrote it once, but I don't remember), but think You live in European part and if I looked good on the map, the meteor fallen on earth in Asia. You know, for me , Russia is so huge country , so its impossible knowing all regions
And now I'm counting time to departure. My preparation for Thailand is going to end. I've just almost ended pack my rucksack (small one), but putted in it all was I wanted to take. But share with You the next thing, yesterday my friend found very low tickets to Georgia (lovely) so now I'm exciting trip trough Thailand and dreaming about Caucus. Really my dreams came true, what I'm lucky one
About names in Thai, as I know the island Phi Phi You should speak Pi Pi and of course its the only one association ... with Pippi L. About the rest words it wouldn't be so easy. But before my last trip and many time in plane. I've just checked-in (via internet), took my cat to my friends. She hates be alone at home, so I prefer leaved her in my friends home with them and their "small zoo": one cat (ha ha), the dog and the lizard.
Sofia its all for today. I still have a few thinks to do. Promise to write You after my back. I'll be sending You many rays of lights and sun.
Posted by FCAJM (U15176824) on Sunday, 17th February 2013
Hello my dear Sofia!
Your message makes me always happy, you don’t need to be forgiven, my dear Sofia, you answer when you can do it, I understand that you are busy, and neither do I Reply quickly!
I’m finishing reading a detective novel, then, I’ll find a book of Mayle; i’ve read his biography on Wikipedia’ site, I’ve been very interested, now I feel like to read his books!
About the pancakes, it’s the same recipe that you know; it’s the filling which can be different: sweet pancakes filled with sugar, jam, melt chocolate, maple syrup like in Canada, I also like salty feelings.
There’s a North filling pancake recipe called “ficelle Picarde”(Picardie is a northern France region).
The pancake are filled with a sauce made of butter, milk and flour,(white sauce)Then you add grated cheese, mushrooms and bits of ham. Now you roll up the pancakes, put them in an oven plate buttered, you strew with grated cheese and butter and cook in the oven for15 minutes.( ficelle is a, French word which signifies string in English).there’s also a Britany recipe: on the hot pancake you break an egg, and you add grated cheese and a slice of ham, when all is cooked, you fold it and..Yum!!!!
In France, on Tuesday 12th, It’s Shrove Tuesday, after it’s the beginning of the lent for catholic people, French tradition is to cook fritters instead of pancakes on that day.
About Shrove Tuesday the carnivals begin and stay till Easter. The most important carnival of my cht’i country is Dunkerque’ carnival. Dunkerque is a fishing port on the northern sea; the origin of this carnival dates from XVII century. Ship owners offered a great meal and half of their wage to the cod fishers before they leave in Iceland for fishing cod. Many of them did not come back home because of shipwrecks. It was a great holiday for the fishers before their leaving. Once, their holiday fell on Shrove Tuesday, so, fishers joined carnival participants. Everybody must wear a fancy dress and a mask. They march along all the streets behind the brass band who play folkloric music. Every night, the carnival players meet up to entertain in a masked fancy-dress ball! Another tradition: The mayor of Dunkerque throw a lot of herrings from the town hall window; every one try to catch some ! Most of the inhabitants receive the carnival groups during their march, offer them drinks and cakes and sometimes dance with them. When this big carnival finished, the participants are very tired!!!
I’ve seen on TV that a meteor crashed to earth in Russia Ural Mountains on Friday morning injuring a lot of people .they had to be feared and perhaps thinking that it was End world! It’s a pity! Fortunately no death victims.
In that time the weather is calm! No rain, a little sun, we must take advantage of this moment.
It’s all for today my dear Sofia, I hope you’ll not bored with my letter!
Hopping to hear you soon, hugging and kissing you.
Charline. PS: Your letters are never too long, all is interesting for me.
Posted by Sofia (U15152787) on Wednesday, 20th February 2013
Hello, my dear Charline!!!
How are you, darling?
Thank you for your wonderful and very interesting letter, and again forgive me for not writing to you immediately - I've been busy these days.
And now I'm a bit shocked. Have you read about the closure of the board? It's very sad news. Writing to you and Aneta (you might have seen her among my friends on FB) as well as reading some posts has become a great part of my life. It's amazing, but I've been here a year - the same as you, so congratulations ! I can hardly imagine my free time without visiting this site and communicating with everyone. I know we have some other resources to socialise but still... I popped to the message board they'd offered to move to, and I can't say I like it. Maybe it's just the first impression, we'll see. But I guess that the main way to communicate is now FB and mail which still doesn't work properly.
Coming back to your letter, stories about pancakes made me hungry - again, Charline, you're tempting me with delicious details))) I don't now wether it's because of the cold weather or hectic schedule at work but I've been always in the mood for something sweet these days. Can't do anything with it, just try hard to avoid all the bakeries and confectioneries on my way, though very often fail Can't wait for the pancakes week, maybe this time I'll try one of your recipies? )))
Thank you, my dear friend, for telling me about the Shrove Tuesday's traditions. I hadn't heard of Dunkerque's carnival before. Have you taken part in this incredible event? I'd love to catch some herrings for the good luck, I bet it's very funny though, perhaps, smell is quite strong))) And what kind of fancy dresses are popular? In Russia we don't have carnivals and fancy dress parties are not wide-spread either, so it's interesting what other people do on such festivals. If you had a fancy dress party, how would you dress up for it?
Concerning the meteor, luckily, there were no victims, but as far as I know, for the city of Chelyabinsk (it's very far from where I live) this disaster cost a lot. Many building were damaged, the windows were broken and some walls collapsed. People were shocked. Some of them thought that the war had begun! Horrible. And you know, strangely on that very day all the members of my family (including me) and a lot of my frinds and collegues suffered from severe headache. But on the other hands there are lots of jokes now dealing with space "problems" - everytime some troubles occur, we now say that it's another meteor probably)))
Dear Charline, that is all for now - I'll have to prepair for the lessons now, so bye for now and I hope to hear from you soon. Hugging and kissing you, best regards to your family))) I really enjoyed the photos of Corsica, thank you)))
Bye, your friend Sofia.
Posted by Elsair (U15527802) on Friday, 22nd February 2013
you will be surpise that i wrote to you ,but it's an urgent situation,probably you read about closure MB it is really sad news , but it's BBC policy ,for that i wrotte by my last ink, i think you will miss your friends alot day after day especially the poland one(aneta) , you know she had gone to Thailand,when she come back she will not find MB.
sofia i think you come nearly to read my thoughts. i try to keep my comunicate survive . so i wish to serve me by giving aneta my FB acount , you can find me with replacing the letter(e) with(a) and remeber my kid samir.
i lookforward to met in fine ocasion.
Posted by FCAJM (U15176824) on Saturday, 23rd February 2013
Hello, my dear Sofia!
Thank you for your letter. I’ve not read about the closure of the board. I’m also shocked! Where have you read this sad news? It’s a pity! To correspond with you is very important for me, you’re a good friend for me and I can’t imagine losing you, my dear Sofia! I hope that this will not happen!!
In France, It’s winter school holidays for two weeks. It’s cold, weather forecast announces snow on Saturday night and on Sunday. I’ll stay at my warm home watching TV and also “working” with my computer. Have you seen on FB a photo of my” bougainvillée”It’s a plant which flowered in summer.
I’ve brought it in before the frost. First, all its leaves have fallen: I’ve thought my plant is dead! but, after several weeks, new leaves have grown and soon, flowers on February!!I’ve got this plant since three years; It does not flower in winter! It’s the first time that I see this extraordinary thing! Fortunately, I’ve not threw it away!
Concerning the carnival of Dunkerque, I’m going to look after a movie about it and I’ll send it to you via internet. Everyone is free about the choice of fancy dress. Often men choose fancy dress of women, It’s very fun and coloured, they wear eccentric hats and of course they’re made up. It’s a great holiday: Bosses, working class marched together, everybody is happy, forgets for a moment his concerns, I think that it’s a holiday about solidarity and cheerfulness. My Choice of fancy dress would be a witch dress as these that I wore at the party organized when I retired.
Hugging and kissing, and hoping that we’ll continue our communication.
Posted by Sofia (U15152787) on Tuesday, 26th February 2013
Hello my dear Charline!
It's very pleasant to get your letter, as always, thank you for it. I have an hour before the beginning of work, so I've decided not to waste time and to write as much as I can)))
I've read about the closure of the board in this link www.bbc.co.uk/dna/mb...
I'm sure that despite the closure of the board, we'll continue communicating via e-mails or FB, perhaps we can even write "real" letters to each other Charline, I'm happy to have such a good friend and I appreciate our friendship a lot!
Hi-hi, Charline, actually I've had a sneaking suspicion about the costume you'd choose)))and my guess was correct! I wouldn't mind looking at your photos in this dress! I'm sure you looked magnificent! As for me, I'd dress up as, I don't know, perhaps, Lady Gaga? or maybe, some character from a film or a book? I would happily wear something in Scarlett O'Hara style...
Probably I've already written to you about it, I don't remember, but I've only once been to a fancy-dress party, a few years ago on Halloween,and I was dressed up as Marilyn Monroe. Can you imagine I even had a blond wig and red lipstick! And I borrowed my mom's dress which resembled the one Marylin had in "Some like it hot" and fur collar. It was funny and quite recognisable and actually I enjoyed this experince)))
Today, there was Depardue on the news again. It's becoming more and more irritating. This time he paid a visit to Chechnya and its president offered him to settle there! It seems as if the presidents of the countries had no other things to care for except Gerard's destiny. Nowadays, in such not very good economic situation, it is ridiculous!
Charline, I've seen your beautiful plant - I like it a lot! Perhaps the fact of blooming means that the spring is comimg. I hope it soon will bring warmth and sun in ch'ti country!
So my dear Charline, that's all for today, I think I'll write you tomorrow.
And now I have to hurry to work)))
Hugging you my darling!
Your friend Sofia.
Posted by Sofia (U15152787) on Friday, 1st March 2013
Hello my dear Aneta!!!
Perhaps, you're still having fun in Thailand - probably, sizzling under the sun or eating some delicious seafood, but I still decided to drop you a line.
Unfortunately, this board will soon be closed, but I hope that we'll continue communicating via FB or maybe e-mails. We've known each other for a year now and I'm really happy to have such a good friend. So let's keep in touch! I'm looking forward to your return and your amazing stories about Thai journey.
Hugging you and kissing you,
your friend Sofia.
Posted by Sofia (U15152787) on Friday, 1st March 2013
Sorry that I haven't written to you earlier. I got your idea - but could you explain a bit clearer what FB account I should give to Aneta? How will she be able to find you? I didn't understand. I'll be glad to help.