I wish I had green fingers!
I’m impressed at your commitment to developing your English Alex, you do really take every opportunity to get input. I’m interested in the how you download pod casts and listen to these when you travel, an excellent strategy! I’ve only just started to listen to pod casts myself and do see the great potential of the medium.
I understood everything you said with the exception of this sentence;
"So I had to sneak under my cloaks which are several due to the cold weather and manipulate the volume level."
Did you mean?
So I had to burrow under my clothes which were numerous due to the cold weather and adjust the volume.
I’ve used the verb to burrow here to suggest that it was difficult and like digging, due to the number of clothes you were wearing.
How was your weekend? Mine was busy and energetic. We had an extended water cut on Friday and Saturday which made life difficult. We were shuttling around to friends’ homes that had water, for showers and using every pot in the house to collect water when it was delivered from a tanker. By Sunday morning we had a supply again and started to get on with our household chores which were a bit more elaborate than usual as we are expecting my parents to arrive for a two month stay next weekend and we want to get everything just right for them. As they are elderly and my mum is disabled this means that we are really trying to sort out safety issues. So we are trying to ensure that the bathrooms and stairs are as safe as we can make them.
I also did some gardening, something I haven’t got around to for a long time. I like gardens and the idea of gardening more than the physical effort involved. Sadly I’m not blessed with green fingers or particular gardening skills! But my Dad is a great gardener and I don’t want to be embarrassed in front of him and as you probably know gardening is a big part of UK culture! So I needed to do a lot of tidying up. In fact I had to prune everything fairly radically and had to dispose of some dead plants. I need to make a quick trip to the Gardening Centre to buy some plants to fill in the gaps! It’s looking a lot neater after we got the lawn cut too. We have someone who drops by to mow the lawn. His visits are erratic and we don’t have any way of contacting him, so it was luck that he turned up on Sunday morning!
Lexis and patterns from today;
to burrow under something ( to search for something as if by digging)
to adjust the volume (to change the volume)
to shuttle around ( to travel regularly between the same two places)
a bit more elaborate than usual ( more detailed than usual)
to be blessed with something ( to be lucky in having something)
to have green fingers ( the ability to make plants grow)
to prune something (to cut off parts of a plant or tree to help it grow more successfully)
to dispose of something ( to get rid of something)
to drop by (to visit someone)
to mow the lawn (to cut the grass)
erratic ( not regular)
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