Hello Xuan and everyone,
Only 2 days to go until your exam, Xuan. I think we all have our fingers crossed for you. Good luck and I am sure you will let us know how it went. Best wishes also to Ha from Viet Nam who wrote that students all over Viet Nam are having their final exams right now. What are you studying, Ha? I hope you are not too stressed.
Well, talking of stress, last night’s chicken problems turned out all right in the end. You are right, Merce, I am an optimist and have a very optimistic view on life. I couldn’t help taking some photos of the whole thing. I forgot to take the camera to the hotel at the weekend. Steve offered to trek back to our flat (2 streets away...) to retrieve it, but I wouldn’t let him. If we had really been on holiday, we would not have been able to get it, so I said we had to follow the rules and not go back for anything that we had forgotten. Anyway, when we finally got home I really wanted to take some pictures.
Here the children are happily jumping on Steve in the kitchen. The chicken is in the oven, not cooking.
In protest at not being fed, the children decided that they really needed to attack daddy.
What was planned as a family meal, turns into a romantic dinner for mummy and daddy. This was an unexpected treat. I put one of our favourite jazz CDs on (Love Songs by Dave Brubeck) and we sat and waited for the chicken to cook.
At last it was ready!
Mmmmm delicious. Steve is actually a really good cook. We ate the chicken with sautéed potatoes, green veg and gravy.
Now, a few replies to everyone.
Merce – I think I agree with you, that people who have travelled a lot can be more used to solving problems than those who haven’t. I think it certainly makes you very resourceful and resilient.
Hello Mimee and welcome to the blog. Please ask any questions about grammar that you like. Good luck with your Spanish studies.
Hi Silwal – thank you for your concern about our electrical equipment. We have called out a technician to come and look at everything. This evening, we just used the microwave to heat up some take-out food.
Hello Cris – can you guess what star sign I am? I am a Virgo and Steve is a Libra. In Chinese astrology, I was born in the year of the Rat, and he was born in the Year of the Dragon. According to details displayed on the table mats in a Chinese restaurant we used to go to in Delhi, we are very compatible. What star sign are you and Oscar?
Hi Duke Lee. You asked me about how to improve your writing. Writing is a difficult skill to improve – you need to have a proper reason to write and you need to have something to say, as I think you comment on in your post. My advice would be to keep reading the blog and to make a comment when you have something to say. Why not ask some of the other readers some questions, and in return, they might ask you some things. This will then give you a good reason to write a reply.
Hello Ana Paula – yep, childhood is a great time! When you’re an adult, you can’t jump up and down on your dad’s tummy as he lies on the kitchen floor and you’re too big to play hide and seek. But, there are good things about being an adult. You can eat a whole bar of chocolate and you can do all of the things you always knew you would do, despite being told the opposite by your parents, when you finally get a place of your own (do you know what I mean…?)
Hyoshil – good to hear from you again. I have been thinking about the sentence you asked me about. Do you think they might have said, “it must be the biggest kitchen we’ve seen so far”? Can I ask you, why were you looking at colour schemes. Are you planning to do some painting?
Hello Elina – Finland sounds like a very efficient country. I think children love all kinds of transport. How old is your son – does he like trains as well?
OK, its getting later here. As my mum used to say when my sisters and I were little, ‘It’s time to climb the wooden hill to Bedfordshire’ (meaning, ‘get up the stairs to bed’ – ‘Bedfordshire’ is a play on words containing the word ‘bed’ and is meant to sound like a made-up name for a region in the UK. There are other expressions to mean ‘time for bed’ like ‘it’s time to hit the sack’ or ‘let’s turn in now’. Can you think of any other expressions like these in English? What expressions do you have in your own language for this?
Night night everyone,
compatible - get on well together
resourceful - can think of lots of ideas to solve problems
resilient - tough or hardy, can withstand a lot
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