Long live the past!
Hi! Thanks for all your comments everyone, it’s great to hear from you all… I’ll reply to you individually in my next blog but just a quick thing to mention for our newer readers – don’t forget that there’s always going to be a gap between when you write your comment and when it appears on the website. This is because they are all read by the BBC Learning English team first before they’re uploaded to weed out the spam and things like that. If you post a comment over the weekend you probably won’t see it until at least Monday – Zaya you said you were disappointed because your first comment hadn’t appeared, but if you have a look now it’s there! Well done on the vocabulary definitions everyone, and your passive form sentences were absolutely correct Pritam :-) Kiran I hope you’ll have a chance to blog soon! We miss you!
Unfortunately the weather has been so atrocious here lately that I haven’t been up to much. We’re supposed to be on a camping holiday in Cornwall at the moment but instead we are taking refuge in my parents house waiting for the weather to cheer up a bit. We did have a nice day out yesterday though and went for a trip on an old steam train through the countryside. Here’s a photo for you:
The train station that it leaves from has been made to look just like a train station did in days gone by, with piles of old style suitcases and trunks and lovely old wooden signs – I sometimes wish that I’d been born a hundred years ago instead of now, I just love how things used to look and people used to dress – so much more stylish that these days! Of course this is a terribly romantic view of life back then, I’m sure things were a lot less comfortable in many ways… what do you all think? If you could press a button and go back in time to how things were 100 years ago, would you do it?
Now I’ve had a brainwave that I’d like to share with you. I was thinking it would be kind of fun to do an interview with someone for this blog and as I’ve been thinking about olden times a lot recently I thought it might be nice to do an interview with my Granny! That is, my Dad’s mother. She was born in 1922 and she grew up in the little fishing village of Polperro, the village where my parents now live (more about this village here). When she was a child her family used to run a dairy and would send out butter and cream to people all over the country by post, which seems kind of funny to me now. Anyway, rather than me thinking up the questions, I thought I’d make it your homework today, Kiran and everyone else – think of one or two questions that you’d like to ask my Granny and write them in the comments section. We can then have a look at the grammar of question forms, and I’ll choose my favourite questions and ask her to answer them… how does that sound? Try and write your questions before Friday so there’s a good chance of them appearing on the website before the weekend and then I’ll interview her on Saturday or Sunday and publish it early next week. Okey doke?
Time for a cup of tea.
To turn out all right - to be okay even though there were some problems earlier
To be worth its/ones salt - deserving respect
Quintessential(adj.) - a perfect or typical example of something
Extraordinary(adj.) - very unusual or unexpected
Well-kept(adj.) – taken care of or looked after. Usually refers to a place.
A moat(n.) – a channel of water that goes around a castle to stop people from entering
In a nutshell - when you explain something ‘in a nutshell’ you explain it in the shortest way possible, without any unnecessary details
Intrigued(adj.) – very interested, wanting to know more
Today’s words and phrases:
To weed out
To take refuge
To cheer up
Days gone by
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