Lovely long weekends...
Wow that sounds like quite a journey to Kerala, Kiran! I’m sorry to hear that your friend has been in a coma. I’m looking forward to hearing the rest of the story.
You’ve used linkers quite well, especially in the paragraph starting ‘Our four hours journey…’ Well done!
It’s Bank Holiday weekend here in England and for once the weather has been not too bad… in fact it was even quite sunny! Ed had today off work as well (Monday is the Bank Holiday) so we’ve had a nice long weekend going for walks in the countryside and visiting family.
Today we went over to my mother-in-law’s farm and we all went out in their canoe on the lake which was lots of fun. Louie thought it was brilliant, of course, although I was a bit worried he was going to fall in! You’ll be impressed to hear that Ed’s Granny (not mine) paddled the canoe as well and she is 93 years old! She also played football with Louie… pretty good, don’t you think?! Our Grannies never cease to amaze me. Here are some photos in case you don’t believe me!
Check out Ed sitting back and letting his Granny do all the work!
Here are some replies to our readers’ comments – I hope I haven’t left anyone out! Apologies if I have. Here we go…
Hi Pritam - no that’s not me in the picture, that’s my friend Hannah. Charity shops don’t really sell antiques, but some sell old pieces of jewellery. I haven’t seen these shops in India before – you’re right though, who needs them when we have kavadi-wallahs! Yes I miss India and Indian food! I made rajma the other night and it was delicious :-) Well done on the linkers homework.
Hello Bia - you’re welcome! I hope I’ll have time to do a blog about education, let’s see. Good job on the linkers homework!
Hi Mahjabeen - I think building laws are pretty frustrating in every country unfortunately, but I guess it’s important to have them otherwise there’d be no countryside left! Thanks for your blogging ideas!
Hello Wisarut - unfortunately I don’t think that my life is graceful or neat!! I wish it was! It feels very hectic. Well done on the linkers homework, just double check your answer to number 1.
Hi Filippo - yes you’re right, there’s a fine line between having a nice community to live in and having neighbours that are too nosey! I almost always read the Guardian – I get it on Saturdays and sometimes Tuesdays (which is the day they have the ‘Education’ section). Have you ever seen The Guardian Weekly? It’s sold internationally and is very good.
Hello Jorge - thanks for telling us the names of some of the flowers, it made me realise that I did know some of them after all!
On the contrary, Concetta, I think your English is very good! Your linkers answers were very good – although for number 4 I would say ‘because of’ rather than ‘for’. I liked your story about the mother ordering pizzas! And thanks heaps for the recipe, I’ll give it a try this week :-)
Yes Redouane, that’s a great idea to try and watch a film everyday. It’s definitely a good idea to use the subtitles to help you. If you enjoy the movie, why not try watching it again, but the second time without the subtitles?
Hi Ana Paula - you were very close – as you will have seen, ‘flesh’ in this context means the skin. I’m glad you like my mugs collection :-) I’ll try and post the quiche recipe this week. Excellent vocab definitions!
Hi Naweed - you’re welcome! Nice to hear from you again :-)
Thanks Habooba for your lovely comments. Well done on the linkers task – try comparing your answers to the ones I posted if you haven’t already, especially for number 2.
Hello Hanan - you’re very welcome! I will pass on your good wishes to my Granny too :-)
Hi Hyoshil - that sounds like such a great project (the evacuees one). Such a better way of learning about history than just reading about it. I have passed on your good wishes to my Granny and the hugs to my children and they say thank you :-) I try and entertain Louie and Oslo as much as I can, but I think they entertain me more!
Yes Guzin, I totally agree – it’s amazing hearing from people from so many different countries. And you’re absolutely right about charity shops providing the people who work in them with a sense of worth. I’m intrigued by the expression you mentioned ‘don’t eat them, sleep next to them’. Can you explain it a bit more?
Hi Beatriz - I usually go to the supermarket once a week but I also pop into town sometimes to pick up bits and bobs that I need and in that case I’ll go to different shops for different things, or sometimes the outdoor market. We also get a ‘veg box’ but I’ll tell you about that in my next post!
Hello Paulraj - no I haven’t seen the same kind of charity shops in India, but I have seen sales like you described. Yes I agree that “charity begins at home” as the saying goes.
Hi Schuyler - well done on the linkers task, but double check your answer to number 5. That’s interesting to hear about the charity carnivals… it sounds like there is something similar in most countries.
Thanks Jim Shaw! I’m glad you’re enjoying the blogs!
Hi Zaya - yes, yard sales are great too, we have them in England as well but they’re not so common. Your linkers homework is very good. I would reword the beginning of number 5 like this though: ‘The disadavantage of using a metal sheet for the roof is that is heats up the top floor, but people…’
Hi Tanya - I LOVE that: ‘’burrow and dig’ what a great name. I think shopping in secondhand shops is much more fun than normal ones because you never know what you’re going to find!
Hi Dino - nice to meet you! Thanks very much for your comment and I’m glad you’re enjoying the blogs!
Hi Leila - yes we have those kinds of flea markets here too but we usually call them ‘car boot sales’. People turn up with old stuff to sell in their cars and set it all up on a table for people to rummage through and buy. Great fun!
Hi Mauricio - did you have a look at the answers to the linkers task? What did you think? I expect you could have done at least some of them :-) I’ll try and give you the quiche recipe this week! Mr Benn is a cartoon from the seventies… you can have a look on Amazon if you like!
Hi Sheila - well done on the linkers task. Just double check your answers to numbers 3 and 5 with the ones I gave you. People often do bric-a-brac stalls to raise money for charity here as well.
Hi Anita - that’s interesting about the secondhand shops. What makes them English? Are the clothes from England? Yep rummaging through charity shops is lots of fun!
Hi Cristina - that’s interesting about the school markets. I think schools do similar things here to, to raise money for charity. I wonder why people from different cultures eat at such different times?
Hello Maryam - well done on the linkers homework, number 5 was especially well written. You don’t need the word ‘substance’ in number 1 though :-)
Hello Diema - I worked in a charity shop for a while when I was a student and it was a lot of fun, especially because you get to meet lots of different types of people. Glad you enjoyed the post!
Yes Madhav, I agree – it’s very interesting thinking about how our societies have developed over the last few decades. Well done on the linkers task, just double check your answer to number 5.
Hello Min - yes you’re right, you have to look carefully but you can find some great stuff in charity shops. Yes I think as usual we British have just adopted and adapted a dish from another country rather than coming up with something completely new! I read the Guardian – have you tried the crosswords from there? I sometimes have time to do them but I rarely finish them!
Hi Josette - yes, I’ve heard about Emmaus. We’re planning to go camping in France next month and I’m hoping to get to some Emmaus shops! I like that French saying about big and little worries, I think it’s very true. I still can’t quite believe that my sweet little children will grow up to be teenagers!
Hello Silwal - I’m sorry to hear about the computer trouble you’ve been having :-( Excellent work on the linkers task – try to link the sentences together into one in number 2, though. Your correction is almost right: ‘I am eager to know if you have ever been abroad’ – no need for ‘that’ :-)
Hi Paulo - ooh gerunds! I’ll see if I can squeeze it in :-) Yes it’s true, even beautiful children can be little monsters sometimes!
Hello Marianna - yes I can understand not wanting to read the newspapers… the news is quite depressing these days! I’m trying to knit Oslo a blanket but it’s taking forever as I don’t have a lot of time to do it… hopefully it’ll be finished before the winter!
Okay, time for bed. I’ll post the vocab definitions from last time, next time.
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