Bye from the Beach and the Chair
Is that a cryptic blog title or what!
I just got back from the beach after taking Isabel for a walk before bedtime and I looked into the office and up at the calendar and saw that it is the last day of November.
I couldn’t resist the last opportunity to reply to you all and say goodbye from the beach. For those of you who have enjoyed the blog, I will be back in January, which I am really happy about. :)
Look at what Pankaj bought me for my birthday - isn't it cool? It is sooo comfortable and I feel like I am in the mastermind chair when I sit in it and put my head back on the head rest. :)
I see there is going to be an open blog from tomorrow. I enjoyed the last one so let’s see who joins in. I hope all of you do and Paulraj I think you should feel confident enough to blog now without waiting till the middle of next year! I didn’t mention my family because they were quite cool about it really and it was more of an issue for Pankaj’s parents as we were living in India. Had we been living in England at the time there might have been more to say about my parents but by the time they found out, it was already a fait accompli and they were both very happy for us.
Well Done Dusan, your homework was almost all correct. Check the couple that were not.
Naheed, I manage very well in a sari thank you very much! I have to get my mother/sister-in law to tie it for me though. :)
Toni – keep trying the homework. Even if it is difficult, check the answers at the bottom of this blog. I look forward to hearing more from you in January.
Ewa – let’s do a swap – I will come to Krakow and you go to India and we can compare notes.
Thanks to Filippo and Daria for your recommended book lists. I’ve already read Eco and Calvino and I loved them so I am sure I will enjoy other contemporary Italian writers too. I have ordered the Mikhail book already Daria.
Hyoshil, yes I love green tea too and browsing for hours in bookshops, flicking through volumes of classics and modern fiction too.
Paco, do write in more often – your English is good and you use a nice turn of phrase.
Thanks to Naweed, Marianna, Ana Paula and YPW for your kind comments. Ana Paula, I say 32 again because I was first 32 some years ago and I decided I didn’t feel or want to get older than that just yet!
Anonymous – do let me know how Mercy is and I may get my Dad to bring it over for me.
Leslie, look at the answers to the homework – you got phrasal verbs mixed up with verb patterns using infinitive/gerund. Good try though. Keep it up!
Answers to challenges and well done those of you who took them up. You did really well.
Challenge1 from a Good Read: 5 examples of narrative devices in today’s post – phrases which move the story on/introduce a new point.
• In my last blog I said …
• Well, I am going to give you…
• That’s not to say that
• When I was a little girl…
• I have always loved…
• I still harbour this desire to…
Challenge 2 from a Good Read: 4 phrasal verbs in today's post and use them in a sentence. Say whether they are literal/non-literal/both.
• Set up (literal)
• Bring over (literal)
• Grow up (non literal)
• Throw out (literal)
• Give away (literal)
• Throw away (literal)
Phrasal verbs from Mixed Marriages and Mumbai:
• Win over (non literal)
• Bring round to (non literal)
• Pull something off (non literal here)
• Give into something (non literal)
Challenge from Mixed marriages and Mumbai: Find words/phrases in the post that mean….
1. For the most part
2. Threw herself into (non literal)
3. Spurred us on to
4. Come clean
5. Fill you in (non literal)
6. Hooked up (non literal)
7. An item
8. Throwing a party
9. Tied the knot
Have a wonderful December and hope to meet you in the open blog or if not, in 2009!
Very best wishes,
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