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Thursday, 31 December 2009


Happy New Year!

Like Rachel H., we’ll be at home watching the fireworks on TV at midnight tonight, only a few hours to go….. Firework displays from around the world are usually shown, so we’ll be looking out for Sydney’s ‘blue’ theme!

We have some friends visiting for the next few days: here are Clara and Rian playing chess with (and being beaten by) Zen (who lives in the Netherlands but is originally from Indonesia).

Our very small and lop-sided Christmas tree is in the background, behind the chess players. The fairy lights on the tree worked well when Clara first did the decorating, but seem to have given up now that Christmas has passed.

Shirley (over on the students’ blog) is thinking about her New Year’s resolutions. I read somewhere that, to be successful, resolutions should be very carefully planned, not made at the last minute. Also, that we should focus on the positive effects of achieving our goals and not the negative effects of failing. My resolutions are always the same, and sadly always fail: lose weight, get fitter, work more efficiently etc. etc. If you are making New Year’s resolutions, I hope that yours are more successful than mine!

OK, I’m going to mix some drinks and then cook some dinner. One more evening of over-eating in front of the TV before the new, strict regime begins.

I’ve really enjoyed reading your blogs and your comments. Thank you for all of them! I have another, new, New Year’s resolution and that’s to be more active on the BBC LE Facebook site. I hope to see you all there!

All the best,

Rachel W.

fairy lights (n) = a string of small (sometimes coloured) lights
lop-sided (adj) = leaning to one side, not balanced, not straight
resolution (n) = a statement of determination to do something, a resolve
regime (n) = period of time, (also, system of rule or government)


Hi Rachel, Happy New Year and I do wish you and your family to have a stupendous year in 2010. I'm looking forward to reading your posts on the BBC LE Facebook site. All the best.

thanks for take time writing this blog. i came to Australia six weeks a go so lucky i had join x mas and new year here. i found that when i read teacher blog it improve me a lot so please keep write it . thanks all the best

First of all happy new year to you and your family with best whishes for you .then thank you so much for sharing your resolution for new year. I am sure that you can reach to your goal because you believe and you have positive think and idea. That picture that you afforded is really interesting. Also I want to tell you those idiom that you explained realy helped me to understand better. Good luck have a great year .

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