It's true...seems the French don't care about the burning down of the British parliament building
05.11.2007 10 °C
Yesterday, Sunday, was loooovely. I slept in, and then at 12pm Muriel the lovely teacher from my Tues/Fri school came to pick me up with her daughter (aged 9), and took me to have Sunday lunch at theirs, cooked by her husband, Nicolas. We had foie gras with our aperitif....pretty nice actually, gros idea but if you just eat without thinking it was really quite tasty. The main course was an Eastern French dish of sausages in a sort of lentil-stew, very tasty and washed down with some good red wine. This was followed by a cheesy tart thingy for dessert, camembert and coffee. Yummy! The family was super friendly, and being just the 3 of us adults I could follow and get involved with the conversation a bit more, and they spoke at just the right pace/level for me. They then discussed where they were going to take me out for the afternoon! I was really pleased when they decided on Brantome, and another nearby village, as this was one of the other places I wanted to visit this holiday. And it was worth it; a town built around an abbey and surrounded by a river, really pretty and all the Frenchies were out for their Sunday afternoon walk. We then went on to a castle nearby, which was also brilliant and very interesting as there was a renaissance castle built in the courtyard of the medieval one.
I also managed to get myself talked into teaching "With a little help from my friends" to the choir at the school! he he he he he!
I really am so lucky to have met such friendly people; that's three this week who have gone way out of their way to invite me into their homes and shown me such kindness. I really hope that French assistants or other people who found themselves in my situation at home would get the same treatment although I fear not....I'm going to make sure my family tries to get in touch with the local ones in Exeter next year! You should all do the same!
I was really pleased yesterday evening as I came to write a message to Louise, another lovely assistant here, and I had to use a French phrase (en profite bien) as it just came to me naturally and I couldn't think of a better English one to replace it with. That has to be a sign my French is improving. I felt so smug I wrote a chatty email to my Uni tutors telling them how I was getting on, offering my assistance to the 2nd years and generally showing off my new and improved mastery of the French language. He he! If that's not a reason to persevere I don't know what is.
I had a bit of a moment earlier today when I just wondered what I was doing and wished I could be sharing all of this stuff with Joe, and just generally wishing he was here and feeling like a big needy girl. But then I have other moments where I just feel generally very lucky and happy; I'M LIVING IN ANOTHER COUNTRY! That's something which most people wouldn't get the chance to do in their whole lives. Hell, I rock. He he. And tonight Lynn cooked me a delicious spaghetti bolognaise and we watched Extras which was fun. Tomorrow we're going to the musee.
Also I've had 213 page views, 129 visits and 31 absolute unique visitors to my blog since October 20th which is cool. Love it.
AND the girl down the corridor says I can turn my heating on...now if I could only find out how...