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Reflections

(or how to avoid packing)

Have actually grown to love...
The "bisous"...in theory a nice idea. I think it will be weird to go back to seeing friends and not properly saying "hello" in that way.

Sunday closing...there is something nice about walking through town on a Sunday morning when only the Cathedral, the bakers, and some cafes are open, and there's hardly anyone around. Kinda like Christmas Day at home...only every Sunday.

Foie gras. Idea=gross. Taste=actually kinda yummy.

Techtonik...just hilarious.

Will never understand...
The Frenchman's love of horrible little dogs. And how no-one has gone on strike over the dog poo. Which is Everywhere.

Strikes.

Lunchtime closing. Seriously, just employ another member of stuff to work for an hour while you go eat your baguette.

Bisous without the love. Or even a "bonjour". Seriously if you don't like me, DON'T KISS ME.

Men in white trousers. NOT A GOOD IDEA.

How French businesses keep going when, often, the customer is NEVER right (in their eyes at least).

I will miss eating...
The top of my baguette as I carry it home from the bakers.
Many parts of little duckies which the Perigord serves up very well.
Pains aux raisins/quiche...anything else from the boulangerie/patisserie basically.
The biscuit which comes with my coffee in a cafe.
The slices of baguette which come with my drink in a restaurant.

I won't be able to stop saying...
Ca va. They seriously just say it all the time.
Quand meme.
The verb phrase, "en profiter"
Pas de soucis.
I'm sure there are others...

I have learnt...
to say "yes"
to be a super-quick (and much lighter!) packer!
plenty of Francais

But most of all I will miss the AWESOME ASSISTANTS, who ROCK and have all been both fun and caring friends to spend the year. But it's ok we have a reunion planned, Bolivia July 2013 (and hopefully West Coast US before then!). Will also miss Muriel and co and the other nice Frenchies I've met.

And the children!
Smiling Solal
Leila and her singing at the front of the class
Sophia (Oh nooooo!)
Valentin (AlWAYS had the answer...apart from "thirteen")
Maxime
Agathe
Eloise (shaking my hand with her sticky snacktime fingers)

Marvin
Julien
Theo, Lucie and Victoria (really bright, nice young people...will go far)
Ambroise
Mateo
Louise
Juliette (sooo quiet but sweet)

Blanche, Clara and Florine (Drama queens!!!)
Simon (my brightest and keenest pupil)
Romain (class clown)
Lucas (once marked his own work!)
Veronica (likes to think she's English!)
Camille and Eugenie

Thomas (one minute smiley/hyper, next minute all sad and quiet!)
Sacha (superbright, superfidgety),
Marie-emilie (dans la lune)
Hugo
Amandine
Marc
Clemence
Peter (blew me kisses from the playground!)
Louis (used to cry...was star pupil today!)

Chloe (diamond in the rough)
Ugo (that's "u"go)
Bastien
Christopher
Morgane and Laurana

Dylan (so cute with his little glasses when speaking/doing gestures)
Thomas (moi je sais!!!)
Lola, Melissa, Enora, Ines (6 year old teenage girls!)
Timothee and Yohan

Geoffery (aww)
Vincent (cheeky smile)
Sara (loves horses!)
Naomi (gave me sweeties today)
Matthieu

Marion (classic! smiling, sooo much energy, "sit down Marionnnn!!!)
Orphelie
Thomas and Arthur (would charm there way out of any punitio)
Alexandra (once wrote LOADS!)
Clarisse and clementine (love singing, ask for homework)
Nathan
Mathys

Has been an amazing experience. Can't believe it is coming to an end already, but YAY for seeing family, friends and mon amour! And yay for a house with an oven, and a washing machine. And a town with a fish and chip shop.

Posted by LHsugarsugar 14:01 Archived in France Comments (0)

Last weekend in France!

semi-overcast 21 °C

Has been a really fun one!

Friday night Molly and Lou came round and we watched a really good French film, "A la folie...pas du tout" (it's called "He loves me, he loves me not" in English). It definately still had definite moments of Frenchiness (for example the little "dream scene" where you go inside a character's head into a surreal kinda fantasy world), and starred, of course, Audrey Tautou but it was entertaining and had a really interesting plot. Watch it! Got two French films left that I wanna try and fit in this week..."Les visiteurs" and "Tanguy".

Saturday morning the sunshine woke me up so I got up and headed straight into town. Was lovely, loads of people out and I just wandered round the market and old town by myself for about an hour and a half, took some photos, bought a paper, had a drink, and got myself a quiche for lunch from the bakers. Came back and ate that and then headed to school where they had a fete. The fete bit (kermess) was just like an English school fete, with little stands, cakes for sale etc etc, and beforehand they did this little "spectacle" thing, which was suuuuuper cute. The little CPs did a sweet dance about being "naughty children" and then got water pistols out at the end, my CE1s-CE2s did a dance to Bjork's "Oh so quiet", CM1-CM2 did little drama sketches and CM2s did line dancing which was well funny. Got to meet a few more parents and hang out with the kids a bit....I'm gonna miss them! After going to the launderette I met up with Molly and Lou at 6.30ish and we went to the park to play frisbee which was really fun, we were the only people in the park so we just hung out, later went to Cafe de la Place for a drink and then, on the way home at 10ish, found that the ice-cream shop was still open with music going and stuff. So, of course, we had to get ice-cream...it is my last week in France after all!

Well I was at the fete I met up with the family I had dinner with right at the beginning; the parents and sisters of Blanche, one of my CM1 girls, and they invited me around for lunch today! So after catching up with Jo W on skype this morning, I headed to meet them (after they'd been to mass). They're a really nice family, kinda proper and really quite rich I think...but yeah really friendly and stuff. We had an aperitif, melon for starter, a piece of pork with courgettes in a bechamel sauce, and then chocolate cake and strawberries for dessert...yummy! Later we took Blanche to a party which was a suprise for all my other kids who were there. Two other parents came back for a coffee, and later I got to swim in their heated outdoor pool with Manais which was awesome. Before bringing home they gave me some foie gras and an onion confit to take home which is nice...and a cool present because I would never have bought it myself but it'll be nice to make other people try it!

Right, had better get everything ready for school tomorrow...and maybe do a bit more towards packing...

Posted by LHsugarsugar 11:23 Archived in France Comments (0)

It has commenced..

the big pack-up!

Today I sorted out my bills, bank statements etc etc and all the piles and piles of lesson planning stuff I'd colected this year, must have sent about 3 rainforests to the recycling. Also been busy getting stuff ready for the Big Quiz I'm going to do with the kids for their last lesson next week. Finally I've been emailing my university tutor to try and sort out all my tutorials etc for next year.

Still fitting in time to hang out though. Has been pretty sunny which meant we got to have a nice last lunch with Cat in the sunshine after doing some more fun recording for JPP. We also watched an AWFUL French film..."de battre mon coeur s'est arrette"

Posted by LHsugarsugar 10:24 Archived in France Comments (0)

Aujourd'hui

School this morning which was fine.

Did a last-minute translation of a video report about Banksy for one of my teacher's sons.

Went shopping for leaving cards/presents etc. And got myself some really nice new shorts.

Started work on a big quiz for my kids to do in their last lessons.

Posted by LHsugarsugar 11:58 Archived in France Comments (0)

Leaving meal

Had a lovely meal out with JPP last night. Him and his girlfriend are really nice and the conversation flowed easily (in French of course), was quite a laugh actually. En plus, he paid for the meal! Pizza! And the dessert. And the wine. And the aperitif. And the digestif.

And then he drove us home.

Ah...la France.

Off to work now then into town to pick up a few little leaving presents and stuff...and maybe treat myself!

Posted by LHsugarsugar 23:10 Archived in France Comments (0)

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