Sorry has been a while since I wrote...have been kinda busy and yet not doing very much so not had massives to write about! I have maybe not made the absolute most of this last week...knowing that home was so close I got kinda impatient to just be there, but there have been some good highlights:
School has been fun...after the lesson on traditions I did:
CE1/CE2: Chrisristmas vocabulary and "We wish you a merry christmas"
CM1/CM2 Lesson on "Father Christmas/A snowman has got black boots/an orange nose/a green scarf etc" and singing "Oh Christmas Tree" (which went down so well they are going to do it in a concert for parents on Friday, real shame I won't be there to see it).
Then with all of them a lesson making Christmas Cards (where I dictated what they decorated the Christmas Tree drawing with) and sining the songs a bit more.
Yesterday we had a fun Assstants' Christmas day! I had to work Friday's lessons in the morning, but then I met with Rachel and we headed down to Lou and Lynn's cake, mulled wine ingredients, Secret Santa presents, cards for everyone and decorations. We met up with all the Perigueux assistants as well as those from Bergerac; was really lovely to be see them. We went ice skating; am not a big fan of the old patinoire so took the offical post of "photographer/bag holder", and actually really enjoyed it. The sun was out so I was lovely and warm and was chatting to a French lady, Cecile. Then we all headed back down for "tea". I made the mulled wine which was yummy and it realy felt like Christmas sat stuffing ourselves with biscuits, chocolates etc. For secret santa I got a VERY well wrapped-up shoebox filled with random cleaning/washing stuff in funny squeezy tubes! And Lynn was so sweet and gave us all little baubles with "Xmas 2007 France"...shall keep that for many years. We played Empires and Charades until decided I really should get back and pack. It was a lovely day...I really am very grateful to have had such an interesting mix of lovely people to share my experiences here with even though friends from home and Oxford mateys me manquent beaucoup.
Today was a lovely day. Firstly because we were paid, a week early...so a great unexpected early Christmas present he he! One of my little English stars, Thomas CE1, gave me a box of chocolates. And then I walked into my last class of the year, CM1...as I went in they started singing a French Christmas song, and then presented me with a few cards which they had made individually, one lovely one which was signed by all of them AND a lovely book "Perigord" with lots of beautiful pictures and descriptions of the region. The teacher had written a little note to "Notre charmante petite anglaise" and it seriously made my day...was sooo happy.
And now I am at Rachel's...stage 1 of the journey home! We've just been round to her neighbours for her to exchange christmas presents with them, they are really sweet and will give us a lift to the airport tomorrow. Really looking forward to being in my nice cosy home with family for christmas, and distracting Joe who has been working FAR too hard of late ;-) . The 2 weeks are already filling up with fun stuff, I know they will go far too quickly, but I do like my little life in France and still have LOTS to learn!
So yeah I hope you all have happy happy times wherever you are for the festive season. Joyeux Noel et Bonne Annee and look out for more exciting French blog entries to come soon!