I’m 10 days on from returning after the Christmas holidays. These days, travelling home is so expensive and so needed, that such holidays become long breaks, and transition back into the not-always-so-routine of Congo living happens frequently and takes at best a few days. I was just about over the hump of this process early last… Continue reading Normal Service Just Might Resume…
As the calendar foretold, December has arrived. For most of the past few years this has surprised me. Once upon a time December was an arrival. Nights drew in from the start of October, temperatures dropped, winter clothes came out and I would start to miss summer evenings despite myself. The journey through winter had… Continue reading What I Learned From My First NaNoWriMo
It's coming up for about a year since I started writing here (somewhat) regularly. At the time I didn't post any chatty 'here's me and here's why I'm here'-type post, because I couldn't do it without it becoming long-winded, and because it's really not very interesting, and because attempting it was becoming a barrier to writing… Continue reading The Frustrated Nester – A User Guide
When I started teaching - hard to believe now - it was in front of a blackboard, the heel of my hand permanently chalky. But a few years later, a brand new interactive whiteboard was installed in my classroom. For the uninitiated, this now-standard (in UK classrooms at least) piece of equipment uses a special… Continue reading Recalibration and Carrying on Regardless (with NaNoWriMo)
Older Boy's new teacher: All the children must have a book bag this year for returning their library books. Practical parent me: FFS really? All they ever have in their normal bag is a snack. Putting the library book in each week is an event! English teacher me: But this is a great contribution to… Continue reading Stitched Up: Drawstring Book Bags
You've learned some French at school, maybe at university, or perhaps you've lived long enough in France or a francophone country to learn the language. You can buy bread, order lunch, arrange a delivery, even sort things out over the phone with the electric company or the mairie. But when it comes to having an… Continue reading So you’ve learned French? Now here’s how to actually speak it…
...ahem...the person who entered... It's because everyone else already had their copy of Once Upon an Expat. Right?? If not (you know what's coming) here's the link. So well done Pots of Tea - I'll be in touch for your address. Do check out her blog or instagram to see the very pretty outcomes of… Continue reading And The Winner Is…
It was around midnight, but still warm enough to sit outside the Irish pub in the French town on this early summer evening. My leaving night had taken us from the hip café restaurant in the old town, via a relaxed wine bar, to here, where we had taken a table beside the boulevard, looking… Continue reading The Leaving Season – and a Giveaway!
Another Sunday, another trip up the coast for some beach time. After a couple of years of African living I don't always stare out of the window on every road trip, like I did at the beginning. But I still do it often. There are moments where the thought presents itself - I'm living in… Continue reading Congo Sketch – Balls to the Wall
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