as I think of it!
Yes - I shall watch Strictly - I enjoyed it, there were some really good dancers on the programme and it passes a Saturday evening nicely. I had a nice long chat with my God-daughter after the programme ended - we can always find plenty to chat about - especially when Strictly is on.
The weather has turned very cold here and although I vowed not to switch the heating on until the middle of October I have changed my mind - at my age it is important that I keep warm.
Friends S and T have just been and we had a cup of tea and a chat. S and I chatted about the teaching of French in schools. We both were taught French early in our secondary school lives in the same way:
French teacher: Bonjour mes enfants.
Class: Bonjour Mademoiselle.
French teacher: Comment appellez vous?
Me: Je m'appelle Collete (my stage name).
We both agreed we have a reasonable vocab but as for stringing words together - forget it.
Hopefully French is no longer taught in this way these days. I do remember being asked a question in a written exam about what I might find in a sideboard. The only thing I could think of was a bottle of White Horse whisky! We were a non-drinking family too.
Many years later, sitting chatting on a bench in Paris I wanted to know the time. I asked a passing Frenchman -
"Quelle heure est il, si vous plait?"The Frenchman looked totally nonplussed. Another Englishman sitting on the bench held the Frenchman' s arm : "Avez vous l'heure?" - we got the time immediately.
The reason we were speaking about the teaching of French is because my Great Grand daughter - she is almost six - has recently started school and is being taught French as well as English. Teaching to receptive young minds - brilliant.
As I have been sitting here typing the sky has gone very black and the heating has come back on - Autumn has come in with a bang.
See you tomorrow.