I'm in the middle of a move again and haven't much time to write.... well, I could, but the weather this time is rather lovely so we're plunging in the lake to cool off from box emptying and furniture moving.
When we moved to France (at rather short notice) in March last year, we threw our two girls, aged 7 and 9, into the local school. Our experience was one of learning. This article aims to pass on some of our experiences, and lists my tips for smoothing the way in a new school, new … Continue reading Integrating – New School, New Language, New Culture
Once upon a time when I started by blog it was on Blogspot. I'd forgotten all about it until recently. I didn't write too regularly back then - more in fits and starts. But I've decided to re-post some of the good ones. This one resonated because I'm about to post my first article on … Continue reading Is Motherhood Worthy of Your CV?
With thanks to the brilliant Michael Dylan Welch and the introduction to "Fifty-Seven Damn Good Haiku by a Bunch of Our Friends" for the inspiration. I first posted this senryu (like a haiku but a little more prosaic) on the previous iteration of Jumping Off Books over on Blogspot. * * * parents for lunch - Dad avoiding the … Continue reading Haiku with parsnips
"Mummy, have we got any old romans? Because I need to take one to school..." I'm LOVING my children speaking French. Just LOVE it.
I am SO impatient with impatience. I mean, just because we CAN have it now, should we? Just because the marketers say "Hey - buy from us and you can have it YESTERDAY" - is that the best choice for me?
Just because you understand the words coming out of one another's mouths (strangely pronounced vowels notwithstanding), doesn't mean you'll completely understand each other! When we moved to New Zealand I didn't expect quite the culture shock, and cultural differences, that we experienced.