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can one fit their head?

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Yesterday we had some visitors arrive. The have come to stay for 1 week, as Amarine's 1st Communion is this Sunday so a big celebration (Church Mass & 7 course Lunch) is to be had. Their names are Hella and Edgar (they are in their 70's but seem younger and are really nice) and Nadine lived with them for a while in Germany in her youth so they are like her second parents.

Hella and Edgar speak German - they don't speak English and they don't speak French. So now I really really wish i had learnt (and remembered) a few more words in German. At least i suddenly feel i have come very far in learning French.
(I partly blame my high school for not offering either of those languages as a subject. What use is Indonesian really??)

So this will be fun, Nadine and Frederic are translating every which way and i will learn some German this time. It is really amusing listening to the switch between the 3 languages. At least half the time they turn to me and say something in German, or in English to Hella and Edgar.
It is truly incredible though - I have huge admiration for people that can speak even 2 languages fluently, let alone more. Seriously though without a lot of repitition i can hardly remember new French sentences so i dont know how i'll fit any German into my head... The charades skills are improving quickly!

My parents are currently in England and will fly over for the weekend before going back to London then Perth so i look forward to that. Good thing the house is big, it will be quite a 'cosy' weekend. Mum did learn German at school and stayed several months there so i have warned her to brush up quick smart!

I am also feeling extra happy this week because I have a friend here that i found all by myself! I have been in and out of the "Office de Tourisme" in Sennecy so much that Sophie who works there has befriended me. After helping me sort out numerous queries and giving suggestions on the many many occassions i have dropped in there and then realising i was going to be around for quite a while, she invited me to go swimming Thursday mornings in Chalon which works out well time wise - i just have to find how to spend 2 hours between dropping the kids at 8 and the pool opening at 10 - Not a lot is open before 9.30 or 10 am here - and i really really need to do something active (so i can promptly undo my good work at a patisserie later). So far we have just been shopping :p so maybe nest week the swimming will start.

This week also yielded a breakthrough with Antonin. After a reasonably good afternoon with him and without Amarine he specifically asked that i go to say goodnight to him after his parents. Which i usually do anyway but with the 'yep whatever' impression (and tone of voice) radiating out of him. So very good. Perhaps temporary, that is yet to be seen, but right now i'm noting any and all positive actions from him.

Posted by Madeline84 22:10 Archived in France

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Hey Hey Amanda,
Been following your blog, sounds like you are having a blast over there in france and lots of things to keep u busy all the time unlike your previous au pairing experience ;)Keep writing and post more pics.

Mark, Linda & Jacob

by Mark

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