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'Destins'

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 12 Aug 2022, 23:32

A cooler day today.  I have been reading the rest of my current french book by Francois Mauriac 'Destins', it has been quite an interesting story and I managed to persist with it. The language was of very good quality and it was well written. The moral of the story was clear, and after much sadness, all went well in the end for those who were left behind.
The story of two young boys and how their lives had taken different paths. It is also about the people involved with looking after them, their family, friends and neighbours.

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La chaleur du soleil pendant l'été

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 19 Sep 2022, 14:26


Je suis toujours en train de lire mon roman en français.'Destins ' par François Mauriac. je suis assise à l'ômbre, Il y a une bonne brise qui souffle, il ne fait pas aussi chaud comme il y a quelques jours, comme lorsque nous avons eu la canicule , mais il fait encore très chaud! 


Autour de moi, je peux entendre les sons des gens qui vivent leur vie.
C'est assez calme à la maison de repos derrière chez moi.
Pendant la pandémie de covid 19, beaucoup de gens là-bas, ont contracté le virus. De temps en temps, j'entends des soignants s'appeler «au revoir» les uns les autres, alors qu'ils quittent leur temps de travail.

A côté de nous vit un vieux monsieur, il se promène très tranquillement dans sa cuisine,  sa porte est ouverte de son bungalow, il fait une tasse de thé, je l'entends remplir sa bouilloire et secouer les tasses et les soucoupes.

A côté de lui se trouve une jeune famille avec des enfants, qui jouent dans leur pataugeoire, donc beaucoup d'éclaboussures et de rires venant de leur jardin !

Je décide d'aller au parc publique pour lire mon livre, car c'est généralement calme à cette heure. Il n'y a que quelques enfants dans l'aire de jeux, de nombreuses familles sont déjà allées à la plage.

Nous nous emmenons un petit panier pique-nique avec nous au parc. Nous avons beaucoup de sandwichs avec nous, du fromage à la crème,  et du saumon, ainsi que des sandwichs à la pâte de champignons et aux herbes, et des sandwichs à la salade . Il y a aussi des petits cubes de fromage que nous avons mangés avec des tranches de pomme, le dessert était
un petit pot de fraises avec de la crème fraîche.

Nous avons trouvé un endroit parfait sous de grands tilleuls odorants, là,  nous avons placé une couverture douce sur le sol.

C'est  un bel après-midi, assis à l'ombre, regardant les oiseaux voler pour manger les miettes, les papillons brillants et les beaux bourdons visitant le jardin des fleurs sauvages, qui se trouvait juste derrière nous.

Je lis une autre page de mon livre,  et sirote ma limonade. Il sera bientôt l'heure de rentrer à la maison, mais d'abord une longue marche lente autour du parc public. Quel super "séjour- vacance" nous avons eu!

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Bird in the shade

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Bird on branch

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A Beautiful Afternoon In the park

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Saturday, 23 Jul 2022, 22:22

Under the trees in the park

Picnic area under the shade of the lime trees.

Empty Playing area with swings

Play area and pavillion

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Reading in the park

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Tuesday, 26 Jul 2022, 07:38

I  read my french novel 'Destins ' by Francois Mauriac.
I am sitting in the shade in my garden,  where there is a slight cool breeze,  it is not as hot as the heatwave of last week, but still very warm.

All around me, I can hear the sounds of people living their lives. It is fairly quiet at the nursing home behind us. During the pandemic a lot of people caught the Covid19 virus. Occasionally the care staff call out "goodbye"  to each other, as they go off after their shifts. 

On the right hand side, is a small allotment, then the church yard and  the vicarage.

To the left hand side of us lives an elderly gentleman very quietly moving about in his kitchen of his bungalow,  making himself a cup of tea. 

Next to him is a young family with children, who are playing in their paddling pool, so lots of loud splashing and happy laughter coming from their garden!

I decide to go to the park because it is usually fairly quiet at this time of day. So I can sit and read my book in peace.  There are only a handful of children in the play area, as many families have already gone to the nearby beach. We have taken a small picnic basket with us to the park with a flask of tea as well as some cold drinks.

We have plenty of sandwiches with us,  cream cheese and salmon,  mushroom pâte and herb pâte,  and some salad sandwiches too. Little cubes of cheese which we eat with slices of apple. For the dessert,  it is a little pot of strawberries with a pot of fresh cream.

Now to find a perfect spot for our picnic. Just beneath a fragrant sweet smelling lime tree would be perfect, there we place a soft blanket on the ground. It is a lovely afternoon, sitting in the shade of the lime  trees, watching the birds flying down to pick up the crumbs, brightly coloured fluttering butterfles and beautiful bumblebees, they are visiting the wild flower area just behind us. 

After eating our picnic I open my book and  read another page,  as I sip my lemonade. Soon we will have to head off back home, but first we will have a long slow stroll around the park. What a great staycation we have had!

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Yellow grass !

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 22 Jul 2022, 21:46

Yellow grass after the heat wave

After the heat wave the grass is turning yellow in the park. It is a sorry sight for the gardeners.

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Fallen tree- Look what the heat has done!

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 29 Jul 2022, 11:00

Fallen tree

With the intense heat of the last few days,  and the heaviness of the foliage,  part of this tree has broken off into the cemetery.

Yet another sign of Climate change !


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A Bird Station

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 21 Jul 2022, 20:47

A bird station in the garden

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Gardening day!

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 21 Jul 2022, 22:30


Finding all sorts of jobs to do in the garden, like watering flowers in pots,  but the flowers and grass all looking very dry!

Today with the help of my very kind neighbours,  we have managed to put up a bird station,  so that my son and I can sit in the garden and watch the visiting birds.

Hopefully we will be able to see lots of visiting birds passing through!

Bird station with feeders and water

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Une lecture d'été

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Wednesday, 20 Jul 2022, 20:50

Je prends plaisir à lire mon livre Les 'Destins' de François Mauriac.
je suis au chapitre 5 maintenant.
Pour le moment le temps est un peu plus frais avec une brise fraîche.
Je lis tout les infos du "Monde" en ligne et regarde France24 sur mon portable.
Pendant les vacances, je prévois de regarder des vidéos en français.

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 19 Sep 2022, 14:41

Alice in wonderland quote

(Unknown artist)

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I Passed My English Degree !

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 19 Sep 2022, 14:40


I  have Just looked for my results and found  I have passed my English Degree! Yes!!!  but I will celebrate when the weather is cooler. I still can't  believe it,  I have to pinch myself! 

Next term, my last term is going to be  French! L332

Hope you are all doing well. 

Best wishes

Gill

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Alice in Wonderland quote

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 18 Jul 2022, 14:50

Alice in wonderland in blue dress

(Source artist unknown)


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Il fait tres chaud dehors

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Sunday, 24 Jul 2022, 23:20

Il fait très chaud dehors. Ce matin J'ai fait un petit tour dans mon  village jusqu'à la poste pour payer ma note.

En ce moment Je lis mon livre
et je tente de rester cool à l' ombre. J'ai mangé des fraises avec de la crême pour ma collation. il fait de plus en plus chaud,  la température est maintenant de 37°  Wow!

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Reading François Mauriac- 'Destins'

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 18 Jul 2022, 12:05

Sitting in the shade of my garden this afternoon. It is very hot but under the trees it is not too bad.  The french book that I am currently reading is 'Destins' by François Mauriac.

It is a moral tale centred around 2 boys Bob and Pierre and Elisabeth as guardien looks after the children, and of the neighbouring bourgeoisie families. Set in the Gironde region on the South West of France.The story follows the life stories of the two boys and what becomes of them. This is the summary in French.

"Jean Gornac et sa belle-fille Élisabeth font prospérer un domaine viticole à Viridis en Gironde. Dans la maison voisine vit Maria Lagave, une femme âgée dont Jean aida naguère le fils Augustin à poursuivre ses études pour devenir un fonctionnaire respectable à Paris. L'action débute alors que le fils de ce dernier, Robert, est envoyé en convalescence auprès de sa grand-mère en Gironde. La vie de bohème que mène Robert Lagave (dit Bob) dans la capitale est mal acceptée par son père. Son passage à Viridis va troubler l'équilibre bourgeois du domaine et provoquer une révélation chez Élisabeth."

Source- Wikipedia

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Colourful Moth

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Sunday, 17 Jul 2022, 09:45

A pretty moth on curtain

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Holiday in the Park !

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 12 Aug 2022, 18:07

A lovely green empty park

A lovely quiet day today, so we had a lovely picnic in the park, under the trees!

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Speed Reading !

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 19 Sep 2022, 14:43

I can't believe it, I finished my latest book off in 2 days!
The book was called 'Les vacances de Maigret.' Par Georges Simenon.


I really enjoyed this story and couldn't put it down. Good thing that I had a fairly free day, as my son was out with his dad earlier today.
So this is a record for me especially as it is in another language.

I wonder if I really understood it all in detail?
I hardly used the dictionary at all because I didn't want to stop my flow of reading so I was just guessing and picking up clues as I went along, a bit like a detective!


I found the characters were very interesting. I didn't suspect the killer who turns out to be the doctor who then hands himself over, in the last chapter,  to his friend the judge.  It all turns out to be a crime of passion in the end.

The descriptions of the seaside town were very good, typical of the french sea side towns of the area (visited there once) and of the hotels too which he visits.

I noticed that the detective in this particular episode always asked for a glass of white-  un verre de blanc- meaning a glass of white wine in this episode, but occasionally he took an armagnac, when he was particularly stressed.
As always he enjoyed his pipe. He wore his hat which was described as a melon shape.

What I might do is to read through my whole list of books, then go back but this time paying much more attention to detail.  I will look up any unfamiliar words in the dictionary, just in case I might be missing something important!

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Holiday reading in French

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 15 Jul 2022, 16:26

I finished my latest book in french it was very good! "Guingette à deux sous." (The Tavern of the two pennies) by Georges Simenon.

In the end there were three people implicated in the murder. I was a bit suspicious about one of them, but  surprised that three people were involved.
I liked the fact that there were also women in the story, it was not just Male characters only. 

I liked the setting by the river with fishermen, the canoeing, the dancing the party, the bridge game and Maigret who was undercover, to find out who was the suspect,  following a tip off earlier on in the story. There was the occasional moving the scene to the city so this brought in some variety to the story.

My next book is "Les vacances de Maigret " also in french and is set in Les Sables d 'Olonne situated on the west coast of France in the department of Vendee. 

Maigret is supposed to be on vacation but he then becomes involved in a crime scene. I have only began reading the first chapter, but it seems quite engaging. I am so glad I bought all these books from Oxfam bookshop in the city just before the Covid19 pandemic hit !

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Thirsty earth

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 8 Aug 2022, 21:40

Scorched earth

While walking this morning I noticed  a small piece of land near the park. This piece of land that has been hit by the sunshine for many days now and It has been a long time since we had rain. Hopefully there will soon be a shower. Today It felt a little bit cooler. We don't have a lot of rain here, but when we do it rains quite a lot!

It made me think that it is so important to have rain as well as sunshine in order for the crops and the grass to grow. Everything is so finely balanced. Global warming hasn't gone away!

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Reading in my Hideaway!

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Wednesday, 13 Jul 2022, 18:29

What a hot day it was today! but fortunately there was a nice cool breeze blowing so this made it a little more bearable.

After doing my daily tasks. I opted for sitting in my 'Hideaway'  beneath the trees at the side of my house. I am still reading my book in french. It is slow plodding through  this book (Still reading La Guinguette à deux sous) and using my dictionary when I need to do so. 

I am also watching France24 which is a french speaking news channel on my mobile so I try to watch this once a day, this is very helpful for getting used to listening to the french language on a regular basis and learning to speak the french language.
It is a long process learning a language! I can write and read in french now, yet I still struggle to pronouce the words correctly.


Just been hearing on the news about the fires in France caused by the heat and the global warming. That's a great pity because there are some beautiful trees and woods in France.

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Damselfly

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Wednesday, 20 Jul 2022, 22:25

          

            Dragonfly


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We should be kind to animals

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Sunday, 10 Jul 2022, 15:54

We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.

Albert Schweitzer

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Reading another 'Maigret' story

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 15 Jul 2022, 15:10

I am reading another book by George Simenon, in the 'Maigret series', this one is called " La Guinguette à deux sous." Translated I think it means the Tavern of the two pennies? .It is a story set near a river in beautiful surroundings.The detective is on vaccation but is also undercover because a body has been discovered and he becomes involved in solving the crime. It may be someone from the circle of people he was playing cards with, at the cottage of his friend, or someone he was drinking with at the "Guingette à deux sous"

 I seem to be able to understand the language better, because it is very everyday  common language, but it is also in good french too, so I am learning some new words. I like the fact that there is conversations going on, between the characters and when the detective asks questions. The storyline is quite interesting, so I can follow it and can almost guess what is going to happen next. As always I have my dictionary to hand.

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My hideaway !

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Saturday, 9 Jul 2022, 16:37

A wooden fence with shed behind it

Shed behind fence where my hideaway is,  with  bench and paddling pool.

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