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Edited by Gill Burrell, Saturday, 26 Jun 2021, 13:14

Today I am getting onto the final lap 🏎🛣for this years L222 module.    At the moment I am tackling the translation for the main EMA essay part on the "environment and economy."  🌍As usual it is about getting the word count right as well as accuracy of meaning. There is more than one way of rendering the same meaning. Will be listening to audios 🎧📻 again and reading 📖 vocabulary notes. There is also the PDP to write out and I can get this from tutors feedback plus some notes of my own.

Must keep on keeping on!

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It's what the people wanted!

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Wednesday, 27 Sep 2023, 08:34

Well it looks like it is back to Victorian England again! 🎩🍽🐂
I wouldn't say the🧍‍♀️🧍‍♂️ 1980s 🚴‍♂️ exactly because at least Margret 👽Thatcher was all for Europe and co-operation. 🌍

No, it is time to bring back the workhouses. 🏢 it will be hard times ahead.   For the ordinary man. ⛺🏚

As for our friends in the north I am actually beginning to think the working/ non-working classes actually like the food banks 🥣and the life  of poverty, to have voted so overwhelmingly for the Tories .🏗🚟🌫

Can we really trust the tories to deliver what they promised? 🚚
We shall see, we shall see what will happen or not! 😣

Let us be patient and see what the wonderful Boris Johnson and co. has in store for us next!

      📚 🏠💌 🌲💰🥗🌹👩‍💻

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Wednesday, 27 Sep 2023, 08:37

What a day it has been!
Another 💧Leak in the bathroom, a missing cat🐈 mix up with a missing parcel 🎁 something I ordered weeks ago  completely disappeared ! then having on top of it all to vote  ✍  but for who? the least of the two evils? 🥶👺 I feel confused? Red or blue, yellow or green?

Then there was a complete mix up with a doctor's appointment.
Dr cancelled my son's phone appointment 🩺👩‍🚀without letting us know, then we found a vague text message telling us to ring the surgery back.only after the 🕒 appointment time had passed ! 🕓 I  Rang surgery they said they didn't know, will try to find out what had happened 🕟 but then she finally rang ☎️ us 1  3/4 hour later.
Had to hang about 🕠 waiting since 3 until 5.30 not knowing .

In between all this chaos of politics ,voting and doctors appointments  I have to find time to study! Managed an hour mostly reading and tidying up notes in notebook.

Missed my walk to the park this afternoon. Good job went to shop earlier on🏪 this morning then post office then had to ring ☎️ about🎁 parcel. Fed up🙄now! I 🕡

Had to wait for 🕕 husband  to 🕡come home, to make tea, so we could then dash out together and register our vote! ✍🕖 I still don't  know why I bother!🕗 I think I need a lie down. lol! 🕘🛌

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Il Pleut Bergère (French nursery rhyme)

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 4 Jun 2021, 01:08

 ⚡ 👩‍🚀 ☂️   🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑
Il pleut, il pleut, bergere
Presse tes blanc moutons;
Rentrons à ma chaumière,
Bergère, vite, allons.
J' entends sur le feuillage,
L'eau qui tombe à grand
Voici, voici l'orage,
Voilà l'eclair qui luit. ⚡

Entends-tu le tonnerre,
Qui gronde en approchant?
Prends un abri, bergère,
A ma droite en marchant.
Je vois notre cabane,
Et tiens ! voici venir
Ma mère et ma soeur Anne,
Qui vont l'etable ouvrir.

Bonsoir, bonsoir ma mère,
Ma soeur Anne, bonsoir;
J'amène ma bergère
Pres de vous pour ce soir.
Va te sécher, ma mie,
Auprès de nos tisons;
Soeur, tiens- lui compagnie.
Entrez, petits moutons.

           🌳🌲🌞 🌄 🏡🌲🌳

Chanson populaire

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My Garden in the woods

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Tuesday, 19 Apr 2022, 03:55

My garden is where I like to go and sit out in when the weather is good and when the sun is shining. A garden is very good for mental well being.
In the bad weather, like today, I like to just sit and look out at it through the windows. My home has two gardens.
          🌲 🌲 🏡⚘🌼🌻
At the front I can see a large green lawn. There are trees at the right hand side, well maintained by my neighbours as they like to have plenty of light 


There is also a beautiful display of peonies 🌺 on the right hand side, with the most brightest, pinkest flowers ever. It really cheers me up every spring to see this. A pink cherry blossom tree is at the far bottom right  corner of the garden which is very pretty and is now in bloom.  Sadly it doesn't last for long.
To the left of the lawn beyond the footpath there is a picket fence along which there is a border with various flowers. This changes throughout the year.
At the moment there are the marigolds, daisies, yellow proimroses, blue forget- me- nots, 

Near the front door is a trellis where red roses are just coming through at the moment, by the summer hopefully, there will be a wonderful display of red roses, all around my front door. 🌹🌹 🌹       A bright green bench overlooks the lawn on the left..🌳 🛋🌳

I have a cottage garden beneath the front window.  There is a large rectangular border with different pots of plants some planted last year and some this year.  Hopefully these will soon all be coming out in the summer.
Rows of bright red Geraniums, pink geraniums & whites. purple and white. 🌸🌼🌻⚘

🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲The back garden is much more secluded, and is more private for sitting in,  as it is surrounded by lots of tall trees, some forming a natural canopy under which is a pic-nic table.
There is a patio area in front of the french window with rattan seating and plants. There are pots of plants around the patio area.  In front of this a small lawn with small plum tree that holds the bird table.

Beneath the tall evergreen trees
there are placed two white chairs on the small lawn with tubs of flowers either side of them. There is a pebbled area to the right of footpath with lots plant pots some flowering, and a fountain.

               🌴🪑🌵 ⛲🌴
The best feature of the back garden is the seclusion and all the huge overhanging trees at the side(needs lots of attention!) but it's good because it just feels like I'm living in the woods!
           🌲🌲🌲 🏡🌲🌲🌲

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The Hope

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Sunday, 27 Jun 2021, 01:36

From the Bible - New living translation 

1 Peter chapter 1 verses 3-5

3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, 

4 and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.

5 And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.

        🏞 🎚🙏📖🌌❤✝️

From Bible gateway 

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Study today

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Tuesday, 2 May 2023, 06:27

It feels like winter yet it is spring. One of the coldest April's for sixty years they say. Every morning I am having to switch on the fire and I am still feeling the cold! ❄
Get myself in the mood for studying. Computer on, I-pad at hand, notebook, pens, pencils at the ready.

The last EMA of the year is coming up and it feels very important like a milestone along this journey of gaining an education more than halfway there now. Next term English (creative writing.)
It seems like another era since I decided to take on this language course.

I was slightly younger then, feeling a lot stronger, fitter and still full of beans, like I could still do anything I wanted to, but it was a risk. "Why not go for it!" I was told. So I did.
Now the years have flown by and time has moved on.

 A pandemic has struck, getting older, the body more tired, frailer and slower. Some family deaths, family illnesses, loss of employment, the heavy weight of family responsibilities. Personal set backs,.

The loss of enthusiasm for new projects. Just wanting to keep safe, which I once would have found really boring but now it seems like the best option!

I am sure others must feel the same way. High spirited youth seems to have vanished away and what is left is a steady slow determination to just plod on and finish what I started, doing what I set off to do all those years ago that is to obtain a degree in languages. Just hope I haven't left it too late! 🤔 lol!

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Enjoying cleaner air and birdsong.

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 28 Jun 2021, 08:35

During the lockdown I have really appreciated nature more. Whether it is walking in the countryside, my local park or just being in the garden. Looking at green spaces, trees or water features. Listening to birdsong 🕊and breathing cleaner air. I stay indoors and I am enjoying the studies with the OU.

 I really haven't missed going by bus 🚌into the city🏙 and the hustle and bustle of the busy city roads.🚙🚗🚕 I have just enjoyed the peace and quiet. At first it seemed very strange and disconcerting being out in an empty quiet street but then I came to like it, and started thinking, imagine if it could be always like this ? 

No noisy cars, buses or vehicles without all the pollution that brings with it. What if cities could be as calm and quiet as the countryside with lovely green 🌄🏜🏡🌲🌳areas, more parks, trees, allotments and roof top gardens?

As lockdown lifts things will get busier and noisier again and maybe we will miss the quiet, cleaner streets. Just a thought.


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Study afternoon

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 4 Jun 2021, 10:27

I have spent the afternoon preparing the second part of the EMA for L222 the personal development plan. I listed all my difficulties as well as my achievements.
I wrote it in English first to understand what my meaning is and what I wanted to get across. Now I just have to translate it.
It was cold outside when I went out earlier on. It has been raining and the cats came in. They are now curled up asleep one on the armchair, the other on the setee. I had to put the fire on because it was so cold. I don't know what has happened to the weather lately. I don't think I ever remember such a cold spring as this one.


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Study and Walking in the country

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Wednesday, 24 Jan 2024, 21:07

This morning starrted as a bitterly cold day! With just a brief appearance from the sun. I wanted to take a walk before starting to study and taking notes again for the EMA. For L222 I had to clear my head so I could think clearly!
I needed the exercise but I did not want to venture too far,  as overhead big black rain clouds were threatening. The sun was shining, trying to break through the clouds. ⛅🌦

First of all  a walk around the park which was empty today and from there up a little further to the cemetery. Walked through the cemetery and out the gate at the other side. The wind was gusty so I held onto my  hat, and I walked quickly. I then climbed over the style and got onto the footpath, this leads me around the field. At this point I still felt safe being in full view of the houses backing on the edge of field,  so I walked along the footpath, where the back gardens face onto the field ( most have fences up) but some don't. 🏡🏡🏡

I passed by to the end, then walked along the outer edge of the woods. There was not one person in sight, so I decided to walk a bit further down as far as what used to be the little farm  but is no longer used as a working farm anymore  and the house is all closed up, but the outer buildings still store farming vehicles. I walk past there, and  right to the end of the field,  then I turned and walk to the end part of the field.
🌲🌲   🌄  🚜
Here there was a flock of sheep 🐑standing grazing, 🐑 I stand there for a while looking at them sheilding my eyes from the bright sun, they were far off to the side and under a tree but I could still hear them bleating. The neighbouring field had two horses in it that were busy eating from 2 bales of hay, left there for them.🦄🐴 they seemed very hungry today. Must be the cold weather!

The field I am now walking it will be full of wheat  🌾  by the summer all being well,  and  depending on the weather conditions. At the moment there are  just green shoots coming up. This is all good farming land.  I walk the border of the field where some apple trees grow and you can find some big red apples in the summer!  🍎 🌳
We used to have fun when the children were young trying to knock the apples off with a long branch or stick.  I smile as I remember, where did the time go? They seemed like such carefree days, or is that just me romantisising?

Final lap now as I turned back towards the village. I can see the church spire ⛪I know my little  cottage is 🏠 just nearby. I can either go back past the cemetery again or take the footpath leading into the village. I go through the village 🏘because I must go to the shops. After that I will go home and have my breakfast of coffee and toast.


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A walk in the country with a friend

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 24 Jan 2022, 11:37

This morning it looked sunny but when I got outside, I soon felt very cold. I had arranged to meet my friend Sally for an outdoor activity of walking across the field( according to the rules we can meet up with one other person) I had a free day as I was up to date with ema research and almost finished taking notes.

I met my friend 👩‍🦱Sally outdoors and we were socially distanced.  She was pleased to go for a walk but she is even more out of condition than I am! and quite a few years older too! She told me she needed a good walk she only ever walks in the town. 🚶‍♀️🚶‍♀️
"Don't you go too fast I know you!"
She laughed.

The first field we crossed seemed very long, way longer than I had remembered. She was out of breath and we had to stop half way.  "You ok? " I ask "I'm ok but where can we sit?" She replied.
"The next field" I told her "Sorry it's not too far now!" she tutted a bit but carried on determinedly. I pointed out the wild primroses, forget - me -nots, cellandines and bluebells. She replied "there are so many bluebells this year it's amazing!"
"Yes they are prolific" I answer. She is really a townie (like me) but loves nature and flowers, She has a beautiful garden. "This is going to be a good walk for us" I say laughing. She laughs a bit nervously "yes, I already feel a lot warmer with the activity." She panted.

The second field and I found the tree stump and covered it with one of my knitted shawls because she had her  posh clothes on. She was out of breath and I admit so was I and ready for a sit down.
Then suddenly she says "oh isn't this lovely!" She looks about and she can hear the sheep 🐑in the field nearby. She smiles and closes her eyes as she has never been very often in a field except on holiday.  We picked a few wild flowers to take home with us.⚘🌾🌼🌺💐

There was a slight breeze and a misty haze as the sun tried to shine through the clouds. Birds 🕊sing and a bumble 🐝bee is very close by buzzing busily around on a patch of bluebells. 🦋After a long rest and a drink we continue walking again. She now looked more rested. On the way she told me her life story which was very interesting. She ran a small business ran a business with her husband but they had to sell it.  Now they are both on their pensions and they have had to downsize on their home.

We reached the little village but I told her"There is not a lot to see here, it's only a hamlet with a few houses 🏘a church ⛪no shops but there is a lovely stream 🏞with a bridge"  🛤she nods "That sounds good" she said.

We reached the stream and go across the bridge very carefully!
Following the path alongside the stream, we then veered to the left that leads to the long stretch of woods, 🌳🌲🌳there you can sometimes see deer! 🦌but we didn't  see any today. From there, we could see that we were almost back to our village, just a small field to go across. She looks at me and begins to laugh "what's so funny?" I ask her "you have rosy cheeks!" I laugh too "So do you" I reply. "That was good we must do it again sometime!" And she nodded enthusiastically.

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Une promenade vers les champs

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 4 Jun 2021, 01:26

Aujourd'hui J'ai fait ma promenade avec une amie. Nous sommes partis du village et ont suivi le chemin à travers les champs. 🙂👩‍🦱 pour visiter le village voisin 🏘

 Je portais mon chapeau de paille et mon écharpe en coton. Je portais aussi mon manteau créme et ma robe en jean. Il faisait un peu froid mais ensoleillé.☀️🌬

Nous avons traversé le premier champ à un rhythme soutenu. J'ai remarqué les primevères, les fleurs d'honnêtetés et des fleurs de jacinthes. Ils grandissaient le long du chemin. 

Quand nous sommes arrivés au deuxième champ, nous étions très fatigués et nous devions nous asseoir. Il y avait une souche d'arbre, alors je me suis assise. Je me suis reposée là-bas un moment. Nous avons bu un petit jus de fruit. Nous avons regardé autour de nous. 

Dans le champ suivant nous avons vu des moutons brouter l'herbe paisiblement. Il faisait froid alors nous avons continué notre marche vers les champs. Dans le village nous sommes tombé sur un petit ruisseau avec un pont. 🏘

Nous avons suivis le ruisseau et nous avons traversé un bois pour 15 minits et nous sommes presque arrivés à la maison!  Il est temps maintenant pour boire un bon chocolat chaud avec de la créme!


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EMA preparation

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Saturday, 18 Feb 2023, 00:52

This morning I studied so just having a break now. I downloaded information for reading and understanding. I will quote some parts from the module and the rest I will get from my own research or it may be a mixture of both plus my own thoughts.

 I then have to translate it all into french language  except the parts from the french module ( which is already done) . Getting all my notes together and other bits of info and decide what is most important or not. Putting together an essay plan.

It is going to be a big job getting it all in order, but just doing it bit by bit until I get there eventually!

Lets hope I don't get too many interuptions while I am working on it.

✝️❤️🧚🏿‍♂️💪 Be strong and very courageous!

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Studies interupted

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Sunday, 19 Sep 2021, 16:43

Feeling very tired at the moment probably because I had a sleepless night due to anxiety. Thinking about Covid 19! 

 Now I think the pipe has burst into the kitchen from the bathroom this morning, so water was everywhere!

Waiting for plumber to get here. put towels and buckets to catch any water. I am finding it hard to concentrate at the moment on anything so just reading course work and notebook while waiting for the repair man to arrive.

They HA gardening team have been an hour ago to do the front garden. (So lots of noise!)  Although I am pleased that I paid my gardening fee as I could never manage to do it myself as it is such a big garden.

I can't go out to the shops yet until the plumber's been and he didn't give me a specific time as to when he would be here just that it would be within 24 hours. (From 11am - 11pm )  So I just have to wait. Boring and anoying but with the possibilty for reading.

Some days are like that what can you do?
Makes you appreciate it when things do actually run smoothly.
Not much studying done today I'm afraid!


Plumber fixed the leak. Turned out to be the pipe in the bathroom the washer was completely worn out and water had leaked down and through the kitchen ceiling. Didn't have to wait too long thank goodness. Maybe now I can get on with some studying at last!

Hey ho on we go!

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My cottage is my palace

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 4 Jun 2021, 01:18

I don't live in a big palace I just live in a village in the countryside. My humble little abode 🏠is rented from the HA. It may be small but I like it it has a big garden, it is just a few minutes to the shops and village and is very close to the church. Most people have bought their house around here. Except for a few.
The fields are about 5 minutes away.
The buses run to the towns and city regularly, although the city is 30 miles away, so it is quite a long journey. I usually go just once a month.
The beach is quite nearby but is much better out of season!
It is very quiet here in the village and you can hear the birds singing.
I like my little garden here so I don't need exotic holidays to far away places.
I have my family, friends and my cats. I am grateful to God for all that I have. I maybe poor but I am happy!    🙂 👑

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A Prayer

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 24 Jun 2021, 18:20

Our Lords prayer
Our father who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done on earth as in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread and lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.



For thine is the kingdom the power and the glory. For ever and ever.    Amen

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Une Promenade

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Sunday, 24 Sep 2023, 18:45

Samedi matin et j'ai fais un petit tour de mon village.🏘
J'ai commencé par le parc et j'ai pris le chemin qui atteint les champs. II n'y a personne à l'entour. 🌄
Aujourd'hui tout le monde fait leurs emplettes. Il fait chaud et le printemps est enfin là. Mais les nuits sont encore très froides. Et je retourné à ma maison tout suite.

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 4 Jun 2021, 01:13



Tout s'écroule
Rien ne vas plus
C'est la Révélation
Qui s'annonce petit à petit
La terre est finie.


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Power of prayer

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 1 Jul 2021, 13:14

The power of prayer


Found this helpful !

"Don't worry about anything....pray about everything"

Philipians 4v6    (TLB)

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

At that point train your mind not to worry...Don't try to find answers straight away.

You have solved the problem by giving it to God, now wait for his leading. He will direct your thoughts to the next step you should take. If there is nothing he leads you to do - then do nothing more. He will take it from there.

"Ask and it shall be given unto you, seek and you shall find"

Matthew 7v 7

From the Bible.

   🕊 🙏 Peace! ✝️☮❤


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Preparing for ema

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 4 Jun 2021, 01:14

I have been reading from unit 5 section 5 of module L222 and writing up some 📒 notes. I also have to write a PDP as part of my next assignment. To read later on I have put ebook reads in order of relevance 📚📗to the topic for the EMA which is due next month. Writing notes now in digital notebook📱 to prepare for this final assignment for this year.

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Le Cimetiere

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Le brouillard des bas-fonds

La lune qui décroît

Les fleurs de cimetiere


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Des mots généreux

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Wednesday, 27 Sep 2023, 08:54

Des mots généreux sont comme du miel,
Doux à l'âme et guérison pour les os.

( proverbes 16:24)

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kind words

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Sunday, 27 Jun 2021, 11:56

Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

(Proverbs 16:24)

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Un après - midi ensoleilée (a sunny afternoon)

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 24 Jun 2021, 18:23

C'était bon de voir le Soleil aujourd'hui. 🌞  La température à atteint douze degrés 12°  où nous vivons. 🏡🌲
J'ai même persuadé mon fils de venir se promener avec moi.👨‍🦯
Dans le parc publique les enfants jouent.🤸‍♀️ 🌲
Ils sont revenus à nouveau. 🚴‍♂️
Ils jouent sur l'equipement de jeux et leurs mères viennent les regarder.   👩‍👧‍👦   

Sur le terrain de jeu,  les garçons jouent au football ⚽️  en plein air !

Le soleil brillait 🌞 et tout le monde était très heureux d'étre à l' extérieur. 👫⛱🌲

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Pluie, un chat, la mer

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Wednesday, 24 Jan 2024, 20:54


Il va pleuvoir demain

C'est pour toute la semaine

Ce n'est rien

C'est normal


Un Chat et son plat

Le chat est la
Il regarde son plat
Il mange deja


La mer

Je vois la mer

EIle est  bleue et verte

Le ciel est plein de lumière

🏝 🌊 🌅

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