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Studying, Walking and recovering from Covid 19 suffering.

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 24 Jun 2022, 09:15

8am
I pass the morning reading my french novel. This included looking up certain words, that are still unfamiliar, using a little dictionary. I copied the new words on my digital notebook. When the sunshine arrived at last, I could go outside in the garden to sit and read. It was good to be in the sunshine! I wondered how my french friend was getting on. We had not met together for some years now since 2015. Maybe I will ring her soon.

I watered the roses growing near the door. I just cut back some sharp brambles fron the footpath, so that I can reach the clothes line, in order to hang the washing. Finding things very tiring recently since Covid.19

12am
After, a lunch of french cheese and crackers also a nice herb pâte with Crackers. Fizzy orange juice to drink for dessert with an apple. All vegetarian of course.

2pm
I go to the supermarket to find some cheap brands, as our prime minister advised,  but they didn't have any, so I had to buy a few of the expensive brands.
Otherwise I would have to pay the bus fare, which is too expensive, to go to the nearest city to shop around,  so that would defeat the object!

2.30pm
I Cleaned up all the downstairs rooms,  kitchen, hall, porch, lounge and bathroom. I will clean the upstairs rooms tomorrow.

3.00pm
Time for a walk before the hoards of school children descend upon the park!  Where I live it really is just like a Sleepy Hollow!

It is calm and quiet in the park, with a variety of birds such as woodpigeons, crows, couple of magpies and some smaller birds, chaffinches and goldfinches who had landed on the hedgerows, growing all around the park. I sit on the bench under the trees and I watched  the birds coming and going. 

There used to be a lot more tables and  benches here, but unfortunately looks like they removed all the other benches-  or they have been stolen!
That's a pity because I used to like to come here and sometimes, to eat my lunch at the table, now there is just one solitary bench to sit on.

Never mind I will take a long walk around the park, then finish back at the same bench again to rest. It is quite a large park, about as big as a few football pitches so it takes a while to get round it!

It is surrouded by lovely very ancient trees. There is also an abandoned footpath, running through the wood, but today I will just stick to the foot path inside the park. At this time it is usually quiet,  but about 4pm there will be the usual constant rumbling of rush hour traffic from the dual carriageway located behind the woods, bordering the park.

3.30pm
I looked around the playground area where the swings and roundabouts are, to see if I could pick up any litter, but it seems nice and tidy, especially since the children went back to school !
But wait until the summer hols it will be a different story!

Then I will have to bring my litter picker gadget with me! ( I inherited it from my mother when she died!)

I decide to walk by the long route along  the pretty leafy lane, past the police station, then along church street and passing the theatre,  library and the church, so avoiding the busy market place.

4pm

 Finally I turn into my little road behind the church. I think that I  will do a bit of reading again, in between  preparing the family's meal.

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Periwinkles

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Sunday, 12 Jun 2022, 21:45

PeriwinklesPeriwinkles

Periwinkles 3 Periwinkles 4

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Rabbits in the mist

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 5 Aug 2022, 02:12


Rabbits in the Mist


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Rabbits in the cemetery

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Sunday, 12 Jun 2022, 20:56

2 Rabbits playing in the garden

This morning sitting quietly in cemetery when I saw two little rabbits playing nearby. They came really close, so I hardly dared move in case they ran off!

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The greed of the Supermarkets!

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Saturday, 25 Jun 2022, 08:46

What is happening in our supermarkets?
The prime minister had told the poor to buy only the cheapest unbranded products (supermarkets own brand) but now you can not find them, because they have removed the cheapest available brands, in order to force people to buy the most expensive brands!
This is going totally against helping people with the cost of living crisis. The greed of the supermarkets!

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L' Avarice des Supermarchés !

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Saturday, 11 Jun 2022, 22:50


Que se passe-t-il au supermarché?
le premier ministre a conseillé aux pauvres, d'acheter la marque la moins chère, pour les aider à faire face à la hausse du coût de la vie. Mais Qu'est ce qu'il se passe maintenant?

On ne les trouve pas car le supermarché ont supprimé toutes les marques les moins chères.
C'est forcer les gens à acheter les marques les plus chères.
Cela va totalement à l'encontre d'aider le client à faire face au coût de la vie.

L' Avarice des Supermarchés !

C'est un fait accompli! 

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Wild flowers

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Wild flowers beside the field

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Une Promenade

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Saturday, 11 Jun 2022, 21:56

Mon fils cadet a souffer du covid aussi. Il vat  mieux maintenant, mais il souffre d'une petite toux et douleur musculaire, il a le long covid.

Nous avons été dehors dans le jardin et nous avons pris le soleil.
J' ai lu mon livre en francais. Un autre chapiter finit. Mon fils s'est assis et a joué avec les chats qu'il aime !

Apres s'être reposé une heure et demie, nous sommes allés nous promener dans le parc lentement.
Le soliel brillait et il faisait calme.
Nous nous sommes assis un moment sous les arbres. pour reprendre notre souffle. Nous avons quitté le parc et
nous avons fait un arrêt au supermarché sur le chemin du retour pour acheter du pain et du lait.
je vais faire du pain perdu !

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Un coquelicot- a poppy

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 10 Jun 2022, 09:34

A red poppy

I spotted this beautiful poppy growing in the hedgerow beside the field.

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un chat qui rêve

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 17 Jun 2022, 17:44

A sleepy cat

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Le chat qui rit !

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 9 Jun 2022, 21:47

A cat laughing

The cat who laughs

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Un apres-midi de printemps

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 9 Jun 2022, 22:58


Ce matin j'ai lu un chapitre de mon livre en français , donc voilà un autre chapitre lu maintenant, j'avance doucement dans ce livre!   j'ai utilisé le dictionnaire pour trouver des mots inconnus avec Google. après je me sentais fatiguée alors j'ai pris un café et un croissant , pour ressentir plus d'énergies !

Je pensé que Je devrais essayer de marcher un peu. Alors, j'ai décidé de parcourir le périmètre du village, le long du sentier. La dernière fois que j'avais marché, je m'étais sentie très fatiguée et mes muscles me faisaient mal. J'ai tremblé et j'ai eu des vertiges, peut-être que j'en ai trop fait la dernière fois. Cette fois j'ai fait plus attention à marcher moins vite et à m'asseoir plus souvent.

Premier arrêt, parcourir le sentier autour du parc,
le parc était calme et presque vide, à part quelques promeneurs avec leur chiens , quelle différence avec la semaine dernière pour le jour du jubilé de la reine !
Il y avait des pigeons ramiers, des corbeaux, des pies, des étourneaux sur l'herbe, ils cherchaient des vers dans l'herbe mouillée.
j'ai essayé de marcher vite pour renforcer mes muscles un peu. C'était douloureux,  mais je l'ai fait.

J'ai pris le petit chemin à travers le cimetière, et j'étais prêt à m'asseoir.   j'ai trouvé un banc sous un arbre, il était à l'abri du grand soleil qui venait de paraître. J'ai entendu tous les oiseaux chanter joyeusement. J'ai vu des oiseaux descendre et venir se poser sur les pierres tombales, des oiseaux comme les pinsons des pins, des chardonnerets, des linottes et des moineaux. Après,  Je me suis reposé un peu, je me suis levé et j'ai commencé à marcher.


J'ai décidé de me promener dans les bois. J'ai pris le chemin bordant les champs jusqu'au bois. En marchant dans les bois, j'ai remarqué une variété de fleurs comme le campion rouge, les tasses de roi, les marguerites, les coquelicots, les bleuets,  l'achillée millefeuille et les lys blanc. j'aurais voulu voir le pivert, mais je ne l'ai pas vu.
J'ai quitté le bois et j'ai pris le raccourci pour rentrer à travers le village.


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Un jour de repos

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Tuesday, 7 Jun 2022, 21:50

Le ciel est bleu pale avec quelques nuages. Nous avons été fait une longue marche jusqu'au lacs. Il n'y avait pas de vent, même pas de brise. Un temps tempérè!

Nous avons marché assez lentement car je souffre toujours du long covid. j'ai de la fatigue et une faiblesse musculaire dans mes jambes et mon dos, donc marcher était un processus lent. Mon fils souffre aussi de même.

Le lac était calme et immobile et nous avons trouvé un bon endroit ensoleillé pour nous asseoir. l'eau scintillait au soleil et sur le lac il y a des cygnes blancs et des poules d'eau, ils glissaient gracieusement sur l'eau.

Nous nous sommes assis sur l'herbe et nous avons mangé notre déjeuner. un pique-nique avec des sandwiches de salade et des oeufs, aussi un dessert de fraises avec des meringues et crème fraîche.

Nous avons regardé les oiseaux sur le lac et nous nous sommes reposés au chaud soleil.

C'était un après-midi très relaxant.  🏞


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Happy Jubilee! 👑

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Sunday, 5 Jun 2022, 13:51

Sadly the weather was very cold and overcast for the Queen's platinum jubilee. However the sun made just a brief appearance.🌞

 There were some family's having a picnic in the park as I walked past, the Celebrations were centered mostly around the main Park here in our little village. A lot of young families were out with their children for a walk around the park, so it was a bit busier than it usually is. Music was playing from speakers and lots of buntings and flags around.

Some people were sitting in their gardens near the park, despite the cold weather!  having a Jubilee tea with some cucumber  sandwiches, pies, cakes and trifle.  People have really got into the spirit of the Jubilee celebration. But I think it is the children who are really enjoying the occaison!

I noticed that we have some new benches and planters on the market place, so that will cheer the place up a little bit. The new jubilee  benches have just been placed just near the ice cream parlour which is handy!

It will be good to sit there in the summer, but hopefully with less traffic about. I wish the Market place was more quiet and people would park their cars out of the market place. There are two big car parks just nearby so I don't know why they don't park there? The council should provide some free parking days? I hope it will change one day for the better!

For the People living in the flats above the market place, it would be pleasant for them to have a quieter environment in which to live. There people will be able to sit or shop in peace.

I am off indoors now,  to have an afternoon Jubilee tea with a trifle!
   ☕ 🌮🥪 🍨🥂                    👑
Happy holiday!

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Bonne Chance

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Saturday, 4 Jun 2022, 15:50

Bonjour tout le monde,

J'éspère que tout va bien pour vous tous.Je peux à peine croire à quelle vitesse ce terme est passé.
Pour beaucoup, ce sera la première étape de leur cheminement vers un diplôme, une licence, ou une formation supérieure. Je vous souhaite une journée pleine de succés.

Amicalement

Gill

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The Hidden pathway!

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 6 Jun 2022, 01:52

I woke at 8am the sun was shining brightly through the window. At last some good weather I thought!


I felt determined to get out and have a little walk, as I was feeling terribly stiff, with aches pains in all my muscles, from sitting still so long reading my book.


My husband had gone out earlier on, so I asked my son to come for a walk with me up to the park. He was glad to go for a walk too and I badly needed the exercise!

We went towards the park and it was starting to be quite busy with lots of children and mums. They had brought their picnics with them for the Queens Jubilee Celebrations. We did a half turn around the park but then we left through a side entrance because it looked like it was getting too busy.

There was a secret abandoned footpath we had recently discovered, running at the back of the playing field,  between the wood and the main road. Walking along it we came to a little old iron gate which creaked with old age as we pushed it open. The path continued on through the trees, then onto another footpath. There was a footpath sign just pointing straight on,  but after a couple of yards we discovered to our disappointment, that it just led onto a main road!

I felt a bit nervous at first and cautious about crossing over the busy main road, but there was hardly any traffic on it, so after looking and listening very carefully for any on coming cars, we crossed over it as quickly as we could to get to the other side. Once on the other side of the road a few steps led us down onto a field of wheat.

We stuck to the deserted footpath around the field and progressed very slowly along. These overgrown hedgerows were teaming with wild life, birds including little tits, sparrows and chaffinches. Looking down I noticed a bright yellow butterfly which was beautiful a bit green underneath it fluttered along in front of us, almost like it was leading the way!

My son asked me to take a photo but the butterfly kept moving about so the photo was a bit blurred. I found a similar photo on the internet instead. We saw dragonflies and damsel flies some blue some green and irridescent with fragile transparent wings. 

Over the fence a beautiful white horse came and popped his head over as we passed by,  he was so lovely and had big bright shiny eyes. His head was nodding up and down as he snorted wanting to make friends with us.  I stroked him first, just to reassure my son,  he sniffed at us, nibbling and made little snorting noises. 

He then wanted to sniff in our pockets to see if we had something for him to eat! but when he saw we had no food with us, he soon lost interest and started nibbling the grass nearby instead! We laughed about it together and I said next time we will bring him an apple or carrot, we continued our walk, until we reached the other side of the field where we climbed over a stile. 

There were two paths one leading to the woods another leading into the little village. As time was ticking on, we decide to walk the footpath into the village. Climbing the stile at the end of the path, we arrived in the little village, where a few yards down we saw the friendly village inn, with a sign  of a fox on the front of the building.

The pub door was open and the chap there he knew us, so he invited us to go through, then we went into the lovely garden overlooking the field that we had just walked past, and here we sat and had a nice cold drink of fizzy orange juice !

We both sat, rested and felt better after having had some exercise!

Feeling more refreshed we made our way back home again. This time taking the shorter route through the little hamlet and across the main road that led back into our village.

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Bright Yellow Butterfly

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 5 Aug 2022, 02:14

A yellow butterfly


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Reading in French Language

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 13 Jun 2022, 05:55

I am  reading chapter 4 of my french reading book by George Simenon. I really enjoyed the series on TV so I decided to read the books in French, which I purchased from the Oxfam bookstore in the nearest city. I now have a small collection from the 'Maigret' series. 

Although I probably only understand half of what I am reading at the moment, I am learning new vocabulary all the time as I go along. When I don't understand something, I look it up either in my dictionary, or on the google. 

The more I read, the more and more the words are becoming familiar to me. I am still rubbish at speaking French, but better at understanding it and I can now write short essays in French. Hopefully I will get there in the end!

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Un autre mystère de Maigret

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Wednesday, 1 Jun 2022, 15:26


Je suis en train de lire une histoire policière. C'est á propos du détective Maigret, il cherche un homme qui a volé un revolver dans son appartement (de Maigret), mais  l'arme n'est pas chargée. La question était stupide. Quelqu'un qui prend la peine de s' emparer d'un revolver a plus ou moins l'intention de s'en servir.

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au bord des eaux calmes - Beside still waters.

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Wednesday, 1 Jun 2022, 14:15

A peaceful river side

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French blog- To a Friend

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 19 Sep 2022, 15:05

🌫🌧
Le temps aujourd'hui était très froid, couvert et un peu de pluie.
J'ai lu mon livre d' une histoire policiére, de la series de Maigret, le détective Francais. C'était trés interéssant et j'utilise google translate si je ne comprend pas.
J'ai une petite collection de livres que j'éspère lire pendant ces vacances.📚

J'espere que tu va bien ? 

Je hâte de te revoir!

Je t'embrasse bien fort!



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A Gold finch

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 5 Aug 2022, 17:59

A Gold finch

Wikipedia

On my walk the other day I also saw one of these !

The hedges are full of these lovely little birds. They are also a constant visitor to the bird table in our garden.

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A Chaffinch

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Wednesday, 1 Jun 2022, 15:00

A Finch

Source wikipedia

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Consider the Lily....

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 5 Sep 2022, 00:33

A White Lily

Luke 12:27 Consider the Lilies of the field they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say to you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Don't worry about what to wear you are beautiful !

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My Rose Garden

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 18 Jul 2022, 17:33

A Rose Garden

A lot of people have said my back garden looks like a jungle! Some people have even offered to cut it for me, but I just want to leave it as it is,  wild for as long as possible, just to attract many insects and birds.

Why does everyone have to have a manicured lawn like a tennis court ! I think it is all about keeping up appearances, although having said that, if the trees start falling down around me, I might take action !
We have lots of birds and the flowers and the shrubs encourage insects, so it is good for the environment. I now have a mini rose garden near the back door, there I have placed a wooden bench, where I can sit and smell the perfume of the roses.
The roses really are magnificent this year!

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