Saturday, October 8, 2011

Perhaps you could go on a course ?

'' The font '' speaks French with precision . Angus speaks French with gusto . After two years '' the font '' is somewhat alarmed that Angus has not improved his language skills . Admittedly he has picked up an encyclopaedic knowledge of French plumbing terms which enables him hold his own with anyone on the subject of septic tanks and u-bends. He has also picked up a slew of rugby phrases along the lines of '' Oi ref ! You must be blind " . Neither of these skill sets are viewed by '' the font '' as the basis for widening our circle of French acquaintances beyond rugby addicted sanitary engineers. '' Perhaps you could go on a course ? " comes the suggestion over breakfast.

Autumn has arrived . The first clouds in two months . A chilly 16 degrees on our early morning walk past the little old church . A strangely exotic tree in the graveyard . England play France later today . A chance to further refine my colloquial French . Wilf doesn't need to go on a course . He already knows every word for food in both the English and French dictionaries .There may be some undercooked hamburger coming his way if France wins.


  1. Bet Wilf knows food in Italian and a few other languages as well.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

  2. The big game is about to start, the England flag draped discreetly across a chair, not in view from the street.

    Have we heard the 'go on a course' suggestion before?

  3. Scotsmad - You are quite right to mention Wilfs knowledge of Italian . The Polish, Spanish and German for sausage could also be added to the linguistic list .

    Bouncing Bertie - Well remembered . 'The fonts' faith in self improvement remains undimmed after 30+ years . Suffice it to say I have yet to go on a course prefering the tried and tested old chesnut " I leave the difficult things to you dear. You do them so well " .

  4. Magnolias?? so it seems to me...
    Instead of a course you went on a morning cruise with dear Wilf - love from Southern Italy Susanne, Daisy and Foxiie

  5. Magnolias for me too ! But the fruits are strange... Mine has gorgeous white flowers, incredibly aromatics.
    For the moment, France wins by 16 to 7 ! Too early to celebrate.
    Nevermind, Wilfee must have his part of hamburger ! Bisous my sweet...
    AmitiƩs to you Angus.

  6. You have me laughing again. I can imagine a dinner party at your house - a group of "rugby addicted sanitary engineers". Ha!

  7. Rosetta Stone in French with Wilf as coach!

    Lovely room all torn apart- you & The Font have lots of patience. Wonderful pictures from your walk.

  8. Hey there Mongoose,
    I thought of you this morning as we watched the rugby game...which team would you have supported? I am presuming on the win. The French must be soaring to celebrate. I can just imagine the vibe. It's our turn tomorrow morning...a tough game for sure.
    Thinking of you all. Hugs to Wilfey. He is a miracle!
    Sending lotsaluv

  9. That first picture of Wilf is gorgeous!

  10. Hello Angus!! Your post reminds me of the latest commercial being shown here for the VW Passat - Perhaps you could try this instead of a formal French class ... ;-)

  11. It looks like your new construction crew is working hard. I am sure that WIlf is keeping track of them, hopefully they are still bringing him treats. :)

    Blessings and Love,
    Janelle and Maggie Mae

  12. I always figured you knew French before you ever moved there.

    I love that first picture of Wilf.

  13. Doesn't Wilf have a rather broader language range than just French and English? Surely he's picked up some Italian and American English along the way.

    If it would help your case, you can fly me over to France. After hearing me butcher it for an hour or two, 'The Font' would decide you are an expert! ;)

  14. Now just how rare would you like that burger, sir?
    Hope everyone had a wonderful day. Kisses and cuddles for Wilf.

  15. That is Southern Magnolia, Magnolia grandiflora also known as Bull Bay. And that odd fruit is the seed head after the flower drops. The flowers are white and as big as a dinner plate. Hug for Wilf.