well not exactly but Spring is finally here in Western France and we are enjoying our half term break! (Classes here run until the first week in July!) Some of the students remained on campus over the break to take the GCSE examinations. (University of Cambridge certified and graded exams.) Of course we were busy prepping the students and Philip had many visits in the form of worried students with last minute questions about the Classical Civilization examination. By the way, the students think they did very well on the exam.
In other news we returned home from an afternoon shopping trip to find some of the students playing American baseball. (Have you ever seen British and French boys trying to play baseball? Let’s just say I now understand why it’s an all American pastime!)Anyway Mr. G couldn’t resist a turn at bat and while the first pitch was a swing and a miss the second ball went out of the park, or at least over the fence. (I verify the truth of this statement.)
We also received this lovely gift for the twins from one of the senior boys, Ambroise, and his family: lovely matching outfits! However some gifts offered last week were, oh, let’s just say, a little less then welcome? We passed on a stray cat offered by some senior boys. (Although we did feed the little guy. To be honest it was rather hard to refuse but with all the small creatures already living in this cottage I think adding another would violate some sort of French health code law. I joke…sort of.) Oh, and we passed on the baby badger too. We sent food instead. The stray cat is still around; must have been the food…
We have also been busy harvesting strawberries which we have been enjoyed on our Whit Sunday picnic or when the need arises for a sweet refreshing treat! They are delicious! (Pictured here in the least photogenic pot I own.)
Happy Spring and good luck to the remaining students who are continuing to take their GCSE exams this week!