Saturday, 23 December 2006

Family Update for December 2006

It's been a strange year with me away for much of it doing teacher training and conferences and workshops in four different countries. The highlights have been my " Let's Live Liverpool" course which I did twice this year. The first time was in the hills of Cordoba, in a holiday resort with beautiful cabins and a pool and superb views to the mountains at the back and the lake in the valley below. The second time was in Pico Truncado, Patagonia, at the newly refurbished municipal theatre. We had three wonderful days of Liverpool history, literature, language, culture and song all through drama. It was a lovely experience to get to know each other so well and the final reviews were wonderfully original and creative.

The other highlight was the teacher training experience at NILE in Norwich, where I stayed in conference accomodation with 28 other trainers from all over the world training teachers from all over Europe.There was the woods outside my front door at Constable Terrace in the University of East Anglia and I ran through the woods and round the lake every day before class. Mick came to stay for 3 weeks so I went to Leicester to see him and his parents who are both old and ailing now. In all I've done about 50 talks in 30 events.

Mick is fine, still at Nightingale as the rocking Headmaster and the band is doing better this well, that when I am at home, they are playing most weekends! They've been upgraded to the downtown branch of the Irish Pub John John where they play once a week and they've had lots of important private parties and weddings too. Mick gave up smoking last year in October and has put on about 8 kilos. He looks great although he thinks he's too fat! I hope he doesn't go anorexic on me! He looks much better and is much happier in general. Still loves his food, especially his Argentine steak, his music, his films and his beer. We've found a few pubs that sell REAL ALE now and we've had a few outings with friends trying to convince them that Real Ale is what it says it is!

Jamie is still working with his friend selling inflatable adverts ( those huge inflatable bottles and brand packets etc). He's doing a bit of teaching, translating subtitles for films and is thinking of going camping in Europe for a while next year. He's done quite a bit of private catering and I'm very proud of his "touch". He's just as good at Chinese as he is at Indian or Thai. We often cook together and invite a mixed bunch of oldies and youngies over for dinner parties. He's just got it. He is still with his lovely Armenian girlfriend and seems very happy.

Sarah is thrilled she made the decision to choose a career as a bilingual kindergarten teacher. She loves the course although grammar and phonetics were difficult for her. She goes to the Teach Training college in the morning ( leaves home at 7 am) and then dashes off to teach in kindergarten all afternoon in a very important school in Recoleta. She has developed her singing skills with the band as you can see below and now gets some considerably important solos. She has wonderful stage presence and gets on very well with the boys in the band.

So we're all still together for yet another Xmas and New year do. The house is coming on although still lots to fix so we're looking forward to another busy year here in Argentina.

Sunday night we will all go to our respective friends' places for the traditional Argentine Noche Buena and then on Monday we will invite friends over here for the Traditional British Turkey and Trimmings lunch up on the roof terrace in the scorching sun!

Merry Christmas to you all and a happy new year.


swary said...

dear Susan,

Thanks a lot ! Merry Christmas !

We are leaving in a few minutes to visit my parents in the Touraine...
It's a 4hours's drive from Reims.

Do you know this song by the Mc Guire sisters :
C is for the Candy trimmed around the Christmas tree
H is for the Happiness with all the family
R is for the Reindeer prancing by the window pane
I is for the Icing on the cake as sweet as sugar cane
S is for the Stocking on the chimney wall
T is for the Toys beneath the tree so tall
M is for the Mistletoe where every one is kissed
A is for the Angels who make up the Christmas list
S is for old Santa who makes every kid his pet
Be good and he'll bring you everything in your Christmas Alphabet

Merry Christmas !

Lots of love
Sylvie (Reims - France - Norwich)

teachignqnews said...

Dear Susan,

I am so happy and moved after sharing your vivid report on your "new life" as free lance teacher trainer...
In fact, what I really want to congratulate you on is .....your wonderful family. We, teachers, sometimes devote long hours to educating and taking care of our students neglecting our family in the process. Personally, I consider my family, my job and my friends the pillars of my life.
May you keep your joy for sharing and caring that have made you and us so happy!
I wish you and your family a merry Christmas and a prosperous 2007!
Martita GarcĂ­a Lorea

Haydee said...

Dear Susan,
2006 has been the year when I met you and Mick, I can't say nothing but that I am delighted to get to know a little of you two. I hope that 2007 will be as full of good surprises as it was 2006.
My best wishes.
Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!


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