Do not judge and you will not be judged.
Forgive and you will be forgiven.
Give and it will be given to you.
Luke 6: 37-38

10 August 2011

Only 2 days left before Imogen flies to Chennai...

Today, we took Imogen to town as she wanted to buy the last bits for her trip to Chennai, some cereals bar , travellers cheques, antibacterial gel, cup a soups, etc.. Steven went to change one front tyre but was told that the other front tyre was not good enough so he had to buy two new tyres..still it had to be done as soon we will have to drive from Staffordshire to Hyeres. 
Back home, I explored the very interesting Chennai challenge blog written by members of Team A who left for Chennai a week ago! 

Mumbai was not the only newly named Indian city in 1996. 
In August of that same year, the city of Madras, located in the state of Tamil Nadu, had its name changed to Chennai.

Both the names Chennai and Madras date back to 1639. In that year, the Raja of Chandragiri, (a suburb in South India), allowed the British East India Company to build a fort near the town of Madraspattinam. 
At the same time, the local people built another town close to the site of the fort. This town was named Chennappatnam, after the father of one of the early rulers. Later, both the fort and the town grew together but the British shortened their colony's name to Madras while the Indians changed theirs to Chennai.

The name Madras (shortened from Madraspattinam) also has links to the Portuguese who were present in the area as early as the 1500s.

Madras is a much older name than Chennai. Despite that fact, the city was still renamed Chennai because it is in the language of the area’s original inhabitants and Madras was seen as being a Portuguese name and/or was associated with the former British colony.

9 August 2011

Do you need an excuse to take a break?

Lately, I have been doing so many admin jobs i.e. sorting out various finance paperwork, which is awfully boring but necessary..and trying to squeeze housework such as a bit of ironing ! So when my friend Susan sent me the following pic, it gave me an excuse for a break! Thanks Susan!

How do you know when it is time to "hang up the car keys"?
I say when your dog has this look on his face!

A picture is worth a thousand words!

6 August 2011

Some information on the Dolomites

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Camille has gone there for a month, as an au-pair, she is discovering a beautiful place. She has already gone walking at an altitude of 1324 m and did not complain! 

So where are the Dolomites? Dolomites is the name of the mountain range situ
ated in the south of the Alps, between the Adige and Piave rivers and between the Val Pusteria and the Belluno valleys and spread out in the Italian Provinces Bolzano (South-Tyrol), Trento, Belluno, Udine and Pordenone.

The term Dolomite is a gesture to their discoverer, the Marquis Déodat Gratet de Dolomieu (1750 – 1801). He took some rock samples during his trip to our mountains in 1788, analysed them and was the first to announce their chemical composition (double calcium carbonate and magnesium).
Badia, 1,324m

The quiet village of Badia is situated at the foot of the Sasso Santa Croce (Sas dla Crusc in Ladin language), the mountain that is tinged red when the sun sets. Badia is known for its beautiful nature walks and sunny, easy ski slopes.
Have a blessed week-end.Yours in Christ. N.

4 August 2011

To be an au pair or not?

Last week, when we were in France, my oldest daughter told me some news: ' I have to tell you something!'
'I haven't talked to you about it before!
I am registered to be an au pair and a family has invited me, err, it's in Italy..'
I was not too surprised because one evening I found  on my computer screen a page on 'the world of au pairs' minutes after she 'borrowed' my PC. True, nothing had been mentioned!
So she found out more details but could not make her mind up! The children in her care were 2 and 5 y.old, and somehow  I could not help mentioning ' nappies'. That evening when she had to ring and confirm, we were out in a  Maroccan restaurant in Niort. It fizzled out.
Back from France, another family was interested and this time, everything is running smoothly. So, Camille is packing up, I am ironing and we are discussing bits and pieces.
What about you? Have you ever hired an au-pair? Have you been an au-pair? Let me know what you think about  it. Yours in Christ



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