Friday letters and links

I didn’t do Friday letters last week because my brother was here and we were very busy exploring the local area. I actually didn’t write a single blog post last week… all the ones that appeared had been scheduled in advance 😉 But I’m back to reality now (at least for a few weeks… before I go to Taiwan at the end of month), so letters can be written again.

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Dear August. How is it possible that you’re here already? I haven’t even got over my shock that it’s already July yet!

Dear Deutsche Bahn. I’ve said this before, but I think it bears repeating… if I have to put on a coat/cardigan just to travel in your trains, you’ve got the air con up to high! There is no need. Really.

Dear weather. Please make up your mind what you want! Rain, sun, hot, slightly less hot. Which is it?! I’m tired of carrying several layers around with me just in case.

Dear trees. Don’t think I can’t see you turning brown and dropping leaves. Please stop it. It’s still summer! Enough with the autumn shenanigans.

Dear Amazon. Thanks to your recommendations, I now want star-shaped cupcake forms. And also ones shaped like teacups (with little saucers!). Quit making me spend money!

And now have some links.

Some of the items on this list of the funniest things overheard at British universities are truly hilarious.

This test, entitled “Do you actually know English?” has been going round Facebook lately. I got 14 out of 15. Woo hoo!

My colleague sent me this Babbel article about favourite German words. It’s excellent and you should read it.

Alex at Speaking Denglish recently swapped her U.S. driving licence for a German one, and she’s written a great step-by-step guide on how to do it. (I don’t drive, and even if I did I’d have an EU licence, but I’m sure there are others out there who will find her post useful).

And finally, a newspaper article about the Sunderland fans who are raising money in memory of two Newcastle United fans who died when the Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down over Ukraine, proving that some things transcend football rivalries. Well played Mackems, you’re a credit to the North East!

That’s all from me for today. My lunch break is over and I have a tonne of work to get through before home time. Have a great weekend, everyone!

~With this post, I’m linking up to Daily Diaries with Kate at The Lotus Creative~

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Friday letters (OMG it’s August!!)

It’s Friday again, and that means it’s been a whole week since my mam’s birthday! It doesn’t seem like that long. Yet, at the same time, at work it feels like I never had a holiday. I came back to the same translation I was working on before I left and some news that I can’t really share because it’s somebody else’s business, but which means I may be the only English translator at our place come February.  If you’re thinking that will probably mean even more work for me… you’d be right! Oh well, on with the letters. I have rather a lot of them today!

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Portuguese Post Box (Photo: Debarshi Ray)

Dear T. I’ll have been your godmother for exactly two weeks on Sunday and I still couldn’t be prouder to have been selected. Keep on being adorable!

Dear August. How are you here already? I’m not ready for you yet!

Dear today. Could you have gone any slower? I almost cried this morning when I checked the time and saw it was still only 10:30…

Dear suitcase. I’m soo happy to have you back, with the birthday presents from my family and – more importantly – English junk food. My friend may have gone overboard with the Galaxy chocolate (in various different types), Mini Cheddars and Monster Munch, but not to worry… it will all get eaten!

Dear sleep. Please can we have a catch up this weekend? I don’t remember what it feels like not to be tired! (Even in England, I was up before 9 every day because the sun came shining in my window every morning and by 8 it was far too hot to sleep!)

Dear cross stitch. I wish I wasn’t so slow at you! The baby is due this month and I still don’t have a recognisable picture…

Dear summer. I know everyone was complaining about all the rain and cold weather about a month ago, but does it really need to be this hot?!

Dear Smashed Lemon clothing. Why does all your stuff have to be so nice? The new dress I ordered from you came yesterday and I still have at least three things on my wish list!

Happy Friday everyone! Have a fun-filled weekend!

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Listen to the choir sing

Jan’s choir performed at a little cafe/bar place in town yesterday, so naturally I went along. It’s the first time I’ve seen them perform (last time I was ill) and I’d only ever heard two out of the 8 of them sing before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I really enjoyed myself though, and I thought they were all very good. (I’m not entirely sure whether my opinion counts though seeing as I don’t have a musical bone in my body and can’t sing a note. It must be nice to have a talent…).

Other than that I didn’t do much this weekend. Most of Saturday afternoon was spent planning a trip around the UK in August with Jan and a friend. We’ll be starting in London then heading to the North East of England (via Wales) and finally to London, before coming back down to take the ferry back. Phew. It’s all very vague at the moment (the only part we have definite dates for is London) but I’m hoping to plan in a few meetings with friends along the way. And if anyone knows of any good, reasonably priced B&Bs in Salisbury, Cardiff or Edinburgh then please send the details my way. All recommendations gratefully received!

I was going to bake today, but I couldn’t decide whether to make cookies or cake, then Jan went home and told me he won’t be coming over again til Tuesday(!) so I ended up not bothering. No point in making an entire cake just for me! Instead I’m sitting here eating cheese flavoured tortilla chips while waiting for my salmon with spinach and tomatoes to finish cooking. Hurry up fish, I’m hungry!

Summer isn’t over til I say it is!

It’s pretty difficult to be in denial about something when the evidence is right there, staring you in the face.

The last two mornings when I left the house to go to work I couldn’t help but notice millions and millions of dead brown leaves lying all over the carpark. I’m actually wondering whether there ever weren‘t any leaves lying around. I’m almost sure there aren’t enough months between autumn and summer for them to disappear completely. But there are definitely more now. Lots more. So many more that I can no longer fail to notice their presence, which makes me want to put my hands over my ears, shut my eyes and start singing “lalala”. I don’t want the floor to be covered with dead brown leaves, because that means autumn must be on its way. But it’s not allowed to be autumn yet. In the world of Bev, August is a summer month. September is when autumn starts. My birthday is not allowed to be in the same month that autumn starts. So there!

I’m off now… to think nice, warm summery thoughts!