21 June 2013

My Lovely Students.

We've got some new ones in the house.

I always ask for males rather than females.  They're much more fun, play with the boys and just aren't so up themselves, frankly.

The married couple that were supposedly cousins but weren't have gone.  She was grumpy, but taught me how NOT to make Fajitas (never chicken, always ground beef, not red peppers but green - I'll post her recipe if I get around to it) and shared their posh Mexican Tequila.  He was charming - very bright, but totally dominated by her.

Their English was appalling and stayed that way because they only really ever yakked to one another and they quarrelled and we heard them a lot.  I couldn't decide whether that was better or worse than 'the other' within the childrens' earshot.

Anyhow, we're now up to three Foreign Language Students at a time.  It's a struggle to make ends meet and they don't pay well, which makes me more outnumbered than ever by the opposite sex.  If we ever manage to acquire the Boxer dog we've set our heart on (in fantasy land) it will most definitely be a 'She' one, in a pretty useless attempt to balance the girls' side.  'Lara,' she'll be.

My favourite one presently (and it's easy to tell which it will be within five minutes of them arriving) is from South Korea.  He's almost 22 and we've taken to having a lager together in the garden when the kids are normally in meltdown 5-6pm, but we've lately been given a reprieve by the brand new Mexican because he's as football mad as they are and we relax while watching them all play.

We have intellectual discussion, learn about each other's cultures, his two years in Military Service and the three months he's just spent on a Kibbutz in Israel.  His English is already very good.  Otherwise it's just too exhausting to have a proper chat with them and we'll all be polite for as long as we can bear it on basics, then retreat to our laptops.  He's very honest, kind and interesting. He'd fixed the shower door and the towel rail before he'd even unpacked.

The Russian is sweet but keeps himself to himself more.  And there's nothing wrong with that.

BUT all three of them helped me in the garden on Sunday.  In exchange, I suggested, for me doing their washing for them ('coz I don't have enough to do with all the cooking, shopping, bed changing and clearing up!) they pulled up weeds that were waist high - that would be my waist at 5'0, not theirs at 6'0+ - bagged it and lugged it all, dug beds over and they even now help with watering loads of new pots a kindly neighbour has made up for me.  I reckon they'd have done it anyway, but aren't going to turn down free help either!

The transformation is unbelievable.  This is the first year the kids have been old enough to play without me and I'm getting well and truly stuck in myself.  It's so rewarding to see such an amazing difference in such a short time.

Who needs a husband?

'We' have still got a long way to go, but the children are being baptized shortly and it's 'our' goal to be ready for the garden party that is being held in their honour.  They're absolutely lovely, my students and that male:female quota is cool and dandy for now.  It suits us all!














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30 comments:

  1. You must have quite a big house to have 3 students at once. We are about to embark on the lodger game - one female student for our one spare bedroom. I'm a bit nervous tbh.

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    1. We are a bit crammed and two of them share. I think I'm going to revert to lodgers because they're less work. A female should work out for you - hope it goes well - keep me in touch! Good luck xx

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  2. WHAT a fabulous blog post - I really really enjoyed it and totally visualise it given that I have been there
    xxx

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  3. Hi Anya
    I felt quite teary reading this post because it sounds like, despite all the hard graft, things are going in the right direction for you guys.
    Great to hear that these students can help out and you can have someone to have a grown up conversation (and a drink with). Oh, and well done for not slapping the fajita in the Seniorita's face. xx

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    1. Oh bless It is oddly fine! And the girl deserved no less ;)

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  4. Those pots are lovely. I love making up pots with different combinations and I'm planning some that will give us colour over winter :)

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    1. Thank you but I can take no credit whatsoever ... :)

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  5. Bless - I could do with some of those - if only I had room!

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  6. Anya - I think what you've done just goes to show that a bit of graft and some bedding plants can create a wonderful difference - I just hope the boys don't damage them with their footballs. xxx

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    1. Thank you Jenny - it was a bit of graft by a number of people after years of neglect and the house is finally beginning to feel like home. I did wonder about the footballs and there is a goal in the garden for them!

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  7. we used to have aupairs and it was "interesting" sometimes but we also made some great friends. Fab that you got the garden done, now next time we meet I will give you my address and you can send them round here pronto :) xx

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    1. I completely understand 'interesting.' Am not so happy with them this week... so might send them over ;)

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  8. This was a very interesting insight into daily 'Anya' life - which certainly never seems dull! I love to think of you having a beer in the garden with your 22 year old student ( in my mind he's obviously a total dish!) whilst the other one entertains the boys with football. Perfect :0) x

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    1. It's never dull, there isn't time for that but I would like things to be more peaceful. Grabbing that hour in the evening is lovely. The 18 year old French Body Builder was a dish, but not as much fun. :)

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  9. 3 students at a time? Not sure I'd cope! I like the sound of extra hands to help in the garden though, we did have sporty lodgers for the Summer a few years running, but they didn't really help out at all!

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    1. I'm not sure I can cope tbh Jay but I am learning all the time and got these helping out straight away. Plus I repeat very loudly a lot at the outset 'This is not a Hotel!' :)

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  10. It must make life very interesting for you and the children, having new people staying regularly. I am not sure if I could ever do it - I am far too selfish with my space, but it is a great way to show children that there is a big world out there. I'm glad they managed to help out in the garden, a few blooms in pots does make such a difference x

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    1. It certainly gives the children open minds - and I appreciate the manpower! Not having my space during the day is difficult for me but they don't invade it after dinner which makes a huge difference. :)

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  11. I love the idea of your students hanging out with your boys- kicking the football with them. x

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  12. Sounds ideal having young men from different cultures in your home for a limited period. Kind of like watered-down travelling. Plus you get your garden done.

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    1. It might be ideal if we had a Housekeeper but it is interesting! I like that view of watered down travelling!

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  13. I had no idea you long for a Boxer dog!

    How great that you are getting everyone involved in the garden - amazing how therapeutic the garden can be isn't it?
    x

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    1. I have longed for a Boxer dog for years and it is wonderfully therapeutic, you're right xx

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  14. Great post, your household is an interesting one! Hope you will show us more photos from the garden. :o) xx

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    1. Thank you. I was too embarrassed to take any 'Before' pics of the weeds but wish I had taken them now. The difference is dramatic :)

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  15. Oh this is brilliant - so great you got the help from your students (your home life sounds ever so hectic though at the moment with the old students gone and new one's arriving). I am about to do a shop at the garden centre, and I am going to do a similar thing - plant pots with nice plants and flowers in. A nice beer in the garden - now that's a nice thing to do! X

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    1. Every little helps. Hope you manage to get your pots going in your new garden and I know you're enjoying a beer in it :) xx

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