Helen (heleninwales) wrote,

Language learning progress

Spanish -- still plodding slowly through the Say Something in Spanish lessons. As Spanish is just for interest and I have no deadline, this rate of progress is fine.

Reading: I finished "Y Plygain Olaf" and I very much enjoyed it. I've started "Blasu" but I suspect this may not be so much of a page turner, so I will have to make the effort to read each day.

Writing: I worked on the script a little and did some writing for Welsh class, but I could do much better for this challenge. Must try harder next week.

In other news...

This morning I actually went up to my elderly friend's house for a chat and to do the crossword together. Covid rates are much higher than they could be, but G and I have decided we need to be a little braver. M (aged 98) will be having her third covid jab in a couple of weeks, so they've started giving the extra booster and so we'll get ours in due course.

On the way I popped into the Eurospar for the end of week top-up shop. I have been trying to buy the ingredients for Christmas puddings this week. I couldn't find any dried fruit at all in the Co-op on Tuesday. If it was there, it was well hidden and not in its usual place with the other baking stuff. I did get the dried fruit in Eurospar on Wednesday, but they had no chopped candied peel. However, they had re-stocked the shelf and I got some today, so tomorrow will be Christmas pudding day.

I believe that it's traditional to make Christmas puddings on Stir Up Sunday, at least Jill Archer (character on the long-running BBC Radio 4 soap opera "The Archers") always makes her puddings on Stir Up Sunday, but I think that the longer a pudding has to mature, the nicer it is.

Stir-up Sunday is an informal term in Anglican churches for the last Sunday before the season of Advent. It gets its name from the beginning of the collect for the day in the Book of Common Prayer which begins with the words, "Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people".

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