Rain Stops Play!

September 9, 2012

My books got a bit soggy, but will dry out. Yesterday was also the day that Dad decided to go exploring on his bike. He just made it to have lunch with Mum before it really started pouring with rain, but he left his bag outside which quickly filled up with water.

Look rain all week:

Back to last Sunday – we walked about & saw these things of interest:

A camera used to film some classic movies by Shanghai Film Studios:

Dad buying crayfish cooked in chillies:

   and these:    

After the second week at school I am getting into the new routine. I started French lessons this week. I also know how to do sandwich orders.

Today we went to Taobao City (a fake market) to buy Aunty Sarah a present, as her first birthday present is probably lost on its way back to China. This is what we heard:

hey lady, lady you want handbag, shoes, sunglasses

scarf – I have Hermes, come & look

Mr, Mr need a watch, I have watch

T-shirt for your kid – you want Teeeeeeeeshirt for your kiiiiiiid

very good price, you give joking price, this is very good price

I’m a good girl you know…… my name is Marie

After testing out gazillions of laser pointers, I bought one for a very good, Chinese friends cute kids price. I especially like the double-secret, secret, secret cupboards with electro-magnetic locks, where the Louis Vuitton & Burberry things were found. The reason for these was because the police have banned ‘resale’ of brands like hermes, and the police may do a raid.

After we went to the market we walked to a shop to buy a bowl. On the way we saw this:

Fun Facts:

Topic – Harvest Moon Cakes

Mooncake (simplified Chinese: 月饼; traditional Chinese: 月餅; Pinyinyuè bĭng) is a Chinese bakery product traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival / ZhongqiuFestival. The festival is for lunar worship and moon watching, when mooncakes are regarded as an indispensable delicacy. Mooncakes are offered between friends or on family gatherings while celebrating the festival. The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the four most important Chinese festivals.

Typical mooncakes are round or rectangular pastries, measuring about 10 cm in diameter and 4–5 cm thick. A rich thick filling usually made from red bean or lotus seed paste is surrounded by a thin (2–3 mm) crust and may contain yolks from salted duck eggs. Mooncakes are usually eaten in small wedges accompanied by Chinese tea. Today, it is customary for businessmen and families to present them to their clients or relatives as presents, helping to fuel a demand for high-end mooncake styles. Mooncake energy content varies with the filling and size but is between 800 and 1200 calories on average, mainly from fats and sugar.

Happy Highlights:

Great news – no homework due to rain! There was bit storm yesterday & my classroom flooded, so we couldn’t go back there after lunch. Not only did we watch 2 films at school yesterday (Tangled and The karate kid), but then we got no homework! Luckily I tried extra hard with my homework poster last week – here’s an excerpt:

Making a friend – Duncan – who likes reading Harry Potter books nearly as much as I do

Word of the week (in Chinese, of course):

qí – seven (pronounced Chi or Chee)


And now for our newest section ……….. The Poll!


  1. *** From Granny Fix-It via the poll comments***

    Dear Thomas
    Granny thinks your newsletters are fantastic. Full of information and humour – and i particularly like to see photos of you and Mum and Dad (Mum please note).
    I think the crayfish sounds delicious but without the chilli please and of course the chocs look scrummy. What a lovely romantic dad you have.


  2. Oh my goodness – happy birthday yesterday Thomas. Looking forward to seeing you soon. Love from a.sue


    1. It was mums birthday yesterday


  3. Granny Devon · · Reply

    Just arrived in Payrignac after four days visiting friends in another part of France so have only just got your blog. All great fun, I mistook the picture of the moon cake on the ladies head for a banana, next time I will wear my glasses! So glad school is still good, maybe you should have a few more floods – then no homework. Your blog is most interesting, keep it going. Lots of love and for your MUM Happy Birthday on the 13th.


  4. Anna Simson · · Reply

    Is that really a photo of Ferrero Rocher chocolates?


  5. For anyone whonthinks that Dad bought the chocolate bouquet for Mum – wrong!


  6. love the blog Thomas – its a sunday must to see what’s going on with you…love the photos!


  7. Hi thomas

    i love the blogs they are great i can’t wait to see you in 2 weeks and my mum has finally got the pancake making almost sorted. How can your school get flooded before mine.
    love rachel
    ps mum pleased to see starbucks.


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