I now have six pupils for my French class. Four adults and two children. The latter have a rather strange arrangement. They are home schooled but are taught by tutors at their parents’ place of work in Woodstock. I’ve only had contact with two of the tutors and will be going there next week, so I will know more then. The idea of teaching children had me in a panic. I’ve never taught children before. But I found some useful hints on the internet. Am introducing a third ‘class member’. His name is George (pronounced Zhozh) and he is one of my mum’s bears. I’ll be using him to teach the children words like ‘derriere’, ‘sur’, sous, devant ( behind, on top, under, in front) by putting him in various places and asking: “Ou est George?’ Should be fun.
Probably because I’m in a French mood, I’ve been on a croissant crusade. The BP around the corner from me, sells them and ‘pains au chocolat’ which is sometimes incorrectly called a chocolate croissant. The ‘pain’ is flatter, square, less airy and little more substantial than a croissant. It only cost R5.50 and was great. I then tried Woolworths croissants, which are far too doughy to be authentic but not bad if you want to make a sandwich out of them. Finally, Spar sells chocolate croissants which are not at all authentic but melt in the mouth delicious, all that gooey chocolate that sticks to your fingers!!. But BP gets my vote for authenticity and taste.
The croissant was supposed to be part of my new routine – to have at tea break in the office. The office!!! It beckons but I don’t go. As mentioned, my car is programmed to head for Driftwood and the ducks and . . .
While on the croissant crusade I purchased some Nescafe which I had been putting off doing because Checkers only had the bottles and not the packets which I assumed were cheaper. Wrong. I did the calculations right there in the shop with my cell phone. The packet costs R28.60 per 100 gm compared to R26.49 for the bottle. The packet is 150 gms and sells at R42.99, the bottle is 200 gms and sells at R52.99. I’m told selling things in small quantities is part of a new marketing strategy aimed at poor Africans. This African has got wise to it.