The Language and Culture Acquisition course finished last week, with the students now having a week off before the start of their final course. The course seemed to go well, and as always I had fun making as many strange sounds as I could manage.

One highlight this year was that five years after training here myself, and spending many hours practising the trilled “r”, my tongue is finally able to vibrate in the correct manner to make the sound! If any of my Finnish friends from when I was training here are reading this I’m sure they’ll be happy about that!

We’ve enjoyed having so many students around, and being able to hang out with people our own age. Last weekend we went for a beautiful walk by the River Thames at Mill End – just south of here. One of our Northern Irish friends was heard to say something like “This is so amazingly beautiful… if I was English I’d act like I owned the world. Well, I suppose you do… well I guess now I understand why you act like that…!”

We had a table-tennis tournament recently which was fun. I got to the semi-finals, but narrowly lost unfortunately… And I’ve just started playing for a church football team in High Wycombe – I scored in my first game last week as we drew 2-2, but yesterday we lost 2-1 in weather that seemed more suited to cricket than football.

Last week felt like the first week of summer, and apparently tomorrow is the first day of autumn. Laura remarked recently “I don’t think I’ve ever taken so much notice of the seasons as I do now. In California we just have Christmas-season and beach-season”.

Take a look at some photos from our beach-season walk last week…

The river rushes over the weir

The river rushes over the weir

Balancing in the river...

Balancing in the river…

Well, we have to pose for a prayer-letter photo every now and then...

Well, we have to pose for a prayer-letter photo every now and then…

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