Saturday 13 July 2024

The Farm at Lane's End - Chapter 14

 Key Words


Something has come up.  This means one must cancel.
I'm sorry, something has come up, I must cancel our meeting this afternoon.

Time on one's hands.  This means that one has time to do something.  I had time on my hands, so I went to a museum.

Your Poison?   This means your prefered drink.  What's your poison?  I'll have a beer, please.

Questions

Are Paul and Dave going to the Queens for a drink?
Who bought the first round?
Who sent Dave her best regards?
Did Dave and Paul play a round of darts?
Who did they see in the pub?
Who was Sally with?
Does Lionel Foxely come from a very poor family?
Why is Sally interested in Lionel Foxely?
Why did Sally cancel her singling lesson with Dave?
Will Dave be having another singing lesson?

Now listen to the text -



Thursday 4 July 2024

Chapter 13

Key Words

How about you?  What would you like (to drink)?

Elevenses - A short coffee break at around 11 a.m.  Usually with a biscuit.

A stick in the mud is a very boring and dull person.

Glued to the box.  This is about a person who spends all their time watching TV.

For some strange reason is the same as saying I don't understand the reason.

As poor as a church mouse talks about someone who is very, very poor.  (idiom)

Questions

Where are Ken, Jean, and Dave having elevenses?

What will happen if Dave has too many chocolate biscuits?

Who did Jean want to invite for Sunday lunch?

What has Sydney become?

What does Sydney spend most of his time doing?

What was the worst thing for Sydney?

What was Syd's job?

How was Dave's singing lesson?

What is Sally interested in?

What has Farmer Ken ordered?

Why did Farmer Ken order a helicopter?

Is Farmer Ken as poor as a church mouse?




Saturday 29 June 2024

The Farm at Lane's End - Chapter 12

 Key Words


Tasty - delicious     A tasty piece of cake.  A delicious meal.
Decide - to make a decision.  To say what you want.
To go for - (idiom) - A decision  To decide on something.  I'm going for a beer.
A dead heat - (idiom) Competition, race, comparison -  When two  players have the same chance.  The race was a dead heat between John and Simon.
The sky's the limit- no limits - you can do what you want.

Questions

In which tearoom are Ken, Jean, and Dave?
How many tearooms are in Tootenhoe?
Is the Bluebird better than the Happy Snake?
Are scones served with plumb jam?
Is Dave enjoying his singing lessons?
What is Sally teaching Dave next week?
Is Dave a talented singer?
How many people are on Jean's invitation list for grandma's birthday party?
Who is England playing in the European cup?
Which team is going to win?
Is Jean sure about England's victory?
Has Austria a good football team?





Thursday 20 June 2024

Chapter 11

 


Key Words 

To cut a long story short - to bring a story to its point.
A peppercorn rent is a very cheap or low rent.
Of late means recently. There have been many price increases of late.
To make ends meat means to get by on very little money. It is very hard for vicars to make ends meet on their pay.
Every little counts means no matter how small the amount may be, it is still very important.
I must be getting on means I must continue my work.
I'll get going right away means I will start immediately.
I'm ready for off means I am ready to depart.

Questions

Are Farmer Ken, Jean, and their son Dave having jam sandwiches for tea?
Is Graham Edwards the mayor?
Why does Graham Edwards want to rent a field?
Did Farmer Ken and Graham Edwards agree on a very high rent?
Is the school finding it hard to get by?
What can Jean do to help the school?
Who is coming to visit on Thursday afternoon?
Where is Dave going on Thursday afternoon?
Where will granny's birthday party be held if the weather is nice?
If the weather is bad, where will granny's birthday party be held?

Friday 14 June 2024

The Farm at Lane's End - Chapter 10

 Key Words

Favour - when you do someone a favour, you do something that will help them.
To drop by - This means to visit someone for a short time. 
Whilst you are at it - this means you could do something else that's similar at the same time.
Spill the beans - this means to tell all.  To tell everything about it.  To talk about it.
To put on one's thinking cap - this means you will think about it,

Questions
did Jean bake?
What time did the vicar come for tea?
What colour was Jean's dress?
How old was Jean's dress?
What did the vicar s want Ken to doarc?
What kind of cake 
Did Ken agree to read the lessons?
What was the vicar's second wish?
Who had just become the new choir director?
Will Dave join the choir?

And, now, listen to the text - 



Saturday 8 June 2024

The Farm at Lane's End - Chapter 9

 Key Words

By the way - means incidentally or in passing.  Something that is not connected to the subject being discussed.

A lift is when someone takes you with them in their car.  Would you like a lift to the Women's Institute?  Can I give you a lift home?

To look forward to something means to be happy or excited about something that is going to happen.

What a nerve is to say something or do something you shouldn't do or say.

The lessons are two readings from the Bible read in church.   One from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament.

Listen to the text

Questions

What is Jean cooking for breakfast?

Where and when is Dave meeting cousin Jane?

Who is giving Jean a lift to the Women's Institute?

What must Farmer Ken and Dave repair?

What did Rajeev say in his letter to Jane?

How did Jane react to Rajeev's letter?

Does Jane think she is special?

What makes women happy?

Who did Farmer Ken forget to phone?


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The Farm at Lane's End - Chapter 8

 The Farm at Lane's End - Chapter 8


Key Words
Shandy - A shandy is a beer with lemonade.
The wrong end of the stick  - if you get hold of the wrong end of the stick you misunderstand.
A good egg is a good man, a good sport.
When someone goes on means they can't stop speaking.






Questions
Where did Dave meet Jane?
Was Jane punctual?
What did Jane drink?
Did Jane's mum get the wrong end of the stick?
Who ditched who?
What did Jane find when she got home?
Who joined Dave and Jane in the pub?
Why did Uncle Andy phone Uncle Ken?
How much profit did Farmer Ken make?
Where is mum going?
What happens at the Women's Institute?

The Farm at Lane's End - Chapter 7

 Key Words 


To pop somewhere - to go somewhere quickly

Wellies - wellington boots - rubber boots

Your old man is your husband

I could eat a horse - I am very hungry

To ditch someone is to kick them out - to end a relationship

I'll be all ears - to give someone full attention




Questions

Where was mum when Dave got home?

What was mum cooking?

Why had Farmer Ken gone to the village?

Who had mum been speaking to on the phone?

What was aunty Sally's bad news?

Was Dave surprised?

What now will mum not need?

Will cousin Jane have to look for a new job?

What have Dave and Cousin Jane agreed to do?

Who had Farmer Ken forgotten to phone?

 

The Farm at Lane's End - Chapter 6

 Key Words

Fox den - where foxes  live. 

to turn in - to go to bed

in a jiffy - in a very short time.  I'll be back in a jiffy.

discharge papers - release documents from hospital - permission to go home.

to nip - to go quickly - I'll just nip next door.

bangers and mash - sausages and mashed potatoes

sound asleep - fast asleep - sleeping deeply.

in the nick of time - at/ in  the very last moment

The Text



Questions

Where did Farmer Ken see a fox?

What do foxes like for dinner?

What was Dave's plan for Sunday lunch?

What did mum want help with at the hospital?

What did Farmer Ken and Dave bring with them for mum's luggage?

What did the nurse tell mum?

Why did mum need help going upstairs?

What did Farmer Ken forget to do in the bedroom?

What did Dave offer mum for lunch?

Did Farmer Ken forget to lock the chicken coop?

Farm at Lane's End - Chapter 5

Key Words - 

Quid - a pound - That will cost you 5 quid. That will cost you 5 pounds.

Do the honours - do the job

Pub grub - pub meals

Disgusting  - very bad - repulsive

What's your poison? - what are you drinking?

A pint - a big beer

haddok and chips - fish and chips

landlady -  the owner of a pub - landlord if a man

I fancy - I fancy fish and chips - I feel like fish and chips - I'm in the mood for fish and chips

pulling a pint - to pump a beer up from the cask or barrel with a long handle on the bar

to take after someone (usually a parent or relative) - to be the same or similar.  She really takes after her mother.

to burn daylight - take advantage of the light. Make use of daylight.

skint - to have no money.  I'm skint. I have no money.

put on the slate - I will put your bill on the slate. To make a note of monies owed.




Questions

What does Aunty Becky order for lunch?

What was Dave's poison?

DId Aunty Becky say that Lasagne was Swedish?

What was very hard work for Aunty Becky when she worked for Raechel?

What was Aunty Sally's job at the pub?

Why did Farmer Ken want to go home?

Why couldn`t Dave pay the bill?

Did Aunty Becky pay the bill?

What did Raechel say about the bill?

How did Farmer Ken and Dave celebrate their wonderful day?

At what time are Farmer Ken and Dave picking up mum?

The Farm at Lane's End - Chapter 4

Key Words

Rashers and eggs    bacon and eggs.

30 grand - 30 thousand.   1 grand = 1 thousand. (only money)

I'll keep my fingers crossed - good luck.

Nightmare - very bad dream.

Before you get going - before you start.  Would you like a cup of tea before you get going with the cleaning.

Elevenses - A coffee break at 11 o' clock in the morning.  Usually with a biscuit.

I could eat a horse.  I am very hungry.

It slipped my mind - I forgot.

Never mind - It's no problem.  Don't worry.



Questions

Why is Farmer Ken going to see Peter Wilson?

When will Farmer Ken be back from Peter Wilson's?

What is Farmer Ken buying for lunch?

What did Dave offer Aunty Becky and Cousin Natalie when they arrived?

What did cousin Natalie say when she saw the mess?

What did Cousin Natalie mean when she said she could eat a horse?

What did Farmer Ken forget to buy?

What was Farmer Ken's good idea?

The Farm at Lane's End - Chapter 3

 Last time.  Farmer Ken has been offered a herd of Guernsey cows. The price is a little high. Mum is coming home from hospital.  What about the cleaning up?


Chapter 3 - Key Words
  
Never mind - don't mind
Pint - a big beer
Grand - a thousand - 5 thousand = 5 grand.





Questions

Does Farmer Ken think  housework is easy?  How long ago did Farmer Ken and Dave have fish and chips?   Who phoned farmer Ken?   What did Peter Wilson want to sell?   How much did Peter Wilson want for his cows?  How many cows did Peter Wilson have to  sell?   What did aunty Becky say in her text message?  Who is Aunty Becky coming with?   Are Farmer Ken and Dave happy that Becky and Natalie are coming?   What are Becky and Natalie coming to do?   Where are farmer Ken and Dave going for a pint?   What has farmer Ken forgotten to do?

The Farm at Lane's End - Chapter 2

 The Farm at Lane's End -  Chapter 2  -   Visiting Time at the Hospital

 



Key Words

Yorkshire - short for Yorkshire pudding - Roast beef and Yorkshire
Decent - respectable - satisfactory - good.  A decent meal.

Questions -   What is the time when Farmer Ken and Dave arrive at the hospital?  Was mum's operation easy or difficult?  Was mum smiling when Dave and Farmer Ken arrived?  What did the doctor's tell mum?   Were Farmer Ken and Dave happy to hear mum's news?  What did Dave say about mum coming home?  What will mum need for the wedding?  What must  Farmer Ken and Dave do before mum comes home?  What has Farmer Ken forgotten to do?

The Farm at Lane's End - Chapter 1

 The Farm at Lane's End  -  Chapter 1.   An Invitation

 
Farmer Ken and Dave his son are just having breakfast.  An invitation has arrived with the post.  Dave is excited.  He wants to know more.  
 
 



Key Words 

Never mind -  don't worry - it's no problem
Pint - a big beer
Grand - a thousand  -   5 grand = 5 thousand



Questions - Is Farmer Ken cooking breakfast or lunch?   What has Dave just finished doing?
Which season is it in this story?  What does Farmer Ken tell Dave over breakfast?  Who has written to Farmer Ken?  Good news or bad news?  Who is getting married?   Who is Cousin Jane getting married to? Is Rajeeve's father rich or poor?  Why is Rajeeve's father rich?
Where is Dave's mother?

Wednesday 24 April 2024

Farm at Lane's End - Latest Edition - Chapter 8 - Click Here


The Farm at Lane's End - Chapter 8

Key Words
Shandy - A shandy is a beer with lemonade.
The wrong end of the stick  - if you get hold of the wrong end of the stick you misunderstand.
A good egg is a good man, a good sport.
When someone goes on means they can't stop speaking.






Questions
Where did Dave meet Jane?
Was Jane punctual?
What did Jane drink?
Did Jane's mum get the wrong end of the stick?
Who ditched who?
What did Jane find when she got home?
Who joined Dave and Jane in the pub?
Why did Uncle Andy phone Uncle Ken?
How much profit did Farmer Ken make?
Where is mum going?
What happens at the Women's Institute?