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Scarlett finished year three in school and turned over night into a keen reader. Thanks to Harry Potter. The moment she got hold of the first Harry Potter book “The philosopher’s stone” she started reading and devoured it in less than a week. We were all quite surprised as Scarlett hadn’t been too much into reading before. She read what she had to read for school, but that was about it. Read the rest of this entry »

When I read an article about plants in the desert the other day, it made me think of Quentin’s German. The article was on plants like the desert lily that are invisible most of the year, as they survive the long dry periods in bulbs deep in the ground. The moment it starts raining though they spring to life immediately. Quentin’s German, I thought, is a kind of desert lily: it stays dormant most of the year, but springs to life when go to Germany. Unfortunately it also dries up again quickly when we return to Italy. Read the rest of this entry »

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