My parents live in England, and I live in Canada. I don’t see them often. They used to come and visit on a plane, and we would pick them up at Toronto airport. But now they are older and say the flight is too long for them.
I went to visit them last year, with my son, their grandson. They live by the ocean, and we could hear the sound of the waves through the bedroom window and see the blue water of the English channel. There is an island with a castle on top in the bay. We walked many times on the beach and picked up pebbles and feathers. We visited the island and walked up the steep hill to the castle.
My mother likes to cook. She makes delicious cakes and pies. We went for a hike and picked wild blackberries. She made them into a pie that smelled so good coming out of the oven and tasted so good on our plates. She has many cook books with recipes from all over the world and likes to try new things. She can make pastry very easily and rolls it with a rolling pin quickly. When I tried to make pastry, it sticks to the rolling pin, it has holes at the bottom of the pie, and it tastes like a rock! Her pastry is crisp and tender.
My father likes to garden. He grows lettuce, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers and many flowers. When my mother was very ill last year, she had to stay in bed. He planted roses outside her bedroom window, so she could open the curtains and see them. Their house has small room with windows all around, and they plant seeds there in winter in small pots. The warmth from the sun makes the seeds grow, and in spring they are a good size to be planted outside.
In the house beside them and in the house in front of them, there are older ladies whose husbands have died. These ladies do not drive, so my father takes my mother and the two ladies to the town for shopping every week. He helps one find her groceries because she cannot see well. He helps her take tapes of books from the library so she can listen to books instead of reading them because of her eyes. He helps them cut their grass and fix anything that is broken in the house.
I am very proud of my parents; they are over eighty years old and often hurt when they move around. But still they help other people, and they help each other. They have been married for over fifty years, but still my father loves my mother enough to plant roses for her to cheer her up when she was ill.
a part of the sea that is partly enclosed by a curve in the land
a house with a view across the bay Montego Bay
a small smooth stone found especially on a beach or on the bottom of a river
The beach was covered with smooth white pebbles.
a pebbly beach
[uncountable] a mixture of flour, butter, and milk or water, used to make the outer part of baked foods such as pies
[countable] a small sweet cake, made using pastry
a Danish pastry
▶MAKE SOMETHING FLAT◀
[transitive] to make something flat by rolling something heavy over it
ￚsee also rolling pin Pizza dough should be rolled thinly.
a long tube-shaped piece of wood used for making pastry flat and thin before you cook it
crisp and tender:
It means that her piecrust, for example, is crisp to the tooth and not soggy. And it’s tender vs tough.
In other words, her pastry is perfect!!
▶FOR A PLANT◀
[countable] a container for a plant, usually made of plastic or baked clay
herbs growing in pots
the heat something produces, or when you feel warm
the warmth of the summer sun
The children huddled closely together for warmth.
a) [transitive] to damage a machine so that it does not work properly
Don’t mess about with my camera – you’ll break it. Someone’s broken the TV.
b) [intransitive] if a machine breaks, it stops working properly
The washing machine’s broken again.
cheer up phrasal verb
to become less sad, or to make someone feel less sad
Cheer up! The worst is over. They cheered up when they saw us coming along.
cheer somebody ↔ up
Here’s a bit of news that will cheer you up.
You both need cheering up, I think.