Chris Slade describes the son et lumiere presentation at the abbey of Bon Repos called "Le Pays de Conomor" in Brittany, which takes place during the first two weeks of August.
There isn’t school on Wednesdays and French children are encouraged to carry out activities outside the school environment to broaden their experiences/skills. There is a wealth of activities on offer from gymnastics, pottery, art, horse riding, piano, violin lessons, and even yoga.
Joe and Iona both have swimming lessons on a Wednesday afternoon. Joe’s swimming instructor is a tall stocky slightly scruffy man in his early thirties. He has a totally different approach than Iona’s teacher. Iona swims length after length perfecting her crawl and breaststrokes. Joe, on the other hand, spends a lot of time diving in the pool either as if he were Superman or as if he were saving a goal! However, both methods seem to be working.
Yesterday, as we were leaving, Joe’s teacher met me in reception.
‘Are you English? he asked. ‘Do you give English lessons?’
‘No’, I replied.
‘Ah, would you be interested in giving conversation lessons as I would like to improve my English.’
‘OK.’ I say… now, WHY did I say that? What on earth am I going to talk about to a superman diving swimming instructor??