Thursday, 1 August 2013

Oh dear!

Hello one and all. I'm back! Actually I've been back since Monday night and was going to get on and post, but somehow the days have defeated me. I also have to say that I've managed to mislay the power cable to attach my camera to my computer, so you'll have to wait for pics.

Anyway, I had a wonderful time. I did not much at all but play with Great Danes, read a lot, a bit of gardening and my friend Sara and I spent quite a bit of time talking - no surprise there then! We went to a Vide Grenier, which is the French equivalent of a car boot sale, and I managed to get a dress for 1 Euro and Sara bought a top for 1 Euro, but she felt it was better on me, so I got that too... lucky me! We also went to a supermarket where I bought some rather good silicone baking moulds, which were so much cheaper en France, and some other goodies to bring home, so quite a bit of shopping - and no surprise there either!

Meanwhile this week I've kind of finished my OU Understanding The Weather course, in the sense that I finished the test, which apparently gives me a certificate, but sadly there doesn't seem any way to get said certificate, so I'm at a bit of a loss as to what to do. I've emailed them and will just have to wait and see.

The other thing that really pissed me off is that I did really well on the test and was aiming for 100%, but the bloody website wouldn't take one of my answers - even tho it was correct - and awarded me 99%. The test was a mere 20 questions, which took me ages (as in 1.5 hours) to answer as some were quite complex, but apart from a couple of cloud ones, which were very hard to see (even my tutor agreed), most of the answers could be found in the course manual. I was not a happy bunny, but I've done my bit and told the powers that be, tho the person I talked to wasn't really that concerned. I think he was more keen on getting me off the phone so he could go home... never mind, at least I tried.

So, do I now understand the weather? Mmmm... not entirely, but I know a whole lot more than I started with. I do still have another chapter and a half to finish before I can finally say I've finished the course and I'll probably start from the beginning again and see if another going through it cements a bit more in my mind, but I have learned a lot, which was the point of the whole thing. I'm pleased I didn't do it as a credit course though as I'd read the EMA questions and they were awful... no I was far better of with my 20 question test!

Drop by in a few days when I should have located the missing cable and you'll be able to see some lovely photos. But just to keep you going here's one of 2 of the 3 Great Danes, which I took on my phone. I know some of you have seen this on Facebook, but it's worth another look.

Phoenix and Eli sleeping off a hard day!


  1. For a minute there I thought you were going to say you wished you'd taken the full course! Glad you still think you made the right decision, even if we are the only ones who know you got 100%. Hope you get your certificate.

    1. Turns out to be a Statement of Participation, which isn't quite the same as a certificate in my view, but never mind. It doesn't say how brilliantly I did, either, but says I've achieved lots of learning outcomes... which turns out not to be quite true as the only thing I've learned how to do is find the detail in the course manual!