The Weekly Wish

Happy Monday everyone!

This week, I wish you a simply superb summer (unless you are reading this in the Southern Hemisphere that is.)

To enjoy the best season of the year and after 100 posts I’m taking a little break so thanks for reading so far and see you in September!

The English Gardener. x

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The Friday Phrase

Fabulous idioms for Friday Afternoon

Today’s idiom is ‘off the beaten track‘.

Somewhere that’s off the beaten track is in a remote location.

So if like Chloe and her aunt and uncle Ned and Sheila, you are going somewhere off the beaten track this weekend, enjoy yourself and tell us all about it when you return!

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A Tip for Tuesday

Today’s tip is don’t overdo it. And yes, we are talking about using emoticons.

Now we do not deny that these combinations of punctuations can come in handy at times, and in any language, however, the words at and times should be noted carefully here.

This is because at other times these are either superfluous or simply inappropriate.

So do use them (if you wish) in informal e-mails, texts and comments on this blog, however avoid them in official correspondence, reports or marketing campaigns for flower festivals in Catalan cities (and our most sincere apologies to the marketing department of Girona council for whom our tip today obviously come a little too late…)

emoticonsPS. For all of you wondering, the flower festival itself (which incidentally all of us here at The English Garden attended) was exquisite, magical and very vibrant. Below are a few photos of the installations.