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THE GOVERNESS DIARIES – Series; 1 Episode 1 : What am I in Italy?

[This is the 1st in a series of 12 episodes of THE GOVERNESS DIARIES. They should follow on in order, but if there is an episode missing, you will find them in ‘THE GOVERNESS DIARIES’ under ‘categories’ in the right side of this page, just scroll to whichever episode you missed.]

In 2013, I did a stint as a governess, teaching English to two little Russian children in Italy.  This is how it went…

(Names and places have been changed)

 The agency organised a taxi to take me to the airport for my flight to Italy however, when it arrived, it turned out not to be a taxi, but a driver… a large Lithuanian driver whose only words to me were “Gatveek arroport. Norts?”

Now you have to understand that not only have I never met the Russians I am supposed to be flying to work for, I have also never met the person who contacted me for the job Continue reading

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THE GOVERNESS DIARIES – Series 1, Episode 2 – Lizard snakes

“The snake, it isn’t a snake, it is a lizard, see it has legs…”

[This is the 2nd in a series of 12 episodes of THE GOVERNESS DIARIES. They should follow on in order, but if there is an episode missing, you will find them in ‘THE GOVERNESS DIARIES’ under ‘categories’ on the right side of this page, just scroll to whichever episode you missed.]

Just to fill you in, I had spoken to Vladimir before leaving England and had been told that Adelina (4) knew a little English, she is a real girl, who enjoys girly things and she is sensitive. Nikoli (8) has a good understanding of English and has passed the test to join the private college they have applied to when they settle in England in September. I was told he is a real boy who enjoys sports and is active. Continue reading

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THE GOVERNESS DIARIES – Series 1, Episode 3 – Yoo eet zat!

“Yoo eet zat!”

[If [This is the 3rd in a series of 12 episodes of THE GOVERNESS DIARIES. They should follow on in order, but if there is an episode missing, you will find them in ‘THE GOVERNESS DIARIES’ under ‘categories’ on the right side of this page, just scroll to whichever episode you missed.]

Tuesday dawned, another beautiful day in Italy. The sun shone, the birds sang and Adelina screamed like an insane cockerel trying to wake the dead.  After the yoghurt-musical-chair-breakfast was over, the children went outside and I followed. Continue reading

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THE GOVERNESS DIARIES – Series 1, Episode 4 – Odder and odder

People often find me odd, it sort of shows in their faces when they do that ‘lifting of the one eyebrow’ thing or that ‘twisty pout to the one side of their face’.

People often find me odd, it sort of shows in their faces when they do that ‘lifting of the one eyebrow’ thing or that ‘twisty pout to the one side of their face’.

[This is the 4th in a series of 12 episodes of THE GOVERNESS DIARIES. They should follow on in order, but if there is an episode missing, you will find them in ‘THE GOVERNESS DIARIES’ under ‘categories’ on the right side of this page, just scroll to whichever episode you missed.]

Isn’t it funny how different people can be, and isn’t it funny how we look at others and think they are odd? Of course ‘we’ are never odd; it is always ‘them’. I know people often find me odd, it sort of shows in their faces (that NLP stint can come in handy sometimes) when they do that ‘lifting of the one eyebrow’ thing Continue reading

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THE GOVERNESS DIARIES – Series 1, Episode 5 – Vy yoo keek ze ball all ower?

“No! Yoo don’t! Yoo don’t do zat!!.”

“No! Yoo don’t! Yoo don’t do zat!!.”

[This is the 5th in a series of 12 episodes of THE GOVERNESS DIARIES. They should follow on in order, but if there is an episode missing, you will find them in ‘THE GOVERNESS DIARIES’ under ‘categories’ on the right side of this page, just scroll to whichever episode you missed.]

So armed with my little plan, the next day, after we had done some reading, word search and a crossword (I have turned everything we do into games). We set out for a park where there was some shade, to play football. What our little, hyperactive tyke didn’t know is that although I am pretty awful at most ball games, I am not-too-shabby at kicking a ball. Continue reading

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THE GOVERNESS DIARIES – Series 1, Episode 6 – Princess or frog?

“Ai don laaik!!!"

“Ai don laaik!!!”

[This is the 6th in a series of 12 episodes of THE GOVERNESS DIARIES. They should follow on in order, but if there is an episode missing, you will find them in ‘THE GOVERNESS DIARIES’ under ‘categories’ on the right side of this page, just scroll to whichever episode you missed.]

 We may have had Nikoli slightly tethered for a moment or two, but Princess Adelina was a slightly (did I say slightly – whatever was I thinking?)  A whole different ball game Continue reading

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THE GOVERNESS DIARIES – Series 1, Episode 7 – Kokoroodaloo

"kokoroodaloo, myday aslostis shoo..."[This is the 7th in a series of 12 episodes of THE GOVERNESS DIARIES. They should follow on in order, but if there is an episode missing, you will find them in ‘THE GOVERNESS DIARIES’ under ‘categories’ on the right side of this page, just scroll to whichever episode you missed.]

So the grandparents left and I moved into the flatlet to play at ‘upstairs, downstairs’ (for those of you that don’t know, in the olden days, the family was upstairs and all the staff was downstairs). I was now living below ground so if there was a tornado or air raid I would have been safe. Continue reading

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THE GOVERNESS DIARIES – Series 1, Episode 8 – When we come in the house we take off our clothes

“Pooor rabbit, sorry rabbit.”

“Pooor rabbit, sorry rabbit.”

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Adelina had now taken to pinching, so her next English words were taught very emphatically with my nose on hers after she grabbed my arm and dug her fingers in: “NO PINCHING Continue reading

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THE GOVERNESS DIARIES – Series 1, Episode 9 – Where she goes…noooobody knoooows!

"Nikoli he hit ball… where it goes noooooobody knoooooows!!!!”

“Nikoli he hit ball… where it goes noooooobody knoooooows!!!!”

[This is the 9th in a series of 12 episodes of THE GOVERNESS DIARIES. They should follow on in order, but if there is an episode missing, you will find them in ‘THE GOVERNESS DIARIES’ under ‘categories’ on the right side of this page, just scroll to whichever episode you missed.]

And the madness continued. Every night the family went out for supper and came home after 11:30pm and every night when they arrived back Lina screamed and performed. One night in particular, I came very close to intervening. Although I could not understand the conversation, it was obvious from tones of voice that Vladimir and Katja were having an argument and things were being said that should not have been said in front of the children. Continue reading

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THE GOVERNESS DIARIES – Series 1, Episode 10 – Troo de door, torn right

[This is the 10th in a series of 12 episodes of THE GOVERNESS DIARIES. They should follow on in order, but if there is an episode missing, you will find them in ‘THE GOVERNESS DIARIES’ under ‘categories’ on the right side of this page, just scroll to whichever episode you missed.]

So the day finally arrived when it was time to leave Italy and head back to the UK for the last 8 days of my contract. The contract was supposed to be until the 31st August but Vladimir used a loophole to breach it Continue reading