413. With The Family (Part 1) Mum’s Cooking + Vocabulary (with Uncle Nic)

Happy New Year! I hope you’re well! Here’s the first episode of LEP in 2017 featuring a conversation with my family and then some vocabulary explanations.

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Introduction

I had a lovely Christmas and New Year. We played games, ate loads of food, went to the pub, took walks and generally had a good time with each other, as planned.

My uncle Nic (my mum’s younger brother) and my auntie Rose (Nic’s wife) were with us too, which was really nice because it’s always great to spend time with them, and I’m glad to say that I managed to get Nic on the podcast, which is something I’ve been meaning to do for ages because he’s great and he has some good stories to tell, as you will hear.

I didn’t get a chance to do a lot of recording with my family because it was the holiday period and I didn’t want to stick microphones in people’s faces too much.

But on Boxing Day I managed to do some recordings with my uncle, my mum, my brother and my dad.

I’m going to play those recordings to you over the course of the next two episodes.

In this episode you’ll hear these things:

  • My mum and my uncle talking about specific methods of cooking a really good Christmas dinner
  • Some vocabulary explanations – because there are loads of good words and phrases relating to cooking and food preparation, and also some other general bits of vocab that crop up in the conversation that are worth learning.
  • A bit of rambling at the end of the episode about the holiday period, including a quick report about the Christmas Olympic games that my Dad organised for us and some other bits and pieces

Part 1 (overview)

We start with James and Uncle Nic talking about how early in the morning it is, because we recorded this before breakfast on Boxing Day. This is probably the first pre-breakfast podcast I’ve ever done.
My wife accidentally spills some coffee down the back of one of the armchairs in the living room and you’ll hear that there’s a bit of commotion and disturbance in the background as people run around and she desperately tries to clean it up.
My uncle and I ask my mum about the secret to cooking a succulent, moist turkey, which apparently is done using a process called basting.
My uncle expresses some concern about the cleanliness of the microphone covers I’m using, asking if they have been sterilized, and that leads to a slight tangent about Health & Safety in the workplace.
We then get back to talking about my mum’s turkey technique with some explanations of exactly how to make sure the meat stays moist all the way through the cooking process. Moist is the key word here obviously, as the word is repeated a few times until my brother interrupts by shouting “stop saying moist!”
We then turn to the vegetables and go on a bit about how my Mum prepared the sprouts, carrots, potatoes and parsnips. There are a couple of other interruptions from James, including a joke about the secret of comedy and then an explosive sneeze. Throughout all of this my wife is still rushing around in the background and searching the internet for “how to get coffee stains out of an armchair”.
We talk briefly about the complications of preparing Christmas lunch with a vegetarian at the table, as my auntie Rose is a veggie.
Talk then turns naturally to sweet food and my uncle Nic expresses some disappointment about the lack of a traditional Christmas pudding at the table the evening before.
Finally, my Auntie Rose arrives in the room and sits in the chair that my wife spilled coffee onto, but thankfully my wife has already managed to clean it all up, without my help, there’s no evidence of a spillage, so it looks like my wife got away with it.

So, now you can actually listen to that conversation as it happened and when it’s over I’ll go through some of the vocabulary in more detail so you can not only understand everything my family say but also so you can actually learn loads of vocabulary properly and add it to your active English.

Conversation extract starts
Conversation extract ends

That was quite a short bit of conversation, wasn’t it! By the usual standards of LEP, it was quite short. But there’s more coming in the next episode.

Vocabulary

I said before that I would go through some of the words and phrases in that conversation in order to help to boost your learning process.

A lot of phrases related to specific ways of cooking and preparing food were in there. There were also lots of other nice bits of vocab too.

So, this is the language section of the podcast. As I am explaining the vocabulary, you can think about these things:

  • Did you notice these words and phrases while you listened?
  • Did you already know them or are they new to you?
  • Did you misunderstand or mishear any of them?
  • What other words go with these words? Try to notice words in groups, chunks or phrases.
  • How exactly are these words and phrases pronounced? How is the pronunciation different from the spelling. Remember to check the page for the episode to see the words written down in order to check their spelling.
  • After my help, would you be able to use these words in your own conversations?
  • And will you use these expressions? That’s a question, but also a request! I wonder if you will use them, and I suggest that you use them too because that’s how you will make them a part of your active vocabulary.

As I’m going through this list you can test your knowledge – see if you really know these words and phrases properly.
You could repeat some of this language after me as well. Do some shadowing.
And I suggest that after listening to me explain all this vocab that you go back and listen to that conversation extract again, try to notice the vocabulary when you hear it and see how much more you understand.

Vocabulary List

You can tell what time it is based on the rapidity of his response. (rapid – adj / rapidly – adv / rapidity – noun)
My wife’s just spilled/spilt tea all over the armchair.
To spill / spilt / spilt (UK spelling)
To spill / spilled / spilled (US spelling)
A spillage (noun)
The secret to a succulent, moist turkey is basting.
Succulent (adj) = tender, juicy and tasty (for meat)
Moist (adj) = slightly wet (can be used to describe food, e.g. moist turkey or moist cake, but it also can describe anything else which is slightly wet and for that reason the word is a bit suggestive and rude-sounding)
Moist / moisture / moisturise
Paul Foot – Moist Cake bit. Essentially he’s making the observation that when someone serves you some home-made cake you have to compliment the person by saying how moist it is! Even if it’s not that moist. “Oh, this cake is so moist! How did you get it so moist!” There’s social etiquette which dictates that you have to compliment the person on how moist their cake is, and you have to do it quite quickly. “Mmm, it’s lovely this cake – so moist! How did you get it so lovely and moist! Whenever I make cake it’s so dry! I’m an awful cook, but your cake is so moist!” – it’s polite to compliment the person who made the cake.

A ladle (noun) / to ladle (verb)
They make a heck of a din. (the bells)
A hell of a …
A heck of a …
A din = a loud and unpleasant noise
“You’ll be the judge of that” – a way to emphasise that someone has to make their own judgement about something.
Also: “I’ll be the judge of that” – used to express some anger while saying “I will make that judgement – not you!” e.g. “I make the best tea in London”, “We’ll I’ll be the judge of that!”
Have these microphone covers been sterilised?
To sterilise something (verb)
Health & Safety legislation
Fire extinguishers are in good order.
To trip over the carpet.
To sue you for a lot of money. To sue the shop.
Line the dish with lots of foil and then put some turkey stock in the base of the dish.
Giblets
Sprouts
She sliced the sprouts.
I saw it in a recipe book.
It cuts the cooking time down.
Stove / oven / cooker / cook
Oven = a large metal device with a door in which you cook food at high temperature.
Stove = an oven, with gas or electric hobs on the top where you can cook things over heat
It’s also something which heats your room. You burn wood and coal in it. E.g. a wood-buring stove in the living room.
Cooker = a device which cooks things – it can be an oven, a stove, or just an electric pot, slow cooker etc.
“What’s the secret of comedy?” …Timing.
Parsnips (root vegetable)
“Tatties and neeps” (Scotland) = potatoes and parsnips
You have to parboil them, drain the water off, roast them in hot oil in the oven (just a little bit).
You mean like, deep-fry them?
No, just roast them.
In the last minute rush and fluster I forgot about the potatoes.
Gill took it upon herself to do poached pears and caramelised oranges.
She’s sitting in the chair that Luke’s wife spilt coffee on so it might be a wee bit damp.
wee = little (typical word in Scotland)

In forthcoming episodes…

More conversations with my family, including some anecdotes about meeting famous people – with stories about meeting members of the royal family, some legends of TV comedy and perhaps the biggest rock and roll star on the planet right now. Who do you think that is? Well, my uncle met him once. You can hear that story and others in an upcoming episode.

Also on the podcast soon I’m hoping to record a ramble about some general stuff that happened over the Christmas period, including some words about a few books I received as presents, some comments about the well-loved celebrities that we lost in 2016 including, notably Carrie Fisher and George Michael during the Christmas holiday. We lost some great people at regular intervals during the year. Let’s hope 2017 doesn’t continue that trend.
Also, I’ve seen Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and I will be doing a full episode about that too.

So, brace yourselves, more podcasts are coming!

But for now – GOODBYE!

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  • Ptholome

    About The Orion team: we have actually finished 47 episodes + 2 episodes that I can’t honestly count because they came when they saw our post asking for help, I prepared the doc but they did it before asking to be in our team. so there are actually 49 episodes finished since we started in February with Leonid, Elena, Ling and and later Michal and olga and…. and now I’ve more than 70 how are working with us when they have free time and several hard workers doing a really great job and forcing me to employ more and more time for this project. :) Which is really great. :) So I thanks our team for the great job they are doing.

  • Catherine Bear

    LOL, Luke and Nic spend so much time introducing the term “basting”. Then Mum comes and sais, what basting, I didn’t do it. :))

    • I think we just enjoy saying “basting” to be honest.

      • Catherine Bear

        Yes, it sounds tasty. :)

      • Ptholome

        My wife do it like you and your uncle said. But she is French :)

  • SergeyA

    Yeah, I have just finished this very first 2017ish episode and it was quite hard to stay awake because this moist-spilled shit must be the most boring topic ever discussed in the history of podcasts. Fortunately the performance of the comedian in the middle heated the shit up and helped to listen to the finish.

  • Ptholome

    Hi, people. this episode is ready to be transcribed
    docs.google.com/document/d/1trQWKQNIv0NOeqVbsXVdgY3_IBvC2aL5eW5jMGi01ko/edit

    The Orion team.

  • SergeyA

    My new year resolution – to listen to all the 2017 episodes of the LEP from start to finish and not falling asleep. This stuff should be good as a million of flies couldn’t be wrong.

    • Catherine Bear

      What a nice message, Sergey, well done! :)
      Happy New Year to you and Merry Christmas (if you are in Russia)!!! :)
      Take care and stay positive! :))
      Your friend Cat

      • SergeyA

        thanks. I am not sure if one can deem my message “nice” because it basically says that all the LEPsters are flies :-)

      • Catherine Bear

        I like flies. Especially whose who land on my bread — the butter flies. :)

      • SergeyA

        sometimes I think that you use very, very hard drugs. sorry.

      • Catherine Bear

        LOL :)
        There is a saying: каждый судит о других по себе. Maybe you can translate it. :)

      • SergeyA

        this is ridiculous saying

      • Agnes

        ha ha, I like your verbal arguments guys. I like flies also, they are so nice:-)

      • SergeyA

        visit West Siberia in July and perhaps you will change your mind

      • Agnes

        I’ll try but I suppose it will be hard:-)

      • SergeyA

        why it would be hard?

      • Agnes

        it’s so far away from my place, so that’s why it would be hard:-)

      • SergeyA

        cmon, where are you? South Africa?

      • Catherine Bear

        Our Siberian flies are harmless – don’t be afraid, Agnes. ;)

      • Ptholome

        Nices? come on, Agnes. in the hot countries they are really annoying and in the farms the flies hurt a lot because they are different than the ones on the cities because our skin is thin while animal farm skin is thicker so these flies hurt more than cities flies. but you/we are playing this guy’s game which is not good because his post is insulting for everyone.

      • Nick

        Yeah, flying insects… it’s a disaster in the countryside!

      • Agnes

        Hi Antonio, yes I know that, I wanted to be nice:-)

      • Ptholome

        I know Agnes but I don’t know why we should be nice with non-nice people showing they don’t respect the others as this guy does.

      • Catherine Bear

        You are right! I confess — I am a LEP-aholic. :)

      • Ptholome

        Nothing can be nice coming for this guy. Believe me Cat. From him the image I have is shit full of flies.

        It would be nice if he said a million of bees can’t be wrong.

        But we are not wrong because we like what we are listening even if we are not interested about a specific topic because our goal is learning English listening, reading, commenting, transcribing…

        He is wrong because he want to listen to something he is bored to hear.

        In Spain there is always what we named “la mosca cojonera” So we are all flies for this guy is “la mosca cojonera”

      • Ptholome

        Question: What’s a mosca cojonera?

        my answer is : Sergey. :)

        but I like also this one: ” I suggest GADFLY, tábano in english. Figuratively it means an annoying person, someone who provokes other into action by criticism.” Ausia wrote in the Word Reference online dictionary.

      • Catherine Bear

        Let’s be friendly to each other and don’t use any harmful words, no matter who. ;)

      • Ptholome

        He is laughing at all the other peoples. So I am not going to allow him to insult me or any other here with his stupids comments. I am not Christian so I don’t need to put the other face when people has a bad behaviour. Besides, I don’t think I have written any word which can harm him. I am great only with great people but not with this kind of guy which comments are always sad and disrespectful. :(

      • Catherine Bear

        Here is a quote for you to learn :)

        “We are all worms, but I do believe that I am a glow-worm.”

        Do you know who said it? (for curious minds among us) ;)

      • Ptholome
      • Ptholome

        I like this one:
        “I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.”
        Read more at: www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/w/winston_churchill.html

      • Catherine Bear

        Nice one! :)

      • Ptholome

        To learn any language implies also to learn how to answer in sad situations. So when there’s a guy who likes to play the game of the bad guy we can play the game of the upset guy too. Learning a language is not only about been nice all the time even with people who doesn’t deserve it. We need to practice also this part of the language. But we can play it been not too harsh which is what I have done. In French people use the “connard the merde” for this kind of situations but I am a nice guy and because I don’t want to embarrass Luke I preferred the spanish “nice” expression “mosca cojonera” :)

    • Catherine Bear

      Sergey, this is for your NY resolution. Hopefully it will help you to fight the sleepeness that at times befalls you. ;)

      JOG on, jog on, the footpath way,
      And merrily hent the stile-a:
      A merry heart goes all the day,
      Your sad tires in a mile-a.

      William Shakespeare, From “The Winter’s Tale,” Act IV. Scene 2

      Why not join us, the LEP-runners? I bet, you won’t fall asleep. :)

  • Catherine Bear

    The family episodes seem to be particularly popular with the ladies… ;)

    • Eri Taguchi

      I also like the family episodes very much!!!

      • Catherine Bear

        More coming up, yeah! :)

  • Agnes

    Hi Luke,

    what the nice episode:-) We all have been starving for new one:-) Last ones were also good, but it is nice to hear the latest news.

    We have really been waiting for next parts of Christmas episodes, these are cool:-)

    In Poland we also like eating roast vegetables especially mixed with potatoes, tzatziki sauce and roast chicken instead of turkey.

    I’m also curious, what does your dad usually make for Christmas breakfast? By the way, I think it is great idea to make breakfast by fathers, unfortunately in my country, everything is based on women. Is there anybody who think differently than me?

    best regards

    PS. Waiting for new one…

    • Catherine Bear

      Hi Agnes, nice to see you! Happy New Year again! :)

      Do you guys have any issues with the bird flu over there? The Germany have been busy removing many of the poultry to avoid an epidemic.

      Germans are quite gender-equal with regards to chores. Russians are like you Polish people. But there is a saying the men are the better cooks than the women.

      Take care,

      Cat

      • Agnes

        Hi Cat!

        Nice to see you too! Happy New Year!

        Nice to hear that Germans are quite helpful in a kitchen. As I see in most restaurants in Poland, male cooks are more talented and they can create amazing dishes. So why do we spend (women) so much time in the kitchen, I am asking? wrr, personally I hate it, cooking and all these stuff, but I have to, for children, family etc. There is much more interesting things than cooking:-)

        Before Christmas I prepared with my mother in low loads of food, and I was over the moon, when someone relative complimented our food, but time could be spent other way, I suppose:-)

        New Year came, as everyone I have also my silent resolutions, but we’ll see that they will come true.

        By the way, I’m glad that we are a great LEP family, sharing experiences, learning together, and I hope we will keep it this year as well.

        cheers
        Agnes

      • Catherine Bear

        Hi Agnes!

        Congrats on your kitchen performance with you mother-in-law! :)
        I hope I can sometimes come visit you and taste your cuisine. ;)

        We are going to see the Fantastic Beasts today. I remember, you don’t like the fantasy movies. :(

        It’s the last week of the winter holidays here; we’re enjoying the last days. It’s also snow a little bit. The next holidays will be in the end of February – the Fashing (Carnival) holiday.

        Yes, let’s keep the familiy feeling all through the year. ;)

        Cat

      • Agnes

        Hi Cat again,

        enjoy your film, yes I don’t like watching fantasy movies, you’re right.

        Yesterday I watched “The Revenant”, with Leonardo DiCaprio as a main character on Canal+, have you watched it? I must say, very brutal scenes but beautiful photographs, I suppose this film got some awards for that. I recommend watching it.

        Cat, my cuisine is simple and based on healthy ingredients:-) I like cooking simple dishes when I don’t have to spend all day long to do it. Anyway, yes you are welcome in my home:-)

        We also have some snow, tomorrow it is going to be the coldest day, until -23 degrees in some parts of the country. So I am not going outside at all! Enjoy your holiday:-) By the way, we have bank holiday tomorrow “Three kings”, do you have the same?

        We have to wait for holiday, our starts on the 13th of February and it will last 2 weeks. So can’t wait, especially my daughters!

        have a great time, enjoy your last days of holidays
        Agnes

      • Catherine Bear

        Hi again Agnes!

        I enjoyed the Fantastic Beasts and am now looking for the second part. :)

        No, I didn’t see “The Revenant” yet; have heard a lot of praise for Leo’s performance there. I’m glad he finally has got his Oscar. :) I will certainly watch it. In fact, I borrowed once the DVD from the local library, but didn’t find time to watch and returned it unwatched. :)

        Thank you for your invitation! I like Poland very much; been there many years ago on a 10-day-concert tour with our choir (from Krakow all the way down to Gdansk). ;)

        -23 is so cold! The perfect timing to watch The Revenant. :)

        Yes, we have a bank holiday tomorrow — Three Holy Kings’ Day (= Kaspar, Melchior, Baltasar). It is only in the southern part of Germany though.

        Have a nice evening! :)
        Cat

      • Agnes

        Hi Cat,

        so great that you enjoyed the Fantastic Beasts, I saw an advertisement of this movie when I was at the cinema last time.

        Yes, we are almost freezing, personally I don’t like a winter season, I don’t like cold and minus temperature. so that’s why I’m not keen on skiing and other winter sports! I know, children love the winter, especially throwing snow balls at each other, to be honest when I was child also loved doing that, but now I prefer warmness.

        I didn’t know that you are a singer! Do you still sing in choir? Fantastic:-) You are so talented person, I admire you.

        Best
        Agnes

      • Catherine Bear

        Look, what I’ve got from my brother from his recent weekend. He just loves the frost and the forest. :)
        No, I’m not that kind of singer, just singing for pleasure when in a good company. :)

        uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fae58ac621945d15226c556da66a8490ec0ca163c94b75e95aafe66a22e557f6.jpg

      • Agnes

        Cat, just lovely picture! But I prefer staying at home at the fireplace with a cup of tea instead:-)

        and don’t be so modest, you have a lovely voice so I suppose you are likely a good singer:-)

        have a lovely day

      • Nick

        Absolutely beautiful and adorable view!

      • Catherine Bear

        Thanks! :)
        There are more to come soon. He’s now out and about to the Cold Pole with some mad Japanese tourists. :))

      • Nick

        I definitely want to see that ;) By the way why they are mad? ;)) Because they decided to go to the Cold Pole?

      • Catherine Bear

        Yes, only the mad go there during this season. :)
        My brother took them by car — and from the capital YKT to the Cold Pole they needed 26 hours to get there, just imagine! :))
        They are really mad.

      • Nick

        Very brave Japanese tourists, indeed! :) It’s interesting why they’ve decided to leave their warm and cozy houses for this trip.

      • Catherine Bear

        I have to ask Eri, whether she knows them. :))

      • Nick

        Of course she knows them! No doubts with that :))

      • Catherine Bear

        Yes, I thought so! :))

      • Catherine Bear

        Hi Agnes, we are going to see the Fantastic Beasts for the second time tomorrow (LOL). :))

      • Agnes

        o wow, great, have a fun again:-)

      • Catherine Bear

        My son insists on that. :)

      • Ptholome

        I don’t make Christmas breakfast but I cook every day of the year, wash he dishes, manage the washing machine, iron my clothes, Buy the food… So my wife has a great life. We have always shared the housework though now I do a little bit more than her because I can learn English while doing that but she can not paint while doing the housework.

    • Eri Taguchi

      Hi Agnes
      Nice to talk to you!
      I am very happy to hear that people make roast chicken with vegies instead of turkey which I might try.
      And what is “tzatziki sauce”???
      Just because I love cooking, I do want to know ways to cook things all over the world!
      In addition, it is also common in Japan that men do not do any housework.
      But these days, some men started to help their wives at home…
      Eri From Japan

      • Agnes

        Hi Eri,

        nice to hear from you!

        I like roast chicken more than turkey, for me the turkey has dry meat, you have to be talented cook to make it succulent, congrats to Luke’s mum:-)

        Tzatziki sauce comes from Greece, I make it on my own, add yogurt, a bit mayonnaise, garlic and cucumber in summer. Greeks have their own yogurt, so it tastes differently than mine, but my whole family love it, and we eat it also with roast potatoes and home made pizza.

        Eri do you eat European food? which one especially do you like?

        cheers Agnes

      • Eri Taguchi

        Hi Agnes
        From your recipe, I think I know that sort of Greek sauce which I have never tried.
        I do not think I am a tarented cook, but I do like cooking and want someone to eat dish which I made for them.
        But I want to try roast chicken with Gill’s roasting technique.
        We eat a lot kinds of food in Japan.
        French, Itarian, Spanish, indian, Chinese and Korean are very famous and Thai, just became popular.
        And when I think what people make…
        Chinese,French and Itarian can be home made dish, but usually arranged for Japanese.
        But, just because I like cooking, I try make foreign dishes with traditional recipe.

  • Eri Taguchi

    Thank you Luke to get your mum to talk about a Christmas lunch!!!!

    I am looking forward to listening it and I did listend it!!!

    Great explanation of making Christmas dishes!!!

    It is very difficult to get turkey in Japan, but I think I shoul try her french way to roast turkey in a oven with foil and wrap it with special paper to make roast chicken at next Christmas!!! with roast vegies.

    I want to ask some question to you, Luke.

    ※How does she slice sprouts??
    ※Is there any vegies tastes like parsnip?
    I talked about parsnip with my teacher at italki and he said that is pne of the best roast vegies. So I want to find out simillar thing in Japan which might be very difficult…
    Then, I am thinking to make proper English Christmas meal here in Japan!!!
    Thank you Jill. That could not be boring conversation to listen to.
    It is very interesting and I do feel that I want to learn cooking from you more if you do not mind to tell it on the podcast.
    I also like these kinds of episodes which your family talk usual things at a living room with no specific topics. I do feel I am there!!!
    Looking forward next one and a episode about Rogue One.
    I have seen it yesterday and liked it very much.
    P.S. What did your dad make for the breakfast???

    • Catherine Bear

      A new mystery to solve:

      What did Mr Thompson for the breakfast?… :)

      • Eri Taguchi

        Yes, it is a big mystery…
        It could be…
        Toast, fried tomato, egg and fresh orange juice…

      • Catherine Bear

        maybe some porridge… some pancakes…

        (bear in mind — it took the whole episode time ;)

      • Agnes

        don’t forget they eat pancakes on the Pancake day, so I don’t think so they eat pancakes:-) By the way, we have the same day in Poland, we don’t see calories at this day and don’t care how much stone we increase at that point:-)

      • Agnes

        and what about a traditional English breakfast like bean, egg, bacon, sousages? maybe this one? Luke, tell us, please

      • Eri Taguchi

        I remember that Rick said his favorite breakfast in previous episode.
        And it was like that which I wrote.

        Agnes, what do you think about the breakfast???

      • Catherine Bear

        Eri, you’ve got a good memory! :)

      • Catherine Bear

        Bingo, Eri, you were right! :)

      • Eri Taguchi

        Yay!!

      • Catherine Bear

        100 points to you! ;)

      • Eri Taguchi

        How can I get a trophy???

      • Catherine Bear

        How would you like to get your trophy? Any wishes? ;)

      • Eri Taguchi

        I want to get a same trophy which Luke got last year!!
        And I do not mind how!!!

      • Catherine Bear

        You mean Luke’s Elton Awards Nomination?
        Well… hm… Any ideas how to get there? ;)

      • Eri Taguchi

        No!
        The trophy that Luke got last Christmas!

      • Catherine Bear

        Oh yes, but what was that exactly, I forgot… Was that the pink gorilla? :)

  • Catherine Bear

    Wonderful episode!

    Enjoyed your Mom’s lovely voice and comments on the poor Mr. Turkey.

    Wow, and a new person was introduced here: Uncle Nic — nice! And even a wee bit of your aunt in the background.

    Ghosh, what a relief, your wife managed to safe that armchair — all done by her herself! I could almost feel her dispair in the air.

    And Rick? Is he good? Any issues with his heart (hopefully not)?

    James made just a hilariously silly joke. But so we love him, as he is, always fun to listen to his slightly bored voice. :)

    In short, it was like visiting and seeing old friends. Thank you, Luke, for the pleasure to partake!

    And yes, you’re right about the community sense — a lot of twinkling LEPstars here, commenting like crazy, craving for even more episodes! :)

    Cheery Cat

    • He’s fine thanks. During this episode he was in the kitchen making breakfast for everyone.

      • Catherine Bear

        This is what I call a gentlemanly behaviour! (Quote: Mrs Bennet) :))

      • Eri Taguchi

        I hope my dad to do similar behavior to my mum….

      • Catherine Bear

        Maybe on a Mother’s Day or on a Women’s Day at least? :)

      • Eri Taguchi

        Yes, at least!!!
        And I hope future my husband to have same atitude…

      • Catherine Bear

        Well, then you better look for an English man (like Rick) or a Spanish man (like Antonio). ;)

      • Agnes

        :-)

  • Catherine Bear

    Yeah, Luke is back. Happy New Year, Master Luke! :))