Kids english News
Note from parents:
We, on uncle Luc's request, asked the kids to write this message in English for practice purposes.
Soon they will meet with English speaking kids so it's not a bad thing for them to refresh their English skills.
Also, since, good old 'Billy the Fisher' (un bon ami d'oncle Pierre) most probably speaks English, we
wanted to make sure he would understand the message. It should be noted that the way we proceed
is as follows: The kids write their message by hand in their journal and then the parents type the texts
(with a little corrections). We send the texts to uncle Luc who then posts them on our website.
News No.14 ** 20 november 2010 **
News from Catherine.
Yesterday i twas my b-day (birthday). For breakfeast we ate pancakes that Antoine
Nicolas and my dad had made. " they were delicious! " My mom asked me when I wanted
my gifts and I said " now please ". So Fromm y parents I got an mp5 " it's awesome
compared to an mp3, I had before. Antoine gave me Mentos! We did school and then we
did a mega cleaning hour.
And then i twas LUNCH! Finally! We ate some nachos. With fresh guacamole sour cream
and salsa. After lunch we took a shower, and relaxed the rest of the afternoon. For
super my friends Julie Robin and there parents came over. We ate PIZZA!!! " My
favorite meal! " My friends gave me a little wooden turtle, and a tee-shirt wich had
(pacific attitude writen on it). They did a tresure hunt for me to find my gifts. My
cake waslime green. " my favorite color " plus there was three stages. I twas super good!
I loved my B-day!!!!
News No.13 ** 10 september 2010 **
News from Catherine.
10 Sep 2010
My tour in Tuvalu
Yesterday morning we took the dinghy to shore because that day we would do the
tour of the island. We rented two motor bikes which were 10$ per day and 2
bicycles even though it took us an hour and a half to find all that. First
we went north, we saw a Second World War earth mover (Bulldozer) from Chicago.
We went all the way to the end and made it back to town for lunch. After lunch
we went up south, we saw the Darwin's drill hole and went to the sunset bar at
the end of the south part. We were supposed to see a bunker but we didn't find
it. At the end of the day, we had visited the whole complete island. Now we're
heading to Vanuatu.
News No.12 ** 22 août 2010 **
News from Catherine.
20 Aug 10
My first business
Yesterday Thomas and Nicolas thought of making up a business for making a
little money. I thought that was a great idea so I also made up my business
with my brother Antoine. Our business is called (Cleaning Masters!) and our
brothers are called (The Workmates!) After making our business card we decided
to eat lunch and after that we would go and offer our help to boats. So after
lunch we left with the dinghy and went around the boats. No one wanted help so
we said 'maybe we should go on the dock and check if other people want our help'.
We went on the dock and said, Thomas Nicolas you go left and I and Antoine will
go right. The first boat me and Antoine went was empty, second one empty as well,
but the third one they wanted our help.
So we came back half an hour later and we went on their boat. First we did the
dishes, after we did some cockpit cleaning, after that we cleaned a compartment,
after cleaning the compartment Antoine left because he was tired. I stayed there
for almost one hour more than him. After we finished cleaning the deck I said to
them that I should leave so I left with 5$ in my hand and that is how my day ended...
Robinson's Crusoe Resort - 14 Aug 2010
When we arrived at the anchorage we ate lunch and left with the dinghy to go and
visit the resort. The people at the resort where very welcoming. We stayed all
afternoon for the several activities coming up... We did a hermit crab race. We
where 16 people and 16 hermit crabs. There were 3 winners, the first winner was
me, the second a chinese woman and the third was Nicolas. We (all 3 winners) got
a necklace and two flowers. After that we went to a volley ball game, I Thomas
and Antoine participated. The only boring thing is that we don't know which team
won... We ate supper there,the potatoes were cooking outside on the burning
rocks. They showed us where they cooked our dinner and then our family walked on
the fire except Nicolas (he was a little scared!). After supper there was a wonderful
dancing group that danced for at least an hour and a half. They did fire dancing,
machete dancing and local dancing!The next morning we ate breakfast at the resort.
There was beans, bacon, toast and cereals. After breakfast we rented a big ball
that you just stand in it and turn like a hamster but the ball is in the water.
We also did the crab race again but this time there was 50 people. In the resort
there was also excellent ice-cream Mmmmm! That nite we celebrated our end of school
year we had peanuts, candies, chocolate, chips and popcorn... We all got books but
Thomas got a watch for ending primary school! Now we are heading for Denarau marina.
I'll tell you more later.
News No.11 ** 08 août 2010 **
News from Thomas.
Yasawa, 6 Aug 2010A few weeks ago we where in Wallis and the only reason we came back to Fiji was
because of the damn fridge and at the same time for Isabelle's wedding. Well
I'm pretty happy the fridge didn't work or we would be in Marshall Islands right
now! And let me tell you, to get to the Marshall it's a lot of wind on the nose.
But the only thing is that we had to stay in Vuda point marina. The only problem
is that in Vuda point it's a hell of a Hot Spot but I couldn't care less to burn
in the sun. The only thing I wanted was that when I would get out of that marina,
I could get a nice glass of cold water and I am happy to tell you that my wish
So the point is we went to Isabelle and Brian's wedding and there I met a 13 year
old boy called Jens. And that is how we finished up, us and Wasabi, in the Yasawa
starting our visit at Modriki. When we arrived they offered us to drink some kava.
If I had the choice I wouldn't of drank it but I had to, so I did and I found it
had a really weird taste. The next morning after visiting the island we went to
Navadra where we had a big fire and we had a lot of fun climbing the big mountain.
The next day we went to Octopus resort! We had a lot of fun with Jens, playing in
the pool. My dad also went to night dive with a local and Brian and they brought
us back 11 slipper lobsters. Miaaam!
News No.10 ** 20 juin 2010 **
20 June 2010Last week, we bought an optimist (little sailing boat) which we worked hard on,
in the last few days. Yesterday, we went on a full day navigation trip with our
optimist, along with other local kids on their own optimist. We started from
the marina and sailed three nautical miles until we arrived to a little beach
where we set up our group of optimists and lasers. We all jumped in the water
until we started to be really hungry. Then we ate up all hot dogs which were
delicious. When it was 1 PM, we started to sail back to the marina. Nicolas
and Thomas each went with a guy named Ratu on a laser which rode very much faster
than our optimists so they arrived first. We were really lucky to go there because
that picnic was only once a month. I'm really happy we bought an Opti.
20 June 2010A few days ago, just when we arrived in Savusavu, a security guy from the marina,
called Simon, showed us the backyard where they stored the optimists that the marina
owned, and two optimists which he thought were for sale. In fact, after talking to
the owner, we found out that they were for sale but nothing came with them.
Finally, after talking about it for a while, he said we could look around to see
if we can find any spare parts in the backyard. The next day we had already found
everything, the only thing we were missing was the center board and the rudder.
As you know, those two things are quite essential. We knew there was an optimist
sailing activity planned for Saturday so we hurried up and within a few days Jacques
and my dad had built a center board and a rudder with pieces of wood, we installed
different hooks and cleats and we named our optimist Mini Mousses. With blue paint,
Catherine, Nicolas, Antoine and I printed our four hands on the side of the boat and
we used red letters to write the name on the back of the boat. We painted the center
board with white paint. On Saturday we were with the other kids, navigating our optimist.
Between you and me, our optimist was one of the nicest ones.
After one hour navigating, we arrived on a beach where we played and ate some hot dogs.
When we came back the difference was that this time I did not do half the way in the
optimist. It was Catherine and Antoine who sailed it back the whole way. I came back
in a laser with a boy called Ratu (13 years old). After capsizing 5 times we finally
arrived at the boat. I had a great day of navigation and I assure you that we will not
let our optimist rot on the deck.
I forgot to say that without the help of Jacques and my dad, we would never have finished
this project on time for Saturday. We were lucky because Jacques gave us all sorts of
equipment like oars and others to outfit our optimist.
News No.9 ** 21 october 2009 **
What was the thing you loved the most last summer ?
My uncle Luc asked us to write in english about the favorite thing we
I liked a lot Mopelia because we had a lot of activities there. We made
very good friends with the people who lived there (Kalami, Sophie and the
two boys). We went coconut crab chasing and caught a lot. We even still
have one live crab on board the boat and we give him water and coconut
for him to live. They had like 10 so cute baby dogs and each day we would
go on the beach and play with the dogs. They also invited us to eat several
time so we tasted new things like: pig in caramel, parrot fish, etc. They
taught us a new game and it was a difficult game. We also taught them how
to do limbo and they loved it. Those are the reasons I loved Mopelia the
My uncle Luc asked us to write in english about our favorite place and
the favorite things we did last summer.
At Moorea Jacques from Alexander IV gave us a fish to go feed the rays. So at
twelve we went to see the rays and there were so many of them. We gave the fish
to the rays and under the rays, on their belly it was soooooo soft because we could
touch them. After, we went to see the tikis under the water. Also, we went to the
beach and we did a birthday party for Amanda. Amanda is Catherine's friend. My
other favorite place was Mopelia because there were lots of coconut crabs there and
there were little puppy dogs that we could hold in our hands. And daddy went fishing
with the man on the island (Kalami). They went fishing for lobster and they came
back with six lobsters and 1 crab. We did a party on the beach with them and they
killed a pig and we ate the pig and lobster and crab. We played limbo during the
party and I was good. When we left Mopelia we had four new friends. We had Johnny,
Peter, Craby and Tony, four coconut crabs. We kept them alive on the boat for a few
weeks in the crab pit and after we ate 3 coconut crabs. My mom made delicious crabcakes
with them. Now we have only one crab left and it is Peter. We give him coconut to eat
and water to drink. Soon we will have to eat Peter because if we don't, when we arrive
in New Zealand, they are going to take it from us.
21 Oct 09My favorite activity last summer was when we climbed the Aorai mountain. We
went with ours friends from Lucey Blue. We took a bus to the beginning of the
mountain where my dad was able to get us a ride to 600 meters up the hill (at
the Belvedere Restaurant) where we started climbing. We walked up 800 meters up
to get to the cabin and I was the first to get there. The cabin was very simple
and had uncomfortable wooden beds with no mattresses. It was also very cold but
we resisted and the next morning we made a fire and we ate some M&Ms and some toasts
for breakfast and after we came down the mountain and we ate lunch at McDonald's.
News No.8 ** 17 juin 2009 **
The last news for this school year
Catherine : How is life without your brother an parent ?
I'm waiting the anwser from Catherine
Thomas : How is life without your sister
To answer uncle Luc's question " How is life without Catherine"?... Well, we can not say we really miss her but neither does she miss us.
Now when there is music on, it plays alone, with no voice like Catherine
behind it. It is calmer and there is less fighting. When Catherine left,
Nicolas and Antoine decided to sleep together for the time she is away.
Nicolas now tells bedtime stories to Antoine. Nicolas says that he misses
to eat candy with Catherine. Now I sleep alone and I am completely OK with that. Thomas
News No.7 ** 17 mai 2009 **
Catherine : How was your first strom like ?
During the storm, it was quite OK. I didn't eat a lot but I don't care. We saw
two whales, a lot of rain and lightnings. The waves were about 20 feet tall (high)
and the wind was about 40-45 knots. The thing I loved was that I could finally
play my Gameboy because it has been six months I didn't play with it.
Thomas: How was your first strom like ?
The crossing from Easter Island (to I'm not sure where we will stop), is very rocky
and I don't know why but I just hate those big waves. Even right now, when I am
writing, the waves make me sea sick but anyways, let's continue. During this
crossing, we only caught two fish, a Mahi-mahi and a seriole. We also saw a FONI
(Floating Object Not Identified). It was a whale but we don't know what kind. A few
days later, we saw a water spout at about 60 feet of our boat. Today we were supposed
to arrive at Pitcairn but finally my dad said that we will arrive tomorrow instead.
News No.6 ** 13 avril 2009 **
Catherine : How was the experience with the Giant Turtle ?
Our experience at the turtle farm was super cool.
We even sat on them and Antoine was standing on them. What they liked to eat was
goyava. We also saw one in the mud hah hah. We saw their poo and it was seeds in it
it was goyava seeds. They also get scared when you go too close to them and they
Thomas : How was your experience with the sea Iguana ?
My experience with the marine iguanas was magnificent I did some snorkeling once
and I saw one that was eating off the rock and he just came back up after he finished
eating to lie on the rock in the sun. They dive in the water to go eat their favorite
meal, seaweeds. They are just like water makers because to get rid of all the salt
in their body, they just sneeze and they get rid of all of it and they keep the fresh
water in their body. I find the marine iguana very special because of his sense of
being able to dive in the water. In Galapagos, there is 300,000 marine iguanas.
News No.5 ** 15 mars 2009 **
How was the crossing of the Panama Canal
The Panama Canal
15 mars 09
The crossing of the Panama Canal was pretty fun. To cross you had to have four line
handlers. My mom, Mark, Vanessa and Ina. After we passed the first row of locks,
we arrived at the Gatun Lake and attached ourselves to a mooring and slept there
for the night. The next morning I woke up because of the monkeys, it was like if
I was listening to a football match. Then, we passed the second part of the locks
and arrived to the 'Centennaire Bridge' and then to the America's Bridge
(the one that divides the Pacific Ocean from the Atlantic Ocean). Then we deposed
Ina, Simon, Amanda, Mark and Vanessa at the dock and we went to anchor in the
Flamingo Anchorage. I really enjoyed this experience.
15 mars 09 The Panama Canal CrossingWhen we crossed the Panama Canal, we were twelve people on board. We were three
boats attached together and it was fun. After we passed the first three locks,
there was a big buoy. We were two boats attached together on the buoy. The next
morning we sailed for a little ride of four hours to Pedro Miguel Locks and we
saw a crocodile. We had lunch there and it was fun. After crossing the Canal,
we went to Balboa Yacht Club to drop Amanda and her family to their hotel and Mark
and Vanessa. I cried a lot when Amanda left but I know I will see her again.
News No.4 ** 6 février 2009 **
Finally meeting with Malik
6 fév 09
When we did the crossing from Quebec to La Rochelle, we met some kids that were on
the boat Malik. In the Azores and La Rochelle we played a lot together but when we
received our autopilot we had to leave for Las Palmas. After they got back from
Paris they had to get their boat out of the water. We had to separate from them
and it was very hard. But two days ago we met again in Soufrière and we did some
snorkling together and we had lots of fun but after two days we had to leave them
again. Not for five months this time but for three years.
6 fév 09 When we arrived in Rodney Bay (Ste-Lucia), we called Malik but they did not answer.
Before we arrived we caught a little tuna and we wanted to invite Malik for supper.
We finally got in touch with them and we invited them to Antoine's birthday. The next
day, for Antoine's birthday, we ate our tuna. I invited Pascale to come and do a
sleep over but we had to wake up at 06h00 AM the next day because we needed to leave
for Aruba. Now we are crossing to Aruba. Catherine
News No.3 ** 25 novembre 2008 **
How was your vacation in Las Palmas
Our vacation at Las Palmas was good. We met new friends. I met a girl, her name
is Amanda, she is nine like me and she is very nice with me. We did a bus tour
together and itwas fun, we even ate candies together mmmmmmm! We went to beach
parties, sailing courses, dress up parties, ... And a lot of other things. Then
thing I like the most of the parties was that we got to go to sleep very late!!!
At our dock, we went swimming in the water, that is all I wanted to say. Today we
were very lucky, we got one mahi-mahi after we got another mahi-mahi and after
another mahi-mahi and after another mahi-mahi so we got five mahi-mahis the last
one was big big. Can you tell we were very very lucky, I certainly can!
3 days ago, Uncle Luc us what activity we did with ARC and what new friends we
made. In Las Palmas, we made a lot of friends on different boats and each time,
we had an activity all our friends were there but nobody else was there. It
looked like we met every kid that did the ARC Rally and they were all in our
section, the catamaran section. I chose today to write my journal because
today we won't believe me, we didn't catch one fish but 5 fishes. They were
Mahi-Mahi and one of them weigh 6 pounds and in total we have 14 pounds of fish.
News No.2 ** 25 octobre 2008 **
How is the relationship between the kids an the parent on the boat ?
3 days ago, uncle Luc asked to me and Catherine what was the relationship between our brothers and
sisters and the relation between the kids and the parents so this is the answer. We like to play together
when we are at sea and there is not big waves but sometimes, there are a little fights between the kids but
it always finishes good. The relation between the parents is good also we like to do school and learn
things about sailing. Thomas
When Arnaud was not on the boat, we never had something to do but now that he is here, we always have
something to do. Antoine, Nicolas, me and Thomas are always the same, we are not nice with each other
but like I said, we play a lot with Arnaud so we don't think to fight. With our parents, it doesn't always go
well but sometimes it goes well. I don't know if it is enough explanation, if not, I'll write more. XXOO Cat
News No.1 ** Fishing details **
Fishing instructions from Catherine:
Hello, It started when we were on a time out in our room. Our dad checked our line and it was heavy. So he called us
to remove the line out of the water. And our mom saw a shiny thing on the line. It took five minutes to remove
the line out of the water. When we saw the fish, we were really excited. It was a tuna. Now enough explanation. Why don't we talk
about other things. Explanation: We caught this tuna with a squid for bait. The bait was pink and blue. The speed of the boat was five knots.
Thomas and Nicolas chose the bait so we say it's them who caught the fish. The depth of the line was one meter. I hope you loved my story because I worked really hard. Catherine love you
Fishing instructions from Thomas and Nicolas:
Hello everyone, to make the point of the fish clear, here is some information about it. We caught the fish on 26th
Sep at 13:30 hrs so it led us time to clean and cut it. To catch the tuna, for bait we used a squid that we just
bought at the boat show of La Rochelle. Nicolas and I got the fish on the boat. It took about 5 minutes. The
boat was going at five knots. The line was 20 meters behind and the bait was dragging one meter down in the
water. When we got the tuna on the boat, we evaluatedthat it was about 10 pounds. So we said maybe it was
enough food. For dinner we ate some sushis and some kebabs and it was delicious. I never ate fresh fish like that.
So I hope it's enough information, if not just send us an e-mail.