Свой дом и его строительство
A HOME IN ENGLAND
suburb - окраина, пригород
cabbage - капуста
cauliflower – цветная капуста
lettuce - салат-латук
Peas, pease - горох
beans - бобы
knit – а) вязание б) вязка, вязаное изделие
stand - а) остановка, перерыв, интервал, б) пауза (в речи)
He made a sudden stand. — Он внезапно остановился
Storey - этаж
I work in London, but I do not live there. I live in one of the suburbs, catch the morning train up to town and come back in the evening.
When I come home in the evening, I walk from the station to my house. I push open the garden gate, walk up the garden path and ring the front-door bell. My wife or the maid opens the door; I go in and close the door after me. I am then in the hall. I hang my hat up on a peg, put my umbrella (I nearly always carry one, the weather in England being very uncertain) in the umbrella stand, go up to the bathroom to wash, and then come down ready for my dinner.
Like most English houses, mine is of two storeys; but I do not talk about the ground floor and the first floor. We always say upstairs and downstairs.
Downstairs are the living-rooms. They are the dining-room, the drawing-room, the sitting-room and the kitchen. Upstairs are the bedrooms, the bathroom and the nursery for the children.
The largest room in the house and the one with the best furniture is the drawing-room. That is the room where we receive visitors; though when familiar friends come in, we generally talk to them in the sitting-room, which is used by all the family and is not as formal as the drawing-room. Sometimes we refer to the sitting-room as the living-room. On the drawing-room floor there is a big English carpet; there are also some nice Persian rugs. The most important piece of furniture is the piano, on which my wife, who is a first-rate pianist, sometimes practises. It was she who painted the pretty lampshades on the lamps, so the light is not too bright for the eyes. The ceiling is only about ten feet high, as is usual in England. People who live in hot countries are accustomed to much higher ceilings. In England we have to keep our houses warm for most of the year, so nearly all ceilings are built low. An Englishman visiting the Near East for the first time is always struck by the height of the ceilings when he enters a house.
The front garden consists mostly of a smooth grass lawn which I cut with a lawn-mower when the grass gets more than a few inches high. Then I roll it with a heavy roller to make it smooth. Round the lawn are a few flower beds, and very pretty they are in spring and summer. I am very proud of my front garden, and am very pleased when I see people looking at it admiringly. But to keep it in first-class condition requires plenty of hot work, I can tell you. The back garden is more useful, but less pretty, than the front one. There we grow vegetables, potatoes, cabbages, cauliflowers, peas, beans and lettuce, so that we are not entirely dependent on the greengrocer. We do not grow enough to last us the whole year, but those we do grow always seem to taste better than those we buy. At the back of the house there are some tall trees; they were there long before the house was built. I believe they are more than eighty years old. With these as a background, the house looks very pretty from the road.
After dinner I generally settle down for the evening in a big armchair by the sitting-room fire. It is very pleasant there on winter evenings. We are warm and comfortable, while outside we can hear the rain pouring down and the wind making a noise in the branches of the trees. I generally read the paper and smoke my pipe; my wife sits quietly knitting. The children are asleep upstairs, so there is nothing to disturb us. I find these evenings very restful after a tiring day in the office.
With thousands of other Englishmen I agree that "there's no place like home."