Well, we've got a very interesting invitation.
I've received a letter.
"Dear Bernard, I live in a Moscow suburb now.
It's called Peredelkino (Kiev Railway line).
Please note my new address and my telephone number.
Why not come and see me?
Expect you any day, any time.
You might as well bring your friends.
Give me a ring, please.
Hope you can come.
Who is Helen?
She's an old friend of mine, my colleague and the translator of my publications.
So, will you go?
Well, I'd like to see a Moscow suburb.
(At Helen's house.
The guests ring the bell.)
Helen (from behind the door)
I'm coming, just a minute.
(Helen opens the door.
She is an elderly woman.
She is wearing a dark blue blouse and a grey skirt.)
Hullo. Ah, it's you Bernard!
How lovely to see you!
We aren't intruding, are we?
No, not at all. You are welcome.
Come in, everybody.
These are my friends.
(They introduce themselves...
Bernard gives Helen a box of chocolates and a bunch of flowers.)
What a sweet smell!
You can hang up your hats, coats, and umbrellas here.
This way, please.
Will you go into the living-room?
I'll be back in no time.
What a cosy place!
There isn't much furniture.
What a lovely combination of colours: gold, brown, white, a little red and black.
And then that green pot-plant!
The room looks cheerful!
Make yourselves comfortable.
There aren't enough chairs here.
Bernard, could you fetch some more from the next room?
You've moved in recently, haven't you?
Yes, I have.
But I haven't had the time to furnish the rooms.
My son has some very good ideas!
He follows the principle: "If you can't have the best, make the best of what you have".
Where does your son work?
He's an interior designer.
He works for a big firm of designers in Tverskaya Street.
Does he like his job?
"Like" is not the right word. He loves it there.
You've got some lovely paintings.
My son paints in his free time.
By the way, this is his plan for furnishing my living-room.
Take a look at it.
The room faces south-east.
There's to be a fireplace in the left-hand corner.
Are these built-in bookcases in the right-hand corner?
Yes, they are. I haven't got many books.
But I'm rather choosy.
Choose an author as you choose a friend.
You read my mind.
Opposite the window there'll be a sofa, three arm-chairs and a big carpet on the floor.
The view is wonderful!
It's very beautiful when it snows.
And when it rains?
It's beautiful practically in any season: in spring, in summer, in autumn, and in winter.
What's the winter like here?
You should see it for yourself.
I like all sorts of weather, when it's hot, warm or cold, frosty or cloudy, except windy weather.
It gets on my nerves.
The English say: there's no bad weather, there are bad clothes.
Is the house large enough for your family?
There are two bedrooms, two bathrooms, two lavatories, a living-room, a study and a kitchen.
Is there a garage?
Yes, on the north side of the house.
Is the house convenient to live in?
Oh, yes. It's an easy house to live in.
I've got all the modern conveniences: electricity, gas, central heating and a telephone.
How long have you been living here?
For about half a year.
Do you work in Moscow?
Yes, I go to town three days a week: on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
On Monday and Thursday I stay here and work in my study.
Saturday and Sunday are my days off.
How long does it take you to get to your work in the city?
If I go by local train it takes me more than an hour.
If I go by car it saves a lot of time.
Do you drive?
Yes, I do.
I type my lectures and articles.
I clean the rooms, cook and wash up.
I can do everything myself, except for some repairs, of course.
Your son doesn't live here, does he?
No, he doesn't.
He's a city lover.
He's got a three-room flat in the centre of Moscow.
He and his family often come over here for the week-ends.
I have a pet, a very clever cat.
His name is Bartholomew.
So, I'm never lonely.
I'm never idle, you know.
Who takes care of your garden?
(They hear the whistle.)
The tea is ready.
(Helen wheels a trolley with the tea things.)
Help yourself, please.
These cakes are home-made.
Will you pass me the teapot, please?
I'll pour the tea.
That would be nice.
Some more tea?
No, thank you.
What about your latest research work?
Have you finished it yet?
Unfortunately, not yet.
I have a lot to do.
We wish you success.
Thank you very much for having us.
The pleasure was all mine.
All the best!
Bernard (to Helen)
Take care! See you soon.