A Taste of Garlic


A Year Down the Line

Reviewed – July 1, 2010

A Year Down the Line is Rosie’s blog about her life in the Dordogne.

The blog starts with the aptly named Another wet day in the Dordogne and along the way we get to read about such diverse subjects as Bats in the Bathroom and A cool afternoon in the car.

And, of course, there is the obligatory post about French Customer Service! I went through exactly the same experience when my local Champion became a Carrefour overnight!

Everything in the wrong place and everyone rather stressed. As my colleagues (at the time) used to say “The staff were better when they were Champion.

Adventures in Writing – A few years ago, I jacked in the day job (I was a teacher) and moved from Wales to rural France with my husband Richard. I write children’s books, features and articles for Newspapers and teach English to English speaking children in the Dordogne. I also have an on-line newspaper called Dordogne today – designed by Richard and written by me. When I’m not writing, we’re out and about travelling in our camper van or spending time with our friends.

Affordable art 4 all – Artistic adventures in Aquitaine.

Ange & Bruce Alcorn – The random adventures of our lives.

Aquitaine Yarns

Reviewed – December 13, 2009

Aquitaine Yarns is Dawn’s blog which is, to use her own words, a few notes mostly about weaving past and present, to share, but also including everyday life in France.

Beautiful photos combine with interesting prose: for all her protestations, there isn’t that much about quilting. If I had to sum the blog up, I’d say it was more about being happy with friends (and pets – but I guess that pets can be friends, when they want to be!)

Chateau Lalinde

Chez Francine – My Frenchy World

Coucou de St Jean de Luz!

Dordogne Painting Days

Reviewed – September 1, 2010

Now, to date, An English Artist in Brittany and Perry are the only blogging painters that I’ve done (in the purely non-biblical sense, you understand) so I felt that it was about time that I did another artist here at A Taste of Garlic.

I searched high and low to find a suitable one.

I do have to admit that I used Google to assist me.

I also have to admit that the search phrase “Reclining Nude” did play a part in the decision making process!

Eventually I found what I was looking for, not starving in a Garret in Paris but down in the Aquitaine.

Dordogne Painting Days is Adam Cope’s blog about bus spotting in Peckham.

Dordogne Quilter“Finished is better than perfect”

Fabulously French

Reviewed – February 10, 2010

Fabulously French is Leeann’s website which is dedicated to all that is fabulously french!

It is also the home to what I believe to be one of the best posts of all the Life in France blogs that I’ve looked at recently….. Take a look at My favourite French things – what are yours?

Wouldn’t that make anyone want to move to France?

Hey, it made me want to move to France and I already live here!

FiFi and Hugo go to France – Three years ago Hugh and Fiona decided that it might be a good time to start planning to realise their dream of giving up their jobs and lives in the UK and moving to France to live at a slower pace doing things that they really enjoy…..

I Love Aquitaine

Reviewed – February 14, 2010

I Love Aquitaine is Eva’s blog. Eva is Swedish and she lives in the southwest of France.

She writes about food and other pleasures, places she visits and the people she meets.

This blog really is a tour of Aquitaine life.

The articles range from the very good descriptive What is Aquitaine to one explain the difference between Swedish Christmas dinners (all about Pig – suits me down to the ground – none of that faffing round with a Turkey!) and Christmas Eating in France.

There’s even one rhetorical post…. The winecellar, part of the bare necessities?

But this blog is more than just about food (by the way, have I told you about her recipe for Special French Chestnut Rabbit Stew?)

Just Another… – Just another blog that had no particular purpose other than to share, moments, places, people and anecdotes with you. Think of it as a casual night time read where you don’t have to concentrate too much but it’s hopefully enjoyable and from time to time you might actually take something away from it.

Kitchen Garden in France – I moved to south west France in 2004. This is the story of the Kitchen Garden I created there.

La Ferme de Sourrou

Reviewed – December 2, 2009

La Ferme de Sourrou is, to use their own catchphrase, about Hardworkinghippy and Fabrice and their off grid, home built house and permaculture smallholding in Bourrou, in the Dordogne region of France.

It is a delightful mixture of eco-friendly living that is also full of the joy of living in France.

Full of advice about keeping chickens, ducks, geese and pigs, they still manage to write posts such as… Romantic Permaculture and our Spring Gardens!

I was intrigued by the post entitled.. Pig Skin Soup with Beans – sounds horrible – doesn’t it? Ummm. no – not to me it doesn’t! It sounds delicious!

Ledocs World – A Prickly Expat Egghead in Gascony

Life at Les Terraces – Life in our small corner of La Belle France

Life in Les Landes

Loft in France – Originally from England UK, I moved to France six years ago. I have ‘creative hands’ and work from home. I have a hubby who loves to run marathons (especially up mountains!) and we have an 18 year old son.

Madeleine’s Blog de la France – Some things I love… -singing my heart out. -learning to cook new dishes. -warm, sunny days and blue skies. -France & French culture. -good company/good discussion. -wine. -philosophy. -theatre. -classical/jazz music. – interior decorating. -designing/new ideas. -running. -biking/rollerblading. -being outdoors. -being me.

Non, je ne regret rien

Reviewed – June 23, 2010

Non, je ne regrette rein is the blog of a woman who claims that her occupation is Starting Trouble and admits to leaving corporate life behind in order to move to France and live her dream.

As we can see from Sometimes I worry about myself, it can sometimes take a bit of time to adjust to life in a new country.

Kim (or Kim-bear-lay) seems to be coping with The Many Risks of Living Alone though.

Even though sometimes Mother Nature is a Tart and a tease!

And don’t let Kim hear you being too critical of your host country (and its odd little ways). She says I Swear and I agree entirely!

Our French Garden

Reviewed – March 28, 2010

Our French Garden is Rob’s diary of his garden that he looks after with his wife Karen in Dordogne.

Now, I have to admit that I’m not an especially keen gardener but, this blog is so full of great photos and interesting articles that I don’t ever get bored with it.

I’m suppose I ought to say… I’m not actually anti gardening; it’s just that I prefer to watch others do it rather than do it myself!

Pat in France


Reviewed – April 3, 2010

Peregrinations is Lesley’s Blog. Lesley is of Scottish extraction, as this post Wee sleekit, cow’rin’, tim’rous beastie shows.

The phrase (for anyone not of Scottish extraction) means little frightened animal.

There is much information on this blog. We learn in Renault, no, no that…. achetez Renault, vous roulerez à vélo. Now, I know that “Oh so well!”

There is also much humour…..

You really do need to check out the machine translations at Dead donkey en sauce!

Radio Free Daglan

Reviewed – October 29, 2010

Radio Free Daglan is Loren’s blog about his life (with his wife) in the Périgord Noir.

Loren contacted me by mail to let me know about his blog (believe me folks, if you want your blog reviewed, that approach almost always works) and this is what he had to say…

“Good day, I thought you might be interested in the blog I created when I moved to Daglan, earlier this summer.

My wife (originally Scottish) and I (originally American) became Canadian citizens, lived in Toronto for many years, and decided to retire to France. We bought our home in Daglan (in the Périgord Noir) about six years ago.

My blog is called Radio Free Daglan, and it can be reached at http:/loren24250.wordpress.com I write almost every day, some short items, some longer. Usually with a photo or two. Often the topic is food, but I provide my observations on many aspects of village life, usually with what I hope is a light touch.”

Southern Live Oak

Ste Foy – Bordeaux – RXC AND JLM – Retired Americans, living in the Bordeaux France region, enjoying the food, the wine, and the sea.

Survive France

Reviewed – January 6, 2011

Survive France is Crumpet’s blog.

Crumpet is actually the pseudonym of Catharine Higginson who, together with her husband James, run the hugely successful Survive France Network.

I’ve always wanted a pseudonym, having spent much of my youth being called a variety of names by my peers (B*stard and Pr*tt spring instantly to mind) but until recently have had enormous trouble spelling the word.

Anyway, I’m not sure if Catherine’s pseudonym is a secret one (for tax purposes, for example) or not.

So, if you should bump into Crumpet in the street don’t let on you know her real name, eh?

And if you should accidentally do so, please don’t tell her it was me that let the cat out of the bag!

Susie Heselton – Me, my life and it’s happenings in SW France.

The Compleat Anglo

Reviewed – January 21, 2010

The Compleat Anglo is Piperade’s blog about life in the Pays Basque.

Although it hasn’t been going long, there was something about it that caught my fancy. I was also interested as it was the first blog I’d seen from the Pays Basque.

And, just to prove that the sun doesn’t always shine there, have a peek at It Never Rains But…

There’s also a comment about lifestyle and Keith Floyd that is very close to my heart on the wonderfully named… Smoking and Joints!

Vegemtie Croissant – Bruce and Ange are Australians in France, trying to make sense of it all and have some fun.  The point of this blog is to attempt to help out (or humour) other likeminded people who have found themselves in a foreign country trying to understand what the hell is going on around them. Basically, we’ll be noting things that are different, unexpected, tricky to understand or just plain interesting.

Writing Home

Reviewed – August 18, 2010

Writing Home is SueJ’s blog about her life in the Lot at Garonne.

SueJ explains that the blog came about (and was aptly titled) because… “In the 1970′s I lived in Brazil and I wrote home to my mother in the UK every week. Those letters became the story of my life there. In 2007 I moved to south west France. Not quite sure where “home” is, I have no family left in the UK. If I did, these words would be my letters home, capturing the first impressions of my life here, to share, enjoy and perhaps re-read in years to come.”

Bearing that in mind, I dived in for a good poke around.

The first thing that I saw was that this is one of those blogs with interesting blog post titles.

If you know of any other blogs from English speaking expats living in the Aquitaine, please let me know and I’ll add them to this page.

And if you decide to visit any of the blogs shown on this page, why not leave a comment and say hello? It can sometimes be a lonely business (or, rather, hobby) being a blogger and an unexpected comment or email can really put a sparkle on the day!

All the best

 Aquitaine   because we all love reading blogs about life in France

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