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auvergne  Footprints in the Sand   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceFootprints in the Sand is Barbara’s blog.

Barbara says of her blog… “Well what can I say. I am a small town girl from Arizona who found the man of her dreams in South Carolina. We got married in June of 2008 and are now living and working in France. Our son was born in November 2009. We love to travel and I am writing this blog as a way to keep my friends and family informed of all the things happening on this side of the ocean.”

The blog starts way back in April 2008 with the first post, The journey begins which finds Barbara still in the States and performing an 1,828 mile round trip in 3 days to say goodbye to friends.

And only a few days later we find Barbara in France and saying …Bonjour Clermont-Ferrand.

In which post Barbara describes the journey over to France and finishes up by letting us know… “And now let me give you my intercultural tidbit of the day: in France preservatives means condoms, so when asking for food without preservatives rest assured that 99.9% of food is condom free, instead ask for food without conservatives and you will get less strange looks!”

Useful stuff, that!

However, as a child of the Thatcher years, I think I’d prefer to find a bit of condom in my meat pie rather than a speck of Tory?




The Nathan Bits….

18 months into the blog, Nathan comes along.

I’l pay my first visit to when Nathan is 2 months old and weighs 9lb and 7oz!

This is where Nathan gets the dubious pleasure of sitting on Santa’s knee (but he looks like he’s sleeping at the time so it probably hasn’t affected him too much?) And, according to Barbara, he… ” has also started talking in his little boy voice.”

Perhaps he’s saying… “Mama, that strange man’s hair has all fallen off his head down to his chin!”

Then, a few month’s later, Nathan goes swimming! In Bebe Nageur we see Nathan in… “his little noodle raft and kicking his feet like a little frog.”

At this rate it won’t be long before he’s swimming the channel!

We also learn about Sophie who is Nathan’s giraffe.

And Sophie gets stolen! Or, maybe kidnapped? Or, should that be Giraffenapped?

Who would do such a thing?

In July 2010 Barbara gets Sick and poor old Nathan has to wear a Spanish Soccer Shirt!

Still, I suppose it’s better than wearing an English or French Football shirt?

That sort of thing could scar a child for life!

Finally, we see Nathan at 8 months old with a cheeky, cheeky grim on his face!

And he’s sitting up! He’s obviously very advanced for his age?

The out and about bits….

There’s a fair bit of travelling in this blog as well. In Planes, Trains & Automobiles – A Visit to Paris & a European Thanksgiving, Barbara and Cornel go to Paris and take lots of photos.

I hate to say this but… the last time I went to Paris, digital cameras were still a rarity! Am I showing my age?

The there’s a Journey through the south of France… with even more photos! The best of which is the one of Barbara eating SEA SNAILS!

Good girl Barbara – I do wish more expat bloggers would follow your example; even if they do look like they’ve just come out of a giant’s nose!

Showing that they are indeed, a very classy family, Barbara, Cornel and Nathan spend A Weekend in Bretagne and Normandy.

It’s said (and not a lot of people know this…) that Brittany is actually the centre of the universe! We may not have posh art galleries, expensive restaurants or Eiffel Towers but…

The beaches, the countryside and the kind, warm and generous people – who could want for more?

There’s also a Trip to Provence which, I’m led to believe, is a lot like Brittany except it doesn’t rain as much, the sun shines occasionally and they grow olives and make decent wine!

Once again, loads and loads of lovely photos – you need to click on them to see them full size – at their best, in other words.

The foodie bits….

Barbara starts Boeuf Bourgignon with the words… “In an effort to become more domestic I have decided to take up a new hobby, cooking. I don’t just mean cooking like making spaghetti or mac and cheese, but some actual cooking.”

Well, from the looks of it she’s got off to a flying start!

Doesn’t that look scrumptioulious?

She even goes to a Pig Pickin’ à la français! where half a pig gets barbequed!

Now, that sounds like my sort of meal!

Or, at least, a very nice starter?

Then, in The Chicken Battle, Nathan learns to eat to eat with a spoon!

And….

The result looks pretty much like what happens when I sit down to eat!

Nice one Nathan!

That’s how all us real gourmets eat!

After a short break from blogging, Barbara says I’m back and bakes Zucchinni Pineapple Bread to celebrate!

I’ve never had that sort of bread (I don’t think that Pineapples have been invented yet in my part of rural Brittany – but we do have a lot of courgettes!) but it’s certainly on my bucket list of things to gorge myself on before I die (of gluttony, one hopes?)

For those of you who must surely be getting hungry by now, there’s a dish of Pasta Carbonara to dive into and, if that doesn’t fill you up, there’s some Pancakes and Potting Spoil to finish off with!

If you’ve never tried the last recipe, Barbara does suggest using organic potting soil!

And the anything that doesn’t fit in elsewhere bits…

Barbara does talk a little bit about My Life in Manchester where she lived for three months.

Now, for those of you who don’t know Manchester, Barbara does sum it up quite nicely.

However, being of English persuasion (Cornish, actually but until the glorious day when Cornwall gets its independence, English will have to do), I think I can do better….

Manchester is a city in the north of England which has two football teams (whom everyone else hates – apart from those people who have never been to Manchester; they all support Man U.), where people all talk with a silly accent and where it rains every day of the year!

Right, geography lesson over!

In No… my baby is not French, he’s just drugged Barbara explains that because Nathan wasa little bit grumpy at playschool, he was given a dose of doleprene!

In my day it was a drop of brandy in my milk – how things have changed!

I’m not sure if Barbara has taken to trying Brandy in her milk but…

She has started Dancing in the streets!

Which is something that I often feel like doing if I’ve had a glass of Brandy and Milk (or two!)

Although I do admit to sometimes missing out on the milk!

And finally, in Haircuts & Pancakes, Barbara advises us that… “if any of you are wondering when it is time to cut your baby’s hair, it is about a week before they look like they need to go to rehab.”

So, summing up….

I am so glad that I discovered this blog! It’s spectacular! I can’t recommend it enough!

This review was just going to be a mini introduction but I guess I got a bit carried away!

If I were you I’d rush down to visit Footprints in the Sand before it gets too well known!

And me? Well, I’m going to try a nice bowl of Soup on a cold day!

And then I’m going to sit down and read to whole blog, from start to finish, all over again!

Care to join me?

All the best

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