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auvergne  The Cabes in France   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe Cabes in France is a blog that I should have reviewed yonks ago!

The blog tells the story of Kim and her husband who move to Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne, France to….

Well, I’m sure that Kim can explain it better than me…. “I am the wife of a Michelin expat (Matthew), and mom to Jacob, living in Clermont-Ferrand, France. This blog is a way for me to share our adventures abroad with family and friends.”

Now, I first noticed the blog when young Jacob arrived onto the scene but, further investigation shows that plenty happened in Kim and Mathew’s Lives before that happy date!




The early bits….

The blog starts with Kim sitting in the airport saying Au revior USA! in September 2008

Being seen off by all of the family wearing brightly coloured berets must have been fun!

And then, after a long flight, Kim is almost proud to say… “We have only been in France a few hours and we have already committed our first faux pas” in Je Suis Arrivé

Way to go, girl; that’s the spirit!

I took a whole 48 hours, when i first arrived, before I committed my first Faux Pas!

And I didn’t even get to eat another restaurant diner’s food!

As far as I can tell from La Jour Premiè there were no major Faux Pas and a meal was even enjoyed at a restaurant without any of the other diners having to go hungry.

And when Kim relates the 10 Things I have Learned So Far you can tell that she’s really getting into her stride.

The most important lesson of all is, of course… “You can buy a bottle of wine for the same price as a liter of Coke.”

Then, in November, an evening out at a Cassoulet Party ended up, as they often do with Kim getting locked in the bathroom and have to be rescued!

That happens to me a lot, but only at Casoulet Parties – I wonder why that is?

The Taboo and Ironic things about France….

Like any good expat, Kim has taken the time to investigate the taboo and ironic aspects of life over here…

Starting with…

The French and Their Speedos!

Which is a subject I know little about myself and has me wondering whether to file it under taboo or ironic?

French Road Signs are definitely ironic though!

Especially when the Toutes Directions and Autre Directions signs both point the same way!

They only do it to confuse the tourists and expats, you know!

And C’est Taboo relates what could even be more worrying than fat men in tight swimming trunks….

Dictionaries with half naked women on the covers and French husbands oging into a restaurant to have a bitch!

Moving swiftly along to….

The all important foodie bits!!!!!……

When Kim said she wanted “Sushi for My Birthday”, Matthew and Kim decide to make their own.

And I have to say, the Maki Rolls do look rather scrumptoulicious!

And probably the ideal thing to prepare the stomach before a ladies night out complete with Cocktails and Cookies!

And if you’re still hungry after that, how about a tiny slither of Chocolate Velvet Pound Cake which

The bits that show that Kim obviously loves France…

Things like… A Beautiful Day in the French Countryside (and a surprise bday paty) – nice pool, scrummy looking barbeque!

Kim even has a series of posts all about how much she loves France!

Posts like… Things I love about France… #5 Open Air Markets.

Now, who doesn’t love those?

And how about 10 Things I Love about France… #9 The Wine, the cheese, the bread.

My theory about stinky cheese is that it keeps the flies away?

So we should eat a lot of it.

The Jacob story….

Right, enough of the waffle!

Let’s get to what you’ve all been waiting for….

Jacob first appeared on the scene in May 2010 when Kim announced that she was Introducing Baby Cabe!

And sure enough, in the ultrasound photos there was something that looks (to my eyes) something like a young Johhny Depp but, with a touch of Glenn Hoddle about him…

The videos on that post are wonderful!

Then, in a rather philosophical sounding post Kim announces that Pregnancy Math Must Have Been Invented by a Man

Now, I’m not exactly sure what us men are being blamed for here but I take it that it has something to due with Kim being rather large and looking like she’s about to burst?

Not too sure why she was complaining as, on November 24th, Matthew makes a guest blog to announce that… The New Cabe Has Arrived in France

Now, wasn’t that worth waiting for?

Before long, the proud mother treated us to Jacob’s Birth Story and then followed that up with Jacob’s Newborn Pictures and, as a reult, caused such a massive outbreak of broodiness (on a national scale) that there have been top level discussions at the Elseé Palace as to whether there will be a shortage of places on maternity wards next September!

And I promise that I didn’t make that last bit up!

In Dear Sleep, I Miss You, Kim says.. “Whoever coined the term “sleeping like a baby”, never met Jacob.”

Aaah, poor lad – he’s only trying to be sociable?

But then, in Jacob Update, I realised why he wasn’t sleeping so much?

His romper suit is in Newcastle United colours!

No wonder the poor lad can’t sleep! Who could?

Kim, my advice would be to get him a nice blue and white one instead; perhaps with a cockeral on the front? I’m sure he’d sleep much better wearing that?

So, summing up….

A wonderful blog but I guess you all know that already!

It’ll probably only get even more wonderfuller (and I know that’s not a real word but…) once Jacob starts getting up to some tricks – I understand that it’s when they start toddling that most parents suddenly go grey overnight?

So, if you haven’t already had the pleasure of popping in to visit The Cabes in France, you really should!

Before Kim’s hair turns grey?

And me? Well, I’m going to read all about The Always-Painful Visit to a French Hair Salon.

You see, it’s not something that I’ve ever experienced myself (why spend good money on a barber when Mrs A Taste of Garlic can hack my head to bits with the old sheep shears just as well for nothing?) That’s my philosophy, anyway?

Kim seems to have survived the trip though….

At least she didn’t exit looking like the cookie monster?

All the best

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1 Comment

  • By Kim, February 23, 2011 @ 8:29 pm

    Thanks Keith! I have gotten a lot of new visitors since your post. Now the pressure is really on for me to actually blog on a regular basis! :)

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