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Basse Normandie

10 years + in the merde

Reviewed – December 20, 2010

An English man who married a French woman and is now destined for a complicated life.

Together for 10 years, but only actually living together for 4, our life has not been easy. It is going to get a hell of a lot more difficult with our new adventure in Normandy! With two kids under the age of four and another baby due just a few months after we arrive, I want to share our crazy story with the rest of the sane world.

This is not a year in the merde; this is 10 years and counting!

C’est la bonne vie – Elizabeth - Bonjour! I’m 22 years old from Sacramento, California and a recent graduate of the University of Oregon. This year I will be working as a English Teaching Assistant in Caen, France. I’m excited about my adventures and living abroad in a country that I love!

CheekyLemur

Reviewed – August 30, 2010

CheekyLemur is the blog of Julia Quinn. Julia moved to Northern France in January 2010 to live the country idyll lifestyle. She is married with two lively little girls and is a full time shed worker, housewife and doer of homework.

The shed-working bit refers to her jewellry making, which she does in a shed built by her husband, whose blog, Mr Lemur’s French Folly was recently reviewed here at A Taste of Garlic.

Avoiding all references to sheds…..

Now, I think I talked enough about all that shed building stuff when I reviewed Mr Lemur’s French Folly a few weeks ago and so I am studiously going to avoid that subject now (interesting as it may be to the sort of people who are interested in that sort of thing!)



Landing in Normandy – Personal views and experiences of time in Normandy, France. Having visited France two or three times a year for holidays, by 1990 I realised that I had rarely got beyond Normandy: distracted by places, people, events and just unexpected pleasures. So my p

Life in France 2010 -

MilkJam

Reviewed – March 27, 2010

MilkJam is the online diary of an American, originally from the Pacific Northwest, who moved to Normandy in 2003 to teach English for a year and every year decided to stay ‘just one more year’!

She met Mystery Guest (boyfriend) in 2005 and is, in her own words, “looking forward to what the future brings!”

Reading MilkJam, I’m sure the future will be full of good stuff!

Minnesota Pilgrim –  The Minnesota Pilgrim was born and raised in Minnesota.  She spent over 15 years huffing and puffing away in the carpeted hallways of  ‘Corporate America’ in the cities of Minneapolis, Chicago and Philadelphia.  In 2008, she moved with her Frenchman lover to the island nation of Mauritius located in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Madagascar. While there, she worked as an ERP IT Manager for a local consulting firm on the island.  She then started her own  independent IT consulting company and did contract work in the fields of IT and Marketing.  She also volunteered as a local yoga instructor and English language tutor.  In 2010, the Pilgrim packed up her entire life, once more, into a 20 ft. container and set sail from Mauritius to France.  She hopes to find her way soon.The Minnesota Pilgrim was born and raised in Minnesota.  She spent over 15 years huffing and puffing away in the carpeted hallways of  ‘Corporate America’ in the cities of Minneapolis, Chicago and Philadelphia.  In 2008, she moved with her Frenchman lover to the island nation of Mauritius located in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Madagascar. While there, she worked as an ERP IT Manager for a local consulting firm on the island.  She then started her own  independent IT consulting company and did contract work in the fields of IT and Marketing.  She also volunteered as a local yoga instructor and English language tutor.  In 2010, the Pilgrim packed up her entire life, once more, into a 20 ft. container and set sail from Mauritius to France.  She hopes to find her way soon.

Mr Lemur’s French Folly

Reviewed – August 19, 2010

Mr Lemur’s French Folly is Marcus Quinn’s blog about leaving Coventry (I can understand that bit), packing wife and two daughters into a car and moving to France, renovating a stone farmhouse and setting up a small business in France.

There is, it has to be said, quite a lot about sheds in this blog!

But please don’t let that put you off!

You know, I was in two minds about how to review this blog because Marcus’s wife also has a blog which covers some of the same ground but from a different angle.

I didn’t know whether to review Marcus’s blog or Cheeky Lemur (his lovely wife’s blog.)

In the end I tossed a coin and it came up heads and so I’ll have to review Cheeky Lemur at a later date.

My Overseas Adventure – Hannah - I’m from Wellington, New Zealand, and a little while ago I moved to France to work as an English language assistant for seven months in a primary school, as well as to travel, experience French culture and (hopefully!) perfect my French.

news from france -

Normandy Life

Reviewed – October 1, 2010

Normandy Life is Maggie’s blog about her life as a… “transplanted English rose living in rural tranquility in the middle of the Normandy countryside. I’ve been married to my wonderful husband for 30 years and we share our home with our 10 year old black & white cocker spaniel Ben. We all live happily together in a 16th C /18th C Presbytere which we renovated from bottom to almost top, 13 years ago. With the roof, our last project, now completely renewed, our work here is done.”

Things to eat…… Well, I don’t know about you but I find all this blog reviewing in hungry work and so I’m always on the look out for a bite to eat (or two!)

real france – The adventures of an American living like a French person…well, a poor French person who doesn’t speak French. By Lesley Stern

The Chickens have Escaped! -

Treasures from France - I am moving back to France to work as a Faculty Assistant, among other things, for St. Francis University in Ambialet. Being able to move back to France is a thrill and I’m sure it will be unlike anything else I know!


If you know of any other blogs from English speaking expats living in Basse Normandy, 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

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