A Taste of Garlic

Box Elder - Brittany

brittany  Box Elder   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceBox Elder is one of those blogs that I keep stumbling over, making a note to take a good look at, and then totally forgetting to do so!

This is a bit strange as Lucy (the blog’s owner/keeper) is based in Brittany just as I am.  But then, Brittany is a big place!

It’s almost impossible to categorise Box Elder;  it’s not a photo blog although posts such as I started early – took my dog are poetry in images.

Then again, in A Cheery Subject, there are no pictures: but then, the words paint a picture all of their own.

I’ll take the liberty of re-publishing the first 2 paragraphs to entice you….

” Why do people always die in November?” I asked.
” They don’t always. Sometimes they die in other months.”
We pondered whether this last sentence made semantic sense.


” These coats were a good buy.”
” Yeah, if only for funerals.” I reply.
” Not only. We’ve worn them for concerts too.”
” I know. And parties, and lots of things. But quite a few funerals.”

You’ll have to head over to Box Elder to read the other 1405 words on that post – don’t worry; it’s not depressing and it’s well worth the read.

There is much to get your teeth into on this blog.  Just take a look at the list of categories on sidebar.  Surely something for everyone?

For starters there’s a finely fungal post about mushrooms and an encyclopedic (but strangely personal) post about Roscoff pinks, elephants and pullets’ eggs that is probably one of the most memorable posts that I’ve read in the last week or so.

I do have to admit to enjoying the photo essays as well.  Some of my favourites…. Ballade des dames du temps jadis…,  If Winter comes…, Such a perfect day… and Things to do when you’re snowed in…

These tend to contrast well with some of the longer posts such as this one…  Still life at the Château de Bogard

Horse lovers will enjoy Foals whilst Something tasty for the weekend, Saturday market – Chartres is more to my glutinous taste.

I do find myself going back to posts such as How full is your glass? and If you get up early… Thought provoking.

An apology for bloggery – (Warning, it’s a long one – with no pictures…) details (in incredible detail) many of the reasons that Lucy blogs.

We’re all different and we all blog for different reasons but An Apology is well worth reading if you want to understand some of the psychology of why we bloggers do what we do.

Box Elder is like asking someone to lend you something to read and being given the Encyclopedia Brittanica – you’ll never read it all, you’ll never get bored and you’ll learn something along the way.

Something about others, something about France but, most importantly of all, something about yourself.

All the best

brittany  Box Elder   because we all love reading blogs about life in France


  • By Lucy, September 3, 2010 @ 1:28 pm

    Keith, I’m so sorry not to have come and thanked you before for this – truth is I didn’t know it was here until just now, when Blogger’s just started providing stats information and I’ve started following things back.

    Anyway, I’m very flattered and blushing quite a bit, thanks so much for reading in such depth at Box Elder – I’d pretty much forgotten quite a few of those posts myself!

    I’ve already blogrolled Brittany Today and I’ll do the same for this one.

  • By Keith Eckstein, September 3, 2010 @ 2:06 pm

    Lucy – no problem. You’ve got some great posts on your blog (even if I did call you a photoblogger!)

    Hope you (and Mol) have a great weekend!

    All the best


    P.S. I like the poetry as well.

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