Cormatin – Taizé – Cluny GB is Cees van Halderen’s blog about his life in Burgundy.
Now, back in the midsts of time (well, actually, back in February 2010), I reviewed Cees’ wife’s blog (also, and totally unsurprisingly, about life in Burgundy) – you can read my review here… Life in Burgundy.
Not wanting to cause any arguments over the tea table, I thought it might be an idea to review Cees’ blog as well.
Did you know that Gluttony is my favourite sin?
Like all the best Life in France blogs, this one contains a treatise on Frogs Legs. Some fine detailed investigative journalism has gone into that article – mixed with just the right amount of gluttony!
And did you know that the Dutch call them frog bottoms? No, me neither!
If you Fancy a Quick Bite you should should be aware that steak-haché au cheval is rather popular. As Cees explains… “The “au cheval” does not stand for the type of meat; the hamburger is topped by a fried egg, which sits on top of the hamburger as if riding a horse (hence “au cheval”). Thus, it is safe to eat, even for Brits!”
An integrated life in Burgundy.
Part of the pleasure of living in France has got to be trying to live as the locals do.
There are different ways of doing this. You could, as I do, wear the rural suit (a pair of blue overalls), changing them once a month and take off your wellies only when you are going to bed or….
The latter option is probably more hygienic and possibly a little bit healthier? Although perhaps not so healthy for the suckling pig that might have been invited too!
Then again, you could try listening to some Village Gossip? Even if you do run the risk of hearing the Marseillaise being blurted out at House Party volume – loud enough to wake the fallen from their graves!
The real secret, though, is to visit the Easter Market in Louhans where even a piece of pizza and a quiche from the local baker tastes like manna from heaven!
I’m a lumberjack and I’m OK…..
One of the things that you have to do, when you become an expat in rural France is learn how to talk about your wood burning stove (actually, you also need to be pretty well versed in talking about your Fosse Septique but that’s another story!)
All that trouble just to keep warm? Cees should do as I do and just put on another pair of LongJohns!
Although, it does have to be said that, by the end of the winter I do tend to look like Michelin Man and the innermost pair seems to have bonded with my skin requiring surgical assistance (or a wire brush and lots of hot water) for removal! But’s that’s another story that I won’t bore you with at the moment!
Upsides and Downsides….
There was some flooding a few years ago and Cees provides a photo of the water almost up to the edge of the roof.
I don’t know what he’s complaining about though; here in rural Brittany that’s a way of life!
The upside is, of course, that when the winter is over the wild daffodils (or Jonquilles) flower. And, to use Cees’ own words…. “and that is how winter ends here!”
So popular are they that… “a nearby village had set up a drinks stall, where one could buy a refreshment at very reasonable prices.”
Now, that’s how it should be!
So, summing up…
Cormatin – Taizé – Cluny GB is a very well written blog that gives an insight into a non-sedentary life in Burgundy.
I strongly advise that you visit it and enjoy some of the pleasure that are to be found.
Like the most superbest of the really superb Life in France blogs, here you will find a post about the God of Rock and Roll; none other than the great Johnny Hallyday!
And, am I alone in thinking that “Que Je t’aime” should be the new French National Anthem?
That particular post gets double brownie points as it also includes a rather nice photo of Berlusconi having been kicked in the teeth!
I’ve only just scratched the surface of this blog – you should pour your self a nice glass of wine and dive in to Cormatin – Taizé – Cluny GB yourself!
And me? Well, I’m off to visit the Crescent Jazz Club. Someone is laying down a cool rhythm and the bass is just kicking in.
Cool man, cool! Dig those groovy sounds!
All the best
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