A Taste of Garlic

Category: Midi-Pyrénées

A Mother in France

midi pyrenees  A Mother in France   because we all love reading blogs about life in France I normally wait until a new blog has been going for at least 3 months and has more than 30 posts before I review it.

Although, that is a rule that I have broken a few times (Kirsty and Delana come to mind)

And I’m going to break that rule again today!

You just see if I don’t!

You see, I just can’t wait any longer to see what Nikki at A Mother in France has been getting up to!

This is what she has to say for herself…

“Hello and welcome to my blog. I’m a busy English mother of 5, who 7 years ago swapped my life in England as an IT trainer and hotelier, to live the good live in rural South West France.

I live with my husband Gary and our children in a very large watermill in Haute-Garonne, which we will be renovating for the rest of our lives! We run 3 holiday apartments, Kingdom Vegetal Garden Centre and Landscaping business and a Gardening Club. I am in the process of writing a book about our experiences as a family living in France and decided to start a blog to offload ideas and see what people are really interested in reading about.”

So, as long as you don’t say anything to the A Taste Of Garlic Compliance and Sticking to the Rules Department

I’ll just dive in and….

See what I can find!


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New Blog Alert – de la biere au vin

midi pyrenees  New Blog Alert   de la biere au vin   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceDe la bière au vin is Kelly’s blog about her family’s move to Toulouse from Colarado.

Kelly says… “In August, 2011, we moved from the beautiful state of Colorado to Southern France. The name of my blog was difficult, but as you can see, we settle on “from beer to wine”. We are beer lovers and as you may know, Colorado is the beer capitol of the world. Now, we are residing in the wine mecca of Southern France. I am sure we will not be disappointed!

We have our 2 amazing girls with us and this blog will chronicle raising kids overseas, our adventures and all of our misadventures….there will be many, of this I have no doubt! Enjoy!”


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New Blog Alert – Melanged Magic

midi pyrenees  New Blog Alert   Melanged Magic   because we all love reading blogs about life in France

Some blogs I find calming and, somehow, good for my soul.

Laury BourgeoisSoar-Dream-France is exactly that sort of site – always interesting, always thought provoking, always calming.

So, when she let me know that a friend of hers was on her way back to Cadrieu at the end of September, I just knew that I needed to let you all know about her blog.

Evelyn is already blogging (about her life in America) at Melanged Magic and, with the transition to France, it looks like becoming a seriously good and readable blog!

All bloggers need encouragement; especially those who have just upped sticks and moved halfway across the world to live in a railway cottage in rural France.

Why not pop over to Melanged Magic and welcome Evelyn to Cardrieu?

All the best

midi pyrenees  New Blog Alert   Melanged Magic   because we all love reading blogs about life in France


Robin Ellis

midi pyrenees  Robin Ellis   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceToday’s review is going to be a little bit different from usual….

You see, normally I review expat blogs by people who have chucked in their humdrum lives in Surbiton or Basingstoke, have sold their granny and shoved the kids, the dogs and three months supply of Marmite into the back of the Volvo before heading off to the depths of French France to start a new life raising snails or commercially growing frogs legs (there are some exceptions to that admitted slight generalisation…)

Now, whilst I enjoy doing all that stuff, occasionally I get to review a blog by someone who was famous in their own right, prior to selling their granny, shoving the kids and dogs into the back of the Volvo and heading off to deepest France to start a new life….

And this is just one of those occasions!

You see, today I am reviewing Robin Ellis‘ blog and, as we all know…

Or should know if you’ve read The Robin Ellis Interview that I published yesterday!

Robin Ellis is a very famous actor!

You see, he starred (and that’s really too small a word for his magnificent performance) as the policeman in the first ever episode of Fawlty Towers!

And, as if that wasn’t enough….

He then went on to star as Ross Poldark in the long running television series of the same name!


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French Housewife

midi pyrenees  French Housewife   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceFrench Housewife is a relatively new blog that has been running since September 2010.

The blog belongs to Samantha Brick who says of herself… “I’m a 39 year old Birmingham (UK) born wife to a super traditional Frenchman. I now live in rural South-West France, where I’ve had to learn how to run a french household. Having lived in London and Los Angeles – trust me when I say life here is blissful and idyllic, but also v-e-r-y different!”

For those of you who want to know more, there is an article in the Daily Mail by Samantha which is well worth a read.

Now, how posh is that?

I was once offered an interview by the Grunthorpe and Gridlington Gazette but, when the time arrived it appeared that it was some other Keith Eckstein that they wanted to interview and I got sent home without even a cup of tea!

Once you’ve read that article, and assuming you’ve not got swept up into the ten million or so other articles by Samantha in The Daily Mail (perhaps I exaggerate ever so slightly), you really should come back to her blog to find out more about the day to day activities of a French Housewife.


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Notre Vie Juteuse

midi pyrenees  Notre Vie Juteuse   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceNotre Vie Juteuse is a blog that I came across a while back and enjoyed reading.

I didn’t review it because, at the time, it appeared that Alisa and her husband, Bruce had moved back to the States.

They had but….

They’ve now returned to France!

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From Here to Eternity

midi pyrenees  From Here to Eternity   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceYou know, I was going to review a different blog today and then I read a comment on someone’s site and decided to review that commentator’s blog instead.

Sorry to the guy who missed out; I’ll get round to you sooner or later and you’ve certainly been here long enough to be used to dreadful customer service and tradesmen not turning up when they should!

So, with no further apology I’l get on and review this delightful little blog.


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French Fingers

midi pyrenees  French Fingers   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceFrench Fingers is the blog of Fingers who explains that he is… “A working Brit with a young family in the south of France. No car, no mobile phone and no time off during school holidays. After visiting ninety-odd countries, no desire to live anywhere else at the moment, either.”

Now, the blog hasn’t been updated for a while but I’m going to review it anyway in the hope that someone will tell Fingers and that, as a result, he pulls his finger out (no pun intended) and starts updating it again.

It really is that good a blog!


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An A to Z of Life in France

midi pyrenees  An A to Z of Life in France   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAn A to Z of Life in France is Doreen’s witty and informative guide to life in France.

It’s still fairly young (it’s only been going since 9th of September) but it’ already got 28 posts and, most importantly of all, it has a detailed study of the wisest of all men, yes – a Citroen 2CV driver!

I’ll  get to that bit later!

Doreen says of herself… “Little did I know when I made my first visit to France that I would end up living there. I was 14 and went with the family next door on a day trip to Boulogne. I was clutching my Post Office-issued visitor’s passport (valid one year), and it was also my first ever trip abroad.   We sailed from Southend Pier on the pleasure steamer, the Royal Daffodil. Even the ice creams in Boulogne seemed exotic to me then. And as we made our way home, I knew that I would return…”

Well, return she certainly has!


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Random Ramblings

midi pyrenees  Random Ramblings   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceRandom Ramblings is Kat’s blog about her life in Gers in the Midi-Pyrénées.

And this is what she has to say about herself… “I’m a single mother, living in SW France. I love photography and cooking, and would love in some way to combine the two skills! My blogs are really to share some of my recipes, some of my experiences, and some of my opinions on the places I’ve been to and the place where I live!”

Now, I do have to say that Kat is back in the UK at the moment.

Whether that is just for now or whether it is for good, I don’t know?


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Dents de Lait

midi pyrenees  Dents de Lait   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceI find it hard to believe that I’ve only just got round to reviewing Dents de Lait.

In fact, I had to check (twice) to make sure that I hadn’t already done so.

It’s another one of those blogs that I seem to have grown up with and, if even if I don’t read it every day, I’ve certainly checked in at least once a month since I started blogging myself, way back in 2006.

In a way, Dents de Lait should be classified as a Paris blog as most of the action takes places there.

But, I’ve put it in the Midi-Pyrénées section because that’s where Aralena now lives with her French hubby and baby (in Toulouse, to be exact.)

So, who is Aralena and what is she doing in France?

Well, she does admit to being Mama Grrrrrrizzly sometimes!


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Slow Living in the French Pyrénées

midi pyrenees  Slow Living in the French Pyrénées   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceIt’s quite apt that I’m reviewing Slow Living in the French Pyrénées as I am in the process of reading Labyrinth by Kate Mosse which is partly set in the same area.

Slow Living in the French Pyrénées is Kalba Meadows’ blog and she says of herself that she is… “a lover of life, food, wine, France, mountains, walking, wildlife, growing things, cooking, writing, people, laughter, dancing, singing, contemplation, authenticity; person-centred therapist, searcher, one time restaurateur. In 2007 I moved with my partner John to Grillou, in the foothills of the Pyrénées in Ariège. We’ve come here to live more slowly and more simply, to find time, space and balance, and to share this magical place from time to time with like-minded others.”

A bit of a change from me?  I moved here for the charcuterie!


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Life in the Deep South of France

midi pyrenees  Life in the Deep South of France   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnyone who starts her blog with an article about Lardons and Croutons has got to be a pretty decent person in my book!

To follow that up with posts on Cascades, Pork Chops and Peperonata and Precisely Planned Chutney and Impromptu Duck Confit before finishing at The Friday Night Market in Léran shows pure genius.

Or have I just found a blog by someone who is as much of a piggy as me?


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A Writer’s lot in France

midi pyrenees  A Writers lot in France   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceA Writer’s lot in France is Vanessa’s blog about her life near Montauban in the Tarn-et-Garonne department of the Midi-Pyrénées region of southern France.

Vanessa is (and may have been able to gather from the name of the blog) a writer.  For morte details, you could take a look at her Writing website.

So, it should comer as no surprise that A Writer’s lot in France is full of well written articles that range from the helpful to the amusing.

Starting with the 2CV post!

I discovered that only one post refers to that iconic example of French engineering ingenuity, the Citroen 2CV.


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Soar-Dream-France

midi pyrenees  Soar Dream France   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceSoar-Dream-France is the blog of Laury Bourgeois.

Laury is, to use her own words…. “a social worker by profession, born in England, raised in St. Louis, lived in New Orleans for the last 30 years, but now makes her home in the Lot Valley in the Midi-Pyrennes Region of Southern France.”

She lists her interests as… “gardening, hiking, playing piano, bike riding, reading, cooking and photography.”

So, with a background like that is it any wonder that I found her blog full of interesting and enjoyable posts?


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France and the Unknown

midi pyrenees  France and the Unknown   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceIt was with a bit of trepidation that I approached France and the Unknown.

You see, I’ve never been shy about my eating habits; basically… if it moves, I’ll eat it; if it recently moved but is a bit still now, I’ll still eat it and even if it was always a bit non-moving, I’ll probably eat it anyway!  Apart, that is, from fish fingers!  I do not, under any circumstances, eat fish fingers!

And I have been known to enjoy the odd glass of wine (and some of the glasses of wine that I’ve drunk, purely in the purposes of research, you understand, have been pretty damn odd!)  and the occasional Ricard!

Frances Penwill-Cook, on the other hand describes herself as… “I’m a teetotal, vegan girl (apart from eating my own chickens’ eggs)” – would we get on?


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Signed by Ange

midi pyrenees  Signed by Ange   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceLiving in the Toulouse countryside, we find Ange, an artist who describes herself as ….  “One of those active/creative types who can’t stand just dreaming about things that could be but who would rather be out making them happen! Artiste, Maman … un mot d’encouragement qui arrive sur une aile d’ange…”

I think that fairly sums up the owner of Signed by Ange.

I’ve been trying to review this site for the last two weeks; it’s been difficult!

Where to start, where to finish and, what to say in the middle?


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French Sampler

midi pyrenees  French Sampler   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceYou know how you sometimes come across someone else’s blog and they seem to be having such a good time that their experiences enrich and enlighten your day?

Well, French Sampler is that sort of blog for me.

Just take a look at this recent post….. Lunch in Spain or Crusoe, the chicken rustler, strikes again!

Well, what heaven it would be to be able to go to Spain for lunch knowing that your well trained dog is going to sort out a chicken for Dinner?

I wonder if Crusoe is well trained enough to pluck and season the bird?

The author of this blog, Dash, explains in some of the early posts that she met her husband,  Monsieur Grognon (Mr Grumpy, in English!),  about 11 years ago whilst she was living in Northern England and he was living and working in Paris.


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