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French Sampler - Midi-Pyrénées

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.




After two years of cross channel weekends, they both end up in Paris where they live until Mr Grogno loses his job.

They then return to Northern England before finally ending up in South West France.

Where, as far as I’m concerned, the story really begins (and, after a prelude like that, what excitements can we expect?)

Well, we do get some great photographs.

As can be seen in The snow reaches south west France and And then the sun came out.

In A  little bird story, Dash rescues a baby dove and in Beautiful and Dammed, we learn about poor, rich tragic Talitha Getty.

In other words, this is a pretty wide ranging blog.

The particularly English habit of afternoon tea is discussed in Anyone for Tea? and then the subject is re-visited again in Dreaming of Bettys.

Although I’m not too keen on afternoon tea (preferring a petit apero instead), I did once visit Bettys in Ilkley and it was quite a wonderful experience (apart from the lack of Ricard, that is?)

About as far away as you can possibly get form Ilkley (in every way) is the Cote d’Azur where Dash’s mother in law lives – well worth visiting, especially on Market Day.

The beautiful Pyrénéean countryside is displayed with some lovely photos in A Pastel Day and Sunrise, This Morning.

Now, I may be a bit of a luddite when it comes to mobile phones (I have got one but…. I don’t know how to use it!) but after reading iPhone Love and the Puppini Sisters do have a quick word of advice for Dash…. “Make sure you hold on to your iPhone very tight when you go to the toilet!”

I’m not going to go any further than that; you’d have to be a regular reader of A Taste of Garlic (or perhaps, have just looked in on Saturday 3rd April) to understand why.

I did spend a fair amount of time searching for posts about Lingerie, 2CVs and Mushrooms, all to no avail.

I’m hoping that Dash will rectify this fairly soon (a Johnny Halliday post would be cool, as well) but in the meantime, you really should find the time to visit the Pyrénnées and take a good look at French Sampler.

And me?  Well, I’m going to have a little read.  Because, as Dash already knows, Happiness is… Taking Delivery of a Large Box of Books!

All the best

midi pyrenees  French Sampler   because we all love reading blogs about life in France

1 Comment

  • By Ange, April 7, 2010 @ 10:31 pm

    Ah Keith I love Dash’s blog. And she doesn’t live far from me either. You are right – one must always hold onto one’s mobile phone when in the toilet – especially if one is wiping small child’s backside with the other… Otherwise one ends up in the poo and having to spend all morning at SFR trying to sort out a new PHONE!!

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