Random 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?
Personally, I’m hoping that the lure of sunflowers and the chance to rant about Brits in France tempt her back here to the Endless Summers, the tables groaning with Foie Gras and French Bureaucracy!
The blog starts in September 2008 with Raison de Blogdom which starts with these unforgettable words…. “Sod it, no explanations for why I’ve started this…”
What a start!
Mind you, I very nearly gave up reviewing this blog when I read, in Explanations, that… “This blog is different from the last one, in that there is absolutely no controversial content! Boring? Well…I hope not.”
Personally I like a blog that has plenty of controversial content but, that’s just me…
In any case I decided to carry on with the review because, as I know well, controversial content does have its way of creeping in, especially when you don’t want it to, doesn’t it?
Anyway, here’s hoping…..
The controversial stuff…
What better way to start off than with an article titled… Condom on Ice!
Perhaps it’s the little boy in me but I’d love to live in a town called Condom!
I’d even write a novel called… A Town called Condom!
But, even if I can’t live there (because I live in Brittany and we aren’t quite stupid enough to call any of our towns rude names), I’d love to have my photo taken by the road sign so that it could join what… “must be literally millions of photographs of people standing next to the sign with silly grins on their faces!”
Well, what a start!
From there let’s move on to The Beauty of Sarcasm.
My favourite quote from the list has to be good old Mark Twain with his wise words… “I would like to live in Manchester, England. The transition between Manchester and death would be unnoticeable.“
I’m not sure that I know what to say to Kat when she asks why, when it comes to, Petty Squabbling… “Why is it (that a lot of my posts start like this?!) that men are worse gossips, and more inclined to be bitchy that us women, once they’ve got a few pints down their necks, or smoked a few too many?”
Wish I knew.
Foodiness and other fetishes….
When it comes to foodiness I do have to say that it’s my favourite fetish (after that thing I enjoy doing with Madame Duscard’s dirty bloomers, Farmer Jaques’ plastic udder protectors and my horse suppository insertion device – but I’m not going to talk about that here!)
And Kat seems to be just as fetishistic as me!
I’m not sure if she’s got a horse suppository insertion device (although I could always give her a lend of mine – suitable cleaned, of course), but she does know some nice recipes.
Let’s start with Home made chicken soup with dumplings before moving on to Italian Sausage and Bean Casserole (good for clearing the pipes out, if you know what I mean! Especially handy if you have an accident with that horse suppository insertion device and it gets stuck!)
Full up yet?
Want to learn how to cook the perfect Le RosBif?
Well, if your stomach is up to it, why not
And, before you move on, let me tell you that Kat suffers from Eggophobia!
This strange and sad affliction seems to only affect people of the Scottish persuasion who were boarders at certain Prep school in SW Scotland and, in Kat’s case, gives her… “ a deep and abiding hatred for eggs, in any shape or form. It’s the taste and smell you see. When I was a boarder at prep school in SW Scotland at prep school they used to try to make me eat the eggs. They were cooked so badly that when we got boiled eggs for breakfast, the yolks were so hard they would last all day being used as bouncy balls – these were big when I was a pre-teen! And the fried eggs defied description!”
Personally, I think that Kat is making too much of her childhood experiences (you’re not supposed to enjoy childhood, you know, that would never do!)
I think I had it worse; with school dinners of Frogs Spawn pudding and a strangely tasting Chicken Pie.
What was wrong with the chicken pie, I hear you ask (go on then, ask!)
Well the woman who served it came from Liverpool and Liverpudlians have a tendency to pronounce Chicken as Shitten.
Which brings me back to that strange taste….
Interesting things to know about Kat…..
So who is this Kat person?
Well, we could find out a bit by looking at her Getting to know me post.
I did and, ever on the lookout for Lingerie Lewdness, I focused on question 16 – Favorite brand of clothing?
To which, Kat replied… “Not really got a favourite brand – fave underwear is M&S though if that helps!”
And knowing that goes a long way to knowing the person, I believe!
On Another Pointless Getting to know me Meme we also learn that Kat is a Marmite girl who has never tickles anyone’s cheek!
In Three things we learn that the Three things that scare her are…
I once had this terrible nightmare in which all these Spiders were mating with a whole bunch of rather trampy ( if you ask me) Hornets and then they all sawme and stopped bonking and grabbed their great big needles and all came after me – then I woke up!
So, as you can see, I sympathise with Kat!
And finally, in Five Random Things… we discover that Kat… “went to one of the best private schools in Britain. And hated every single second of it. Slightly interestingly, it was the same school as both Tony Blair (our not-so-revered ex PM) and Tilda Swinton (mad-as-a-box-of-frogs actress) and that she almost drowned when she was about eight!”
Now, I know we blame old Tony B Liar for a lot of things but I’m not sure how deeply he was implicate in the drowning incident?
So, summing up….
This is a lovely blog by someone who has really lived in France (and I mean, really lived.)
That she is now back in the UK doesn’t detract one bit from the wealth of great blog posts about her life in France.
Pay a visit to Random Ramblings and have a good look round.
You’ll be glad you did!
And me? Well, I’m going to look for some ranty raving type posts.
You know the sort of thing?
And, for afters, I’m going to have a second helping of Whining Expats Again!
Care to join me?
All the best