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Anji Patchwork - Poitou-Charentes

poitou charentes  Anji Patchwork   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnji Patchwork is a blog that has been going since the beginning of time.

Well, since the beginning of the internet anyway.

Well, to be absolutely precise, it’s been going since 2003 but, that is a very very long time in blogging terms.

What gives this blog that enduring quality?

Well, Anji is based in La Rochelle and does something with vintage postcards (actually, she is a professional power seller on ebay, whatever that is – I’ve yet to be let loose on ebay and she and her husband have made over 5400 sales and have 2000 postcards on display!)

In her first post (in May 2003 – At Last!!! I’ve arrived in blogland!) she tells us that she’s married, has three wonderful children; Christian, Dominique and Olivier; is English but has been living in France since 1985.

In a later post, Looking for Jack, she lets on that, 20 years earlier, she owned a 2CV!  Now, this makes her a pretty cool dude in my book!

Doggie Poo in La Rochelle?

I wasn’t expecting too much in the way of Doggie Droppings as this blog comes from La Rochelle rather than Paris and, not surprisingly, the only reference to Poo that I could find in this whole blog was in Is This A Hint? and then it was just hedgehog poo!

Or Leather Knickers?

No mushroom collecting posts but, in the lingerie department, there was something to get excited about when Anji starts talking about her Cherry red leather knickers!

Bearing in mind my current problems with mousie infestations, I read Souricide with great interestand I have to admit that my eyes did water a bit when I read Not Easy Being a Man “Olivier, you watch your B***cks, you hear!”

And then, of course, there is the Parrot with the Man Attached! – Not really sure what that was all about?

I suppose that, from my comments, you might deduce that this is a fairly wide ranging blog.  Well, you’d be right.

One minute we’re talking about Blood, Sweat and Pee and the next, Anji is complaining that There’s a Man in the Garden.

And, while we’re On The Subject of Families (I know that we weren’t but I couldn’t think of any other way of linking to that post..), we discover what it is like to have a Norwegian cousin who doesn’t speak English (or, presumably, French?)

Not fond of Liver?

I take it that son Olivier doesn’t like liver?

I sort of picked up a gentle hint that he might not be too partial in this post… Not Liver Again! which I’m going to quote in full….

Anji : I’m looking for my liver with sage recipe.
Olivier: But we’ve only just had liver!
Anji: It was a month ago.
Olivier: Why couldn’t you leave a ten year gap like last time?

Is she Grumpy?

I get a feeling that, just occasionally, Anji does like to get things off her chest (and why not?  That’s what chests were invented for – that and other things.)

Posts like… A Shite Start to the Week and Yesterday was not a Good Day for Me hint at a slight downwards trajet on the up-and-downwardness (not sure if that is a real phrase but it works for me…) that makes life so interesting.

This blog is as much about motherhood and family as it is about life in France.

There is, of course, nothing wrong with that and I would advise you to pour yourselves a glass of wine and pop over to Anji Patchwork to discover the patchwork of events and emotions that go to make up Anji’s life.

And me?  Well, I think that Anji must be talking about me in Not Such A Raving Looney, The Proof! so I must just go and take a look!  And, if it’s not me she’s talking about, I’ll just console myself by pigging out on some Hamsters, Hedgehogs and Yogurt!

All the best

poitou charentes  Anji Patchwork   because we all love reading blogs about life in France


  • By Dedene, May 15, 2010 @ 7:53 pm

    Hi Keith, I read about your blog on French Leave’s. I’m enjoying your posts and reading about fellow Frenchies. Keep up the good work!

  • By Anji, May 17, 2010 @ 7:16 am

    Thank you, you really make my blog sound exciting! I saw that someone had been looking into the archives (hope there wasn’t too much dust) and re read some myself. I feel that I was much wittier in the past.

    Now I’m off to have a look around yours….

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