Live. Love. Conquer is MamaB’s blog about her new life in the South of France after more than 20 years living in Arabia.
MamaB says of the blog… “This blog is about our decision as a family to take our lives into our own hands and make a call. We chose France for many reasons knowing that it would mean that PapaB would have to work away from home but having looked at our options, several times, we know in our hearts that this is the right decision for us.
I will be sharing with you my experiences of moving to a new country, renovating the house, coming to terms with a new language and learning how to be a little self sufficient by growing my own vegetables, raising chickens and much more.”
So, where do we start?
I guess there’s no real choice other than to start with the poo, puke and bonk bits….
The Poo, Puke and Bonk bits…..
A Trip to The Bonk attracted my attention straight away but, it turns out not to be quite what I was expecting. In this post MamaB contemplates cooking her breakfast on her car, have a major parking crisis, get confused all about how to get into the bank before finally having a haircut.
And yes, even if MamaB’s stylist… “was a man in his 50’s with a large bouffant hair style and a burberry shirt”, it appears that the haircut turned out OK!
Apart, that is, from… “TweenieB flicking through the latest pornographic magazine, certainly something I didn’t expect to have to worry about in a hairdresser’s!”
But when you’ve been Pooped and and puked on; it’s time for action… Personally, I would have taken action before all that being pooped on and puked on bit – like running, perhaps?
I suppose that’s difficult when it’s old Persian carpets that we’re talking about.
All I can say is… Merde – that seems to be the topic of my days and it’s only the morning!
Especially when you start a blog post with the following words… “Merde, shit, poo, crap, dung, turd, poop, feces – whatever you call it, my morning has been steeped in it!”
Who said renovation is easy?
It gets worse!
MamaB then discovers that, not only has she got rats but, toilets in France don’t have seats!
And that’s probably a good place to move onto…
The Domestic Goddess bits…..
I wonder what it’s like being a Domestic Goddess?
MamaB says… “putting these two words together is a bit of an oxymoron” and then goes on to tell us how much she likes Nigella Lawson who, in my humble opinion, is the third greatest domestic goddess of all time (after Mrs A Taste of Garlic and Felicity Kendall, of course!)
And for proof, all we need to do is to follow MamaB on A jam session, of the fig variety.
And talking of figs, in From the tree to the table shows how simple it is to make a delicious Fig Galette.
Although, I suppose everything must be fairly simple if you’re a Domestic Goddess?
And MamaB can be seen hard at work in the garden in OK, my fingers are trying to be green.
Well, MamaB, your fingers seem to be succeeding!
Lovely herb garden, by the way!
Places to visit….
If you’ve got kids you’ll probably be glad if you’ve Found a great place for children to let out some steam.
Of course, they didn’t have those sorts of things in my day!
We just had to make do with a dirty puddle to splash around in.
But we were happy with that!
And from what I see of it, I think I’d be pretty happy with Antibe at Sunset too!
Doesn’t it look beautiful?
So, Summing up…..
A new blog can sometimes be difficult to review.
However, Live. Love. Conquer was a joy to review and is a joy to read.
I have a feeling that Live. Love. Conquer could be the start of big things for MamaB – why don’t you pop down to Grasse and see if you agree?
And me? Well, I’m going to look through the excuses in And you wonder why I haven’t posted anything for the past few weeks!
After all, I may need some of those excuses myself, one of these days?
All the best