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rhone alpes  BurkinaMom in France   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceBurkinaMom in France is Beth’s blog about her life in the Haute-Savoie.

Beth relocated to the Haute Savoie with her four kids, two cats, one husband and all their worldly belongings from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, West Africa.

And that, I believe, shows a load more cool factor than emigrating to France from Bognor or Basingstoke!

I must admit to liking blogs that have a Septic Tank Category!

Perhaps I’m weird but, when a blog has a special category for Septic Tanks, you know that there’s going to be something interesting coming up sooner or later.

Or coming down?

Something interesting like a flood of sewage?

You can really feel Beth’s pain about the situation in posts like I’m still living in Sewageland and things are bleak!

Still, it does seem a trifle excessive to kill her husband?

After all, I think he was only mentioning that the stairs were dirty (and I’ll use Beth’s own words)….

“The stairs are dirty” he announced.
I took out a small gun that I keep handy and killed him.
It was very sad, but I had no choice.

What’s Taciturn Tuesday?  And does it hurt?

Beth, on finding Wordless Wednesdays (a feature found frequently on amateur mom-blogs), a little bit dull, created Taciturn Tuesdays instead.

I think I prefer the Taciturn Tuesdays as they can be quite different.  Take a look at Never a Dull Moment or the post about the Automatic Pizza Machine.

And this is where she explains the whole concept.

The bits about sticking your tongue up your right nostril (and other similar things)…

And, if sticking your tongue up your right nostril sounds like a whole load of fun, why not check out this milk machine at the local supermarket.

Now, I wonder how many people have just clicked on that link and of those, how many first attempted to stick their tongue up their right nostrils?

Happily, Beth proves that she’ll probably not be considered for the Mom of the Year award, having taken 4 teenagers (2 of them not her own!) to a totally unsuitable film!

That’s rather comforting as I guess that the sort of person who wins Mom of the Year awards probably keeps a very boring blog?

And boring, Beth’s blog certainly isn’t!

Especially when she gets to talk about eating un rôti de petit poulain. (Or, Roast small foal, if you’d prefer it in English.  And that’s Roast Baby Horsey for those of you who are desperately trying to evade the whole eating Black Beauty’s little sister aspects of the post!)

But do we have to watch out for Cake Baking posts?

Yes, I do have to warn you that there are a few Cake Baking posts – I think it might be an occupational hazard if you have four children!

Unless, of course, you do as my parents did when they convinced me and my six brothers and sisters that we had all been born on February 29th – and then lied to us about the rules for leap years (it took me years to believe that leap years didn’t come round once every 100 years or so!)

So here we have… Cake Baking post 01, Cake Baking post 02, Cake Baking post 03, Cake Baking post 04, Cake Baking post 05, Cake Baking post 06, Cake Baking post 07 and…

The best of the lot, Cake Baking post 08!

Check out that Cat Litter Tray Cake!

Now that’s not baking, that’s art!

There might be a few more Cake Baking posts scattered around but I was so blown away with the cat litter tray one that I decided to stop right there (finding a Turkish Toilet shaped birthday cake would probably cause me deep and irredeemable psychic damage!)

Stuff that doesn’t have to do with eating Black Beauty, Baking Cakes or sticking your tongue up your nostril….

There’s plenty of stuff about moving to the French Alps from West Africa, for example.

I bet no one has ever said to Beth… “Well, that must have been a big change for you.”

Or maybe they have because Beth seems to have all the answers – and the right answer isn’t the obvious one… “No, actually France is just like West Africa. Except for the cheese. You guys have way more cheese here. But other than that, life is exactly the same. Yup. Amazing but true.”

Also, there is the real truth about France, very carefully explained.

And low down on French cartoon characters, as well.

And there was almost a tear in my eye when Beth gets mistaken for the winner of Nouvelle Star!

Almost but… not quite.

So, Summing up….

I’d strongly suggest a visit to BurkinaMom in France.

It’s a blog that’s been going for ages and ages and, as long you avoid the post where Beth’s husband accidentally eats a box of cat treats (thinking they were normal sweets) and try to steer away from too many cake baking posts, you’d be OK.

And me?  Well, I’m going to take a look at Beth’s mini review of Shutter Island.

I liked that film.  Beth doesn’t?

But then, she does bake lots of cakes – perhaps that explains it all?

All the best

rhone alpes  BurkinaMom in France   because we all love reading blogs about life in France


  • By beth, June 20, 2010 @ 4:17 pm

    Whay a great review! You make my blog sound so good that I actually want to read it§ And that’s good- otherwise I’d just be in the kitchen baking yet another cake.

    Seriously- many thanks for this very kind and detailed review. I don’t think my own parents have read it as closely as you have.

    Thanks again. You’re invited over for cake anytime!
    Beth of France (via Burkina)

  • By Keith Eckstein, June 20, 2010 @ 5:00 pm

    I’ll take you up on the cake offer – just you wait and see! Especially if it’s cat litter cake!

    All the best


    P.S. Can’t stop trying to stick my tongue up my right nostril and I think it may all be your fault!

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