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That was the week…

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceEvery Tuesday I intend to do a quick review of some of the posts from the last week that have made me smile, made me chuckle or, even…. just made me think.

Some of these you may have seen yourselves.

And some of them you may have missed.

I don’t think of these in any competitive sense at all.

This isn’t a top-ten listing.

They’re merely the posts that have stuck in my head.




1).  that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd I’m starting off this week with a lovely post from a blog that I’ve yet to review, French Village Life.  Little Lonely Chapel is all about discovering the Chapel de St Jean du Poteau hidden down a quiet country lane.

I loved Elizabeth’s phrase… “It was a route I had never taken before, and at one point I wondered if I was even on the right road.”

That’s the sort of thing that I enjoy doing, trying out routes that I’ve never taken before; There are plenty of them in Brittany!

2).  that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceCarol, at Paris Breakfast gave us her lovely photo essay on Dimanche in the park.

And what a  lovely Sunday she must have had, snapping all those photographs in the Luxemourg gardens.

I loved all the comments about the chair rule!

I’d never heard that before.

3).  that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceTanya at Tanya at Transition seemed to be having a great time Living my (food) Dream.

And it’s so nice to hear that.  I thought that I was the only person who dreamed of food!

And hey, watch out!

Whilst Tanya… “won’t be eating tripe any time soon” I do understand that she has…  “plans for soups this winter” and perhaps she’ll try her hand at rabbit stew too?

4).  that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceMeanwhile… Ed Ward over at City on a Hill seems to be having some horrible luck with his telephone/internet.

And now it seems that his plumbing is up the spout as well!

Still I learnt that the French for Slumlord is marchand de sommeil, or sleep-merchant and, just like Ed, I quite like that phrase.

I suppose I really ought to say that you always learn something interesting with every visit to City on a Hill.

5).  that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceWhat has been for me a really hard working week (but not, I fear as hard working as this week?) was beautifully enlivened by a nice dollop of Bilingual Potty Humour from An Englishman in Strasbourg.

Now, I’m always partial to a bit of potty humour  and I am probably Benny Hill’s only fan!  Apart, of course, from some 60 million French people who seem to like the man?

I am slightly worried that, mentally, I may be the same age as Howie’s three year old son but, I guess I can live with that.

And if you’d seen me back in 2006 when KAKA was playing for the French World Cup team! Well….

You might think that A Mental Age of Three was a slight over exaggeration!


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OK – now all that stuff is out of the way, let’s get on to the really important stuff…

Of course, it’s Awards Time!

And, I am proud to announce a new winner of the Blog of the Week Award!

This is awarded to the Blog post that has tickled my fancy the most during the past seven days.

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThis week’s Blog of the Week has been won by Laury at Soar-Dream-France.

Soar-Dream-France is one of the most evocative blogs on my blog list (a bit like Magic Lantern Show is – but different, if you see what I mean?)

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThis week’s delight from Laury was a beautiful post about the possibility of buying a 2CV.

The post was tastefully garnished with a picture of a blue one (which, as we all know, go faster!)

Laury, if you’d like to place your award on your blog sidebar just email me and I’ll send you the code.


Now for the rest of the awards….

Starting off with the Blogiversaries, it seems to have been a quiet week for those?

Although a quick look at the calendar suggests there’s a whole load coming up!


So, onto the really, really important and exciting stuff!

The It’s really hard to reach my feet Award goes, this week, not to Piglet or Amber but to Kim at The Cabes in France for her Total.  Hormonal.  Breakdown.

In that single post I learned far more about gynecology that is good for me and, as a result … have made a firm resolution NEVER TO GET PREGNANT!

Someone who probably did get pregnant,  bearing in mind that she calls herself An American Mom in Paris (the Mom bit sort of gives it away, do’t your think?) went out and got a job and details it all (the getting a job bit rather that the getting pregnant bit) in I confront, get a job, and fall down.

I wasn’t really sure what sort of award to give her for that so I put it to the public vote and a consensus of the old boys down the bar (apart from John-Phillipe who was in the toilet at the time and we couldn’t wait for him to finish) reckoned that we should give MJ the Award for becoming the back-up to the back-up and falling over a chair!

Moving swiftly on…

To tummy related matters (don’t worry, we’ll be back to the smut and gossip before too long!)

And the talented Loulou at Chez Loulou makes a Simple., Satisfying. Soup.

And she even supplies the recipe for her Bacon, Bean and Pasta Soup.

And talking of soup, Janelle at Cooking in France provides a recipe for her Minestone Soup which looks pretty special to me.

So, to Loulou and Janelle I am jointly awarding the Soup of the Week Award!

The much anticipated Return To Blogging Award goes, quite rightly to Catherine at The Five of Us for her wonderful Carnassiers – Carnivores.

Frances at To the ends of the Earth win’s this week’s Award for Dating a reformed playboy and losing your wallet.

This was all lovingly described in the aptly titled… Disappointing and Disastrous weekend.

And the You Keep your Hands off my Husband Bitch (I don’t care if you’re a doctor) Award! goes, after quite a lot of deliberation, to Sara Louise at Sara in Le Petit Village for Inappropriate.

You’ll have to read though recent events on SL’s blog to understand all that but, to help you out, it’s the blog post where Fifty (the dog who is rapidly becoming our Provencal hero and, if local gossip is to be believed, a candidate for Sarko’s job when the French people finally come to their senses and bring back the guillotine!) doesn’t attack random tourists (or not, as the case may be.)

Of course, Delana at Du Jour wins this week’s Award for Blogging about Washing the Clothes for her post on Gaspillage.

And I only mention that to be able to apologise for not awarding her last week’s Naughty Knickers Award for her wonderful post about French Dressing.

Sorry Delana for missing you out last week; the post arrived in my in-tray too late for publication and the dog had eaten the hamster (actually, the school’s hamster) and I had both arms down his throat trying to get the bugger out and then it started raining and the roof started leaking and we were all up to our ear in water and then the dog started making those funny noises it makes just before it’s about to throw up and, well, with all that going on I may have just missed your wonderful post.

Perhaps I could mention it now?

And that, I’m afraid, has to be that for this week.

Apart from, of course, an award for the wonderful Poulette at Poulette.

So Poulette, for your post about Great Expectations, I’m happy to award  you the Award for bawling your eyes out while watching a (terrible but addictive) Australian drama series!

Now, how many girls can say they’ve won that one?

All the best

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5 Comments

  • By Sara Louise, November 16, 2010 @ 6:50 am

    Thanks for the laugh Keith! I’ve got a little coffee dribbling down my chin, but thanks!
    And you’ll be happy to know we’ve kicked off Fifty’s presidential campaign… we’ll be making “Fifty’s Crazy Like Sarkozy” posters all day today.

  • By Poulette, November 16, 2010 @ 10:32 am

    I have to say Keith, there would be many an Australian girl admitting to that one at the moment. You should have seen the FB status updates coming in from the land downunder after the show aired…. there were lots of guys saying “…. is wondering if anyone else’s girlfriend is inconsolable on the couch right now…”
    Sad but true.

  • By Susie, November 16, 2010 @ 3:09 pm

    I have to know, did the hamster survive?

  • By Tanya, November 16, 2010 @ 3:48 pm

    Lol…yes, rabbit stew is also on my list although the thoughts of cutting up little bunny rabbit for stew breaks my heart. Now, if the butcher does it, bunny is fair game!

  • By Roz, November 17, 2010 @ 4:09 pm

    I log into Taste of Garlic everyday and look forward to seeing what awards of won for my hard work, yet again NOTHING, I didn’t even win the competition, OK admittedly I didn’t enter it, but I would have thought being your neighbours would count towards something. If I didn’t enjoy reading Taste of Garlic or Breton Diary I wouldn’t bother.

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