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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.




that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in France1). You know how, last week, I mentioned that it seems that nearly every female expat in France is either getting pregnant, being pregnant or giving birth?

Well, it came as no surprise at all to hear Candy Froggie (over at Candy Froggie’s Lair) announce… Yayyy!!! I’m going to be a mom again!

Having been told by her gyno that she is in perfect condition to have a third baby…

Candy decided to go for it!

Way to go, girl!

She does mention that she doesn’t know who the father is, though?

Well, she is a modern woman anyway!

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in France2). And, speaking of having babies…

Which is all we seem to talk about these days!

I couldn’t resist mentioning Charley at 365 things I love about France because she has posted about Jean d’Arc and ghostly apparitions.

And what’s that got to do with having babies, I hear you ask?

Well, and not a lot of people know this….

I was actually conceived in Jean d’Arc’s birthplace!

Not in the actual bed that Jean d’Arc was born in (although, knowing my parents I wouldn’t be surprised!)

But just in the same town.

However, if you look up Jean d’Arc (or, indeed, Domrémy-la-Pucelle) in Wikipedia, you’ll find absolutely no mention of my conception.

And strangely, I find that rather disappointing?

Especially as I sometimes hear voices too!

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in France3). And I’m glad that I hear those voices…

Because almost a year ago (doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?) they told me to review Amanda Lawrence’s site, French Vie.

I did and I’ve been following it ever since.

Which is a rather good thing as, had I not been paying attention, I would have missed this lovely post all about Autumn in the Quercy….

Which is largely, and quite understandably, mainly about mushrooms.

Well, what else is important in life?

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in France4). Well, there is wine?

That’s pretty important, isn’t it?

And we shouldn’t forget the people who toil to make the stuff.

Like Checkers at The American Files.

In Round and Round We Go he describes his job (very hard work for migrant pay) in hauntingly beautiful words.

Here’s a fragment….

“It can get scary, like boots caked with icy mud. Cold wind all day long making you beg for the end of the shift. Or it can get beautiful, like a thin sliver of moon starting to shine in a newly night blue sky as the workday ends.”

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in France5). And finally, Kelsey at “un(e) americain(e) in france treated us to a day at the markets.

So many great photos…

Mainly, I do have to say, of food!

And at the end, a little French lesson….

le vin chaud – mulled wine
gaufres – waffles
beignets – doughnuts


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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 the lovely Virginia at Paris Through My Lens.

Now, Virginia often takes photos that make me think…

Often I try to make up the story to explain what is going on in the photo…

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceHowever, with Lèche-Vitrines à Paris I’m not even going to try!

Virginia, you seem have a knack of seeing things that other people seem to miss..

I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not but…

Long may you continue!

Virginia, 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….

This week’s Rebooting Award goes to Screamish at Poum! for eergh.

I’ve heard it called many things but I rather like the idea of a regular reboot!

Rather surprisingly, there weren’t many contestants for the X Ray of the Week Award.

However, even if I’d been swamped with entries, I’m pretty sure that Brenna at Le Fabuleux Destin de Brenna would have won with her post, that time I became a French resident.

Have you ever seen a nicer pair of x rayed lungs?

The Rules are made for Breaking Award goes to Sam at Totally Frenched Out for I know I said no more alcohol during the week…

Sam, no one expects anyone to say no to a bottle of menhir wine! I understand that many of the finer chateaux in Bordeaux are hastily relabeling their bottles – just to make them even more irresistible!

Hopie at Hopie’s Kitchen wins this week’s Award for the Most Raw Meat in a Blog Post with her post called Pot au Feu or how I can’t speak English anymore.

Yes, that’s got to half a cow in there – and I bet it tasted every bit as good as it looks!

The Award for Surviving a Whole Thirty Minutes(!!!!) without the Internet! goes to that regular awardista, Sara Louise from Sara in Le Petit Village for her wifi panic.

Sara Louise, I hope you’ve got over your horrendous experience; my mind boggles! My car broke down 50 kms from home on Saturday but that just doesn’t compare to your trauma!

Has anyone suggested counselling?

And those of you sniggering at the back of the room, how dare you suggest that this girl will go to any lengths just to win an award!

Oh, what’s a B.F.E. anyway? And was Fifty (my hero!) really about to slap you and yell… “Snap out of it!”

The Oh Dear! I haven’t actually got a suitable award for this one (and who would have thought it necessary?) but he deserves an award anyway Award goes to An Annoying old Fart (his parents must have had strange ideas about naming their children?) at A Whinger in France for Horsing Around!

There really is NO EXCUSE for getting caught stark b*llock naked riding a horse (four up, no less) in Riga when it is -15 degrees C!

Unless, of course, you come from Newcastle where I believe that that is quite normal behaviour!

American and Girlies (and especially American Girlies) – it’s a football thing! That’s Soccer in your language.

The Man Flu of the Week Award goes to Ditdit at Ditdit in France for atchoum.

I’ve got a feeling that Ditdit is only suffering from a very mild case of man flu (women don’t seem to get it as bad as men – that’s why they don’t understand!) as she did say that… “I proved that one can feel miserable but still eat pizza.”

Ditdit, I do have to say that if it was real Man Flu that you were suffering from the only pizza you could face would be last night’s leftovers served with a nice dollop of coleslaw. That’s been scientifically proven (and not a lot of people know this) to kill all known germs!

In a rather Rant Free Week (I guess most ranters are too busy having babies, being about to have babies, thinking about having babies or making babies), the only contender for Rant of the Week Award was Katie at Thyme for Cooking with her post Mushroom Risotto; a modest rant on recipes.

Which just goes to show, if you’re too busy doing that baby stuff you can still win an award by blogging about mushrooms!

Katie, in my humble opinion, you ought to get on your high horse more often – you make a lot of sense!

I’m sure you’ve read what Nigel Slater has to say about restrictive recipes?

One of favourite Paris Blogistas, Juliet at Evolving Revolver is moving back to the States.

I’m rather sad about this as she was (and still is) a breath of fresh air when she blogged about real life in Paris.

So, for her post, One Thing at a Time, I’m going to award her the Goddam Girl! We’re Going to Miss You Lifetime Achievement Award

We need people like you to explain that there’s more to life in Paris than a view of the Eiffel Tower!

By the way, Juliet has written a book – it’s called Metro @%$!*! DODO and it’s available here…. Buy Metro @%$!*! DODO

Another Paris Blogess who always tells the truth about life in Paris is Poulette at Poulette.

In A Non Post she seesm to be very tired and losing her ability to spell in her own language.

Poulette, I really hope that you find an Apartment soon.

A Taste of Garlic readers, if you know of an affordable apartment in Paris (or is that an oxymoron?)……

And, talking about saying it as you see it about life in Paris

Sab at Paris and I always has interesting things to say.

Especially with posts like Messiahs need not apply!

If you are thinking about taking a look at Sab’s excellent blog, just read this little taster…

“Whether these measures will actually have an effect on the incidence of miracles performed in Paris remains to be seen but signs are not looking good; I was in the city yesterday bursting for a leak and lo and behold! in two minutes i’d found one of those peepod things in the street which actually worked for once, which was a minor miracle in itself.”

Yeah! I’m a believer!

Now, I ought to mention that the postman has just delivered a whole bunch of Awards for not Winning an Award This Week.

I don’t remember ordering them but, as they are only cluttering up the place, I think I ought to hand them out.

So, here goes…

Aidan at Conjugating Irregular Verbs gets an Award for not Winning an Award This Week for her Seasonal Sunday–Endive, Leek & Potato Soup.

Congratulations and commiserations, Aidan – and better luck next week?

By the way, I’ve just looked at the people who’ve commented on that post and I do have to say that I’m worried – you’re keeping some strange and rather dangerous company these days!

Kirsty at You had me at Bonjour obviously wins an Award for not Winning an Award This Week for her post about Winter in Provence.

Kirsty, you’d have won a proper award if only you’d managed to blog about Blue 2DCs, Mushrooms or Nuns in Lingerie!

MJ at American Mom in Paris also gets one of these awards.

She’s not been quite as crazy as usual recently but…

She does know how to find guys with those spindly little toothpick legs!

And if that doesn’t make any sense, you really need to check out Snow and my failure as a customer.

Sarah at St Bloggie de Riviere probably does deserve a real award but as she hasn’t been quite ranty enough she’ll have to put up with the Award for not Winning an Award This Week, mainly for not thinking that her TWDB’s idea of Christmas decoration (his BMW motorbike) is the best Christmas decoration ever!

Check out Cracking Difference.

Kimberley at Non, je ne regrette rien also wins an Award for not Winning an Award This Week for her consistent contributions to the blogging scene – best epitomised by Back to basics… take bread, for instance.

And last (but certainly not least), we have Karin at An Alien Parisienne who wins an Award for not Winning an Award This Week for her Special Report: Mademoiselle London @

Now, Karin has been rather busy recently – writing her novel for that Write a Novel in a Month thingy that was designed more to keep the divorce lawyers in business rather than to produce great literature.

I do have to say that I admire Karin’s commitment…

Trying to write to a deadline like that is really the same as trying to run a marathon…

Day after Day!

For a whole month!

Karin, congratulations on winning your Award for not Winning an Award This Week but…

Please, please, please….

On behalf of all your fans…

Get back to blogging again!

We Miss You!

All the best

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11 Comments

  • By Sara Louise, December 14, 2010 @ 6:32 am

    Still feeling a bit traumatized as I battle bouts of curling up in the fetal position, shaking uncontrollably and clinging to the SFR box, but luckily Fifty usually talks me down.

    And B.F.E is something we used to say back in Texas: Butt F*ck Egypt. It means the middle of nowhere.

  • By Karin (an alien parisienne), December 14, 2010 @ 7:29 am

    LOL — thank you, Keith! I humbly accept my non-award award. (That’s got just the kind of irony I love.) I certainly do now have more time to get to blogging, so to blogging I shall get. Thanks for the shout-out, and the kick in the pants to get back to it. Thank you, too, for all the reading links here. Of course you know that reading these links will delay the posting just a little bit longer. ;-)

  • By Kirsty, December 14, 2010 @ 8:05 am

    You’re a hard man to please, Keith. Really, where am I going to find a nun in lingerie is this weather?

  • By Keith Eckstein, December 14, 2010 @ 9:33 am

    Sara Louise

    I think I live in B.F.E.

    It’s called Brittany!

    You take it easy – has the doctor recommended any pills?

    You’ve got to watch out for post traumatic shock syndrome, you know!

    I knew someone who lost their internet for 20 minutes and, for months afterwards she was popping into her study to check it every few minutes or so!

    Mealtimes, in the middle of the night – even when out shopping (even, so her husband led me to believe, during that baby making thing!); she just couldn’t stop checking!

    She ended up shaving her head and moving to a commune in Silicon Valley where she’s often found walking the streets muttering… “The Internet, it’s the source. The Internet, it’s the soure. The Internet….”

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Sarah Hague, December 14, 2010 @ 9:33 am

    LOL Keith. The bike had NO FAIRY LIGHTS!! or tinsel! or even a bauble hung from the handle bars. Otherwise it would have been a true deccie, natch!

    Love the non-awards awards. Had you been at the mulled wine when you came up with them? :)

  • By Keith Eckstein, December 14, 2010 @ 9:35 am

    Karin

    Any excuse!

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Keith Eckstein, December 14, 2010 @ 9:37 am

    Kirsty

    If you know where to look Lingerie wearing nuns are quite easy to find.

    I generally go round convents and look for Victoria’s Secret catalogues in the dustbins.

    Of course, finding the Lingerie wearing Nuns is only half the battle….

    It’s the photographing them that’s the tricky bit!

    All the best

    Keith

  • By ksam, December 14, 2010 @ 11:26 am

    Thanks Keith – who’d have thought I’d ever win an award for drinking?!?

    PS. It’s always happy hour somewhere.

  • By Poulette, December 14, 2010 @ 3:17 pm

    Thanks Keith, i hope i do to! I have been bunking in with a whole range of friends for the last 6 WEEKS! It’s killing all of us. Luckily though, i can’t complain too hard as i’m off to AUSTRALIA on Saturday!! Weeee…holidays!

    Take care xxx

  • By Brenna [fabuleuxdestin], December 14, 2010 @ 11:17 pm

    What can I say, I’m a young healthy non-smoker!!! Bisous de Verdun ;)

  • By Aidan, December 16, 2010 @ 11:16 am

    Thanks Keith for giving me the not really an award award. I love it! I’m glad Sara is schooling you on some good ol’ Texas terms.
    Now I must go stop the baby from opening all the Christmas presents with a plastic Ikea knife.
    merci a vous,
    Aidan

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