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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). In a way it was a shame that MJ over at An American Mom in Paris didn’t go Ape Shit with an AK47 (as I thought she might) when her son’s teachers started being nasty.

That would have given us all something to gossip about, wouldn’t it?

But alas, it was not to be!

In Happy Holidays — Now with fewer swearwords, MJ even ends up making the coffee at the school Carol Concert Breakfast (or rather, her husband did!)

As MJ says about the teacher from hell… “Next time she’s thinking about hanging Lucien on a nail by the waistband of his underpants with a dunce cap on his head, we hope she remembers that we brought the coffee.”

Oh, an there’s a visit to Santa in this post as well!

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in France2). In a surprising turn of events no one got pregnant or had a baby this week!

Well, I expect they did; after all, France is rather a large place!

I guess they just didn’t blog about it?

At least not in the sort of blogs I follow?

At least Piglet at Piglet in France did show us some pictures of her Piglet to Be…

In Team Pink she told us that it’s going to be a girlie piglet!

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in France3). Sara Louise at Sara in Le Petit Village must have also been a little bit concerned about the lack of pregnancy and childbirth this week because…

In Santa Baby she mentions…

Well, she does hide it away at the end of her post…

Almost as if she’s shy….

Which I somehow rather think she’s not…

That all she wants for Christmas is a Bun in the Oven!

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in France4). In no danger of either getting pregnant or having a baby, Ed War at City on a Hill learned that the hill his city lives on it not a hill after all!

It’s a volcano!

In Midwinter Miettes ‘n’ Meanderings Ed does some geological investigating…

Oh, and he also goes to Mondail Market!

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in France5). And, in what was probably the weirdest post of the week (it would have won the Award for a Seriously Weird Blog Post if only I could find it – Mrs A Taste of Garlic has been tidying up again and I can’t find a thing!) I stumbled upon Screamish’s post about Radionic Ghostbusters at Poumpaf and haven’t been able to get it out of my mind.

Do I need one of those?

Could I build one myself (I used to be good at electronics.)

Could I build a cheaper model and sell it on ebay?


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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 Genie at Paris and Beyond.

Now, I’ll let you into a little secret; there are some sure fire ways of winning the Blog of the Week Award (such as writing about Lingerie wearing Nuns, displaying photos of Citroen 2CVs and stuff like that)….

And also drowning some fluffy bunny rabbits in champagne!

that was the week  That was the week...   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThat’ll win you an award every time!

And that’s just what Genie did in Bunnies in the Champagne – reflection.

The lengths that some photographers will go to to get a great photo!

I hope the bunnies didn’t mind too much but, thinking about it (and I do seem to spend most of every waking hour thinking about food – I dream about food a lot, as well!) Champagne Marinated Rabbit – that sounds delicious!

Genie, 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….

The Award for the Golden Goose of the Week goes to Charley at 365 things that I love about France for her post called, appropriately enough, The Golden Goose!

And Charley wins the award for a great post but also for the comment by Michel. Michel, I spend my every waking hour trying to do the same (and most of my sleeping one as well, truth be told!)

The Award for the Tastiest Tartiflette goes to Honey at I’m an outlaw, not a hero. for her scumptious Tartiflette night…

I have only one slight concern… Why only two?

I love Tartiflette and I’m not sure that two would be quite enough for me?

The Award for the Munchiest Mince Pies of the Week goes to Galloping Gourmets at Galloping Gourmets for her absolutely delicious looking Mince Pies!

And if you take a look at the post before, it shows how to make the mincemeat and all that other cookery stuff (I have to admit that I’m rather better at eating than cooking; eating is definitely where my skills lie!)

Luckily I found that I had another Award for the Munchiest Mince Pies of the Week lying around as I couldn’t let Floss at Troc, Broc and Recup’ walk away empty handed after her amazing post all about Mince Pies – The result.

So, Floss, an Award for the Munchiest Mince Pies of the Week!

Just don’t tell that Galloping Gourmets missus!

The Award for Outstanding Oysters goes to Susan at Days on the Claise for A World of Oysters.

Of course, as everyone knows, the best oysters come from Brittany – or am I just biased?

There was only one contestant for The Orange Quiche of the Week Award and that was Cathy at La Prochaine Fois with her Little things.

I’ve never seen an orange quiche before and, I think, if you plonked that one my plate, you wouldn’t see much of it either!

Yum, yum – Fill my tum!

The Humungous Home Baked Bread of the Week Award goes to Anthony at Escape to France for Christmas is coming…

Or should that be Phoenyx?

I think I may need to check the rulebook on that one – and maybe I ought to confiscate the entry, just in case?

The Silly Hat of the Week (even though I want one just like it) Award goes to Sue at Life in Burgundy for Snowed In.

Although really it should go to Cees for modelling the thing?

I think I may need to check the rulebook on that one – and maybe I ought to confiscate the hat, just in case?

The Award for Spotting a Nearly Naked Man Having A Wee in the Middle of the Street goes to Frances at To the ends of the earth for Lewd and Light Moments.

I do, however, have the slightest suspicion that Frances may just prowl the streets at night hoping to come across just such a sight?

Perhaps that was why she moved to France?

The Award for Telling your Guests that you’ve just had Sex with a Turkey goes to none other than Samantha at Life, Love and Living in France.

Somehow, I’m not at all surprised!

You can read all about it at Francofile Friday: Things not to say at a dinner party or this is the way I roll.

When he is not modelling rather sexy knitted hats, Cees is also busy explaining all about compound steam engines (That brings back some memories!)

And, for that, Cees at Life around Cormatin, Taizé, Cluny – Burgundy wins the Award for I Want to be a Train Driver (Steam Version) Too When I Grow Up! for Steam.

And the Award for the Second Most Weirdest Thing I’ve Seen all Week goes to Cynthia at Parisian Adventures for her Teenage Hamsters.

I’ve still got a whole load of Awards for not Winning an Award This Week lying around and I really do need to get rid of them to clear some space!

So, I’d better hand a few out then, hadn’t I?

Sam at Totally Frenched Out gets an Award for not Winning and Award This Week because she didn’t break any rules.

Actually, I’m pretty damn sure she did break some rules but just didn’t get round to blogging about it!

Poulette at Poulette wins an Award for not Winning and Award This Week for not blogging about being homeless!

Poulette, you see, has found somewhere to live, Just in the nick of time…

In a strange way I feel sorry as I was looking forward to reading Poulette’s blogs from a cardboard box?

And that, I’m afraid, is it for this week.

I expect lots of rants and raves over the Christmas period…..

Blog about them and I’ll report them here….

If they’re ranty or ravy enough, that is!

All the best

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5 Comments

  • By Cynthia, December 21, 2010 @ 1:03 pm

    A lot of new blogs for me to discover! Thank you for including me in your list :)

  • By Michel, December 21, 2010 @ 3:08 pm

    I love your Tuesday blogs. I always seem to find a new blog to follow. I am glad I am not the only person who needs to justify his mid section. Happy Holidays.

  • By Genie - Paris and Beyond, December 21, 2010 @ 5:24 pm

    Awwww, you are so sweet, Keith, even if you do want to eat those little marinated bunnies. Me, I just want to jump in the Champagne with them and glug all I can!

    I thought of you when I was in Paris and took a few photos of doggies taking care of business in front of St. Eustache (oh la la) and a blue car which I will post later (the car, not the doggie business).

    Email me the code, sweet boy. Many thanks!

    Bisous,
    Genie

  • By Roz, December 21, 2010 @ 7:22 pm

    What have I won, what have I won, what have I won, bum, nothing :-(

  • By Poulette, December 22, 2010 @ 12:26 am

    Laugh out loud Keith. Sorry i couldn’t indulge you in a little blogging from under the bridge of the canal. Maybe next year, cross your fingers.

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