A Taste of Garlic

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). Are we in Paris yet? visited Brittany and saw a deer and visited Chateau Suscinio.

They found Brittany foggy and told us about it in Grand Brittany: Fog.

Shelli and Gene said… “We woke to an eerie fog that lay heavily on the countryside. We might have been in any century.”

Living in Brittany I have to say that it often (well, very often, if the truth be told) feels to me that we are in a different century here!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France2). If there was a Newborn Baby of the Week Award then I would certainly be awarding it to Jacob at The Cabes in France for Jacob’s Newborn Pictures.

However, although I’m sure there is one lying around somewhere, I can’t seem to lay my hands on it!

So, we’ll have to forgo the award and just talk about the pictures.

My favourite is this lovely picture!

And am I the only one to think Jacob looks a bit like Winston Churchill?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France3). Mama B at Live. Love. Conquer takes a good look at the past 6 months in 2010 – through the rear view mirror and, whilst it’s been difficult (especially having to be a single parent for most of the time), there is light at the end of the tunnel and things seem to be coming together.

Mind you….

Mama B does admit to sleeping with her clothes on once!

Shock, horror!

Watch out Mama B….

That’s the first step on the slippery road to ruin!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France4). Aimee at Put Your Flare On seems to be avoiding that slippery road quite nicely!

Mind you, it can’t be easy – not with 2 children and her own cafe in Paris to cope with?

In New beginnings… she explains some of the pressures upon her during 2010 but is very positive when she looks forward to 2011!

Aimee, your children look delightful and I wish you a happy return to regular blogging.

I bet there’s millions of people out here who want to follow your progress.

Just don’t start sleeping with your clothes on…

As we all know…

That’s the first step on the slippery road to ruin!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France5). And also looking back at 2010 was Sarah from A Glimpse of Paris with her photo essay called 2010 Reflections.

I can’t remember reviewing A Glimpse of Paris (and it’s not on the list so I guess I haven’t) but that’s certainly something I’ll have to remedy in 2011!

After all, how could I not review a blog by someone who has photographed beauties such as Elizabeth Hurley and Jessica Alba?

Sarah, um…..

You didn’t manage to get any phone numbers, did you?

Just thought I’d ask – on the off chance?


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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 Shannon at Je ne sais quoi…

Even though Shannon neither fought her way through snow blizzards nor wrestled with taxi passengers just in order to have a baby I still feel that she deserves this award for her in depth study of one of the features of Paris that doesn’t often appear in the tourist guides.

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceWTF Wednesday: Next Stop – Vomit Station is a piece of journalism that is fit to stand with the likes of major war correspondents such as Martha Gellhorn and William Shirer.

But, you know, it wasn’t bullets that Shannon was trying to avoid…

Oh no….

It was wine and baguette spew splatter that she was dodging!

An iconic tale that will, no doubt, live on in our memory in the same way that Joe Rosenthal’s photo of the Raising the flag on Iwo Jima does!

Shannon, 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 Unofficial Official Paris Photographer of the Week Award goes to Virginia at Paris Through My Lens for La Danse des Chaises.

Nice photo Virginia – it was a toss up between that one or Pitzman as to which one would win you the award!

The Snowman of the Week Award had to be shared this week.

I just couldn’t decide between Genie’s Bon Homme de Neige at Paris and Beyond or Ceil de Quimper’s il n’est pas mimi at Versailles Daily Photo.

Both excellent snowmen; both excellent photos – I just couldn’t choose between them although I do have to say that Ceil de Quimper’s short, fat and cute snowman is the spitting image of me!

I love snowmen and I love giving out this award. I do have to say that it’s easier to do so in January. For some reason during June, July and August I don’t get to hand out this award as much as I’d like to!

The It’s Got Absolutely Nothing To Do With France But is Very Funny Anyway Award goes to none other than Andy at Prunings From The Vines for The Kenny Everett Show.

Those of you who didn’t grow up lusting after Hot Gossip or wanting to be Sid Snot just haven’t lived – and I mean that from the heart of my bottom!

Classic joke (actually, the only printable one that I could find!) from KE (you notice that he named himself after me?)… “So this bus breaks down, and the driver gets out to try and fix it. The lady bus conductress gets out too, and says ‘D’you want a screwdriver?’ – and the driver replies ‘Leave it out, I’m late enough already…’”

The Not Quite a Rant But Not Far Off Award goes to Amber at Travelling Amber for The cat trapped in the bag in which Amber reveals that she is married.

“Of course she’s married,” I exclaimed when I first read the post….

“Only married ladies can have babies, can’t they?”

Mrs A Taste of Garlic has offered to explain a bit about something to do with birds and bees but first….

I’m going to do some Googling about what Amber got up to in Nantes in her (hopefully) disreputable and drunken past!

The prolonged deliberations as to who to award the Award for This Week’s French Lessons to will remain in my mind for quite a while.

Eventually it was decided to share this award between Mar Hampla at The Evening Herault for French Plumbers and Plumbing Terms and La Petite Blogueuse at Ma Nouvelle vie en France for French Fashion and Clothing Vocabulary.

It was a difficult choice but as most men on the judging panel where interested in plumbing terms such as Clamping the Nipple and Screwing the Ballcock, the ladies (and, it has to be said, also most of the men) on the panel were more interested the fashion terms such as un string and un porte jarretelles.

Thus the shared award!

No such dithering about Kitchen Serial Killer of the Week Award though!

This goes, as is only proper, to LA Mom at LA Mom for her Killer Party!

And a word of advice to any Lobsters out there….

If LA Mom invites you round to her gaff for a New Year’s Eve party – just pretend you’ve got a headache, make your excuses and….

Say no!

And talking of mayhem and slaughter, City Girl at CityGirl-Chronicles goes the extra mile to win this week’s Award for Doing Something Really Rather Silly Whilst Hungover for Starting the New Year off with a BANG!

City Girl, I do hope the kitchen cabinet isn’t too badly damaged?

Another difficult decision was who to award the Skateboarder of the Week Award to…

We finally (after a lot of discussion had occurred and a frightening amount of alcohol consumed) managed to get it down to a short list of two….

Jilly at Menton Daily Photo for her beautiful photograph of The Skateboarder and none other than Sara Louise from Sara in Le Petit Village for How come I didn’t get one?

As deliberations continued through the night we finally decided to toss a coin to decide who to award this prestigious award to.

Unfortunately the coin fell between a gap between two floorboards and as none of us had any money left (possibly as a result of buying a frightening amount of alcohol?), the award will have to be shared.

The Award for this year’s Best Stroll on the Beach on New Year’s Day goes to the Ballee Girls at French American Baby for New Year’s Day.

I should mention that the few Breton Bloggers who bravely competed for this award are all recovering nicely.

Hypothermia is a bitch, isn’t it?

The Goodbye to a Crap Year (Next Year can only be Better) Grumpy Post of the Year Award goes to Piglet (who has probably won more awards than anyone else other than that bird from the little village in Provence) at Piglet in France for Good Riddance 2010, Welcome 2011!

I was going to give Piglet the Prize for Amusing and Entertaining Us So Well but it appears that I’ve already promised it to Chelsea Football Club for their slippery slide from the top of the Premiership (after what has to be said was a rather amazing start to the season) towards the relative warmth and comfort of what is known as the relegation zone.

Sorry Piglet, if Chelsea manage to escape relegation then perhaps I’ll be able to get that prize back for you?


I’ve still got about ten million zillion Awards for not Winning an Award lying around so I suppose I ought to at east make an effort to get rid of a few….

So, here goes…

The winners of the really rather sexy Award for not Winning an Award are…

Sarah at St Bloggie de Rivierre – last spotted, on Christmas Eve, headed off to spend Christmas with her better half’s family. Not been heard of since (do they have cannibals in that part of France?)

Ange at Signed by Ange – Last spotted, on New Year’s Eve, getting her ambitions mixed up with her capabilities in deepest India. I wonder if it’s catching?

Karin at An Alien Parisienne – Last heard from, the day before Christmas Eve, wishing us all a Merry Christmas. Not a peep out of her since then; the authorities have been alerted and a search is in progress. Many locals fear that she may have choked on the size of her blog posts?

Poulette at poulette – glimpsed, on the 2nd of January, in deepest Australia with a fishing rod in her hand. I do hope she hasn’t fallen in!

Karen at Tout Sweet, rumoured to have been seen in a lay-by, just off the N10 near Brux on the 29th December, waiting for The English Lorry. No way you’d get me out in the snow for a jar of Marmite, a packet of Chocolate Digestives and a few tins of Baked Beans but these writers are a funny lot, aren’t they?

Delana at Du Jour – not a dicky bird out of her since the 13th of December when she was hoping to go home for Christmas. I bet she’s having another go at that Dating Agency stuff – after all, who could resist her last one… “hi iam country boy but kid at heart. iam a farmer with alot of extra likeings such as feastivals, hunt, fish, tractor pull, travel, and like meeting new people. wisconsin is my home and love the true four seasons smmer the best. my faverite foods are pizza, prime rib, lobster and are homemade brats.my faverite color is black for trucks, blue for others, love rock music (80-90s)”

Tanya at Tanya in Transition – witnessed chanting my name on December 20th and largely suspected of dreaming of being an international spy. If anyone spots her could they tell her to put her socks on and send her home?

Beth from Beth in France (which used to be Burkina Mum in France) where she was observed on the 28th of December lusting over her new coffee machine and wearing her new Ugg boots. I hope she’s cuddled up with a nice cup of coffee; I hope she’s not feeding her husband too many cat treats?

Finally (I think?), it gives me great pleasure to be able to hand out the Award for Mentioning Bare Boobies in the Month of December to…

Yes, you’ve guessed it…

Aidan at Conjugating Irregular Verbs with Merci 2010!

And Merci to you, Aidan for letting me know that… “Paillotes are these amazing bar and restaurant structures built right on the beach where you can spend an afternoon sipping cool drinks and eating food while baring your boobies on the beach.”

We don’t have anything like that up here in rustically rural (and possibly slightly backward) Brittany.

But one lives in hope!

Oh, one last thing….

Quote of the Week Award goes to Lady Justine at Lady Justine’s Blog for 2010 – edited highlights.

My favourites are…

“It’s impossible not to feel a little upset when overtaken by a French pensioner in a vintage citroen on her way to the bingo.”

and

“You can take the girl out of Sainsbury’s and put her in Lidl and she’ll be fine.”

All the best

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7 Comments

  • By Sara Louise, January 4, 2011 @ 7:08 am

    I let my uncle know his skateboarding belly flop hasn’t gone unnoticed. He’ll be thrilled! Happy New Year’s Keith! :-)

  • By Sarah Hague, January 4, 2011 @ 9:43 am

    LOL Keith, I was in an internet-free zone chez my folks in Blighty. No cannibals in Orange thankfully!

  • By Karin (an alien parisienne), January 5, 2011 @ 9:03 am

    “Many locals fear that she may have choked on the size of her blog posts?”

    LOL. Could be a definite possibility! But no, alas, she lives. I’ve just been engrossed in watching epis of “The IT Crowd” and the old 1990s show “Northern Exposure.” That, and my dear friend was up from Antibes the week after Christmas. I have so much blog fodder you can be assured that I will come up with something great very soon. :)

  • By Keith Eckstein, January 5, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

    The lady doth protest too much, methinks!

  • By Keith Eckstein, January 5, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

    Karin

    Fire your blog fodder into the blogosphere and, if you can mix in a decent rant or two, I’ll try and persuade the judging committee to sort you out an award!

    We’ve got loads of Awards for Going Arse over Tit in a Pile of Dog Poop to give away?

    Alternatively, there are still some Awards for Going Apeshit with an AK47 at the Supermarket lying around….

    I was saving them for LA Mom or Piglet (or even Travelling Amber?) but if you get in quick?

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Genie - Paris and Beyond, January 5, 2011 @ 8:21 pm

    Ah, Keith, you honor me again… well, me an my little bon homme de neige avec un gros nez…

    When I was in Paris in December I shot a few photos of doggies taking care of business (thinking of you, of course). Bonne année, mon ami!

    Bisous,
    G

  • By Douchebagesse, January 25, 2011 @ 1:57 am

    All hail, Shannon, queen of the d-bags. Sorry I missed this prestigious award (been in a haze of work, it’s my sole excuse for not catching up on my blog-reading).

    Thanks a million K, would love to post the award on my blog :)

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