Every 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.
She reminds us that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and puts the record straight about all those nasty notions going round about the horrible French and, particularly, the prissy Parisians.
So, next time your rude waiter pees in your soup, don’t blame the whole country, it’s just a naughty few who let the side down!
2). Honey at I’m an outlaw, not a hero was a strong contender for the Fondue of the Week Award but…
Mrs A Taste of Garlic has been doing her post-Christmas mega clean-up and has disturbed my carefully organised piles of stuff that I may need sometime and, as a result, I can’t find a bluddy thing!
So, I’ll just have to mention Honey here and give her a load cheer for her Cheese.
Honey, if I ever find that award I’ll pass it on.
She said that once you’ve cooked them in a pressure cooker… “You can drink their juice hot, like a tea, and you will pee and pee all day long.”
I wonder if that’s why they’re called leeks?
And I would like to apologise for the incredibly childish and immature comment that I have just made. I just couldn’t help myself!
There’s something really rather special about a seaside town out of season.
It’s still living, still breathing but….
Almost as if it’s waiting for the summer and the visitors that summer brings.
I loved the photo of the shy manikins.
This, as is only to be expected, confused the hell out of me!
But then I am rather troubled by all this newfangled technology stuff!
I adored the post about Not to market, not to market…
Partly because of Betty’s commitment to try and buy locally…
But mainly because of those shopping trollies!
I’ve got one of those and mine’s bright orange!
The orange ones (and not a lot of people know this) go faster, you know!
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.
This week’s Blog of the Week has been won by Amy at God, I love Paris.
In a way this is one of those lifetime achievement special awards because, as Amy says in A la fin she is going back to the States!
Posts that inspired, like Dreams as Big as the Ritz and…
Posts that amazed, like Binge and Remorse!
In fact, in less than 2 years Amy has managed to post over 1,000 times!
That’s probably some sort of record!
Amy, best of luck with whatever the future holds for you and do come back to Paris one day. 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….
I had to get a special award made up for Piglet (at no small cost, let me tell you! Mrs A Taste of Garlic will be on a bread and water diet for the rest of the month!) and eyebrows were raised at the Award making company that I used.
But, all that aside, it gives me great pleasure to give Piglet of Piglet in France the Award for Having a Chance to Buy a House with Pole Dancing Facilities (and an Indoor Swimming Pool and Bar) Laid On!
I do rather wonder if Laid was quite right to use but, Piglet, most (if not all) of the staff of the Award making company that I use want to know when you’ll be open for business and how much it’ll cost to get in.
Yes, indeed! Well spotted! Don’t these people have any idea?
This delightful tale should be a warning for any of you who are thinking about driving your car on the pavement!
The Not Quite Good Enough for a Rant of the Week Award goes to Shannon at Je ne sais quoi… for WTF Wed: French are the prophets of doom 2011 & what it means.
Shannon did actually Tweet me to suggest that her post would be worthy of the actual Rant of the Week Award but I had to explain to her that….
“You would have been put forward for the Rant of the Week Award for this post (and would surely have won) but the committee (and various subcommittees) have all decided that you are winning altogether too many awards and are therefore disbarred unless you…
1). Go apeshit with an AK47 in your local supermarket.
2). Almost drown in a cow pat (that’ll probably be rather difficult in the middle of Paris) or…
3). Get pregnant and have a baby in time for the next Garlic Awards deadline (10pm next Monday.)”
As Shannon has totally failed to even attempt any of these simple tasks I have no choice but to give her the Not Quite Good Enough for a Rant of the Week Award rather than the real thing!
Shannon, you’re just going to have to try harder!
The Award for the Best Collection of Bugs, Slugs and other Creepy Crawlies goes to Diane at My Life in the Charente for Some Bugs and Insects Found in Our Charente Garden.
Genie wins the award partly for the gorgeous photo but mainly because of her cheeky attempt to convince herself that marzipan mushrooms are healthy!
The Award for Summing Up a Whole Year in Just One Blog Post gets shared between Laura at The Au Pair Project for Happy 2011 and Tim at A Life in Paris (w/two boys and a wife) for his excellent Our Year in Paris – 2010.
Laura, I notice that you totally failed to mention Losing the Children (which, for me, was the highlight of the whole year although, perhaps not such a good advertisement for an Au Pair so I won’t mention it if it’s something that you’d rather keep quiet?) and only a smidgen about host-dad banging his new girlfriend for 3 hours which was a highlight of the year – for me, at least!
Tim, I’m not sure if you managed to lose your children (they seemed to be there at the end of the year?) but, if not, better luck in 2011.
I do have to say that I was especially impressed at your breaking your ribs – it takes a brave man and dedicated father to ignore that nagging feeling at the back of one’s mind that… “perhaps I am a little too old to go roller skating?”
And speaking of chaise longues (as we were, sort of), Elizabeth at Lunch in Paris also wins a Soup of the Week Award for her Currently indisposed which is partly about needing a Chaise Longue and partly about Mushroom, Beef and Barley Soup.
And before any of you start complaining; it’s not our usual policy here to hand out two Soup of the Week Awards but we really couldn’t decide between them and it seemed mean to make Chaiselongue and Elizabeth share?
Leslie was going to get the Soup of the Week Award as well for her Escarole and White Bean Soup but having given away two of those awards I feel that I have to draw the line somewhere!
Doesn’t that look yummy?
This week’s Unofficial Official Paris Photographer of the Week Award goes to Richard at I Prefer Paris; largely for his photos of chairs in the snow in Paris Snow Week; Tuileries.
I’m not sure if its the little boy in me but I’d have an irresistable urge to sit on those chairs (cold bum or not) just to make my mark!
Sometimes (well, quite often really), I thank God that I’m a man and thus, don’t have to do all that beauty stuff.
And just for the people who didn’t win an award this week….
Here are the famous Awards for not Winning an Award!
Leesa, I hope you’re thinking of all of us back here in cold and wet France whilst you are busy lying on the beach!
Sara Louise at Sara Louise in le Petit Village also doesn’t get a proper award this week.
In her case it’s partly because she’s already won a Sweet award someplace else…
And partly because she seemed to be rather preoccupied trying to arrange things so that she’s in the shower when the Canal+ Cable guy comes round to install Eastenders for her!
Becs at Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Cheese? wins an Award for Not Winning an Award because I’ve just noticed that she hasn’t posted for a whole four weeks.
I hope she hasn’t got too tied up smelling her books?
Still not a peep out of Delana at Du Jour which means yet another Award for Not Winning an Award for her!
If anyone sees her could they tell her that I’m expecting (as, I would image, we all are), lots and lots of juicy gossip when she returns.
Diane at All Things French wins (although I’m not entirely sure if win is the right word) an Award for Not Winning an Award for being noticeably absent from the blogging scene wince the week before Christmas.
Perhaps she had too much Christmas Pudding and is sleeping it off?
Amber at Travelling Amber is obviously busy changing nappies which is why she doesn’t get a Rant of the Week Award (or any other award, for that matter) so I’ll give her an Award for Not Winning an Award just so she doesn’t feel left out.
So, after a few sleepless nights I decided to award Tuula an Award for Not Winning an Award and leave it at that!
And that, I think, has to be it for this week. Please continue blogging feverishly over the next 7 days; I’d like to see a lot more effort put into the Rant of the Week competition.
And should I really need to remind you all that it’s been weeks since anyone tried to win the Lingerie category?
All the best