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.
I do like a bit of trompe-loeil (try saying that after seven pints of Guinness!) and it’s something that I don’t really remember from London?
Mind you, London wasn’t famous for being a huge naturist village like Cap d’Agde?
Or, if it was, I was too busy to notice!
2). And Richard at I Prefer Paris should get a gold star for his article about Epices Roellinger.
Now, as I’m sure you all know, Olivier Roellinger used to have a 3 Michelin star restaurant in Cancale (my parents ate there once, you probably didn’t know that?) but retired due to ill health a few years ago.
Now he has a spice shop in Cancale and has just opened one in Paris.
Roellinger was well know for investigating new tastes with his cooking and puts paid to the idea that French chefs are always looking backwards to their golden age of cookery.
Next time I’m up that way I’m going to make sure I pop into his spice shop in Cancale and have a good look round.
I suppose that it must be nice to visit Dr. Daddy if you’re having trouble having a baby?
Not so good if you’re looking for birth control?
But only one we have left had a tiny crack in it and, no matter how much SuperGlue I splodged on it, I couldn’t get it fixed.
Thus, Charley, no award but I’ll give you a mention here.
You’ve got to read Charley’s story about the old lady being buried and the femur bone – I won’t say any more as I’ll give it away bit…
Having read it….
I think I’ll be cremated when my time comes!
5). Walt, over at Another American in France – WCS also deserves a mention for some great photography this week (although I have to say, it’s pretty great most weeks) and, as an example, I picked out his Periodic Puppy Pics.
Although I’m more of a cat person (I have to say that because the cats are watching), I think I’d like to have to go out for a brisk walk every day in the woods.
I suppose I’ll just have to pretend I’ve got a dog?
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 Piglet at Piglet in France for The Piglet Family WILL have a home in rural France!.
Now, Piglet seems to have been having some ups and downs recently, possibly related in some way to the fact that (sorry professor Strunk) she is awaiting the arrival of Little Miss Piglet and will be homeless in a couple of week’s time!
And, to cap it all, she didn’t win any kind of award at all last week (even though her mum did!) and that’s got to be a first since these award ceremonies started!
And I do have to admit that I was more than a little bit confused and disappointed by her decision; you think you’ve got to know someone an then they do something bizarre and totally out of character like that!
Still, that’s life and to prove that I’m not bearing any grudges, all I can say is….
Piglet… congratulations and I’m sure you’ll find something to blog about in your new sensible house.
And I’m not even going to begin to suggest that you would have had far more exciting things to blog about if you’d only bought a house with a bar, an indoor swimming pool and a Pole Dancing Room?
Piglet, if you’d like to place your award on your blog sidebar just email me and I’ll send you the code.
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Shortly afterwards we heard wretching sounds and the agonised cry… “Pass me another bucket, this one’s full!” and so we put the phone down quickly before we caught anything nasty.
Worries were mounting about the health of all the expat bloggers throughout the rest of Provence who have been ominously silent recently and pleas were going out to many of them to say something so that we know you’re still alive!
Any hopes of getting any sensible content from our Antipodean correspondent in Paris last Wednesday went right out the window when she published her guide to Lingo for Australia Day.
We did manage to briefly make contact later on in the evening when our roving reported was caught on the metro with a gob full of meat pie…
She managed to utter the words… “How ya goin’ luv? Wanna come to our piss up?” before lurching off in the direction of the nearest bar!
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Elsewhere in France things were a little quieter amongst the Australian community (or perhaps it wasn’t but they were just being secretive) and the response from one of our Provencal Aussies was typical with a Happy Australia Day! and some vague mutterings about vegemite baguettes?
Now for the rest of the awards….
Strangely enough, when I first moved to France I didn’t have my hair cut for the first three years.
Now though, it’s nice and short again and my main worry, after eight years in France, is that it all seems to be falling out!
Better keep an eye on that, Brooke. Just to be safe!
It’s amazing what comes out after a glass and a half of wine, isn’t it?
Now, I’m not going to give the joke away so you’ll have to hike over to Jon’s place to read it but….
I remember hearing for the first time in primary school – I just think I really understood it then?
I have no hesitation in awarding merewoman at No Damn Blog the Best Acceptance Speech of the Week Award for Unaccustomed as I am….. where she thanks everyone she’s ever met (although perhaps not that nasty chap at the supermarket who wouldn’t give her her money back?) for her winning the Blog of the Week Award here last week!
Merewoman, if everyone was a gracious as you, the world would be a far better place!
I’ve got to say, if God had intended us to go out for a walk when it’s six below zero, he would have given us six inches of blubber and fur to keep us warm!
And don’t anyone dare suggest that I’m the prototype!
Oh, by the way….
To everyone else who attempted to win that award….
I hope the frostbite gets better soon and nothing too important drops off.
However, next week the rules for this award are going to change and I will personally judge all the entries!
So, feel free to send your best efforts in and I’ll order a new pair of trousers, slightly larger than what I’m wearing today!
Actually, it should be Mandy’s Mom Lisa who wins the award as she was the guest blogger on that fantastic post!
Imagine the dedication that shows…
Flying all the way from the States in order to help your daughter win one of our awards!
Lisa, if we had any Mom of the Week Awards left, I’d award one to you!
By the way, if anyone doesn’t know Mandy’s blog you should really pop over and say hello.
After all, she is a long way from family and home.
And just for the people who didn’t win an award this week….
Here are the famous Awards for not Winning an Award!
They’ve both been caught red-handed teaching their better halves all about the evils of American TV!
Yes, in her post about how Things have been pretty quiet over at Chez Ksam recently, Sam lets slip that she’s introduced C to Jay Leno!
Good grief girl!
What’s the poor man done to deserve that?
And possibly even worse (which doesn’t surprise me one little bit!), over at Sara Louise in le Petit Village, SJ introduces her husband to Oprah in la guerre des étoiles!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again……
If God had meant decent upstanding Frenchman to watch American TV, he wouldn’t have invented Poubelle le Monde!
Piglet would have won some sort of award for her post about Living in Jerk Central but she’s already won the Blog of the Week Award so she’ll just have to settle for yet another Award for no+t Winning An Award even though she has actually won an Award this week!
Confused? Yeah, me too!
If only she’d managed to lose the kids she was looking after or had described a mammoth bonkathon in the bedroom next door?
So, Lauren, here’s an Award for not Winning An Award.
Sorry, but if you’re not going to put the effort in….
Likewise The Grouse at trailing grouse doesn’t get an award this week because her rant about how unfriendly the French are in Alliance Francaise actually isn’t a rant as she finds out the French are nice after all!
So, The Grouse, an Award for not Winning an Award for you!
And that, I’m afraid to say, has to be it for this week!
I’ve got about ten million things to do and about twenty minutes to get them all done by so I’ll bid you farewell and leave you all with this thought…..
No Rant of the Week Award this week?
I hope that you’re all feeling ashamed of yourselves and will do your utmost to remedy the situation in time for next Tuesday’s awards ceremony!
All the best