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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). irishherault at The Evening Herault deserves a mention here for the lovely post about Trompe-l’œil pleasures #2

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!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France2). 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.

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France3). David at More than just wine jumped on the bandwagon with his well spotted gynaecologist’s sign in Too good to be true?

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?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France4). Charley at 365 Things That I Love About France would have won an Award for being the Best Official Cemetery Photographer of the Week this week for her post called Le Cimetière de Loyasse.

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!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France5). 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?


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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 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!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe Awards Committee did think that I was sulking a bit about Piglet not buying the Pole Dancing House and took me to task for that!

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.


Breaking news….

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France Fears were mounting last week as a wave of really rather nasty Gastro Flu appeared to be sweeping Provence.

Our reporter B who normally runs our Is There Such a thing as too much Cheese column reported in a fraught telephone call that…. Je suis malade.

Please click on the image to see it full size.

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.

And even our normally reserved and responsible reporter Meredith from Diddit in France complained about Gastro!

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!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAny 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!

Please click on the image to see it full size.

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….

The Award for Hair Growing Longer goes to Brooke at Sky Machines for come here right meow.

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!

Neenuh at Francey Pants wins this week’s Fart of the Week Award for My First Pierre.

It’s amazing what comes out after a glass and a half of wine, isn’t it?

And Joke of the Week Award goes to Jon over at The Vendee Blog for his Monday Morning Joke.

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!

Mark at A corner of France wins this week’s Award for Freezing Your Nuts Off – You’ve got to be MAD!!! for his post about his Frosty Walk.

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.

The Tartiflette Recipe of the Week Award goes to Honey at I’m an outlaw, not a hero for her aptly named Recette de la tartiflette.

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!

And Mandy at My Adventures in France! wins this week’s highly prized Award for Mentioning Dog Poop in a Blog Post for her post called From Tourist to Shopper.

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!

Well, there are definitely no awards for Sam at Totally Frenched Out or Sara Louise at Sara in le Petit Village this week!

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!

And Lauren at The Au Pair Project would have won some sort of award for her post on The Soldes….

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

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7 Comments

  • By Sarah Hague, February 1, 2011 @ 9:01 am

    Well Keith, I could certainly rant about the French justice system again, but it would probably turn round and bite me in the face, lock me up and behead me for treason, so I’m keeping me mouth firmly shut!

    Suffice it to say, if you’re tempted to tackle someone using the courts, I’d say don’t unless you ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO! It’ll surely cost you a lot of money and you’ll get nothing out of it, certainly not justice in any form.

    Voila, mini rant over. :)

  • By Longnosedgreyhound, February 1, 2011 @ 10:10 am

    http://thebookwormblog-joanna.blogspot.com/2011/01/rant-customer-service-sfr-vous-ne.html

    See above for MY recently blogged rant. Still ranting, still getting NOWHERE while SFR get rich at my expense.

  • By PigletinFrance, February 1, 2011 @ 10:16 am

    Thanks Keith for the award! I am honored!!! I am sorry to have disappointed though, I can reassure you that much consideration was given to the Ravinghouse property, but with a little Piglet on it’s way, we decided that it was time to act like responsible Piggies and go for the sensible house! I will add that there is a barn that is ripe for conversion though, so who knows what we will do with it in years to come ;-) ?

    Thanks also for the award for not winning an award even though I have already won an award, I will have to let pregnant brain figure that one out in it’s own time!

    All that glamour! It doesn’t seem right that I am stuck packing boxes :(

    On a side note, I totally agree with Sarah above – I will be being very careful about which organisations I rant about!

  • By Charley Appenzellar, February 2, 2011 @ 10:52 am

    Keith,
    Thanks for the mention! It was an absolute adventure visiting the cemetery; France has beautiful architecture right down to her tombstones and mausoleums!! And … ahem, yes, I believe after my experience, I shall elect to be cremated as well!!

    Bonne continuation et une excellent semaine!
    Charley

  • By Nina, February 2, 2011 @ 1:04 pm

    I am so honored to have won the Fart of the Week award. My mom could not be more proud of me. I’d like to thank French homophones, my tendency to confuse the same, and that bottle of Chinon, without which this post never would have been possible. Amen.

  • By lauren, February 4, 2011 @ 9:24 am

    Hahahah–don’t worry! I promise to lose the kids again and sooner than you assume!

    xo

  • By Frederick, February 13, 2011 @ 4:34 pm

    All your blogs are very interesting.. keep on
    posting inspiring articles.

    well done :)

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