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). Stuart and Gabrielle at Permaculture in Brittany deserve a mention this week for mentioning The difficulties of photographing animals.

And they should know as they have more than most (animals, that is, not difficulties!)

And doesn’t that Blue Tit have a touch of the “Danny Blanchflower” about him?

And in those colours he’s the almost perfect Spurs supporter?

Sorry Stuart – but I just couldn’t resist that!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France2). Trisha at An ‘Old Biddies’ Life was going to get the Now, you know I’m not one to gossip but did you hear about… Award for her post all about The ex-pat re-invented Brits.

However, we lent that award to that young couple down the road (you know, Dave and Denise from Dagenham) and, not only were they late in returning it but it’s totally ruined! Some people have no respect for other people’s property!

Still, I don’t like to complain; you know what that Dave is like after a few gallons of Cotes du Rhone!

And that Denise, she’s even worse!

All of which has nothing at all to do with Trisha’s well observed glimpse of real expat life in France – the bits that Peter Mayle forgot to tell you about!

Oh, les Anglais – life in France just wouldn’t be life in France without them!

Oh, what splendid entertainment we must be for our French neighbours!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France3). You know, I’ve been getting seriously worried and disappointed about and by Lauren at The Au Pair Project.

From a brilliant start where she expertly detailed her host-father’s three hour rumpy-pumpy sessions and lovingly described how she managed to lose her charges whilst taking them to school….

We now find her, in Surprises, having a lie in and being served breakfast in bed!

Seriously Lauren, I don’t know whether to congratulate you on training your charges so well or….

Wonder if they are so worried that you’ll lose them again that they’ve decided the safest thing to do is make sure you stay in bed?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France4). Karin at An Alien Parisienne should really have won this week’s Award for a Triumphant Return to Blogging for her Back to the Blog and Project: Happily Ever After – a Preview to a Review but many of the awards committee felt that the title was a tad too long and were sure that there was something in the rules about overly long blog post titles so….

Sorry Karin, no award for you!

Really, if I’d had my way, I’d have given you the Award for the Cheekiest (no pun intended) Ass display of the Week.

You seem to be on form? By the time I got to the bottom (no pun intended) of your post i was quite exhausted!

So, when’s the happy day then? The Girlie has just bought me a Big Hat, you know! She must be psychic?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France5). And down in the South West of France, Amy was Learning to Burn in the Diary of Amy Rigby.

A wonderfully evocative piece, you could almost hear the twigs crackling and smell the woody smoke.

As Amy says… “There’s an art to burning. Who knew that destruction was such hard work?”

Which sounds pretty philosophical to me!

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

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 Aidan at Rue Rice for Christening our own.

For once, this was a unanimous decision with all of the judges agreeing that the post totally summed up the mores and values of modern society; the desperate desire to own a car, the lack of attention paid to the ill (or soon about to be rather messily ill), the political statement of vomiting outside the Palace of Versailles and, Aidan (our hero) bravely sleeping all through it!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceYes, it’s all there – our society in a nutshell!

Aidan, you’re still our hero (so cool to sleep through a raging vomit storm) but….

Jaylee, you’re also our hero as well!

Mr and Mrs Rue Rice….

I hope you realise… You’ll never get rid of the smell!

Peggy, if you’d like to place your award on your blog sidebar just email me and I’ll send you the code.

New blogs on the block….

Newly popped up on the periscope – can’t really comment yet but….

A Word from Calvados is Janine’s blog which seems quite a good introduction to the area. She doesn’t post often and perhaps needs a little bit of encouragement? Down to you guys, I suppose?

Into the Woods is Nikki’s blog all about being an Au Pair in Paris!

Let’s just hope she never meets up with Lauren from The Au Pair Project?

Once again – Nikki probably needs some followers so that she knows it’s worthwhile posting?

Our Life in France – Husband is a professional international basketball player from the Bahamas. Wifey is a regular girl from little Simi Valley. Now we are raising two big boys internationally and loving every minute of it! (Well, almost every minute…) – could be interesting?

Breaking news….

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceWorrying reports were coming in that the French had fallen out of love with their most iconic form of transport, the lovely 2CV.

Our hard working and conscientious reporters did what they could to quell the panic….

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Rioting in the streets of Paris was narrowly avoided only when A Seattleite in Paris at A (framerican) Seattleite in Paris published a calming post about a Motorcar.

Even if the post didn’t feature a 2CV, the car did look a bit like a 2CV that someone had driven their four wheel drive over?

And, has anyone else spotted that it appears to have been padlocked to the post in the foreground?

Would anyone in their right mind actually want to steal one of these?

I mean, it’s not even blue!

And Andy, our man in the Charente, at Prunings from the Vines attempted to appeal for calm with his post about the Triumph Herald Coupe.

Unfortunately, as most people’s memories of that fabled car are inextricably linked to recurring nightmares about wheels falling off and brakes not working….

It did little to quell the unrest!

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

Secretive and shunning publicity most of the time….

The Paris Bloga Nostra were out in force in a blatant display of criminal conspiracy, cheese nibbling and wine glugging.

Please click on the photo to see it full size

Brilliantly captured by our undercover reporter, Virginia from Paris Through my Lens, the picture tells the true story of what many are already calling Notre Soirée à Paris (which, I guess, sounds a bit posher than old Al Capone’s St. Valentine’s Day Massacre?)

Our sources tell us that some of the gang left early and someone who observed the whole event (but wishes to remain anonymous so that he doesn’t end up swimming with the fishes) said…

“If you want to know who is ze real dangerous ones… watch out for bloggers who wear ties – and their molls!”

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThere was a lot of discussion about learning French this week.

Kristin at French Word a Day started it off with her Aussi Froid Que Le Cul d’Un Mort where she explained how to send your fried eggs back, in a cafe, if they are as cold as a dead man’s butt!

Useful stuff, that!

Please click on the photo to see it full size

Then Delana at Du Jour followed up with her Daphnée does Paris (which I assure you is nothing at all like Debbie does Dallas – just in case you made the same mistake as me?)

Although, if you do read Delana’s post you will learn to say… “tu les trouves jolie mes fesses?”

And that’s always a handy thing to know, isn’t it?

Meanwhile, Sasha over at Flip-Flop France decided to be Captain Sensible and tell us all about Bothersome French: Vous versus Tu.

Although she didn’t mention what form to use if someone asks if you find their bum pretty?

And I’m sure that’s going to cause me many problems in the months and years to come!

Kelsey at “un(e) americain(e)” in france however, stuck to safer ground when she said I love vegetables.

Ladies and Gentlemen (and those of you who don’t really fit in either description), if you want a French Lesson that doesn’t involve botty bits – rush over to “un(e) americain(e)” in france!

Now for the rest of the awards….

The Arse over Tit on the Streets of Paris Award goes (after a lot of discussion and a general feeling that we should have had some photographs as proof) to Caroline of Sweet Caroline fame for her Best of: places in Paris where I’ve fallen on my butt.

Caroline, an excellent first attempt; my fellow judges and I look forward with relish to your entry in the Dog Poop Disaster of the Week Award competition.

The Sexual Position of the Week Award goes to Laura at The Everyday Life of a Young American Girl in France for her Levrette.

Nice one Laura, thank you very much. I learned a lot!

Oh, and Mrs A Taste of Garlic says thank you as well!

The Rant of the Week Award goes to Sam at Totally Frenched Out for Today’s French word: S’imposer.

Sam, I promise you, if you go into work with an AK47 in your hands and a thousand yard stare on your face, you’ll get Rant of the Month Award and I’ll personally put you forward for the Rant of the Year Award.

The Official (unofficial) Paris Photographer of the Week Award goes to Cynthia at Parisian Adventures for her Old Fashioned Butcher.

Cynthia, a lovely photo – you had me drooling at the lips (although, I do have to say, it doesn’t take much to make me drool? The sight of a Pig’s Trotter, a nice rack of fatty ribs or a bowl of fresh Riz du Proc and I’m all over the place!)

Anne in Oxfordshire wins a Special Award for Posts about Paris from Someone who doesn’t live in Paris.

Anne often pops over here and always writes lovely blog posts about it.

Her Images from Paris… shows that she’s got a good eye for a photo and certainly enjoys her visits over here.

And just for the people who didn’t win an award this week….

Here are the famous Awards for not Winning an Award!

Miss K at Postcards from Paris – Adventures of an Expat probably expected to win an award for her (Extremely creepy) things you might see in the park but, I have to tell you, young lady, I’ve seen creepier things crawling out of my Y-Fronts around the occasion of my annual bath and so, I’m sorry to say, no proper award for you!

Seriously, Miss K, I’m getting a bit peeved at people who think they can persuade half a dozen lazy students to grab some branches and twigs and turn them into not very scary spiders just so they can win an award. It’s happening far too often and one does have to put one’s foot down sooner or later, even if it does seem a little harsh! And let that be a lesson to all of you who are currently planning to visit that student bar in the hope of persuading some of the great unwashed to do something similar!

Sorry, Miss K, but it’s an Award for not Winning an Award the Week for you!

And I’m sure that Ross-Bif at Ross-Bif: A Brit Living in France thought he was a dead cert for the Award for the Coolest Beer Cooler in France with his post about Flat Hunting in Paris: Part 3 but….

Let me tell you, Ross-Bif, if I had a beer for every beer that I’ve taken out of a bidet….

Well, I’d have rather a lot of beer! Anyway, real men (especially real British men) know all to well that when God invented baths, it wasn’t to get clean in – oh no! The average bath just so happens to make the perfect beer cooler! You know, I have a sneaky suspicion that you might be a Man U. supporter – n’est pas? That would perfectly explain the beer in the bidet thing!

Right, I’m running out of time her so I’ll just rush through the next bunch of non-performers who each, for their own reasons, fail to win a proper award and have to console themselves with the runner-up (for that, read loser’s) prize of an Award for not Winning an Award this Week!

Sarah at St. Bloggie de Rivierre – no post for 7 days (apart for that Groupon thing which everyone is doing these days) – 1/10 for effort, must try harder.

Amber at Travelling Amber – 3 posts but no real rants. She did mention Sex last Wednesday but she didn’t include any photos – over all, 2/10 for effort – seems content to sit at the back of the class and pick her nose – must try harder.

Piglet at Piglet in France – no post all week – came up with the excuse that “The dog ate her homework” – 0/10 – must try harder.

Leesa from News from France – I understand that she has a poorly big toe but….

That’s no excuse for missing Netball Practice!

Sorry Leesa but I find it hard to feel sorry for you when you’re in Costa Rica (in the sunshine) and we’re stuck in freezing Brittany, burning our furniture in a vain effort to keep warm – 2/10 and you’re excused ballet class for a week!

Oh, by the way, Leesa… The examiners will look favourably on you should you decide to come back to France and start blogging about Paris things – they like that sort of stuff (so I’m told.)

All the best

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  • By Betty C., February 15, 2011 @ 7:03 am

    Hello – – I am amazed at how complete and detailed your site has become. Blog on! You are doing a great job cataloguing all of these France blogs.

    You reviewed mine in 2010 (La France Profonde) and I just wanted to inform you that I have put it to rest (it is still online) and started a new venture, The World from my Windows. I had some initial objectives for La France Profonde that I wasn’t really following, and just felt like I needed a clean slate. So far it is a very clean slate with little in the way of sidebar stuff, but it has given me a new boost. It is still mainly an expat blog, I suppose, but I didn’t want to be constrained by all of that “deepest darkest France” imagery, which doesn’t necessarily reflect my real life.

    The address is, obviously, above.

    Keep up the good work.


  • By lauren, February 15, 2011 @ 8:01 am

    Hahahahha–I think it may be the latter! Oh Keith, what will I do without your reviews once I quit this gig–or get fired from losing the kids–whichever comes first 😉


  • By Sarah, February 15, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

    Yeah, I know, but I’ve been writing Floppy the Monster Tweets and there are only so many hours in the day… 🙂

  • By PigletinFrance, February 15, 2011 @ 3:46 pm

    0/10? Must try harder? You’ve obviously been missing my pint sized rants on twitter Keith!

    Seriously though, I have a post in the making but it’s not easy breeding a baby you know. I’ve been put on bed rest and am so tired all the time, I seriously don’t have much to blog about 🙁

  • By ksam, February 15, 2011 @ 6:12 pm

    Wow!! My first “rant of the week” award. It almost makes the whole ordeal worthwhile. (almost)

  • By laura, February 15, 2011 @ 9:32 pm

    I’m glad I could help out you and Mrs. A Taste of Garlic in the beaudoir! (Is beaudoir even real French? Am I even spelling it right?)

    UPDATE: Just asked FBF and he said it isn’t real French and definitely does not mean bedroom. LAME!

  • By Leesa, February 16, 2011 @ 1:58 am

    Haha Keith!! Love your twisted humour!!

    Congrats to EVERYONE you handed out awards to today and FUNNNNY you should also mention me b/c as I type this… I’m trying to EXTEND my time in the tropics by 10 days- gotta have more walking on the beach time, of course in 28-32C weather!! I’ll check out the blogs you listed and an extra congrats to my friends Anne and Sam!! YAY!!!
    Hi to J&J … Hugs, Leese

  • By Karin (an alien parisienne), February 16, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

    “By the time I got to the bottom (no pun intended) of your post”


    I had one of my friends say that he (yes, it was a man, go figure) thinks it would be a good idea to open up a “titerie,” too. *snort*

    Whaddaya mean, “long post”? It’s only just over 1,900 words this time!! *harumph* That’s nothing. (lol)

    Thanks for all the humor, Keith, and now I also have my afternoon reading cut out for me! 🙂

  • By Caroline, February 16, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

    Thanks for the award ! I didn’t know anyone had actually read my silly little blog 🙂

    And sorry about the lack of photographic evidence–I was pretty busy falling down out the timel. didn’t have time to whip out my camera. But believe me, if I ever write a dog poo post, there will be pictures. It’s totally possible, given I live right next to the Ecole Veterinaire…

  • By Peggy, February 23, 2011 @ 12:31 am

    I finally figured out how to comment, seems I can never find your button;-)
    Thanks so much for the award and I would love the button code please!

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