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.
Until I realised that we didn’t actually have one of those!
It didn’t stop me from wasting a good half of a day looking for it, anyway!
Now tell me….
Who wouldn’t be tempted to nip out for a little Ricard down at the bar if the tables looked as attractive as this?
Well, that’s my excuse, anyway – and I’m sticking to it!
And that’s the beauty of rockpools – you can quite productively waste hours hunting for shrimps or baby crabs…
Or checking if there’s a pirate’s ring hidden behind that sea anenome?
You can take the boy away from the beach but….
You can never really take the beach away from the boy!
Markets in France, that is.
Yes, I bet that market’s got some tales to tell?
I wonder how many of them Deborah will tell in her new book, The Lantern, coming out in July of this year?
I can hardly wait to find out!
Laura at The Everyday Life of a Young American Girl in France delighted the more sentimental of us with her… Une Histoire d’Amour: How I Met FBF
This really is vital reading for anyone who ever meets someone who is wearing… “a stupid wig, a stupid fake mustache, and stupid giant sunglasses.”
You never know!
That naughty minx, KSam at Totally Frenched Out teased us by telling us on April Fools Day that she’d gotten engaged!
Of course, no one believed her until, in Is she or isn’t she? she announced that it was true!
So, congratulations Ksam…
You sneaky double-crosser, you!
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 Loulou at Chez Loulou.
Now, the first thing that you can say about Chez Loulou is that every post is going to be a great post!
And, especially in the winter or early spring when many of us in the northern part of France are damp and cold, a touch of le Minervois works wonders at brightening up our day!
Great subject matter…
And always a bit of cheese, or two!
The perfect blog, one might say?
Loulou, if you’d like to place your award on your blog sidebar just email me and I’ll send you the code.
Now, and now a lot of people know this, I was conceived in Joan of Arc’s birthplace which may not be noteworthy in itself but…
One might begin to worry about the state of the nation when Kristina from Kristina: Franglaise Extraordinaire discovered, in her Teaching Moment of the Year, that one of her students didn’t know that Joan of Arc was French!
You’ve got to pity the poor teachers, haven’t you?
Or have you?
Perhaps it’s the poor students who deserve our pity?
Especially with teachers like Sara at The Dish…
Who had a treat for her students on April 1st.
She told her class of 7 year old students that they were going to have an essay test on the history of the United States of America!
I would have given good money to have been there just so I could see the looks on those poor childrens’ faces!
Romke Soldat at Frogsmoke deserves a mention for his well spotted garage sign.
What’s so special about I Garage Sign, I hear you ask….
Well, take a look at Bloody Mechanic! and find out!
Also rather well spotted was this pair of bonking ladybirds that attracted the attention of La Mom!
She detailed her discovery in Birds do it, bees do it…
And it seems that now…
Even educated ladybirds do it too!
But is anyone else out there thinking, like me….
That to took La Mom to notice?
Not about Piglet, per se, but more about Piglet’s dilema detailed in They say everything happens for a reason…. We’re just yet to find out why.
Now, I’m sure that, like me, you’re just as worried about Piglet being SDF and enjoyed the “farcical horror” of her current situation and of the situations of other people (as Merewoman describes) who are in similar situations.
I would offer to help but…
Apart from offering Piglet a manger in the stable or…
Eating loads of Andouilles and Lentils and then standing up wind of the current owners of Piglet’s new house (I’ll leave it to your imagination what effect that combination of Andouilles and Lentils might have in me?), I’m not sure what else I can do?
I’ll cross my fingers, anyway!
Now for the rest of the awards….
The Boobies of the Week Award rather surprisingly didn’t go to a blogger of the female persuasion this week!
No, the highly coveted award went to A Whinger in France (who I know to be of the male persuasion but I’m not sure if he has breasts or not?) for his A Clean Breast?? which told the lovely tale of a statue being removed from a town hall because her boobies were too big!
Now, I do have to say that the sad person who arrived at Poulette Paris having searched Google for advice on… “how to attract Australian men” would probably have been better off knowing the obvious answer which is….
How to look like Kylie Minogue.
Who would, of course, have the added advantage of attracting men of all nationalities!
Susan, of course, may have come up with a perfectly acceptable alternative answer which is…
Having a Barbeque!
Which is almost certain to attract any Australian men in the nearby vicinity!
Anyway, what does Poulette know about attracting Australian men?
From what I hear, she’s not doing too well on attracting French ones?
Unless she want’s to inform me.us otherwise?
Perhaps she needs to take some advice from Ksam at Totally Frenched Out or Laura at The Everyday Life of a Young American Girl in France?
Heather is, of course, one of the three joint winners of this week’s Award for Explaining What You Should Know About France!
All three worthy winners and…
I’m sure that if I had had the benefit of their experience when I moved to France, my life may have turned out very differently?
The Unofficial (Official) Paris Photographer of the Week Award goes, once again, to Genie at Paris and Beyond for Ma Bourgone – un verre de vin for her lovely photo for the official hanging out spot for the Paris photoblogging community (which is sure to become, in future years) just as famous as all those cafes in Montparnasse where all those old writers used to sit and put the world to rights (apart from Hemingway and Fitzgerald, of course, who used to just drink lots of wine and leave the putting the world to rights bit to others!)
That fantastic post has it all….
Little girls pooing on the street, vomit and spit up on the shoulder, and pee all down Amber’s front and that essential element of all good Life in France blogs….
Pooing in a cup!
Read it and have a laugh.
Just make sure you’re not eating chocolate cake at the time!
The Oh my Golly, She Actually Did it. She Actually Ate Pig’s Bottoms Award goes to none other than Mandy at My Adventures in France for her post No, everything is not edible, even with ketchup which explained how she ended up eating (or not eating) Pig’s Poo Tubes!
Mandy, for your next trick you really ought to try eating Pig’s Blood Sausages – Scrumptiolicious!
And, on the subject of delicious culinary delights….
If you would like to progress to the quarter finals of the Yum, Yum, Fill My Tum Annual Awards you will need to prepare one example each and let me do my official taste test!
I look forward to receiving your entries in the post any day soon!
There were three entries for the Bodacious Breton Babe of the Week Award and I really couldn’t choose between them!
So, girls, you’ll all have to share the award between yourselves (perhaps you could take it in turns to display it on your mantlepiece?
The winners of that award are….
Perhaps she had heard all those nasty rumours of my Andouille and Lentils eating habits?
Although, she does actually live in Brittany and thus, may have had first hand experience of the effects of my weird dietary decisions?
In her case, she was probably too busy eating Crêpes!
Which is a pretty damn good excuse, if you ask me!
MJ at An American Mom in Paris was busy talking about Le Bully (rather than eating Crêpes – although, who knows, she may have been eating Crêpes as well – she can be a bit strange?) but rather than win any award for fighting the school terror merchant (or future functionnaire in the making?) she wins an Award for the Oddest Photo of the Week for This Photo of her daughter doing something really rather strange?
MJ, I used to know a girl who used to do something similar (albeit, behind the bike sheds at school) and all I can say is…
I’d stop her doing that right now!
Just take my word for it? It’ll be better in the long run!
And just for the people who didn’t win an award this week….
Here are the famous Awards for not Winning an Award!
Delana, you have to understand what you need to do if you receive a phone call from a strange man who you are not sure that you know.
When that happens to me I just start speaking Swahili!
Actually, I don’t know any Swahili so I just sort of make it up as I go along!
But let me tell you, it confuses the hell out of them and I tend not (as a result) to receive phone calls from anyone at all!
Give it a go, girl, and, who know, you might finally win a proper award?
Stranger things have happened!
And, talking of strange things….
Linds, you would have won an award if you had ridden your bicycle on the pavement, thus causing a catastrophic pavement panic cataclysm.
And that would have been rather blogworthy, wouldn’t it?
But as you chickened out….
It’s just An Award for Not Winning and Award this Week for you!
And Sarah At St. Bloggie de Riviere gets another Award for not Winning an Award this Week (to add to her cupboard full) for totally failing to suitably explain what could be a better highlight of the week than waxing her legs, which she did in Waxed but not Impec.
Sarah, I’ll have you know, I’ve not been sleeping since Saturday, wondering what could be better…..
She snuck that post in at the very lastest possible moment….
Which caused all sorts of administrative problems here at the A Taste of Garlic office and, anyway…
At only 454 words long….
It is a pale reminder of the lengthy posts that we have come to know and love from our intrepid reporter in the Paris Ghettos!
4/10 for effort and….
Must try harder!
Thus, it’s only an Award for not Winning an Award this Week for you!
And, on a final note….
I am so totally not going to even mention Leesa from News in France…
Because she’s been on her holidays and says…
To which I can only add….
I live in Brittany which means…
I’m still months away from recovering from my frostbite and that nasty fungal growth that we Bretons all seem to suffer from during the damper months!
Have a great, great week, you hear!….
And, if it all goes horribly wrong….
Don’t forget to blog about it!
All the best
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