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). The irrepressible Sara-Louise from Sara in Le Petit Village has been complaining that she’s got flies!

Of course, in her post… lots of sheep = lots of flies she blames it all on the sheep but…..

From experience I know that, personally, I only suffer from fly infestation if I haven’t been changing my underpants often enough!

Her personal method… “to ensure mass destruction of those pesky buggars…” seems to be a combination of Karate Kid, demented dog (wouldn’t you be demented if you lived with SL?) and dish towel!

Sara Louise admits that that she’s worrying about her sanity because… “I get a lot of enjoyment from the death of these little fly aholes and do a lot of trash talking in the process….”

Sara Louise, I hate to say this but….

We’re all worrying about your sanity as well!

Wax on, wax off….

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France2). I’m sure that American Family in France deserve some kind of award for LazyBigButt Get Off Your Butt! but I couldn’t decide which one?

So I thought I’d mention them here and also mention that…

Mom is opening a language school. Well, I’ll let her explain…

“I am opening a language school in Montpellier. I need students. If you know anyone who wants to learn English from a slightly loony but very enthusiastic American, send ‘em over.”

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France3). Samantha at Life, Love, Living in France discovered that her cat should have been called Patrick Bateman., as she explains in My Cat is EVIL or have the lambs stopped screaming?

Or Hannibal Lector?

Instead of Bella!

And Samantha says of her Lizard hunting pussy… “Not that Bella is a killer. No, she just likes to torture her prey, batting their little bodies around, pretending to let them escape, and then pouncing before they’re able to get away.”

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France4). A contender for the Is That A Sausage On You Plate or Are You Just Pleased To See Me? Award, Kelsey at “un(e)-americain(e)” in france missed out on the aforementioned award for her post on Sausages and feathers when Mrs A Taste of Garlic chucked it in the bin on the grounds that she thought it lowered the tone a bit.

I did try to explain to her that the whole tone of this site was pretty low already (practically subterranean, I would have thought?) but she was adamant.

So, even though Kelsey doesn’t get the award, I’d still like to mention her here.

I’ll also mention that I had a birthday party myself on Sunday but…

Mrs A Taste of Garlic banned sausages just in case I got tempted to plonk mine on a paper plate?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France5). When I first read this post I do have to admit to thinking to myself… “Now, is that really such a sensible thing to do?”

But it does seem to have worked out without too much trauma?

What am I talking about?

Why, when Conjugating Irregular Verbs went to visit Le Petit Village!

Two Texans in such a small village?

And all those children running round?

Would Le Petit Village be able to cope?

And what would Fifty have to say about it all?

All we know is what Aidan had to say about it all…..

Which was…..

“I love my wine and it loves 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 Dianne at “All things French”

I love Dianne’s photos of France and the special view that she manages to capture.

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceOf which, Le Consulat…… would be a fine example…

Simple but clever….

“Of it’s place”

You couldn’t mistake it for anywhere else in the world…

Somehow it defines a corner of France but, at the same time…

Allows you to invent histories and futures for those who are lucky enough to have been captured in the image…

In other words..

A Damn Fine Photo!

Dianne, 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….

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceA newish blog on the block is “This being France…” which came to my attention when I spotted a brilliant post about the VSP.

And anyone who ever reads my blog at BretonDiary.com will know that I have a little problem with these Miracles of Modern Madness.

Another new kid on the block is liberté, égalité, crème brûlée! which is Emma’s blog about her life in Paris.

It certainly looks interesting and is well worth a visit.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned eFrenchCafe before but, if I haven’t, I certainly have now!

eFrenchCafe is Ida’s site and she says of it… “I provide French students, French culture lovers and Francophone wannabees with learning tips and workshops to speak French. I also like to share my “bonnes adresses” and my coups de coeur.”

To find out more, take a look at the About Page.

Femme au Foyer is also a newish blog that’s well worth a visit.

Liene, the blog’s owner, says of herself… “Originally from Chicago, in November of 2010 I arrived in France with my husband, my son, two cats and five suitcases.”

Breaking news….

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceOur famous Rant of the Week Award hasn’t been awarded for quite a while (I do apologise but I was abducted by aliens from outer space – I did get back as soon as I could!) but strangely enough, no one has ranted about that fact?

One rant that I did notice though, was Magic27 who was ranting about the Washout.

And what was she ranting about? Well, the weather, of course!

As she said… “I’m British, this is my birthright: I’m blaming it on the weather.”

Also ranting was Amber at Travelling Amber with her post about Sollicitors.

Which was largely about…

Amber’s… “new-found loathing for door-to-door sales people.”

However, neither rant comes up to our exceedingly high standards and thus, the Rant of the Week Award gets won by nobody this week!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceOur Yum Yum, Fill My Tum Award has gone missing but, luckily, I have found an old I’m a Greedy Piggie Award that Mrs A Taste of Garlic was hiding at the back of the cupboard in the hope that I’d forget all about it.

And the contenders for that wonderful award are….

1). Barbara at Cuisine de Provence with her Mediterranean Lentil Salad.

2). Dedene at Bienvenue Chez Moi for her Tian? What is Tian?


3). Diane at My Life in the Charente for her Cherry Bread Pudding.

Now, there was no way that I could decide between the three filling posts without going back for second helpings and…

Mrs A Taste of Garlic is trying to put me on a diet so…

I’m just going to have to award the I’m a Greedy Piggie Award to all three contenders.

Congratulations Barbara, Dedene and Diane.

And anyone who wishes to aspire to these heights of culinary wonderfulness might be interested in some of the courses available at Facilitutors which might be the ideal way to combine a cookery course with a holiday in France?

Now for the rest of the awards….

The Piglet Award for being Piglet goes, unsurprisingly enough, to Piglet in France for…..

No other reason other than….

In my absence she has managed to have a baby, hurt her bottom, have more than a few rants and has even managed to buy a house (although not the pole-dancing one the we were all hoping for!)

And, I’d just like to take this opportunity to say…

“Piglet’s incredibly graphical posts about actually having the baby may have actually put me off the idea of ever having a baby myself but, they weren’t the reason for my recent absence from the internet.”

Further details are available at Baby Piglet’s Birth Story.

The Sexy Motorbike of the Week Award goes to David at More than Just Wine for What is a True Triton?

It is, in my humble opinion, a sad reflection of the state of society that the youth of today don’t spend their impressionable years staring out of a classroom window dreaming about one day mating a Triumph engine and a Norton frame and showing it off at the Ace Cafe!

Like I used to do!

The Award for not Winning an Award for Quite a Long Time but Still Managing to come up with Good Blog Posts goes, after rather a lot of discussion, self-promotion and lobbying (by her husband, Paul) and, it has to be said, rather a nice bottle of wine given to me as a birthday present, to….

Rosalyn at An English Rose in France for her lovely post about 1st Festival des arts de la rue, in La Gacilly.

The Dog Plop of the Week Award goes to Ann Mah for Unleashed.

Now, we don’t get a lot of dog plop on the pavements here in rural (and slightly backward) Brittany but then again, we don’t actually seem to have that many pavements?

Cow plop? Now, that’s another thing!

The Award for the Finest Book Cover of the Week goes to Deborah Lawrenson for The cover revealed…

A fine cover on what I am sure is going to be a fine book.

The Now, That’s Really Rather Clever Award is given by a gobsmacked jury to Heather at Secrets of Paris for her N’Importe Quoi Photo of the Week.

The Provencal Photo of the Week Award gets shared this week!

I just couldn’t decide between these lovely photos of the market at Aix-en-Provence that I found in the post about Boar Hunting in Aix-en-Provence over at You had me at bonjour…


The equally lovely photos at Our House in Provence on the post.. Crestet, a village perched on the edge of the Dentelles de Montmirail.

So, Michel and Kirsty, you’ll have to share the award – well done to both of you!

The Sexy Car of the Week Award goes to Eric at Paris Daily Photo for his lovely Ami 8 in Flower Power!

For those of you who aren’t aware of the Ami 8, it is a 2CV with possibly the ugliest body in the world shoved on it which makes it even slower than the original car but, in a strangely perverse way, makes it as sexy as hell!

And Sam from Totally Frenched Out wins this week’s The Strangest Thing You’ve Seen All Week Award for her discovery of a McDonalds Gym!

You know, I’ve long suspected that there are strange things all around us but it takes a certain sort of person to actually spot them in the first place?

A bit like being able to tell Aliens from Outer Space from Bretons, really?

Which is a skill that I have recently acquired!

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

Here are the famous Awards for not Winning an Award!

I really wanted to give Sarah at St. Bloggie de Riviere an award for something but she hasn’t really been that ranty recently and the last half decent rant (about Slut and Nonsense) was three weeks ago so I can’t really include it in this week’s That was the Week…

Thus, sad as I am to say it….

It’s an Award for Not Winning An Award for you, Sarah!

And it’s a similar story with the lovely Leesa at News from France.

I’ve been desperately wanting to give her an award for ages and ages but….

She buggered off to Costa Rica for most of the winter and then, as soon as she comes back, she posts about Coffee time in London.

And our rules are very, very clear and can’t be broken in any circumstances (unless a rather nice bottle of wine is involved?) and for a post to win an award it actually has to be set in France!

Leesa almost got an award for her post about Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte, Paris because, of course, Paris is in France, but…

We’re still waiting for the printers to deliver the Pretty Chateau of the Week Award and all the Awards for Jumping Up and Down in front of a Chateau seem to have totally disappeared. So, Leesa, I’m, afraid…..

It’s another Award for not Winning an Award This Week for you!

Steve at Mr Tomato King almost won the Ooh, That Looks Nasty; You Should get that Seen To! Award when he started a blog post with the words… “I have has a bit of leaf curl, this week” but the judges decided to withhold the award once they learned that the problem wasn’t a nasty fungus eminating from Mr Tomato King’s Y-Fronts but more a case of Leaf curl on tomatoes.

So, sorry Steve but it’s an Award for not Winning an Award This Week for you. However, if you do manage to catch some weird and wonderful fungal infection and decide to blog about it, there’s an award waiting for you!

On a more serious note, Mr Tomato King now has a Forum on his site and it’s well worth a visit if you want any questions answered about tomatoes.

All the best

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  • By Sara Louise, June 7, 2011 @ 6:55 am

    Welcome back! Happy to see you picked up on the quote from Aidan 🙂

  • By Steve aka Mr TK, June 7, 2011 @ 7:54 am

    Hi Keith, nice to see you back in the saddle.
    I just do not know what to say about my non award, but I would like to thank all my non followers, my non producer and my fellow non winners.
    I tend to go commando in the poly-tunnel as it is so hot, and Y-fronts are banned by Mrs TK anyway. Although I have been known to use her stockings to support my melons!

  • By ksam, June 7, 2011 @ 8:09 am

    So glad you’re back Keith!! 🙂

  • By Paris Karin (an alien parisienne), June 7, 2011 @ 8:17 am

    So glad the aliens released you so that you could come back with the highly amusing digest of the expat blogworld, Keith! Thanks for the interesting stories — read three of the many here before I even got to the comment. 🙂

  • By Keith Eckstein, June 7, 2011 @ 9:14 am

    Oh dear Mr Tomato King….

    The thought of you using your wife’s stockings to support your melons has shocked me so much that I’m thinking of hitching a lift on the next Alien Spacecraft out of here!

    All the best


    P.S. Just a random thought… Does she take them off first or do you sort of share?

  • By Keith Eckstein, June 7, 2011 @ 10:21 am

    But I didn’t mention her new nickname…. I’m saving that up for future use!

    All the best


  • By Liene, June 7, 2011 @ 10:50 am

    Thanks for the plug. And Tuesdays haven’t been the same these last weeks, I am very happy you’re back!

  • By Keith Eckstein, June 7, 2011 @ 11:12 am

    Hi Liene

    I’m very happy to be back too!

    All the best


  • By Keith Eckstein, June 7, 2011 @ 11:14 am


    Very glad to be back.

    We might be a little bit strange and behind the times here in rural Brittany (actually, for that read…. very strange and positively medieval) but….

    I seem to fit in here!

    All the best


  • By aidan, June 7, 2011 @ 11:49 am

    Oh Keith, it’s so nice to read your Tuesday post again. I really missed it. You always make me laugh and find a blog I’ve not seen…as well as those I already love…SL, Kirsty
    And seriously? Does that sound like something I would say? Stand up mother of three? Hmmmm
    aidan xo

  • By Deborah, June 7, 2011 @ 2:18 pm

    Thanks for the book mention, Keith – much appreciated. Once it’s out, and speaks for itself (for better or worse…) I will feel fully able to join your other band of bloggers and give full vent to my other ranting and mad-life-in-France persona!

  • By Kirsty, June 7, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

    Hey, good to see you up and at ’em again, Keith! Glad you enjoyed the photos!

    P.S. Don’t believe a word Aidan says – especially when she’s been drinking.

  • By Sarah Hague, June 7, 2011 @ 3:09 pm

    Thank you so much for my non-award which I’ll cherish for at least forever. 🙂 Welcome back, oh Much Missed One

  • By Samantha Verant, June 8, 2011 @ 7:29 pm

    That pig picture scares me more than my cat!!!! AGHHHHHH!

  • By Lauren, June 9, 2011 @ 5:02 am

    Yayy! Youre back!

  • By Michel, June 10, 2011 @ 5:47 am

    Welcome back Keith. We have missed your clever prose and wit each week. Thanks for the honor of being chosen to share the Provencal Photo of the Week Award.

  • By Emma, June 11, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

    Hi! Thank you for the mention! 🙂
    Hope the aliens treated you well…?

  • By Keith Eckstein, June 11, 2011 @ 3:56 pm

    Hi Emma

    The aliens were really nice apart from…..

    The internal bits!

    All the best


  • By Paul, June 19, 2011 @ 3:03 pm

    Award for not Winning an Award for Quite a Long Time??? Don’t you mean Award for not Winning an Award EVER!! And you thought my best post was 1st Festival des arts de la rue, in La Gacilly. Oh well, thanks anyway 😉

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