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.
1). April (or Wendy – it’s a long story and I haven’t got time for it here) from Le Franco Phoney wowed us with an amazing post about a local village fete where the highlight is being chased by a stuffed boar mounted on a trolley!
Yes, you read that right!
If you don’t believe me, check out Where else in the world would this happen?
Where else indeed!
And I thought that they were a funny lot, that lot down in Montpellier but April’s crowd make those Languedocians seem almost normal!
As April herself says….
“Spain might have the running of the bulls and Rio might have Carnival, but La Clusaz is possibly the only place in the world that has the stuffed boar on wheels.”
Well (and I never thought I’d say this)….
That makes our local Breton Pig Chucking Contests (of which Mrs A Taste of Garlic is the local champion) seem quite tame incomparison!
April goes on to explain that… “Other highlights of the parade were the kids throwing hay and some sort of seeds that stung as they hit bare skin, and the men carrying an enormous amount of hay on their heads (like massive grass affros), the deafening bell ringers and best of all, the free samples of Reblochon cheese.”
And all I can say is…
My Flabber is well and truly gasted!
2). Now, she was a contender for the Big, Enormous and Very Ugly Toad of the Week Award but, I have been advised (quite violently, if you must know; I can show you my bruises!) that it would be better just to mention Candy Froggy from Candy Froggie’s Lair here for her post about Conan the Hunter (a totally disgusting story) which was, strangely enough, all about…
A big, enormous and very ugly toad!
Being the brave Girlie that she is, Candy had no hesitation before she…
“Screamed, ran to the house, really jumped on the wood table and called for heeEEEEeeelp!!”
Anyway, the whole experience seems to have put Candy Froggie off Kissing Toads and Frogs forever but…
In Candy’s version of events….
“The ugly toad escaped. He will probably meet a girlie toad, live happily ever after. And get….. lots of ugly baby toads!”
Well, all’s well…
That ends well!
3). And the lovely Leesa from News From France was going to get this week’s Pink Flip-Flops of the Week Award until Mrs A Taste of Garlic got sick of me looking at Leesa’s feet, called me a disgusting pervert and chucked the aforementioned award on the fire!
So, I’ll just have to mention Leesa’s Progress Update : Health Post-Op! and try to avoid looking at the bottom part of the picture on that post!
You know (and this is really rather worrying), I do suspect….
That Leesa may have more than one pair of Pink Flip-Flops!
4). Fans of Cevenol Kitchen are probably already aware that Laura has moved it, lock stock and barrel to a new home at Kitchen Garden Recipes which can be found at this address…. kitchengardenrecipes.wordpress.com
First impressions are that the blog has lost none of its flavour in the move and looks just as tasty as ever.
But don’t trust me…
Go and take a look for yourself!
Just don’t make too much of a pig of yourself!
5). I’ve long thought that Blog in France was one of the more sensible blogs around.
There are, generally, no getting locked in the bathrooms or sticking forks in your hand type exploits on this blog and…
It is a sensible ( but not too sensible) blog about a family in France with Llamas (in order to differentiate it from those families which don’t contain Llamas) and I like it a lot.
And I particularly like the post about Rentrée Countdown Continued
Although it did relight my long suppressed Duffle Coat Fetish…
Of which, I fear, you may hear much more about in the coming days!
And did you know…
In order to have something discussed in Parliament you only need to present a petition of 100,000 votes?
And the Restoration of the Duffle Coat is a subject that is close to my heart!
All of which will be revealed soon but, in the meantime,
Why not pop down to Blog in France for a quick look round?
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 Beth at Beth in France.
I spent a lot of time thinking about this; I wanted to feature a normal and sensible blog – a blog by someone who didn’t spend her time getting locked in the bathroom or feeding her children dog food.
A family safe blog, in other words…
A blog in which we can forget the rioting in London and the violence on the streets of our big cities.
And, after a good look round, I discovered that Beth appears to have been largely spending the summer wearing medieval clothes and watching medieval combat tournaments (and maybe even drinking some medieval beer?)
As can be explained in This has been an odd summer.
I like Bet’s blog because it has a sense of normality that concurs with my feeling as to what normal should be.
Such as posts like… Why you might enjoy having dinner at my house, where the conversation, across the dinner table, fluctuates between Prostitutes and the awareness that America tastes like capitalism…and guns!
Which actually has nothing to do with coffee machines but…
More to do with a pair of seriously strange boots (I have to admit to placing Ugg Booties in the Pink Flip-Flop category of Footwear to Avoid!)
Still, those of the sort of things we should expect in a blog by someone living a normal life in France.
Beth, Congratulation and, 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….
Does that make me a bad person? I do hope not!
There’s Maureen & Steven’s blog at A Year in Grenoble which I’ve been enjoying immensely (especially the post about Johnny Hallyday – the French Elvis?) – a wonderfully precise analysis of the greatest rock star that ever lived!
And, of course, I do try to keep my eye on Gigi at French Windows (if I don’t keep my eye on her, who will?).
You never really know what that… “Failed wife and poet, terrible teacher and unworthy mother of three beautiful girls” is going to get up to next!
But she’s been despairingly normal and sane recently so…
It was wonderful to discover grenebloise which is the bi-lingual (now, there’s posh for you!) blog of… a girl called Grenobloise (no wonder she moved to Grenoble then!) and she says of herself that she is… “A New Yorker on her way to becoming a “grenobloise”. I moved to Grenoble in June 2011 from Manhattan. I studied Fine Art in NYC and I want to travel, perfect my French, and make paintings in France. Here I share my experiences.”
Now, I like bilingual blogs and this one looks like it’s going to be a good one!
Why not pop in and say hello to Grenobloise and ask her is she’s discovered tartiflette yet?
And, actually still in Grenoble, I’ve also just had a good look at Grenoble Life which is, as the more alert of you may have guessed, is all about Life in Grenoble.
The site is describes as… “Grenoble Life is a new English language website for the Grenoble area, with articles and practical information from the people who live there. Whether you are an expat living in Grenoble, a future or past resident, or just passing through, Grenoble Life invites you to come and share your experiences and advice. If you are looking for accommodation or work in or around Grenoble, want to meet other English-speaking people in the area, or want to buy or sell something locally, the Grenoble Life team also invite you to use our free classified ads section.”
The site seems full of interesting things and is well worth a visit if you live in (or are thinking about living in) the Grenoble area.
Another new blog to come my way is Destination Oisans which is all about life in the Southern French Alps.
There’s a lot of info about Snow Sports, Hiking and Cycling and all that sort of energetic stuff but…
For those you you who, like me, possess bodies that are less sportily inclined…
There are plenty of great photos to look at too!
Answering the question that many of us may have, at one time or another, asked ourselves is LC at What Am I Doing In France?
A quick scan through the site suggests that the answer may well involve eating patiserrie?
Just don’t ask LC to bake you a pie?
Backyardprovence is another stunning blog that I’ve only just noticed!
It is written by a girlie called Ashley who walks on water as far as I am concerned because, among all the normal blog posts she has done a lovely one of the one thing in my life that gets me more excited than anything else (apart from that recurring dream that I have where I am Kylie Minogue’s Underwear Fitter?)….
Yes, you guessed it….
The Citroën 2CV!
Ashley, I have a feeling that I’m going to be reviewing your blog very soon!
In her continuing in-depth exploration of France, Laura at The Everyday Life of a Young American Girl in France reported, in Charente-Maritime: Prémières Impressions that…
“My first impressions of Charente-Maritime: There are real beaches here! With actual waves!”
Stupendous news that I am sure, for most of us, will have taken our breath away!
Bravo Laura; keep up the good work!
Before you all get too excited…
Still, for those people who are entranced by naked feet splashing in big puddles…
It was, no doubt, a post that made them tingle all over!
I imagine it’s as a result of sitting on all those wet Velosolex seats.
If he sees a Velsolex parked in the street he just can’t resist (so I’m reliably informed) jumping on it and squirming around – regardless of whether anyone is already sitting on the thing or not!
Still, I believe a quick bath in some sheep dip should sort out his blight?
I feel that I ought to offer Mr Tomato King the chance to try the finest sheep dip that Brittany has to offer (Mrs A Taste of Garlic makes it herself!) – next time I have my delousing bath?
But only after I’ve had my dip first!
Palpitations were experienced all over France when it was revealed that Emily from Rue de France was doing her laundry!
Oh, and for those of you who desperately need to know these things (and I do understand that many of you won’t be able to sleep until you know whose undies belong to whom)….
The Canadian washing is on the left!
The things those girlies get up to, eh?
And just to prove that the spirit of exploration isn’t dead, Shannon from A Little Bit Chaunoise stunned us all when she came up with an imaginative and brave plan of what to do when you’re bored and live in the north of France…
That’s right! Unbelievable, isn’t it?
Shannon went to Belgium…..
For five minutes!
Shannon, I’ve heard of whistle stop tours but….
Five minutes wouldn’t be long enough for me to get my whistle out of my pocket, wipe it clean and work out which end to put into my mouth!
Mind you, from what I’ve heard, five minutes in Belgium is probably long enough?
And in the Just Landed category, Shelly is A California Girl in Paris and should have arrived here last Friday (I think?)
Why not wander over and say hello to her?
I understand that dietary experts are being flown in to try to persuade Sarah to “try a little mouthful of something nutritious and healthy”.
And even a picture of her new bedroom which has…
Wait for it…
A green stripe on the wall!
You know, I had to go and have a lie down when I read that!
Far more interesting, in my opinion, than someone on a Crisps and Rosé Wine Diet!
And that, folks, is all the news that happened last week. If you did something (or witnessed something) that you thought should have made this section of the weekly review, and it didn’t…
Well, that’s because we only concentrate on the earth shattering, really vitally important stuff here!
Now for the rest of the awards….
Now, before I get down to the in and outs of the post could I just say that, if you do want to win an award, it really does help if you mention that award in your blog post’s title!
Right, now that’s out of the way…
Mya’s post seems largely to be about….
Everyone being at it in the hot weather and the various sounds of creatures getting it on floating on the warm breeze.
As Mya says… “You know. Grunts, snorts, strangled yodelling. That sort of thing.”
And, apparently, it’s all because there’s not much else to do in the countryside!
The post goes on to talk about Belgium Hikers and a new Cock…..
Which Mya is going to miss like she misses thrush?
And, if you’re wondering how the Belgium Hikers are involved…
Well, that bit concerns them popping up in the strangest of places and Mya wanting a different flavoured yoghurt.
Now, if you’re as confused as I suspect you may well be…
And if you’re over the age of 18 (and not easily shocked!)..
You should really pop over to Missing You Already to find out what people in the French Pyrenees get up to in the summer months!
The ever so rare Oh My Goodness, She’s Only Been Here for two weeks and she’s Already Set the Garden on Fire Award goes to Laura from De San Diego ` Paris who, coincidentally enough, has only been in Paris for exactly 14 days and has already done that “Fire trucks outside (note the plural!) and burning plants thing!”
Of course, in her post… The plants, the plants, the plants are on fire? Laura does try to explain that the plants are in some window baskets and they’re not her’s but belong (or should that be belonged?) to her neighbour.
She even calmly waltzes off to the supermarket in the middle of it all!
Now, that’s class, that is!
There’s something about San Diego girlies, don’t you think?
By the way, Laura does attempt to convince us that she had nothing to do with all that fire stuff in the first place – I’l leave it up to you if you believe her?
What I am struggling to understand, though….
Is how you can have a “mixed” Fanny hairdresser?
But then, I didn’t pay that much attention in Biology lessons at school!
And the award goes to Marianne at Exasperated Expat (and mommy, too!)
And there is no special post for which this special award is being awarded; it’s more for this picture that you can find if you scroll down to the bottom of the home page!
But, believe me, you really don’t want to take a look!
Whoops, you already have?
Marianne; you might want to take a print of that photo and put it away safely until it’s the optimum time to bring it out….
Like when Nyko brings his first girlfriend home?
Those self same people might be surprised to find out that, here at A Taste of Garlic Towers we actually have an Award for Visiting Brittany This Week and that very special award only gets given out to the bestest of bloggers and this week….
It gets shared between three bloggers who have gone beyond the call of duty and, not only visited Brittany but, blogged about it afterwards. There are (in no order of preference)….
Canedolia’s post is all about Knights and Wizards and Fairies and pretty well sums up this part of France (although Brittany isn’t really France) that I choose to call my home.
She seems to have enjoyed herself (and why wouldn’t she?) as she says this…..
“This little slice of heaven is a place where you can breathe, soak in the warm weather, and enjoy the peaceful space. I am so sad that we had to say goodbye, but until next year. A Bientot!”
And, finer words I cannot find to sum up this part of heaven that you can visit before you actually die!
3). And finally, John Talbott from John Talbott’s Paris didn’t actually visit Brittany but still gets to share the award because of his wonderful article about… La Compagnie de Bretagne in the 6th: Roellinger successfully pulls off a Breton satellite.
John talks about Olivier Roellinger’s new Creperie in Paris and, I think….
That if I wasn’t lucky enough to live in the part of France (although, once again, Brittany isn’t really France) that God comes to for his holidays when he’s bored with heaven, and had to live in Paris instead…
I’d be a regular there myself!
Oh, by the way, according to John, the creperie has very cool toilets!
And what is Liene announcing?
Well, I’ll give you three clues…
1). All your clothes are elastic or the shape of a potato sack!
2. …after four months your husband finally notices you aren’t joining him for sushi or a glass of wine anymore (just kidding)!
3. …to those polite inquiries (intended to elicit a confession) of “are you planning to have any more children?” you’ve begun answering “not once we find out what’s causing this condition”!
P.S. If it’s a boy, I’ve always thought that…
Danny Blanchflower Junior is rather a nice name?
It has that sort of regal touch?
Now, Peggy was going to share the Everyone Seems To be Having Babies These Days Award with Liene but…
After many hours of discussion…
And more that a few glasses of Ricard emptied…
The male element of the A Taste of Garlic International Judging Committee decided…
To create a new and special award just for her!
Peggy, it is my great honour to be able to award to you, the very first….
Bestest Pregnant Girlie in a Bikini Photo of the Week Award!
Congratulations Peggy and it was so nice to see…
That you didn’t succumb to the latest horrible fashion….
And that you chose to wear brown Flip-Flops rather than Pink ones!
A wonderfully written article which warns of that most terrible of things…
An ….overly cheerful waiter interrupting your conversation every ten minutes? “Hi, I’m Tammy, and we are going to have a great lunch today!”
Yeah, give me the snotty, pretentious French waiter who thinks it’s your honour to be seated in his restaurant and…
Who sniffs disgustedly when you choose wine in a carafe!
Now, there are two awards that we only seem to hand out during the summer (and one day, when I have a few spare minutes I’m going to find out why!); these are The Award For The Best Sunflowers Of The Week and the This Week’s Award For The Photo of The Prettiest Girlies Standing in a Field of Sunflowers
This week, an emergency meeting of the Committee for Tricky Publication Decisions was convened at the local bar (where, it is rumoured, we do our best work!) and, after lengthy deliberation, it was decided to award This Week’s Award For The Photo of The Prettiest Girlies Standing in a Field of Sunflowers to Michel at Our House in Provence for his post about Beautiful Sunflowers in a Field.
Now, I hasten to add, Michel isn’t (by any stretch of the imagination), a pretty girlie (and I do say that in the nicest possible way!) and, from this post, there is no evidence that he has actually stood ina field of sunflowers this summer (although I imagine that he has – why wouldn’t he?) but…
He gets the award for this photo which, I’m sure that you’ll all agree, perfectly complements the rigorous requirements for this prestigious award!
Michel; congratulations on your award!
Shirley and Leslie; I hope that you’re aware of the part you played in Michel’s international success and…
I hope he takes the both of you out for a slap up dinner…
To reward you for all those hours spent in the sunflower fields whilst he was striving for “that perfect shot.”
You can’t really go wrong with a Julia Childs recipe, can you?
And Nichole explains it perfectly.
And even explains the side effects that Julia somehow neglected to mention in her book(s)….
A house that smells divine and…
A husband grinning ear-to-ear!
Which, really, is what proper French cooking is all about!
Now, I wouldn’t normally have classed Michelle as Ranter but she has a good go at it.
Michelle should be aware that…
Practice makes perfect!
And I’d love to know where sh found them as i haven’t seen a single one so far this year!
And just for the people who didn’t win an award this week….
Here are the famous Awards for not Winning an Award!
I was so entranced by this post that I started hunting around for a suitable award for her.
Then Mrs A Taste of Garlic brought me down to earth with a bump when she cruelly informed me that Monterosso al Mare is, in fact, in Italy and Italy isn’t in France (Geography was never my strong point!) and thus…
Isn’t a suitable subject for this Life in France review site!
No option then, but to award Kasia an Award for not Winning an Award This Week!
And, along much the same lines, I’m sad to report that Sasha from Flip-Flop France was a dead-cert for the Yum, Yum, Fill My Tum Award with her post… World Different part 2: The Real Gastronomy Capital until, once again, Mrs A Taste of Garlic spoiled my fun by getting out the atlas (it’s an old pre-war one but, countries don’t move around that much, do they?) and categorically proved that Alcossebre is in Spain and Spain isn’t in France and thus…
Well, you know the rest, don’t you?
Sasha, I’m sorry to have to award you an Award for not Winning an Award This Week but…
Rules are rules, you know….
And i can’t bend them, even for you!
And definitely not winning an award this week is Loulou from Chez Loulou who got me all excited when I saw that she had written a post about my most favourite of all favourite things (after Lingerie, Wild Mushrooms and Velosolexes, that is), in a post called… Photo de Jour – Deux Chevaux!
You see, I was hoping for a post about the lovely Citroen 2CV but what Loulou’s post displayed was…
Now, let’s be honest; given a choice of looking at two nags or a beautiful piece of precision modern (well, slightly ancient) engineering…
Which one would you choose?
Sorry Loulou, you made the wrong choice and so, it’s an Award for not Winning an Award This Week for you!
It appear that, in a change of management policy, the amount of embroidered smut (as opposed to the real stuff) it being severely reduced.
Which is a great shame but…
I can say to Miss K, I’m very sorry but please accept an Award for not Winning an Award This Week instead!
I knew that having a baby would slow her down!
Here I am, sat patiently by my computer, hardly daring to leave (Mrs A Taste of Garlic has even bought me a potty so that I can attend the call of nature whilst still at my desk!) unless I should happen to miss a Piglet Rant and…
What do I get?
Nothing, that’s what!
Locking yourself in the bathroom or, even…
Just having a good old rant or…
You’ll be off my Christmas card list!
And, in the meantime…
It’s an Award for not Winning an Award This Week for you!
Noticeably absent without leave is Leslie at La Fourchette s’est emballée who went off on her holidays on the 1st of July, promising to be back mid July and who has not been heard of since!
I’m not sure if she’s been abducted by aliens…
Or, has fallen in love with a gnarled Corsican farmer and is, at this moment, washing his undies…
Or, perhaps she just being a bit lazy?
What I do know is that she’s just won an Award for not Winning an Award This Week!
Leslie, let us know that you are still alive and…
If you have been abducted by aliens, could you let us know when they’re bringing you back?
Kitty over at La Cheshire Cat is on a diet and, way back in June, reported that all was going well.
Since then I’ve not heard a thing?
Am I the only one worried that she has dieted away to such thinness that a sudden gust of wind has carried her away?
Or perhaps she herself is suffering from sudden gusts of wind herself and, as a result, is loathe to leave the toilet?
The aliens do prefer the fat old buggers like me rather than…
Sylph like creatures like Kitty?
Anyway, whatever her excuse is…
Kitty, it’s an Award for not Winning an Award This Week for you!
I do have to say that, once again, Tanya from Tanya in Transition has been off on her travels and….
Whilst Amsterdam is for Lovers is a lovely post….
As we all know…
Amsterdam is in Holland and Holland isn’t in France and so…
Tanya, I’m sorry but…
It’s yet another Award for not Winning an Award This Week for you!
P.S. Are you collecting these, by any chance?
We have three blogs who will have to share an Award for not Winning an Award This Week – they don’t really deserve an award each!
1). First is Rosalyn from An English Rose in France who may or may not have been busy castrating goats but she certainly wasn’t blogging!
Rosalyn, 1/5 and more effort required!
2). I’m not really too sure what Laura and Ashley from A French Country Challenge have been up to recently but…
Once again, it isn’t blogging!
Perhaps they have bought themselves pet elephants and have been too busy feeding them?
Perhaps that’s why they haven’t posted since March?
After all, I imagine that elephants do take some feeding?
3). And finally (and you knew she’d be here somewhere, didn’t you?), Delana from Du Jour posted over a week ago that she was Plum Crazy (I rather suspect that we all already knew that?) and since then we’ve not heard a peep out of her?
I’d like to think that she’s been busy defrosting her freezer compartment but…
Somehow I doubt that that has been the case!
I bet she’s just been lounging around in the sunshine?
In any case…
Rosalyn, Laura, Ashley and Miss Hideous Freezer Compartment herself, Delena…
Please share between yourselves…
This slightly dog-eared…
Award for not Winning an Award This Week!
All the best