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). 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!

In fact…

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!

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

Don’t worry….

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!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France3). 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!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France4). 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!

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


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 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.

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceA blog in which there would be not the slightest hint of anyone wearing Pink Flip-Flops!

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!

Or, My New Espresso Machine Which Will Kill You With Its Awesome…

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.

Aren’t they?

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….

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceYou know, I only really actively follow a couple of blogs by people who live in Grenoble!

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?

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

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

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

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


Breaking news….

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in Francethat was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThere was some shocking, exhilarating and downright earth-shattering news this week!

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!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd there was nakedness down in Bordeaux but…

Before you all get too excited…

It was just Jacqui from The French Village Diaries reporting naked feet (and nothing else) in Pied nu a Bordeaux.

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!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd, talking of tingling all over…

It appears that Mr Tomato King from Mr Tomato King’s Blog has been suffering from Tomato Blight again!

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!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FrancePalpitations were experienced all over France when it was revealed that Emily from Rue de France was doing her laundry!

Interestingly, in her post called E & me {Laundry} she displays not only her own laundry but the laundry belonging to a girl called Erin who lives in Canada!

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!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd, getting back to Bordeaux, I did hear a rumour that someone else was having some fun (possibly without having to bare her feet?)…

It seems that Eva from I Love Aquitaine was Drinking Sauternes the whole day!

The things those girlies get up to, eh?

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

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

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceOf course, the real news of the week was that Sarah from St. Bloggie de Rivierre was in a Cooking Free Zone and could be found living on Crisps and Rosé!

I understand that dietary experts are being flown in to try to persuade Sarah to “try a little mouthful of something nutritious and healthy”.

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceBut the BIGGEST NEWS of the week, by a long shot, was from Crystal from Crystal Goes to Europe who showed us some pics of the new place!

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….

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceFirst on the list is the Slightly Sticky Rural Sex With Yogurt Award which gets awarded to Mya at Missing You Already for her post called (rather aptly, in my opinion), Rural Sex with Yoghurt.

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!

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

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThis week’s Award For Being Romke Soldaat goes, strangely enough, to Romke Soldaat at Frogsmoke for Fanny is Funny (Contd.)

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!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceNow, just for this week only (and I really Do Not want to repeat this one!!!!) I am proud to announce a very special Oh No, I Really Did Not Want To See That – No Wonder I don’t have Children Award!

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?

Sorry!

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?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceNow, many would consider that going to Brittany is an award in itself and there’s no need for anything else.

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)….

1). Canedolia from Paris at my Feet for her lovely Brittany: The Stuff of Legends.

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.

2). Sharon from Scout Paris has just come back from her holidays in Larmor Plage and wrote all about it in Brittany, France.

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!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe Everyone Seems To be Having Babies These Days Award goes to Liene at Femme au Foyer for The BIG Announcement.

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”!

Congratulations Liene

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?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd, much along the same lines, Peggy at Rue Rice announces her… Unexpected Break Time Over.

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!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe Award for the Answer to the Question as to Whether the French Are As Pretentious And Snotty As We Think They Are goes to Breadispain for her article about The Truth About Cats And Dogs.

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!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceNow, 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.”

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe Yum, Yum, Fill My Tum Award could have gone to many people this week but..

I decided to give it to Nichole at Little Brown Pen for The Best French Onion Soup.

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!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe Rant Of The Week Award goes to Michelle at Counys in France for Q-jumping.

Now, I wouldn’t normally have classed Michelle as Ranter but she has a good go at it.

And whilst it’s not quite in the Amber or Piglet category of Hyper-Ranting

Michelle should be aware that…

Practice makes perfect!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe Mushroom of the Week Award goes to Rhian at Breizh Bretagne Llydaw Brittany for her Un Pannier de Girolles.

And I’d love to know where sh found them as i haven’t seen a single one so far this year!

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

Here are the famous Awards for not Winning an Award!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceIn a lovely post, Kasia from Love in the City of Lights was Staring at the Sea.

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!

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

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

Two horses!

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!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceIn normal times, Miss K from Postcards from Paris – Adventures of an Expat would have won this week’s Smut of the Week Award for her Things you might see on the street #21 (smut) but…

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!

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

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!

Piglet in France, you’re going to have to get back to your old ways, sticking a fork in your hand, for example or…

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!

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

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceTalking of being abducted by aliens….

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?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceMaybe, even, she might have been abducted by aliens from outer space? We do get a lot of that up here in rural Brittany although…

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!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceRight, trying to wrap up this week’s list of Award Winners and Almost Award Winners

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?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd in the I’ve been…. Too Busy Castrating the Goats/Feeding the Elephants/Cleaning Out My Freezer Compartment to Bother With Blogging category…..

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

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


39 Comments

  • By Sarah Hague, August 30, 2011 @ 8:36 am

    It must be nearly the Rentrée, I’ve started thinking about proper food again! :)

  • By Gigi, August 30, 2011 @ 8:53 am

    How DARE you say I’m normal and sane, Keith!!!!

    I’ll never live this down…

    Great to know about the other Grenoble blogs, though. I’ll take a look.

    Normal, sane…pffffff…

  • By Liene, August 30, 2011 @ 8:57 am

    Danny Blanchflower… Hmm, better keep my fingers crossed it’s a girl!

  • By Steve aka Mr TK, August 30, 2011 @ 10:55 am

    Keith, many thanks for the offer of sharing your bath, we all need to do our best to save water, but I am afraid on this occasion I will have to decline your kind offer owing to the fact that I have seen the size of yours, bath that is!

  • By Keith Eckstein, August 30, 2011 @ 11:06 am

    Steve

    Mrs A Taste of Garlic has come up with an old tried and tested remedy for Tomato Blight.

    It involves stripping naked and then running through the denser parts forest hoping that the action of the trees brushing against the affected (infected?) flesh provides a beneficial effect.

    Old Pierre who lives down in the village tried it a few years ago and it worked wonders for him!

    Obviously, he did get arrested and locked away for a few years when he neglected to get dressed before returning home (he wasn’t to know that it was the day of the village fete – and all those women were a bit silly to faint like they did?)

    Why not give it a go and let us know how you get on?

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. I hope your blight clears up soon.

  • By Keith Eckstein, August 30, 2011 @ 11:08 am

    Liene

    Danny Blanchflower was the finest man you could ever want to meet.

    And….

    More importantly…

    He’s probably the only person who’s scored a goal for Spurs in the last 100 years!

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Keith Eckstein, August 30, 2011 @ 11:09 am

    Gigi

    But, you have been depressingly normal recently?

    Unless, of course, you’ve just kept your abnormalities to yourself?

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. There are some new English Assistants due to arrive in your neck of the woods in October. I bet they won’t keep their abnormalities to themselves!

  • By Keith Eckstein, August 30, 2011 @ 11:12 am

    Sarah

    It would be nice to see you back on a healthy diet.

    It would be nice to see you Ranting again!

    I only hope that, after a summer of cleaning out your garage and watching TV, you haven’t got too old for all that Ranting stuff?

    All the best

    Keith

  • By mrlemarquis, August 30, 2011 @ 12:56 pm

    imagine….he’s talkin’ about spurs or somethin’ again.

  • By Liene, August 30, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

    And I thought you wanted us to name a son after the labor economist. Well, that changes everything!

  • By Grenobloise, August 30, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

    Thanks for sharing my new French (Grenoble) blog!

    I made a post about a well-known Grenoblois dish (cuisine dauphinoise): Ravioles (See here: http://bit.ly/nHGo8F).

    Tartiflette- that’s from Haute-Savoie! My boyfriend is from that department (Annecy is the capital) so I do know their cuisine well and have eaten gratin, tartiflette, raclette, fondue savoyarde, etc..!

    I took an intense photo of a mushroom tartiflette which I included in my “Annecy” entry, check it out!: http://bit.ly/n0fJIR

    The press from your site inspires me to keep adding posts to my blog and to make it better (Honestly I didn’t think anyone was following it at all). Thank-you! And I enjoy your blog very much- I would have found it w/out your press.

    Best,
    Grenobloise AKA Dana

  • By Grenobloise, August 30, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

    Type: I wouldN’T have found it w/out your press.***

    P.S. If you like art and want to see my upcoming paintings of Grenoble become a fan on FB: https://www.facebook.com/danaburnsart

  • By Keith Eckstein, August 30, 2011 @ 1:46 pm

    Dana

    When they finally catch up with me and sentence me to death (quite deservedly, I do believe), I shall ask for La Tartiflette (aux cèpes) for my last meal!

    In fact, I shall probably ask for a year’s supply!

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. Watch out for some of the more “madder” elements in Grenoble! I’m not mentioning any names but that Gigi can be a bit of a madam at times!

  • By Keith Eckstein, August 30, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

    Liene

    I’m not all that up on English politics ever since I left the country an left them to get on with it (they never took my advice anyway!)

    No, I’m talking about the only decent footballer Spurs have ever had (and who is probably still ten times better than anyone in the current squad – even if if is dead!)

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Keith Eckstein, August 30, 2011 @ 1:56 pm

    You know, Mr. le Marquis….

    For someone of Scottish extraction, you’re remarkably intelligent (at times!)

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Grenobloise, August 30, 2011 @ 2:07 pm

    Hi Keith,

    Yes you must order it! The location was perfect too- right next to the bridge over-looking the canal. I can try and get the name of the restaurant if you want.

    I’m taking a break from Alpine food until winter! Although, even in summer reblochon ends up sneaking into my fridge, as well as lardons and an occasional potato! (Ooops…)

    Dana

    P.S. Ehhh what happened to Gigi? Car broken into? Moi, I don’t have a car and my bf uses the parking garage. As a NYer, I challenge Grenoble to give me some madness!

  • By Keith Eckstein, August 30, 2011 @ 2:52 pm

    Dana

    Between you and me (and don’t breath a word of this to anyone else!), I do believe that Gigi likes having her car broken into as she gets to meet those hunky Gendarmes!

    Rumour has it that, about 9 months ago, someone in her neighbourhood set some cars alight just so Gigi could get to meet some firemen!

    A wanton woman; you’d do well to steer clear of her!

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Michel, August 30, 2011 @ 3:09 pm

    Keith, thanks for the award; truly appreciated. I will make sure that Shirley and Leslie are aware they won the award for me as soon as I finish this note. I will definitely take them out to dinner. Have a great day. I enjoy your weekly reviews so much; the best post of any blog every week.

  • By Kirsty, August 30, 2011 @ 3:22 pm

    Keith, why be Kylie’s underwear fitter when you could just be Kylie’s underwear?

  • By Keith Eckstein, August 30, 2011 @ 3:41 pm

    Kirsty

    Well, you know, I had considered that but….

    I didn’t want to appear too ambitious?

    In any case, for this sort of job, I’d be quite prepared to start at the bottom and work my way up!

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Keith Eckstein, August 30, 2011 @ 3:42 pm

    Michel

    By far the best Pretty Girlies in a Field of Sunflowers post we’ve had for a long time!

    Enjoy your dinner!

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Roz Chapman, August 30, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

    So what your saying is the only way I can win an award is not to post anything!!!!

  • By Laura, August 30, 2011 @ 4:38 pm

    Thanks for the mention! I wasn’t sure I’d make it in this week seeing how my post wasn’t Brittany related ;)

  • By Keith Eckstein, August 30, 2011 @ 5:01 pm

    Well Roz….

    Generally, to win an award you need to do something award-worthy (goat castration, 2CV spotting, anything involving lingerie, nuns & mushrooms – for example) – however….

    If you can bear the shame and humiliation of an Award for Not Winning an Award this Week then, occasionally, these will be awarded to people who were expected to post blog posts about award worthy subjects, like… goat castration, 2CV spotting, anything involving lingerie, nuns & mushrooms – for example, but who didn’t posts any posts at all.

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. Your Beetroot and Chocolate Brownies don’t count; although I’m sure that they taste very nice!

  • By Keith Eckstein, August 30, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

    Laura

    Never fear – we cover scenes of madness and acts of crazy behaviour all over France!

    There are, quite possibly, more scenes of madness, and certainly more acts of crazy behaviour in Brittany than most other parts of France, it is true (although you’d have to take Montpellier out of the equation) but, that just sort of adds to the charm of somewhere where most of the people who live here are extremely tan!

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Paris Paul, August 30, 2011 @ 9:08 pm

    Nice to have you back, Keith! A rewarding read, as per usual.

  • By Keith Eckstein, August 30, 2011 @ 9:48 pm

    Paul

    Thank you – it’s nice to be back.

    And you, are you back from Canada (or wherever it was that you went?)

    Got any good stories?

    Has Karin got any 10,000 word blog posts to share with us?

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Emily, August 31, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

    It’s my first time being mentioned on Taste of Garlic!!! Excitement builds! (I’m trying to be postive, even if I suspect the only reason I was featured in “Breaking News” is because I posted photos of my skivvies on the Internet.) Whee! Thanks, Keith!

  • By Erin, August 31, 2011 @ 5:10 pm

    Thanks for the shout-out on our E & me series. Who knew my laundry would inspire such excitement?!

  • By Keith Eckstein, August 31, 2011 @ 5:32 pm

    Erin

    Sorry to disappoint but…

    It was Emily’s undies we were more interested in.

    Although, If you’re ever in France on holiday and want to do another laundry shoot….

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. Nice blog, by the way. You should move to France so I can review it?

  • By Keith Eckstein, August 31, 2011 @ 5:39 pm

    Emily

    I’ve only recent come across Rue de France – yes, that Molesta thing worries me too!

    You’ll probably find that people start stopping you in the street and asking for your autograph?

    Many people who have been mentioned in Garlic tend to wear a disguise in public.

    Perhaps if you try to avoid wearing that blue swimsuit when you’re in the supermarket people might not put two and two together?

    Just a suggestion?

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. You blog in now officially on the Official Pile of Blogs To Review When I Get A Moment!

  • By Laura, August 31, 2011 @ 11:08 pm

    Thank you for the award! That was by far the most creative award I’ve ever won. :)

  • By Keith Eckstein, September 1, 2011 @ 7:21 am

    Laura

    You’re welcome – you deserve it!

    Most new arrivals aren’t half as creative as you when it comes to this award winning lark!

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. As regards that… “palmiers being the size of a person’s head bit?” Yes, you are in foodie heaven!

  • By k_sam, September 1, 2011 @ 6:23 pm

    I tried to do my part today by stopping by the restaurant where Kitty works/worked, but it appears to have shutdown….possibly confirming your alien invasion theory?? ;)

  • By Keith Eckstein, September 1, 2011 @ 6:52 pm

    Sam

    You mean you’re in Brittany and you haven’t popped in for a cup of tea?

    Oh dear…

    This rather means that you’re off my Christmas Card list!

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. I’ll track Kitty down – although there have been a lot of Aliens from Outer Space wandering around recently – either that or they’re Germans!

  • By Crystal, September 6, 2011 @ 9:15 am

    The green stripe WAS big news but not as big as the statue of liberty decal in my kitchen or the Marilyn Monroe monstrocity in the spare room (photos to come). My new apartment and its random colours and pop art might provoke seizures.

  • By Michelle, September 6, 2011 @ 10:21 am

    Hi Keith
    sorry just realised I didn’t reply to this post. Thanks so much for the mention 2 weeks running and the award! I pick my rants very carefully you know!
    I am desperately on the look out for a 2CV, but Lannion seems to be fairly up to date on it’s vehicles, I will keep looking though!
    Great read as usual
    Michelle

  • By Leslie, October 18, 2011 @ 9:11 am

    Oh Keith! How lovely. Thank you. No aliens involved…well…no more alien than a few Corsicans and Parisiens so I had that going for me…which was nice.

    Good to be back…and thanks again…for this award…and your sweet message.

    xo
    leslie

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 18, 2011 @ 9:47 am

    Leslie

    Nice to see you back; last I heard you’d been captured by Corsican Freedom Fighters who were demanding a vast ransom.

    How on earth did you escape from their evil clutches?

    All the best

    Keith

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