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). Kate over at Mais Oui Paris announced that it was One Month Today since she arrived in France.

She has noticed that… “It’s really noisy here” and “Paris needs a good anti-littering motto”!

But she has also noticed that “I know this may surprise some of you, but the people here have been really nice. When I make eye contact and give them my southern smile, they frequently say “bonjour” and give me a demi-smile of their own.”

And I bet she’d love it if you popped over to her blog and welcomed the newest Texan in town to France!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France2). Now, it’s probably a complete coincidence (or it could be a sign from God?) but Kate from Mais Oui Paris comes from Austin, Texas and Mya from Missing You Already spent a time in Austin, Texas a few years back.

She mentioned this when she was talking about getting Battered and… before you all rush off and shout at Mya’s poor husband, what she means is that being infested by bats!

However, Mya has a place in my heart forever because she said…

“I’m off to lay my hands on some decent, pungent garlic. At least I’m in the right place for that stuff.”

And, as you all know…

A daily dose of Garlic kills all known germs (and drives off bats too!)

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France3). I think that Kelly from French Photo Du Jour comes from New York rather that Texas (although she might come from the Texas quarter of New York, if such a thing exists?) but…

With her photos of Le Bidet she does show a superb sense of style and class!

it just seems a little bit strange that she uses it for storing her dirty clothes rather than…

What we do, here in rather rural and slightly medieval Brittany, which is…

Washing our droopy bits!

Still, I’ve often said…

“They’re a funny lot, that lot that come from the Texan Quarter of New York!”

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France4). I have absolutely no idea where she comes from but Sara Louise from Sara in Le Petit Village was busy chasing criminals in we’re hunting wabbit

In a Tarantinoesque tale of skullduggery, robbery and manhunts in deepest Provence…

Fifty (her dog) saved the day and everyone lived happily ever after!

I urge you to rush over and read this fantastic tale in the original…

I believe the film rights are being as we speak…

Gérard Depardieu is being offered the role of police chief, as long as he can stop weeing everywhere and…

The original Lassie is coming out of retirement to play Fifty!

I understand that Madonna is currently packing her bags to take SL’s role and…

Everyone kind of agrees that…

David Cameron should play the dirty, thieving villain!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France5). As there seem to be a lot of Texans showing up on this blog I thought I’d make amends and mention someone from the civilised part of France – namely Brittany!

And, as Chickster from Up, Up And Aways says…

Well, Wine Not?

This post is largely about buying vast quantities of alcohol and shows that Chickster in settling into the Breton way of life…

Really rather well!

It was only when I had finished reading the post that I realised….

Where the Chickster comes from!

They really are getting everywhere these days!


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 Little Me at Pint Sized Rants.

I’m quite a recent addict to Pint Sized Rants and have found I can always find a nice ranty article or post to cheer me up when the fosse septique overflows or the sheep have been bothering next door’s poodle!

As well as ranting about the mad, crazy things that other people do…

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceLittle Me shows her greatness by…

Ranting about the mad, crazy things she does herself!

Such as her A Rant About An Embarassing Experience

Pure genius!

I’ve long thought that there was something fundamentally missing in my life and now I know what it is!

I think I may have to start nicking bed sheets that I’ve already paid for!

Little Me, 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 Francepetite pribtastique is Samantha’s blog about The Marvels and Mishaps of being an Au Pair in Paris!

Samantha has been blogging away for seven months now and I’ve only just come across her.

If Frozen Peas is anything to go by, this should be an excellent read and one to review very soon!

You know, I love posts that start off…

“I am sitting on the terrace of my host family’s house with a bag of frozen peas on my left ankle”

And finish off with…

“Regardless, the peas are defrosting now. Le Monde Fou de Tex Avery is on and the kids are vegging out. I’ve got a pillow tower supporting the victim. And I am in so much pain I am about ready to help myself to the liquid Valium I found in their medicine cabinet.”

Sylvia Plath, eat you heart out!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceOut And About in Paris has been going for a few months now; I’ve only just come across it though.

Mary Kay blogs about things as diverse as Cancale, the Oyster Capital of Brittany to The One Ton Chocolate Gorilla in the Room.

Actually, I’ve just counted and there have been 168 posts in the last 5 months so…

It’s not really a new blog on the block, is it?

Just new to me!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceWhere is Bryan? is Bryan‘s blog.

He describes as…

“Everyone’s favorite French grammar school English teaching character lands himself in one very specific place dear to all French hearts: the kitchen. I can’t meet a French person without the giddy smile as they exclaim, “Where is Bryan?!” The response? In the kitchen. And he is. Be it fate, destiny, or haphazard chance, I have found myself in the kitchen. And now in school. And taking visitors around Paris. What sorts of hijinks can I cook up these days?”

It’s been going for four years and I really don’t know why I’ve only just come across it!

Well worth a visit or two!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceQuelque Something is Katie’s blog.

Katie has only been in France for 2 weeks but is working as an Au Pair and…

Has got off to an amazing start to blogging about her adventures!

A blog to bookmark and return to often!


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 FranceWell, as you all know, it’s been a very busy and exciting week news wise!

I’ll try to list some of the highlights here…

On the vitally important Hairdressing Front (well, it’s probably important to those of the female persuasion who can’t just march into the barbers and ask for a.. Number Three on Top and Number Two on the Sides!)…

Trisha at An “Old Biddies” Life decided that a re-invention was in order and thus, trotted off to the hairdresser.

No photographic evidence was provided but Trisha did, interestingly say…

“We also shared our thoughts about the menopause, there seems to be a lot of that going around in our area at the moment!!”

Now, I have to admit that I haven’t noticed any signs of rampant menopause round my way but…

Up here in rather rural and slightly medieval Brittany we are a bit behind the times!

I’ll keep an eye open, anyway!

Far too young to even be considering the merest possibility of having a menopause, Michelle Christensen at The France Chance also decided to have her hair cut but went for a cheap cut (in terms of cost, not quality) at one of those French Hair Schools.

And very nice it looks too!

And, not wanting to be left out…

Michelle at Parisian Asylum also reported that she… Cut my hair today.

And showed us evidence of… Ze back.

Mind you (and I shouldn’t really be telling you this so don’t tell anyone else, OK?) she did really need to get her hair seeing to because…

As she mentions (in passing, as it were) in It’s probably time to make a legitimate post

She’s been suffering from HEAD LICE!

Moving swiftly on…

I’m not sure if Susie at Desperate Anglo Housewives had Head Lice or not (she doesn’t mention it in her blog), but…

In Haircut Hell she tells us about her excuse to buy lots of hats because (and I use her own words), she now has…

“a Hillary Clinton haircut and it is dreadful. Absolutely dreadful. Susie for President!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Am stateswoman proto-type without the all-plum pantsuit.”

Reactions appear to be mixed but this gives an example…

“I have even had those who cannot even look me in the eye! ( French husband, FH, said Lovely hair darling whilst looking at the ceiling!)
So far nobody has given me directions to the hat shop but expect that will come…”

Susie, I suggest you invest in some paper bags to wear on your head until your haircut grows out!

Aidan at Conjugating Irregular Verbs didn’t fancy the queues at the hairdressers and went to her Gynecologist instead.

And she told us all about it in In a Nutshell, French Gyno

Thankfully, there was no photographic evidence but Aidan did let slip that she learnt how to say Boobies in French!

Deciding to miss out on the hairdressing and gyno visiting action Steph at Blog in France came up with the excuse that she was busy… Knitting My Socks Off

Although why she couldn’t do a bit of knitting whilst flat on her back with her feet in stirrups or sat in a hairdressers chair…

I’ll never know!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceIn other essential news from around the country we learned that Deb from Bize Bites rendered a wall!

And when it was finished she shouted Hallelujah!

I hope that none of you are picky enough to wonder why it took her 18 months to do?

Deb, you would have won the Rendered Wall if the Week Award if only…

You hadn’t taken so long!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceGwan from Where in the World is Gwannel Sandiego? went Chenonceau, again

She took loads of photos but, for me, the best part of the post was this quote…

“but one wine still turned into several wines… and some cider… and a delicious tartiflette (each)… and I decided to text my boss and say I wasn’t going to be in the next day (like, legit holiday, not pulling a sickie or anything). Say what you will about my job, but it is at least very easy to not go to if I don’t feel like it!”

Oh, Gwan – you little skiver!

By the way – I love posts that contain the words… “one wine still turned into several wines… and some cider… and a delicious tartiflette (each)”

Pure Class!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd Caroline from Sweet Caroline In Paris put our fears to rest when she said… I have not been run over by an anxious Vespa driver

Which was nice as I was starting to get worried and was just about to pop up to Paris to take a close look at any Vespas….

For Caroline shaped dents!

The slightly blurred photo is blurred because Caroline took it as she was desperately diving out of the way of an anxious Vespa driver!

Actually, I slightly made that last bit up!


Now for the rest of the awards….

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe Prophetic Statement of the Week Award goes to Mary Hague at Isn’t that the trailer tent? for her post called 1970: May 27, Memmingen – Natters in which she utters these prophetic words…

“Had quite a good night, but David, who was next to Sarah did not fare so well! She needs to be put into a strait-jacket, not a bed.”

And, as I understand it…

From the bar room conversations in downtown Montpellier…

Many people, 31 years later…

Tend to agree!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe Cow of the Week Award gets shared between April at Le Franco Phoney for her post all about September in the Alps in which she describes the highlight of the year in her little part of France…

A bunch of cows walking down the lane!

And…

That intrepid couple, Colin and Elizabeth at In And Around Braye-Sous_Faye for their excellent Magic Roundabout 6 in which they spot a bunch of cows on a roundabout!

I often think that there is some essential element missing from my life and…

Thanks to April, Colin and Elizabeth I now think that I know what it might be!

I think that I need to take up Cow Spotting as a hobby!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceMaking a bit of a name for herself on the Smut Front is the lovely Shannon at La Vie Francaise who said… Let’s Talk About Prostitution

Her in depth study of the subject shows that french Sex Workers really do rather well in the earning stakes and…

Wikipedia can’t count!

Shannon, for all your efforts, I am awarding you the Smut Of The Week Award!

Your chosen area of research never fails to amuse and delight me…

I wonder what you’ll come up with for next week?

By the way, do you ever wonder what the Google Indexer makes of your site?

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 FranceThe famous Rant of the Week Award goes to Stu at A Slice of Ex-Pat(é) for It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

The post is largely to do with Custards.

Now, as most of you (certainly all of you who run Gites) will know…

A Custard is a sort of cross between Customer and B*stard!

They might only make up 1% of your clientele but…

They are the ones that make you tear your hair out and vow to jack it all in and move to Basingstoke and start a new life as a traffic warden!

I understand that Stu has completely torn all his hair out a number of occasions and now wears a 1980s style flowing wig that makes him look a bit like Roger Daltrey!

Actually, I may just have slightly made that last bit up – I have absolutely no idea what sort of wig Stu wears!

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 Life at Les Terraces for their Le marché de cèpes (part one)

A lovely informative post with…

Some lovely photos and…

A lovely recipe too!

Well done!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceWinner of the Do They Ever Do Any Homework Award is Steph at Blog in France.

In her post about Schools on Strike she let us know that not only do kids in France have about ten million weeks off for the summer holidays, about a thousand Jours Feries a year – no school on Wednesday (for many of them), as soon as they settle down and decide to learn a bit…

Their teachers go on strike!

Although there are good reasons for the current strike, I do know that if I were a teacher of little froggies…

I’d want to be on strike all year round!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd finally, Katia from Aussie Lass wins this week’s Award for Spotting the Shivering Dog.

In her post called Lady of the 5th, she tells us about a voluptuous blond (enough to get me excited for a start!) who says hello in a supermarket!

She was probably just trying to hide the fact that…

She had a shivering dog in her handbag!

But then, those of the female persuasion often fill their handbags with all sorts of strange stuff, don’t they?


that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd 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 FranceThe prolific Sam at Totally Frenched Out almost won this week’s Fashion Victim of the Week Award for her Photo of the Day but…

I happen to think that Mrs Stick Insect has a certain something…

And would probably be thought of as quite normal here in slightly rural, certainly medieval and often quite smelly Brittany and so…

I’m sorry Sam but…

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 FranceAnd Meredith at Ditdit in France was clearly aiming for the Mushroom of the Week Award with her Mushroomless Mecredi until…

Careful review of the post revealed that…

“I went to the small market in the village down the road from our’s and there were no mushrooms for sale today.”

Oh, what a shame, Meredith!

You were so close!

Better luck next time!

But, for now…

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 FranceWe spent half the night arguing what sort of award to give to the lovely Karin at An Alien Parisienne for The Great Outdoors… of Paris? but couldn’t make up our minds!

Just as the Awards Review Meeting looked like it might end up in violence (for the 28th week in a row!), Mrs A Taste Of Garlic (who had been quietly snoring in the corner of the room) piped up and said…

“The post is only 526 words long – about 20,000 words less than normal for a Karin Post!

We all took a look and each of us counted the words…

We ended up with 11 different amount but, one thing was clear…

It is definitely what we in the trade call a fractional post and, thus, according to the rule book…

Not eligible for an Award at all!

So, Karin, I really am sorry (and Mrs A Taste Of Garlic is sorry too but, rules are rules)…

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 FranceErica at Wicked French Kiss would have won the Award For Not Drinking Enough for Doctor’s Orders: Drink More

But then I remembered that we got rid of that award ages ago on the grounds that none of the Life in France Expat Bloggers that we watch here….

Would ever win an award for not drinking enough!

So, Erica, I really am sorry (and I hope you get better soon) but…

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 FranceThere was definitely going to be some kind of award for Sarah at St. Bloggie de Riviere for her post about It’s a Cold Call Out

But, by starting a post with these words…

“How many times has your phone gone JUST when you’ve gone into the loo and are on the point of relaxing causing you to dash out again thinking a child has come a cropper somewhere and needs your urgent assistance.”

She seems to have given Mrs A Taste of Garlic a bit of a complex…

And now, the poor woman refuses to go into the bathroom for her morning relaxation…

Unless she’s got the phone, her smart phone and my phone for people who are technically challenged…

Just in case someone cold calls her!

Sarah, we’re thinking of suing you or…

We might just cold call you instead!

In any case…

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 Francethat was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceStop the Press!!!!!

I’ve just noticed that French Mamma has started a free Word of the Day email service.

She says…

“Each email includes the definition, sample sentences and an image to help commit the word to memory. Most emails also include grammar tips, fun facts and trivia about life in France. I try to make my emails as entertaining as possible – so you look forward to opening them up each morning.”

For more information…

Pay a visit to French Mamma

It’s a great blog that’s well worth a visit anyway!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd Doreen of I is for Illuminated Salt and Pepper Pots fame let me know about the blog of a friend of hers.

I’ve only had time to take a quick look at FrenchFoodFocus.com but I certainly like what I see (well, it’s all about food so I would like it, wouldn’t I?)

The blog’s author is 73 years young and seems to have packed an awful lot into her life!

So, if you like eating…

Or just eat every now and again…

It’s probably well worth your while taking a quick look at…

FrenchFoodFocus.com

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceLastly, Fête Foreign is another blog that has only just come to my attention.

I like the blog because it has the obligatory Citroen 2CV post

And, a French Food Fridays section.

Well, it’s all about food so I would like it, wouldn’t I?

Fête Foreign has this to say about herself…

“I have glasses. Which is not to say that I wear them. I should. At least when I read–and I read quite a lot.
I was born in Arizona.
I don’t think I will wear shorts this summer. Or ever. I prefer skirts (my legs too). Of course shorts are in for this summer—even here!
I love to dance. I have signed up to take Belly Dancing lessons in the Fall.
I can play the clarinet.
I’m shy. No, seriously, I am.
I’m a teacher by profession, but since I’m not actively teaching at the moment I’m either “not active/not employed/housewife” on admin. forms. I so wish Domestic Diva would fit in the blank . . . .”

If this sounds your cup of tea, why not pay a visit to Fête Foreign and have a good sniff round.

All the best

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


21 Comments

  • By Sara Louise, September 27, 2011 @ 7:19 am

    Madonna!! Madonna?? She’s old enough to be my mother! And let’s not forget her acting ability… remember Shanghai Surprise?
    I’m thinking Kate Winslet or Anne Hathaway. Either one would capture my lula-ness perfectly.

  • By Keith Eckstein, September 27, 2011 @ 7:40 am

    HI SL

    Nice to see you bright and early!

    Perhaps Madonna was a mistake?

    How about that nutty girl who played the psycho in Hannah?

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. What is Lula-ness?

  • By Susie @ DesperateAngloHousewives, September 27, 2011 @ 7:46 am

    Dearest Keith…I don’t have hair lice but wish I had, would take mind off new Hillary-self! Paper bags an excellent idea, v ecolo,thank you for the suggestion!!

  • By Keith Eckstein, September 27, 2011 @ 7:52 am

    Susie

    Thanks for playing your part in this week’s That was the week….

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. Re the Head Lice thing – perhaps you could try harder?

  • By Sweet Caroline, September 27, 2011 @ 11:02 am

    I don’t know either why you’ve just come across Bryan’s blog now… def. one of my favorite Parisian blogs, oh, and he’s as nice and hilarious in person as he comes across in his blog… that helps for sure…

  • By Sara Louise, September 27, 2011 @ 11:05 am

    I’m not sure what ‘Hannah’ is but considering you cast Madonna first, I think it’s best if we stick to my suggestions.
    And lula-ness is having lula like qualities… you know, like, “she’s a little lula”. (I may have made that up)

  • By Keith Eckstein, September 27, 2011 @ 11:07 am

    Caroline

    Yes, Bryan’s blog is well worth looking at.

    He comes across as a nice guy.

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Keith Eckstein, September 27, 2011 @ 11:09 am

    SL

    Hannah (possibly Hanna?) is a recent film about a trained killer assassin type person!

    Whatever Lulaness is, I’m sure you have plenty of it!

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Gwan, September 27, 2011 @ 6:02 pm

    And I’m not at work again today! BIG skiver! 57 days of holiday a year, I <3 France!

  • By Keith Eckstein, September 27, 2011 @ 6:12 pm

    Gwan

    Yes – doesn’t surprise me!

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Ashley Davidson-Fisher, September 27, 2011 @ 11:52 pm

    Well it’s great to see that someone else uses their bidet as a close hamper! I can tell you that no one uses the two we have in our house for what it was intended. I am so ready to remodel the bathrooms. Those will be the first to go!
    Ashley

  • By Keith Eckstein, September 28, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

    Ashley

    When I was younger my parents had a bidet in the garden as a sort of plant pot!

    But I think that was mainly to annoy the neighbours!

    Perhaps you could put yours in your garden for your neighbours to chuck their food into?

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Jacqui, September 30, 2011 @ 10:53 pm

    Brilliant idea for the bidet Keith – ours sits and gathers dust in the bathroom, maybe its time to evict it to the garden.

  • By Shannon, October 1, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

    Thanks for the smut award Keith. You’ll be pleased (or perhaps disappointed) to learn that my mind has not strayed into smutty territory once this week…which makes for a distinct lack of writing material!

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 1, 2011 @ 6:24 pm

    Shannon

    There’s still time to get a quickie (bit of smut) in?

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Fête Foreign, October 1, 2011 @ 9:21 pm

    Merci for the shoutout!

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 1, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    Fête Foreign

    Not at all! You deserve it – a great blog and one that I hope to review real soon!

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. My apologies for the slight cock-up on the Tuesday post – all my fault, bound to be – always is!

  • By Sarah Hague, October 3, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

    You see what I had to put up with when I were a nipper? I didn’t even get to sleep in my own bed! Mind you, my younger bro was used as a foot rest so I suppose I had it lucky…

  • By Mary Kay, October 3, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

    Keith,

    Thanks for the mention. Since I just celebrated 6 months of blogging on October 1, seeing my “baby” blog (well, I guess that it’s more of a toddler now!) listed in your category of “new blogs on the block” was like icing on the cake. Thanks again!

    Mary Kay

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 4, 2011 @ 10:11 am

    Mary

    When I said New blog on the Block I just meant new to me.

    Living in rural (and slightly backward) Brittany, I am rather behind the times!

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. Being behind the times isn’t all bad – we still think flares and tie-dies shirts are cool in my neighbourhood!

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