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). Top of the list, and rightly so, is the lovely Sam from Totally Frenched Out who sneakily went out and got married when my back was turned and so…

My big hat didn’t get aired at The Other Paris Wedding of the Year!

Doesn’t Sam look radient?

And doesn’t C look posh?

Sam & C – I hope you had a wonderful time and are going to….

Post loads more photos very soon!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France2). Dianne from All Things French has the knack of taking photographs that make you just want to dive into them!

And At The Break of Day…. is no exception!

I can almost taste the baguette from that boulangerie and…

I can certainly smell the Ricard that, by all rights should be sat on that bistro table waiting for me (this diet is killing me! As soon as it has ended I intend to drink my body weight in Pastis!)

Dianne, another brilliant photo and…

Some wonderful words to accompany it!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France3). And talking of ginourmous bellies the size of a small planet….

Peggy at Rue Rice almost won this week’s Award for Having a Big Fat Belly for her post called…

Surprisingly enough… Big Fat Belly.

But Mrs A Taste of Garlic decided that the award should stay where it currently is; nailed across the door of the biscuit cupboard in a desperate attempt to stop me diving in and relieving the hunger pains!

So, sorry Peggy – no award for you.

Anyway, I have a feeling that your Big Fat Belly will go sooner than mine!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France4). And talking of… “Hair in unusual places and changing colour and texture, fingernails that grow ridiculously fast, bigger boobies, skin sensitivity and itchiness, a slowly changing centre of gravity that affects gait and movement”

Becs at Is there such a thing as too much cheese? also seems to have a large belly (probably not as large as mine and possibly for the same reason that Peggy has a large belly?)

Becs wrote a post called Pregnancy = a lack of style!

But I would have to disagree…

I’ve always found that there is something dignified in having a belly the size of a planet and waddling around farting to all and sundry!

Becs – I’m sure you’re very stylish; can I give you some advice on prams?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France5). In a rare (and unlikely ever to be repeated) moment of maturity I decided that it would be childish to give Aidan from Conjugating Irregular Verbs an Award for Having Her Boobs Checked Out. But…

As it is important that women do have their boobs checked out…

As Aidan explains in Mammographie/Mammogram – No Biggie and I thought it was appropriate to mention it here.

So, that done…

Can I go back to being rather immature and stupid…

Please?


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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 the incredibly prolific Colin and Elizabeth from The Story of our Life in and Around Braye-sous-Faye who absolutely cracked me up with My Knob Collection.

The dynamic roundabout spotting duo are often to be seen on this Tuesday review of all that is the best (and worst) about expat life in France and…

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAlthough I could have considered many others for this prestigious award…

The mere thought, of missing the opportunity to celebrate this pair of roundabout spotting knob collectors hadn’t even begun to speculate about the merest possibility of crossing my mind.

Their blog should be checked out by anyone who is bored with life in France (or life in general)…

I see it as a sort of Blue Peter/Jackanory….

For the Ecstasy Generation!

Colin and Elizabeth, 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 FranceNo new blogs this week but two movers…

Kelly Jeanne is moving Ma Belle Vie from kelleyjeanne.blogspot.com to kelleyjeanne.wordpress.com

Where it is much the same except a lot more Black and White, if you know what I mean?

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L Anglais à Paris is also on the move.

He is conglomerating (I have absolutely no idea if that’s the right word but as I managed to spell it right first time there’s no way that I’m going to spend precious time looking for a more suitable or appropriate one!) his efforts at rabrooks.com

There’s design stuff, art, a blog and all sorts of other good things going on there!


Breaking news….

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceNot a lot of breaking news this week but I can whisper that Roz and Neil at Dirty Feet and Rubble in My Hair got slightly tipsy and talked all about it in About Last Night.

As I’ve often said…

“They’re a wild old bunch, that bunch down in the Haute-Vienne!”

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceMagic 27 made a video about her Accent (which makes a change from taking photos of her boobs) and…

As you will shortly find out, I am not the world’s best video reviewer so…

All I will say is that it is, on average….

32.854 times longer than Gwan’s efforts.

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceKelly, from Kelly Takes on France had her bag stolen in Real Life Superheroes but…

Don’t worry…

She got it back!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceJean from A Very Grand Pressigny treated us to some lovely Peace and Quiet

Mrs A Taste of Garlic seemed to like that one as she told me that she loves seeing a man sat quietly, holding his rod in his hand and hoping to feel a twitch.

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceRaudel from I Love Freedom Fries awarded himself an A+ in Dog Poop Evasion in his post called In Metz Ville.

Raudel, I thought that being knee deep in Poodle Plop was a particularly Parisain problem?

If the Sea of Poop has spread to Metz you really ought to investigate and tell us more!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceOh, and LBM from Left Bank Manc had a major ranty blog post thing in Stupid F**cking Waitressing Job but….

As I’m running out of time here (What, it’s already gone 7am and I’m not finished! People will think I’m dead!) so I’ll leave you to investigate it yourself (if you’ve got the bottle!)


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 Award for Having the Wrong Accent goes to Anais at Anais en France for Apparently My Accent Is Wrong….

It seems that the school that Anais is working at thought that all English speakers speak English like Price Charles’ Butlers, Man Servant Flunky does?

And she’s going to have to take English lessons herself!

What silliness!

Anais, you just teach the little brats to speak New Zealandish and…

Bugger the consequences!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe Absolute, Incredible Bargain of the Month Award goes to Rosalyn at An English Rose in France for her post mentioning that Half Acre Farm is For Sale.

Yes, it’s true!

One of the most desirable properties in all of Brittany (nay – France!) is on the market at a bargain price.

The house has all the normal things like 2 bedrooms, a nice big downstairs room, some land, a roof and some sheds and things but…

What Rosalyn was a little bit too shy to mention is that, if you stand in the garden and look South – then twitch your buttock just a smidgen so that you are pointed sort of South, South West…

Across the valley, about a mile away, you will see the magical fantasticness (or should that be the fanytastic magicalness – I can never remember which way round it is?) of A Taste of Garlic Towers!

Which I reckon puts about 100,000 euros on the value of Half Acre Farm?

From Rosayln’s bedroom window you can see my long johns hanging on the line (once a year) and…

With a decent pair of binoculars…

You can ever make out the stains!

Anyway, I guarantee that the first to view will buy!

It’s very rare that houses with a view of A Taste of Garlic Towers come on the market these days…

And, when they do, they are always snapped up in seconds!

So, if you fancy living in the posh part of Brittany with some famous (and slightly eccentric) neighbours….

Give Roslayn a call!

Of course, I shall be vetting any potential new neighbours personally….

And very thoroughly!

We can’t have any old riff-raff turning up round here!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe Award For Having The Smelliest Socks in All of France goes to Sarah at St Bloggie de Riviere for her post about The Cycle of Stink.

And, on the grounds of Health and Safety (and just downright common decency) I feel that I ought to say that this is the last time we ever award that particular award!

So, any of you who were planning to win this award by sneaking a pair of socks down your Y-Fronts and leaving them there for the next six months or so….

By all means. feel free to do so but…

Don’t expect an award at the end of it!

And, on an editorial not…

I am in no way suggesting that that is what Sarah did in order to win her award!

Although it does sound like the sort of thing she might get up to?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceJust for once, the Death on the Road Award didn’t go to Amber but went, instead, to Julie at The Provence Post for her Million Dollar Fender Bender in Monaco in which…

A convertible Bentley manages to hit a Ferrari F430, damaging an Aston Martin Rapide, a Porsche 911 Carrera S and a Mercedes S-Class in the process.

Which probably puts things into some sort of perspective, in a sort of gentle, soothing, it could be worse, kind of way if…

You ever find yourself knocked off your scooter by a mad, manic expat motorist whilst…

Going round a roundabout in Nord Pas de Calais?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe Award for Making Cupcakes That Look Exactly Like Dog Poop (but Probably Taste Better?) goes to the very talented Delana at Du Jour for her post called Take the Cake.

And I think that in awarding this award we should all realise that Delana is much, much more than just a pretty face!

It takes real talent to re-design the humble cupcake so that it resembles something that you wouldn’t want to step in them if you found them on the pavement!

It takes immense integrity and bravery to make this sort of profound artistic statement and….

Whilst I can humbly state that I am not sufficiently artistically qualified to decipher Delana’s true message encompassed in this oeuvre…

I sure that it must be some sort of statement about global warming or perhaps…

A protest about Wall Street or something like that!

Delana, you are an artist and I truly would pay dearly for some….

Dog Poop Cupcakes!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceIn a closely fought battle, Nichole from Nichole in Normandy just beat Romke Soldaat from Frogsmoke for the Romke Soldaat Award for Being Romke Soldaat.

Nichole’s cleverly spotted Translations gone… Weird was considered to be just slightly more Romke Soldaat like than Romke Soldaat’s own Somebody Wants To Eat My Car.

I’m sure that next week we’ll see a massive comeback and Romke will, once again, win the award that bears his name but…

In the meantime…

Congratulations Nichole – you deserve it!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe Award For Having The Grossest and Most Drippingly Pustualting Ear Infection This Week goes to the otherwise seemingly normal Lindsay at French Confessions for her I Love That French Medicine.

And, judging from the amount of medicine that Lindsay is necking three times a day….

I’d say it’s got to be one of the worst ear infections in history?

Lindsay

Be careful not to shake your head too fast in case your ears drop off (that can happen, I kid you not, in cases of very bad ear infection! I read about it in Wikipedia so it must be true!)

I must say that one of the advantages of taking vast quantities of Antibiotics is that all your other little problems seem to be cleared up at the same time.

Like those nasty hairy little spots on your bottom?

Did you find the same, Lindsay?

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 FranceAnother very quiet week on the ranty front and I was really having trouble trying to decide who to honour with this week’s Rant of the Week Award.

And then along came along Ashley!

And the problem was resolved!

Ashley from Backyardprovence wins this week’s Rant of the Week Award for a combination of the following posts….

Gripes, which is a straight forward rant about lolly sizes and supermarkets not selling cheese (or something like that?) and….

At the Carwash – Yeah! which is a delightful tale of Ashley’s husband trying to get together the right change so that he could use the automatic car wash!

I’m sure Mr Bean did something similar in a Christmas Special a few years ago?

I’m sure that if Ashley’s husband had been wearing pink shorts and carrying a man bag (you had to have been awake last week and the week before to understand that), he would have had no trouble getting change?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceLeslie from La Fourchette s’est Emballée wins this weeks Award for Disappearing Off The Face of the Earth and Then Calmly Wandering Back in Calm As Can Be! for her post Knock, knock! in which she returns from holiday casually saying….

“Oh my. Did I say “See you in mid-July!”? I really meant mid-October!”

So, I wonder what Leslie got up to all summer (and I have this incredible urge to start humming that song from the start of Grease!)

I do hope that she’ll tell all!

Welcome back to blogland, Leslie!

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The Girls Gone Wild Section!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceDespite many protests from Church Groups and Grown Ups throughout France, I’m proud to announce that, we are resisting all forms of pressure in order to continue…

In our quest to keep you fully informed about the antics of our….

Girls Gone Wild!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceIf it’s dangerous driving, cars on fire and car park beaches that you’re after…

You could do a lot worse than taking a look at what do you get when a french, a spanish, an english, a welsh and an American take a road trip?…une journée de merde which can be found….

KM en Corse.

I’m not really sure what Katherine from Newcastle Upon Tyne is actually up to…

But I do have to admit to….

Feeling a wee bit sorry for…

Her poor little froggie pupil’s!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceI have to admit that I was more than a little bit worried when I heard that that original Girl Gone Wild, LBM at Left Bank Manc when she claimed that she was going to try Being a Grown Up!

“No, no!” I wanted to cry! “Being a Grown Up is no fun at all!”

I really needn’t have worried though…..

Anyone who describes children as… “little hairless monkeys in skinny jeans” and who has a blog that pops up on Google if you search for….

“cavemen having sex”

Will never really grow up and will forever be…

A Girl Gone Wild!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceCaitlin at Cepiatone shows every sign of turning into a Girl Gone Wild if the photo from…

Lovely assistants at our housewarming party last night!

Party, party, party – that’s all the youth of today seem to do, these days!

I don’t know where those youngsters get all their energy from?

Caitlin, it looks like it was a swell party!

I just hope that no one turned up to tell you that…

“Their house is nicer, their Dad drives a faster car and their hot dogs wrapped in pastry twists are larger than yours!”

You’ll understand that last bit in a minute or two (I suppose it depends on how fast you read and how hungover you are?)

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceOne thing that I have noticed is that a common behavioral quirk among Girls Gone Wild is their propensity to go round….

Kissing Frogs!

Nikki at The Perpetual Passenger seems to have done her fair share of it?

And in Dating, French Kissing and The Frog Prince offers the following advice….

“….all you have to do is show up and pucker up.”

Aha, so that’s what I’ve been doing wrong all my life!

Nikki finishes her post with the wisest words I’ve ever read about life in France!

Forget Peter Mayle, forget all those How to Live in France type books….

There’s really only one thing that you need to know….

As Nikki says…

“So, when in France–don’t underestimate the significance of a french kiss.”

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceNow, if there’s someone for whom the Girls Gone Wild section must have been invented for it must be Ella Coquine at Tales From The Chambre De Bonne who…

In post called Day 150: Faites Une Grosse Boulette!

Explained how she came to ask her former French Teacher if….

“he can lick me my information!”

The things young girls get up to these days, eh?

In my day, if I’d asked my French Teacher for something like that, I’d been given six of the best and a month of detention!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd, proving that she can still party like a princess is….

Peggy at Rue Rice who, this week, held the party to end all parties and wrote all about it in Celebrate 5!

And what a party it was!

It had everything!

Mint flavored mentos, an apple throwing game and even some hot dogs wrapped in skinny pieces of pie crust!

Hey, there was even one of those guys telling everyone that their house is bigger and their daddy drives a faster car!

My sort of party, in other words!

Peggy, organising a party like that confirms my long held suspicion that you are certainly…

A Girl Gone Wild!

But, am I the only one….

Who finds it hard to believe…

That this young slip of a lass

Could be old enough to be a mother of two (and another on the way!)

All that partying….

Must keep her young?


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 Francethat was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceWell……

What sort of award could we offer to someone who not only reads sexy romance novels while at the gym and then…

Publicly admits it on her blog?

So, Breadispain, although I admire the bravery with which you came out of the closet (regarding your lusty literary leanings) with The Translation of Cool

I feel that it would only demean all the other worthy award winners here if I even considered encouraging you in your little hobby?

Have you ever thought of trying Flaubert? So much more socially (and intellectually) acceptable and….

Bovary is pretty much lust, lust, lust…. when it isn’t raining?

Breadispain, I’m sorry 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 FranceI’m trying to work out how to say this without sounding mean, nasty and horrible but…

There really isn’t any gentle way so…

Gwan, from Where in the World is Gwannel Sandiego, there is absolutely no way in the world that I can give you any sort of award for your Rheims videos!

The ones that were only 5 seconds long were really a little bit too short but….

The 8 second one seemed to go on forever!

I took an afternoon off to watch the one that was 17 seconds and even double-billed it with the 7 second one but, I have to say….

Don’t give up your day job!

Perhaps these videos are a new art form that I am too stupid (or set in my ways) to understand or….

Perhaps, as was suggested…

You had to be there?

Gwan – I did consider offering up the Award for Making the Best Blair Witch Film about Life in France but, apparently that is being reserved for someone in (or around) Grenoble and it would take too long to get another one made up!

So, Gwan Spielberg Cronenburg Sandiego, I’m sorry 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 how could I even begin to consider giving any kind of award to Andy at Prunings From The Vines who was himself considering getting rid of his Electrical Rubbish?

Andy, it is man’s inalienable right to preserve, for eternity, all those bits of outdated electrical crap….

Just in case…

One day…

It may come in useful!

If we give in and start dumping our past treasures at the decheterie…

It will only encourage our wives and partners who, thus emboldened…

Will start nagging us to get our hair cut and start changing our underpants once a week!

No, man! You have to stand firm!

And that’s why, Andy, I’m sorry 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 going to be such a large award for Jacqui from The French Village Diaries when we heard that she was going to the beach again!

But then, in A Boy, A Beach A Dog and His Mate we discovered that she wasn’t going to That Beach and…

As a result…

Everyone would get to keep their clothes on!

A slight sense of being cheated…

Which means, Jacqui, I’m sorry 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 LyonLottie from Life in Lyon was going to get some sort of mention for actually publishing a blog post (she’s not been very prolific, of recent) but our Health and Safety Advisory Committee decided that if we did that, people might think that they could get a mention just by falling on their bottoms, as she did in Extreme Pavements, in public and then where would we be?

The hospitals full of bruised botties…

The country brought to a halt…

Basically, the end of civilisation as we know it!

Well, we didn’t want to be responsible for that!

And so, LyonLottie, I’m sorry but…

It’s an Award for Not Winning an Award This Week for you!

All the best

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35 Comments

  • By Sarah, October 18, 2011 @ 7:49 am

    Thanks, Keith! I didn’t actually write that post specifically to win an award, although it did cross my mind that it might appeal. It also crossed the boundaries of the Technorati ‘appropriate material’ criteria. Can’t think why… :)

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 18, 2011 @ 8:13 am

    Sarah

    They’re a stuffy bunch at Technorati – you’ll find we’re much more forgiving about your revolting smells here at Garlic!

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Richard Brown, October 18, 2011 @ 8:31 am

    Thanks for another sparkling collection Keith. I always enjoy my Tuesday mornings!

  • By Jacqui, October 18, 2011 @ 8:51 am

    Thanks for my Tuesday morning smile. Me thinks you must have been working on this in the wee small hours.
    ps Silly me, did I forget to mention the skinny dipping in the pool after the day at the beach?

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 18, 2011 @ 9:44 am

    Richard

    Glad you enjoy them – sorry they were late today!

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 18, 2011 @ 9:46 am

    Jacqui

    Yes – I heard all about the skinny dipping in the back garden – I believe that Ed (or is that Edward now?) is going to blog all about it?

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Gwan, October 18, 2011 @ 10:09 am

    Thanks again Keith, you have become a Tuesday morning institution for me (as for many others I suspect)!

    Yay, an award for not winning an award! Thanks! Those videos are truly awful (don’t bother watching them, people) but I swear on all that’s holy they did look better in their non-Internet incarnation and by the time I’d uploaded them all I thought I may as well leave them!

  • By Crystal, October 18, 2011 @ 10:25 am

    Don’t worry Keith, I shall not disappoint with upcoming videos ;)

    I’m looking for a way to incorporate the green stripe, the hairless cat, and some dodgy lighting and camera shaking. It will be epic.

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 18, 2011 @ 12:11 pm

    Gwan

    Yes, I agree, those videos are horrible!

    And now you’ve got poor Crystal worried that her crown is about to be taken away from her!

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. I wonder how many people will take a look at the videos? Does YouTube count visitor views?

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 18, 2011 @ 12:13 pm

    Crystal

    Excellent – am looking forward to it.

    Could you try to get a shadow of a Zombie (or a knife wielding maniac) in the background to add that frisson of fear and uncertainty?

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. The Green Stripe is, I think, the most important thing?

  • By Breadispain, October 18, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

    Hullo!

    Another excellent read – always enjoying checking this out on Tuesday mornings…when I’m not reading trashy romance novels, that is. ;)

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 18, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

    Hi Breadispain

    I know that my little review isn’t quite as lusty and thrusty as your normal reading matter but that is something that I’m actively trying to improve on!

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Gwan, October 18, 2011 @ 4:31 pm

    Keith – nooo, now I’m embarrassed at the thought of anyone except my parents sitting through them! And it was my parents giving me shit in the comments to begin with!

  • By Grenobloise, October 18, 2011 @ 5:51 pm

    Keith,

    I thought Breadispain’s post (which included the words “throbbing members”) was gonna’ make GGW this week! Zut!

    I forgot what I was gonna’ say.. I blame Magic27′s boobs.. (total lesbo moment, felt like I was back in college for a sec there, thanks!)

    I bought a bottle of Ricard last night & thought of you..

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 18, 2011 @ 8:21 pm

    Grenobloise

    The throbbing members are fictional and they really aren’t up to Harold Robbins standard?

    I think that Breadispain is a real contender for GGW but there is a lot of competition!

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. I was talking about Harold Robbins’ fictional “Throbbing Members” not his own actual one – just in case anyone was confused?

    P.P.S. All of a sudden I have become interested in your college days – tell me more!

    P.P.P.S. I remember Ricard! It’s what I used to enjoy before I was on this diet!

  • By Leslie, October 18, 2011 @ 10:09 pm

    Thank you, Keith…for the award, the warm welcome and for making me seem ‘calm’ in my return! ;}

  • By Grenobloise, October 18, 2011 @ 10:31 pm

    I see there is a lot of GGW competition! (okay, not really..)

    Peggy Rice looks amazing. Just checked out her blog. 1 month away from giving birth and she’s throwing parties, painting.. now I feel like a bum! In my 20′s and tired all the time..

    My college days though.. they were active. Don’t know where I got that energy.. or maybe it’s just the energy I have when I’m single..

    When I go to French bars it gets pretty rowdy though.. who knew these mad scientists AKA Grenoblois were so naughty! I guess that what happens to you when you wear a bunny suit and hear machines vibrating all day…

    Harold Robbins.. OH “TM” is a book! Wow! You read his stuff? I am so curious now.. I doubt they’d have “Throbbing Members” at the French book store or library.. though it may be hilarious if I ask an male French employee for it…

  • By Ashley Davidson-Fisher, October 19, 2011 @ 12:09 am

    Keith-I thankfully accept my two awards this week! I’m still griping about the cheese and lolly, but that’s not likely to change soon. I’m sorry to see the warm weather go and with it all hopes of seeing anymore pink shorts. By the way, it’s a good thing Dude doesn’t have a man purse yet or he would have likely hauled off and smacked the change lady with it!

  • By B, October 19, 2011 @ 4:54 pm

    Thanks for the mention Keith!

    And for your misplaced belief that I am now, or ever was, terribly stylish.

    In fact, one of my students passed by me yesterday when walking to class and said hello (very sweet) and then asked me “Miss – are you ok? You look sick!” (less sweet). Oh dear, not only am I un-stylish I’m actually scaring small children.

    But your write up made me smile – and I have lots of blogs to go read now!
    Bisous

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 19, 2011 @ 6:20 pm

    Greonbloise

    Thobbing Members isn’t actually a Harold Robbins book (and the world is, I think, a sadder place for that omission) but I do think that, if Breadispain want’s to read about Thobbing Members then Harold Robbins is probably a better source than Nora Roberts?

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. If you hang out with people who wear bunny suits and spend all days with their vibrating machines then you should certainly be considered for a Girls Gone Wild spot? If only you’d post a blog about it every now or again!!!!!!

    P.P.S. I don’t actually admit to having read everything that Harold Robbins ever wrote but… I may have just glanced a few times when I was about 14 years old?

    P.P.P.S. Yes – Peggy looks great for someone who is about to give birth to baby no3. Either she was a child bride or she’s been having some expensive cosmetic surgery?

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 19, 2011 @ 6:26 pm

    Ashley

    I saw a man in Pink Jeans outside the bar today but he rushed off when I leaped up to try and take a photograph!

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. If you tell the Dude how he can keep his spare screwdriver, his corkscrew and all that stuff in his Man Bag he’ll be nagging you to get him one; you should see the stuff I’ve got in mine!

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 19, 2011 @ 6:28 pm

    Becs

    Any girlie friend of that girlie from Le Petit Village has got to be pretty stylish herself?

    And anyone who can cry over MasterChef (without having to eat the food) has got to have something going for her?

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. I’ve been scaring small children since I was about 9 months old!

  • By ellacoquine, October 19, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

    Thanks Keith! Your patience to read all of our blogs and write such witty and funny recaps is beyond impressive! How do you do it?

    I love how I’m being exposed to all these great blogs out there that I might not have found otherwise. Thanks again!

  • By k_sam, October 19, 2011 @ 7:00 pm

    And here I was thinking you’d forgotten about me! ;)

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 19, 2011 @ 7:06 pm

    Ella Coquine

    How do I do it?

    Well, it’s quite simple….

    Living in the part of rural (and almost medieval) Brittany that I choose to call home, we are subject to quite a few visits from Aliens from Outer Space (parts of North Wales and Norfolk are also similarly affected, so I believe) and recently I dismantled the wreckage of an Alien Spacecraft that had crashed in our back garden and, from that wreckage, I managed to build a machine that, when it’s working, reads all Life in France blogs and writes reviews on them.

    It’s not rocket science – it’s just that I was good with Lego and Meccano (Legos and Constructor sets for those of the American persuasion) when I was a kid.

    And, to be truthfully honest, I am a kid that forgot to grow up!

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. I’m glad that you’re finding so many new blogs via Garlic. A word of advice; steer clear of that lot down in Montpellier – I’ve often said…

    “They’re a funny lot, that lot in Montpellier!”

    P.P.S. Am patiently waiting for you to do something Girls Gone Wildish – I’m sure that it’s only a matter of time?

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 19, 2011 @ 7:17 pm

    Sam

    I didn’t forget you – I just turned up for the wedding a little late!

    How does it feel to be a married woman now?

    Are all your wanton ways behind you?

    Are you planning to get fat and wear one of those blue and white house coats that are still fashionable in Brittany?

    Are you planning to publish any more wedding photos?

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. You do know that 1 wedding photo is about 20 too few?

    P.P.S. Did you ever know Evolving Revolver? I’m not sure why I thought you two were friends but I thought that you were? She’d gone and dun it as well! It must be catching! Mrs A Taste of Garlic will be after me to make her all legal soon if I’m not careful!

  • By ellacoquine, October 19, 2011 @ 7:38 pm

    Thank you for that explanation! It’s all so clear now!!! :)

    So the girl gone wild has struck again….check out Day 155 on my blog. This one is not for the faint of heart…don’t say I didn’t warn you! :)

  • By mimi pompom, October 19, 2011 @ 7:54 pm

    Hello Mr & Mrs Garlic,

    Impressed at how many hours you’ve put in reading all these wonderful blogs on our behalf. There seems to be a bit of a theme going on – namely rods and knobs. If I can mention both in a blog post soon, does that increase the likelihood of a mention? ;-)

    Mimi

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 19, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

    Ella Coquine

    I’ve directed Mrs A Taste of Garlic to investigate your Day 155 just in case it’s infectious – she’s currently lying on the floor laughing (and I rather suspect that she may have wet herself?)

    Your story of Le Bite (La Bite?) reminds me of a 68 year old female English neighbour of mine who wanted the return of her hosepipe from a young lad across the lane who had borrowed it. She didn’t understand why all the neighbours were so amused; after all, she had practised what she had to say… “Je Voudrais Une Pipe! Je Voudrais Une Pipe! Je Voudrais Une Pipe! Je Voudrais Une Pipe!”

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 19, 2011 @ 8:17 pm

    Ms Wheeler

    I promise you that if you mention Rods, Knobs, Lingerie, Nuns or Citroen 2CVs in a blog, I’ll mention you in the top bit (that’s the posh bit) of Garlic and maybe even in the Girls Gone Wild section as well (that becoming the really fashionable bit!) as well!

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. Am patiently awaiting the next chapter/installment/book. When is it due out? Any secrets that you are about to divulge? No accidents with Beetroot or hosepipes that you want to let us know about?

  • By k_sam, October 19, 2011 @ 8:43 pm

    I am very much enjoying life as a married lady, and I have to say I quite relish correcting those smug French women who insist on calling me “Mademoiselle”.

    PS. More photos to come once I have time to sort through them.

    PSS. Why yes, I do know the lovely Evolving Revolver! Apparently there must be something in the water this year!!

  • By Jacqui, October 19, 2011 @ 11:35 pm

    Oh Mimi Pompom – we’re almost neighbours, if I’d have known you could have joined our little Garlic soirée, maybe next time; http://web.me.com/tournesol_bp/The_French_Village_Diaries/Blog/Entries/2011/9/15_When_virtual_friends_come_to_life.html

  • By Grenobloise, October 20, 2011 @ 12:38 pm

    “P.S. If you hang out with people who wear bunny suits and spend all days with their vibrating machines then you should certainly be considered for a Girls Gone Wild spot? If only you’d post a blog about it every now or again!!!!!!”

    Okay Keith.. I know, I know.. haven’t blogged in a WHILE; I barely blog. Life has been busy but I will get abck on track soon esp. with it getting shittier outside!

    I told my Frenchman about Ella Coquine’s “beet” story at a restaurant last night and he said out loud “Did she say Je manges les bites or Je mange des bites” and I’m sure people overheard. That was awesome!

    Cela dit… Je veux une pipe!!!!

  • By Dianne, October 21, 2011 @ 5:11 am

    Thanks Keith for my mention on your Tuesday awards and for taking the time to keep track of us French inspired bloggers. It’s a great way to meet new kids on the block and catch up with those we have sort of lost track of. Merci xx

  • By Peggy, October 22, 2011 @ 11:59 pm

    You are too funny!!! Will keep you posted on when this big belly pops;-)

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