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). That Cutest Kiwi on the Block Ange from signed by Ange was a dead cert to win this week’s Award for being Incredibly Artistic with a Shell and a Bit of Old Wood but…

In her post… Shedding a bit of light on the subject: she calls us…

Possums!

Twice!

And for that….

I was all for banishing her to the Awards for not Winning an Award This Week section of today’s weekly round up but…

Mrs A Taste of Garlic said that Ange’s post was very clever and…

Being called a Possum isn’t such a bad thing!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France2). Obviously we don’t have an Award for The Essential Guide to Living in France because…

A Taste of Garlic is the essential guide to living in France…

Concentrating, as we do, on Lingerie wearing nuns (when we can find them), Citroen 2CVs and how to cook all those little bits of dead pig!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceBut, if we did have such an award it would surely have gone, this week, to Meredith at Ditdit in France for her Blending in France – Updated.

Which is largely about kissing and not wearing old sweat-pants…

And other important tips about how to integrate

Although I seem to have done OK just by eating vast quantities of snails and…

Always keeping a hand full or two in my pockets…

To hand out at parties and to friends!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France3). Evelyn at Melanged Magic showed us the View from my Window.

And very nice it is too!

This has become a very interesting blog since it moved to France about three weeks ago…

I’ve got a feeling that Melanged Magic is going to grow and grow…

Cadrieu must be fertile ground for bloggers?

Well worth a visit or two!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France4). Ashley at Backyardprovence seems to be getting fixated over that essential male accessory…

The Man Purse – as it evident from he post…. Lil’ Man Purse.

Ashley will certainly be happy to know that…

I have heard a little rumour that the carrying of Man Bags will be mandatory by all male nationals and male visitors in the near future (and that’s the truth – you heard it here first!)

Well, that sort of helps Ashley decide what to get The Dude for Christmas…

Doesn’t it!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in France5). Although later on in this weekly review I predict that I shall state that there are no new blogs this week I shall, in fact, have been wrong because I’ve already found one and I’ve absolutely no idea at all why I shall pretend that I haven’t.

Confused? You should be!

The new Blog on the Block that I predict that I won’t know about is Labergerebasque’s Farmhouse in France which is a wonderful story illustrated by some fantastic photos!

Labergerebasque says of her new blog…

“A few years ago I fell truly, madly, deeply in love with a Sheepfarmer, on a sheepfarm, with some sheepdogs, and of course, lots and lots of sheep.

My home is a little Village in Southwest France… also home to cows, cats and chickens.

Welcome to my words and photos…and bien sur, a glimpse into the “village diaries”.”

And I can’t for the life of me understand that….

8 or 10 inches down the screen I’m going to pretend that there aren’t any new blogs on the block this week!

I won’t have forgotten about it already, will I?


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 the lovely Sam at Totally Frenched Out

Now, I do have to admit that Sam did have to get married in order to win the prestigious award…

And I can’t advise that you all do similar just to win an award…

Especially those of you who are already married!

But married Sam did get and she showed us some lovely photos in this post and then in this post.

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceIn terms of The Event of the Week in Paris it totally out frenched pretty much everything else…

Apparently Nick Sarkozy’s bit of fluff had a baby and…

On the economic front, Europe is about to sink into terminal bankruptcy and we’re going to end up hauling wheelbarrows full of worthless money to the shops just to buy a bag of sugar (doesn’t worry me – on my diet I’m not allowed sugar!) and…

Spurs actually won another football match (soccer for those of you of the American persuasion) which means they’ve not lost a match for 8 weeks (although then they did slightly lose 5-1) which is probably an all time record for Spurs?

But, important as all those things may be…

Throughout Paris, nay France….

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe gossip in the bars and restaurants was of…

The lovely Sam and her handsome groom!

And I did hear a little rumour that…

The real reason that Nick couldn’t be there for his daughter’s birth was…

That he was too busy looking at Sam and C’s wedding photos!

Not sure how true that is but I wouldn’t be at all surprised!

Sam, if you’d like to place your award on your blog sidebar just email me and I’ll send you the code.


Having Babies….

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceNo new blogs this week (there probably are but I guess they’re hiding away from me?) so I’m going to talk about something else instead…

Babies!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceNow, most people who know me know that I’m not so keen on children and personally believe that the world would be a better place if they were all locked in the cupboard under the stairs until they were old enough to leave home, get jobs and start paying taxes!

What most people don’t realise is that I actually like babies; up until the age that they start walking and talking, that is! Then they need to be locked in the cupboard under the stairs until they are old enough to leave home, get jobs and start paying taxes!

And I had a great shock this week!

I was busy grading pigs manure in the front yard when Mrs A Taste of Garlic leaned out of the window and shouted down at me… “She’s had it! She’s had her baby!”

I was so shocked that I jumped up in the air and then promptly slipped over!

It’s messy, sticky stuff, that pigs manure is – let me tell you!

Then I thought to myself… “Who, who has had a baby?”

Actually, the Breton Pig Farming peasant that I aspire to be actually thought… “Ooh, aargh… Who were in heat 9 months ago then?” but I put that down to being born in Cornwall!

And so I had a quick look round to try and work out who it might be…

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceMy first point of call was down in Montpellier where Sarah from St. Bloggie de Riviere said that her son had just told her…

“Mummy, you look pregnant!”

But it turned out that it was just false alarm!

Thank God for those morning after stomach firming kits, eh?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceSo I then popped into Rue Rice to check on Peggy who said…

To be fair… and showed us a side view of her belly.

Wow, her belly is almost as big…

As mine!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceI then took a quick look at Parisienne Mais Presque who was Out of Breath.

Why, I hear you ask?

Well, it could be that the little one (who must be coming up to about 11 months old now?) has just learned to… “climb by herself onto the stain-covered old futon that serves as a couch in our living room”

They grow up so quick, don’t they?

Parisienne Mais Presque, may I tell you… You’re now entering the dangerous age which won’t be over until the little one is safely married off to a nice rich Frenchman!

Good luck!

By the way, I loved your story of Le Petite…

“J’ai quatre ans,” he announced to the lady who lives down the hall. Four years old.

A few days later, he saw her again.

“J’ai toujours quatre ans,” he assured her. Still four years old.

Lovely!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceFinally, I realised what all the fuss was about; what all the people were chatting about in the cafes, restaurants and bars (except from my local village bar where all they’re talking about it how I fell in the pig manure and who was on heat last Saturday night!)….

Yes! It’s true!

It’s finally arrived and it’s no longer an “it’s” but is a healthy baby girl!

And you can read all about it over at French Mama in the post…. Giving Birth in France – My Birth Story.

Congratulations Carrieanne!

And congratulations baby Juliana – for upstaging that other baby girl born to some politician’s bit of fluff!


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 FranceNot much happening on the news front as most expats in France were hunkering down for the Off Season (better known as Autumn and Winter) but I did manage to catch a few snippets of gossip…

Jacqui at The French Village Diaries has been suffering from Piles but don’t worry….

She keeps her clothes on in the photo in her blog post!

Phew! For a moment I had vision of spotty botties being thrust upon us!

And Spotty Botties before breakfast….

Is a bit much, even for me!

Jacqui, I hope your piles get cleared up soon!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd Haley from Haley in France mentioned in C’est le Nord! that she was surviving the onset of the Off Season on a diet of potato leek soup!

Mind you, living in Lille (in deepest Bienvenue Chez les Ch’tis country) the winter does arrive sooner than other parts of France; generally around Late August/Early September?

Still, Haley has done the decent thing and found a welcoming bar!

Haley, that’s the only thing you can do in your part of sub-artic France – drink yourself warm!

By the way, watch out if you’re riding a scooter round any roundabouts up your way!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd in some Disk Jockey News that Jon at The Vendée Blog was kind enough to share with us…

It has now become illegal to call a French DJ a Disk Jockey!

You have to call them a platiniste instead!

I think that you are still allowed to call the DJ a total dork if he doesn’t play enough Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Hallyday though, so that’s OK!

Anyone who breaks this new law will be subjected to harsh punishment up to, and including, the guillotine!

Also, DJs (or platinistes) who don’t play enough Johnny Hallyday will be shipped off to… “the South Sandwich Islands to entertain the penguins for the rest of their natural lives” and the… “hundreds of drunk / stoned teenagers jumping up and down spraying each other with sweat” will be at risk of imprisonment with only a wind up record player and a pile of Des O’Conner records for company…

Should they even think about the merest possibility of calling that…

Person “cavorting around in front of a couple of record decks and a mixing desk, grunting away like a rutting baboon with St Vitus Dance” anything other than a Platiniste!

Or something like that?

You’ll have to read Jon’s blog to make out the finer details, I suppose?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceDown in Saint-Ettiene, Ray K from et donc voila was eating catfood!

Or perhaps she was eating something that tasted like catfood?

Or, perhaps, just slightly better than catfood?

She explains all in The worst meal I’ve ever had.

The only thing that I have to ask is…

If it was worse than (or even slightly better than) catfood…

Wouldn’t that suggest some level of familiarity with eating catfood in the first place?

Just a thought?

Mind you, Ray K is from Milwaukee; perhaps that explains it all?

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

Breadispain is piling on the pounds and was talking about it in The France Fifteen.

Apparently her tummy has grown to the size of Brussels (the city, not the sprout!) and she has taken to licking wallpaper!

I do believe the poor girl is going on a diet as she says… “if you happen to be wandering through our region in the next couple of months and see a girl crying outside a fromagerie, you can safely assume that it is me.”

Breadispain, I’ll watch out for you and…

If I see you crying outside a cheese shop….

I’ll buy you a nice big slice of Tartiflette!


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 the Complete Toddler Meltdown goes to Barbara at Footprints in the Sand for her Breakdown in which she says…

“Last month while shopping after work – complete toddler meltdown. There was screaming – there were tears. My perfect angel had turned into an uncontrollable little person.”

Now, it’s a little know fact that, during the middle ages, if a toddler were to have a screaming fit in a supermarket, that would either be taken for a sign that the aforementioned child was a witch and would be immediately burned at the nearest stake or…

The child would be encouraged to become a politician?

Personally (although I do have to say that I was the perfect child) I think I’d rather go up in flames….

Rather than spend all my time with dirty, smelly politicians?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe Dog Poo on My Shoe (hey, that rhymes – I’m a poet and I didn’t know it!) Award goes to the lovely Jilly at Menton Daily Photo for her wonderful A Village Wedding – Dog Poop

Jilly has just about the most perfect photo blog (it might help that she lives in Menton which isn’t exactly downtown Detroit or Nasty Newham?) and consistently produces great photos accompanied by captivating captions and perfect prose!

I’ve often said that, if I could only follow one Life in France Expat Blog, Menton Daily Photo would certainly be on my short list of about 1284!

And I have a sneaky suspicion that she’d be somewhere near the top!

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 fabulous Rant of the Week Award goes to that Overdrawn Au Pair Waitress who plies her trade over at Left Bank Manc and is better known as LBM for her brilliantly bleak post called Bleak.

In which she moans and complains about pretty much everything from being an Au Pair, being a waitress, being overdrawn, the homeless (or police brutality of the aforementioned homeless), spaghetti carbonara and being disgusting.

Well worth reading, in other words, if you’re looking for something to read whilst your slashing your wrists!

LBM, cheer up and jack in your waitressing job – that’s a horrible way to earn a living and, if you don’t watch out, you’ll end up weeing in people’s soup!

I did my share of bar-work and waiting when I was younger and that peeing in the soup thing really did happen but it was the chef who did the weeing – I just inadvertently took the pee laden soup to the customers!

And got tipped for it!

You then want to mullah yer mate who’s got those private clients of yours and get back to doing some of that!

A touch of being an artist’s model as well – just so you’ve got something to tell your grandchildren?

Anyway – congrats on your Rant of the Week Award and….

I’ll expect some more vomiting on the dance floor from you real soon!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe Junior Blogger of the Week Award goes to Ruadhri at Blog in France for his fantastic Autumn Beauty.

Ruadhri – what an excellent start to blogging!

You’ll be making your mum jealous if you carry on like that!

I think you ought to have a blog of your own like Ed at English Kid in France

What do the other readers say?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAmber at Travelling Amber gets this week’s Award for Surviving a War Zone when she had to put up with some Violence in France.

Amber, my personal feelings are that people who wave toy guns around (even if they are kids) should be treated just as if they were waving real guns around!

Personally, I’d put them all on a boat and ship them to….

Basingstoke!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe Mushroom of the Week Award gets split in two and shared between Little Me at Pint Sized Rants for Recipe Corner: Stuffed Mushrooms and…

Colin and Elizabeth at In And Around Braye-Sous-Faye for their Forest Fungi.

Both excellent helpings….

The latter slightly lethally poisonous, I do have to say but…

It’s the thought that counts, isn’t it?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe Romke Soldaat Award for Being Romke Soldaat goes, this week, to A Whinger in France who came up with Only in France about the new ketchup laws!

Once again, Romke Soldaat from Frogsmoke came in second place with his Spoofing Paris Metro Names.

Romke, you’re just going to have to try harder…

Next week perhaps?


The Girls Gone Wild Section!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceDespite complaints from the neighbours and protests from most right thinking people – we are still determined to carry on…

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 FranceAnd we’ll start with a couple of girls who just weren’t wild enough!

Perhaps they’re getting too old for all this partying stuff?

Firstly Dana at Grenobloise promised (somewhere in the comments) that she would do something wild enough to be mentioned here but…

If she has done so, she’s neglected to blog about it and so it doesn’t count!

And then that Kensington Kitten, Karen Wheeler from Tout Sweet seems to also gone all rural and sensible since she moved to France!

It’s easier to imagine her drinking a nice mug of Ovaltine sat in front of the fire (with a shawl over her legs) than to think of her boogieing until dawn with all those young farmer boys!

Girls (if you’re both still young enough for me to call you that?), if you want an award or, if you want to be allowed into the Girls Gone Wild section…

You have to do something to warrant it – and blog about it too!

The only awards you’re going to get today are further down the page…

You know which ones I mean!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceTruly a Girl Gone Wild (and one who goes wild every day, from what I’ve heard) is Ella from Tales from le Chambre de Bonne who starts off her post, Be Immature with the words…

“This post is not for clean-minded, mature folk. So if you are this, I advise you to check back tomorrow.”

And that’s the way that I like people to start their blog posts (you listening, up there, Grenobloise and Ms. Wheeler?)

And then Ella goes on to see erect penises where any normal person would see wrought iron banisters?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAlthough she doesn’t see erect penises (peni?) everywhere…

Although she might and just be keeping quiet about it?

Is Gwan from Where in the World is Gwannel Sandiego?

Who was busy telling us all How to Poison People and Put Friends Under the Influence.

Which was largely to do with drinking vast quantities of Vodka and then flashing your boobs at innocent young French boys…

Or, something like that?

It ends up with Gwan getting a hangover sooooooooooo bad that….

It took six weeks for her to get round to telling us about it!

That’s the way to do it, Gwan.

You really are one of the Girls Gone Wild!

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

For the first time, Little Me from Pint Sized Rants makes an appearance on the Girls Gone Wild section of this review!

You see, in A Rant About A Hangover she explains how she may just have had a little sip of wine too many and…

“at 6 when the baby stirred, I thought the world was going to end.

Thought the world was going to end? Hoped the world was going to end.”

Congratulations Little Me – and don’t forget what I told you about putting Port And/Or Brandy on your cornflakes – instant hangover cure!

I should say that you do need to do the Port and Brandy on Cornflakes thing for a few months prior to when you are attempting to have a hangover for it to work!

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceI’m not really going to mention LBM at Left Banc Manc because she’s already won Rant of the Week Award but…

Any girlies out there who are hoping to be allowed into the exclusive Girls Gone Wild section of this review would do well to use LMB as a role model!

You hear that, Mimi Pompom and Grenobloise?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceWell qualified to win the Perv of the Week Award (which is pretty much a requirement for anyone who wants to be considered for the Girls Gone Wild section of this review) is…

Shannon from Je ne sais quoi…

Who told us all about spying on her Naturalist Neighbors!

Apparently Shannon spends most of her waking hours trying to work out whose butt (bottom to those of us of a British persuasion) she is looking at and…

Trying to resist shouting out… “HEY NAKO, I CAN SEE YOUR CRACK!! YA WANNA DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT?!”

And I thought that she seemed such a nice respectable young girl?

Just shows that you can never tell!

Shannon… Have you ever thought of getting curtains?

Or….

A camera with a telescopic lens?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd making a special appearance in the Girls Gone Wild section of this review is…

A Boy Who Drives Girls Wild!

Ed, over at English Kid in France is only 11 and has already got 3 girlfriends!

Or, according to his mum who said in her post, Lazy Sunday, that Ed has got 3 girls chasing after him wanting to be his girlfriends!

Way to go, Ed. Way to go!


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 FranceI Fly A Starship is first on our list today and will have to suffer the eternal shame and humiliation that winning an Award for not Winning an Award This Week entails!

I Fly A Starship hasn’t been seen in public for almost 5 weeks and I thinking about getting the search parties organised!

I Fly A Starship, if you don’t water your blog soon it will wither and die and then you’ll have to sweep up all the dead leaves!

I’m very 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 FranceBobbi at Finding Me in France was talking about Playing the Field and I was getting excited that it might be an award winning blog post filled with lust and adultery!

But it turns out that the post was all about Footie (soccer to those of you of an American persuasion) and as we all know…

Girlies are physically unable to understand or talk about football because…

Their brains are the wrong shape!

So, Billie – I love your blog and I respect you for dumping Hockey Loving Husband (or trading him in for the Footie loving one) but….

Know your place; it certainly isn’t discussing the Offside Rule!

I’m very 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 FranceJean at A Very Grand Pressigny almost won this week’s Award for Celebrity Spotting Name Dropping until we all realised that her post called It’s Only A Rumour in which she hints that Johnny Depp is moving next door is just a subtle ploy to push up property values in the area!

And whilst we all admire her entrepreneurial spirit, it is cheating a little bit, isn’t it?

And so, jean. I’m terribly sorry but…

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

Besides…

Johnny Depp never said anything to me about moving when he was round for his tea last week?

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceIf we had an Award for Really Cheesy Jokes then I’d be happy to award to La Petite Blogueuse at Ma Nouvelle Vie en France for her Bilingual French English Puns but…

Unfortunately we don’t and with jokes like…

“There was a class having a lesson, and one boy said:
“Miss, can we do French now?”
The teacher replied, “Mais oui.”
The boy said, “Sorry, may we do French now?”"

There’s only one thing I can say….

La Petite Blogueuse….

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 I would love to give Becca from Parley-Voo Frawnsay? an award of some sort for her wonderful bilingual blog but…

When she publicly states, as she did in The Trouble With French Words, that she doesn’t know the difference between her neck and her bum….

I really feel that it up to me to help Becca learn the difference…

If only on grounds of hygiene?

So, Becca…

I’m awfully sorry but…

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

P.S. This naked cooking thing you’re planning….

A nice blog post all about that (with photos)…

And I can almost guarantee you…

Some sort of proper award!

All the best

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27 Comments

  • By Leslie, October 25, 2011 @ 8:19 am

    Those are some cute shoes in the Menton Daily Photo…unfortunate victims of ‘poo in the rue’ but still…cute shoes!

    Well done, Keith. How do you do this each week?! Impressive collection and always fun to dip in and see what the other kids on the block…errrr…in the pays are doing.

  • By Amber, October 25, 2011 @ 9:24 am

    Keith, I completely agree with you, except I don’t know where Basingstoke is nor what the folk there must be like, but if they deserve crazy teenagers waving guns, then why not?

    I’m making it my new life goal to get into the Girls Gone Wild section. You know, I’ll be in Metz at Andromeda’s (An American Blonde in France) the weekend of the 11th trying on wedding dresses(her, not me) (and thus sipping champagne)… you never know what might happen!

  • By Crystal, October 25, 2011 @ 10:56 am

    Congrats to Amber for winning another award, although I think she would have preferred not to be assaulted with a (toy??) gun in the first place! Thank you, Amber, for not making me miss the North of France at all.

    And my French husband has been wearing a man purse ever since I met him. I’m sure I’ve mentioned it on my blog before. I confiscated said man purse when we went to Canada for the first time though. There was already going to be a language barrier, so I didn’t want to add a style barrier too.

    I’m loving LBM’s blog. When I have those days that make me want to pack up the pets and move back to Canada (about 3 times a week), I just read her blog and I feel better about my life. Sorry for her, happy for me.

  • By Little Me, October 25, 2011 @ 11:09 am

    Yay I’m one of the Girls Gone Wild. I never thought anyone would ever say that about me again. Takes me right back at least a couple of years that does.

  • By ellacoquine, October 25, 2011 @ 11:17 am

    Gwan and I never fail to make it in the Girls Gone Wild section! It’s so funny! We’re good girls I tell you, really!!

    I tried to make my posts clean this week but I have to tell you, Keith….I just can’t do it!

    I think you should look into ‘festive’ banisters chez vous aussi! : ) As always, thanks for the mention. I really appreciate it.

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 25, 2011 @ 11:25 am

    Leslie

    Poo Shoes make my week (I do lead a sad and sheltered life!)

    How do I do this each week? Well, it involves a machine that I constructed out of the remains of an alien spacecraft that crashed in the back garden and….

    A large team of otherwise unemployed gnomes (we also have a lot of those here in rural and slightly backward Brittany!)

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 25, 2011 @ 11:28 am

    Amber

    Basingstoke is a bit like North East France but with more roundabouts and less patiserries!

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. Actually, come to think about it, you might like it – all those roundabouts?

    P.P.S. Was hoping that you’d be tempted to join the Girls Gone Wild section. What are you planning to do? When is Andromeda getting married? Sipping or gulping champagne? Al these questions need answering!

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 25, 2011 @ 11:36 am

    Crystal

    Real Men Wear Man Bags!

    With regards to the toy gun thing; I blame it all on too much time spend on video games (when I were a lad such things didn’t exist!) and not spending enough time being locked in the cupboard under the stairs!

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. I’m sure that LBM isn’t as depressed/chaotic/vomity as she makes out; it’s just that she comes from Manchester – if you’d ever visited there you’d understand (it’s a bit like the North of France but with more rain and less patiserries!)

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 25, 2011 @ 11:38 am

    Little Me

    I knew you’d make it in the end!

    Congratulations!

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. You’re an inspiration to mothers everywhere; I just hope that some of the other mothers on this site take heed of your example and make some efforts to join the Girls Gone Wild section themselves!

  • By Jilly Bennett, October 25, 2011 @ 11:40 am

    Keith

    You are so kind to include me in your weekly review. I don’t know how you find the time to do it! And thankyou for the exceedingly kind words. They mean a lot.

    I’ve said it before but say it again, your blog is such a fabulous resource for all of us in love with France.

    love Jilly xxx

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 25, 2011 @ 11:41 am

    Ella

    You might think that you’re good girls but…

    You ought to hear what they say about you behind your backs (and you should see what they’ve written about you both on the toilet walls at Chez Gerald in the 15th!)

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. I’m sending Mrs A Taste of Garlic in to check our banisters; if she returns all flushed and tingly then I’ll let you know!

    P.P.S. Shouldn’t you be busy painting – or, better still, blogging? Just a gentle hint; if you don’t water your blog soon it’ll shrivel up and die!

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 25, 2011 @ 11:48 am

    Jilly

    I check out your blog every day – always wonderful but the dog poo post put a smile on my face all day (if I’d been at that wedding I would have, no doubt, stepped in that poo as well!)

    All the best

    Keith

  • By ellacoquine, October 25, 2011 @ 1:06 pm

    “P.P.S. Shouldn’t you be busy painting – or, better still, blogging? Just a gentle hint; if you don’t water your blog soon it’ll shrivel up and die!”

    I just posted yesterday! Tough crowd!!! LOL! (Although I’m sure that was intended for someone else). : P

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 25, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

    Ella

    Yes, confused of blogland here; I got you mixed up with another Girl Gone Wild who isn’t blogging.

    Tuesdays are difficult for me, I could never get the hang of them!

    It’s not much of an excuse but it’ll have to do!

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. I’m not much better on the other days of the week, truth be told!

  • By Grenobloise, October 25, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

    Sorry Keith… will try to make a post this week. I think I should stop the bilingual bit because that’s keeping me from posting! I don’t want to have to ask the BF to translate all the time… C’est dur !

    Ella’s blog is addicting! I blame her for not having the time to update my blog! lol

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 25, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

    Grenobloise

    Yes – keep it English if it means you can post more often.

    Ella’s blog is pretty wonderful, isn’t it?

    Have you read day 155 (It’s the one about her being allergic to something but eating it with her boyfriend watching; or something like that – I didn’t really understand but it cracked Mrs A Taste of Garlic up!)

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. When is the Grenoble Gang going to make a concerted effort to feature on the Girls Gone Wild section?

  • By Grenobloise, October 25, 2011 @ 2:19 pm

    Yes I did read it! I talked about it here during your last week’s post.

    I am sub’d to Ella’s blog so I read everything of hers now!

    There will be a big meetup this Thursday I think.. It may get wild!

    Will stick to English when I want to be wordy to avoid having to translate in French then! :-) But, in general my blog isn’t wordy..

    You really want me to blog about men in bunny suits??

  • By Jacqui, October 25, 2011 @ 4:20 pm

    Thanks for the mentions Keith – I’m sorry to report that the piles are still proving to be an issue, but I am comforted by the many comments I’ve had from other sufferers – seems I’m not the only one who has been suffering in silence all these years!

    ps You have made me feel really old and quite boring by allowing my 11 year old son into your GGW section, but not me, sniff, sniff, sniff

  • By k_sam, October 25, 2011 @ 7:00 pm

    Woohoo!! Blog of the week – I am so honored. Though I’m not sure what I can do to top getting married in order to win again…

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 26, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    Grenobloise

    Blog about whatever you like; just make sure it is worthy of getting you in the Girls Gone Wild section (I’m warning you, there’ll be a new section next week – especially for Boring Old Female Farts – you really don’t want to be mentioned in that bit!)

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. Who is going to this Thursday’s meet up and…

    Am I invited?

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 26, 2011 @ 10:04 am

    Jacqui

    You’ll just need to work harder – fewer blogs about chocolate and ore about nuddy beaches and Sloe gin (or the combination of the two!)

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Keith Eckstein, October 26, 2011 @ 10:06 am

    Sam

    Congrats on Blog of the Week Award – you deserve it (although you might want to share it with your photographer – very good!)

    Not sure what you can do to upstage yourself? The tiny of little feet, perhaps? Anyway, I know that you’ll try your hardest to come up with something?

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. Sorry about late to your wedding – I made it in the end, though!

  • By ellacoquine, October 26, 2011 @ 10:22 am

    No worries Keith! I’m just teasing you a bit. You read over a million blogs a week, you’re entitled to a mix up!

    And Keith, I’ll make it simple for you – (Day 155) I told my ex-fiance’s entire family that I was allergic to cock/penis/zizi because I didn’t know the French word for beet and said ‘bite’. :)

    And you guys, I’m blushing! Thank you for your comments. it warms my heart. Really. :) And I agree with Keith, keep the blog in English if its faster. I love YOUR blog too and I selfishly want new posts!

  • By Grenobloise, October 26, 2011 @ 1:24 pm

    Thanks Ella!

    OK, took your advice. Did one mostly in English and just updated. Phew! So much easier!

  • By Jacqui, October 26, 2011 @ 10:44 pm

    Oh no – I have a dreadful premonition that I am more Boring Old Female Fart than Girls Gone Wild – now the first frosts have arrived chocolate is the new nude, but I suppose there is still the Sloe gin!

  • By Breadispain, October 29, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

    Hello!

    AHHHH – the diet is horrible, horrible, horrible! I love my vegetables but life without cheese is barely tolerable. My boyfriend wants to go to a Savoyarde restaurant tonight…what do you reckon I break? Le sigh.

    Cheers!

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