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 FranceTomorrow will be the 2 year anniversary of the birth of A Taste of Garlic.

When I started it I didn’t realise…..

How it would grow!

How many good and gracious and well loved friends, from all over the world, that I would make from it.

How many people would pay a visit every day (3446 people visited last Tuesday; our second highest ever.) That equates to 2.23 million unique page views over the last 24 months!

How much fun I would have &….

How much time it would take up.

And it is the latter, I am afraid, that means….

That I have had to make a very difficult decision.

Because of the need to support myself, Mrs A Taste of Garlic, the fifteenyearold and an assortment of cats, chickens and guinea pigs…

I just don’t have time to continue updating A Taste of Garlic any more.

that was the week  That was the week....   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceMy father’s death in June of this year has affected me very deeply (more deeply that I ever thought it would, bearing in mind that we’d discussed it between ourselves many times) and has caused me to reconsider some of the fundamental principles of my life.

I miss him so much.

I miss him more than I can ever explain.

I miss him every second of every minute of every day, and I don’t think that that will ever end.

I just wish that I’d had time to explain that to him but, in the end, time seemed to run out on both of us.

And I don’t think that I’ll ever be able to forgive God for that!

That, my continuing sleep related medical issues and the requirement to support my family mean that….

I can no longer afford (or have the energy) to spend the time it takes to keep this website going.

And thus…

This is my quiet way of saying goodbye.

I shall leave Garlic online until the dotcom renewal next comes up – that’ll be in about 11 months time.

If anyone is mad enough or crazy enough (and, of course, from reading your blogs I do know that a good many of you are both mad and slightly crazy – especially you Parisienne ones – not to mention the barmy Texans or that rather strange lot down in Montpellier) to want to take over the reins of running Garlic (either one individual or, perhaps better, a small group of you) then I shall be more than happy to pass on the site to a good pair of hands.

If this were to happen then I would be prepared to continue hosting the site and handling any technical support issues that might arise.


Perhaps it isn’t the end of Garlic after all?

But the one thing that I do know is that it is the end of my direct involvement with the site.

If any of you (once again, either singly, or as a group) think that you are either mad enough or crazy enough (and, to be honest, you’d have to be a bit of both to want to do so?) to take over the reins, please let me know and I’ll set it up.

I’ll pass on everything that is required; including my prized collection of rather tacky animated GIFs!

I’d like to thank all of you who have assisted in the success of Garlic, either by writing interesting blogs about your lives in France or, just commenting when I’ve written about some interesting blogs about Life in France

I’d also like to apologise to all of you whom I’ve ever so slightly ridiculed; you know that it was all just fun?

I’d also like to apologise to any of you who have blogs that I’ve promised to review and have not got round to doing so; unfortunately I just now won’t have the time.

To those of you who have blogs about life in France; I shall still keep visiting them so please don’t stop doing all the mad things that you tend to do and….

More importantly….

Don’t stop blogging about them!

All the best

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  • By Gigi, January 8, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

    Oh Keith, we’ll all miss you!

    So sorry you’re finding life difficult at the moment but – and I know maybe this doesn’t mean much at the moment but – it will get better (because I know it does!).

    In the meantime, take care of yourself and your lovely family…xxx

    PS Who’s going to take the p**** out of me now, eh????

  • By Olga Kotova, February 29, 2012 @ 1:44 am

    I will miss you! I am sorry about the loss of your father. Best wishes for you and your family.

  • By tgrace, March 28, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

    Dear Keith
    How very sad about your pa, my sincere sympathies.
    I found you and this wonderful blog just this morn. …thanks to another wonderful blog and book I found last week (Tout Sweet)
    I think I should have enjoyed your blog very much, I will frequent it for the next 11 months or so…Take care of your self.
    from Canada

  • By Perry Taylor, April 11, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

    Dear Keith,
    shows how long ago it is since I last had a taste of garlic. I’m so sorry to hear about your father. I lost my dad this time last year and although we were never really close and we’d had time to talk stuff through, it still leaves a big hole in you. Your blog brought so much fun, advice and knowledge to us over the years and will also leave a void. Thank you especially for also including my work in your blog; people still find me via ATOG.
    Take good care of you and yours,
    Perry and Caroline

  • By Emmy, April 26, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

    I’m sorry to hear that you will no longer be spreading the garlic breathe. It really has been a great source for all us expats in France and I totally support you in your wish to move on and to concentrate on other things.

    Good luck with your new advetures and contining existing ventures with more umph!

    Emmy from Emmygration (the only picardie expat on your blog roll!!)

  • By Keith Eckstein, April 26, 2012 @ 7:13 pm


    Thanks for the comment – following detailed and in-depth discussions with the government (the soon to be ex-government) I have been persuaded to cease updating garlic (apparently it gives the world the wrong impression of France – people are beginning to think of it as a country populated by a few bemused locals and a host of Potty Paris Based Expats, Terrible Texans and Mad Ones from Montpellier – not so good for the tourist trade; at least, that’s how Nick Sarkozy explained it to me?)

    I hope all is well with you (surely you can’t be the sole Picardie Princess?) – although my faithful spies have mention that you appear to have taken up exercise?

    Is this true?

    Are you sure that it’s a good idea (at your age?)

    We tend to shun exercise here in rural (and positively medieval) Brittany but, I do have to say that…

    Mrs A Taste of Garlic (being the modern woman she aspires to be) does occasionally strap a pig to her back and go out for a little jog; I think this is more to cure her flatulence more than anything else, though?

    Anyway, nice to hear from you – just bear in mind; If God had wanted us to run (or even walk) 5KM he wouldn’t have invented the Citroen 2CV!

    All the best


    P.S. Just in case you were thinking of trying it; that strapping a big pig to your back and going out for a jog doesn’t really cure flatulence – I’m juts not brave enough to tell Mrs A Taste of Garlic!

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