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.

So…

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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56 Comments

  • By fly in the web, November 22, 2011 @ 2:32 am

    First, I am so sorry that the death of your father has hit you so hard…it’s not something we can predict, is it?

    Second, you’ve done such a great job in finding and promoting super blogs about France…you should have a Garlic medal (unfortunately the garlic here is all Chinese which would not suit the purists or I’d be sending you one).

    Third, clearly your health and your family come first.

    But…you’ll be sorely missed.

  • By Keith Eckstein, November 22, 2011 @ 3:09 am

    Fly

    Thanks for that (and sorry to hear about your Chinese Garlic; you’d think there’d be a law, wouldn’t you?)

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. You win this weeks Award for the First Comments!

  • By fly in the web, November 22, 2011 @ 3:27 am

    Cor!

  • By Sara Louise, November 22, 2011 @ 5:14 am

    I’m not going to say goodbye because I’m sure our paths will virtually cross again.
    But I will say that you and A Taste of Garlic will be missed. Very much.
    Take care Keith x

  • By Paris Paul, November 22, 2011 @ 6:17 am

    While I understand the immense time commitments necessary to run something like this, I would be a Miss :-P if I didn’t mention how much I shall miss your Tuesday roundups.

    Thank you so much for your efforts in the past and your uncanny ability to bring together and unite such a wildly diverse group of people with only one thing in common: a love (and sometimes hatred) of all things French.

    Be well, brother! Au revoir, et non pas adieu.

  • By Michel, November 22, 2011 @ 6:46 am

    Keith, I am truly sorry to hear that you are discontinuing your direct involvement with A Taste of Garlic blog. I along with the rest of your reader/fans certainly understand that you are making the right decision for yourself and your family. I wish you all the best and I hope that the time away from the blog will give you healing and allow you to figure out a way to honorably (for your father) move on. Take care!

  • By k_sam, November 22, 2011 @ 8:18 am

    Ditto what the others have said – A Taste of Garlic has certainly brought a smile to my face more times than I can count over the past two years. I will miss your weekly posts, and I hope we’ll still see you around the comments section from time to time.

    That said, I’m not worried about you, you are a strong and resourceful guy. I remember you back from the AI Bretagne days and even then, I remember thinking “Wow, finally a Brit in Brittany who actually went out and got a job, instead of just sitting around complaining about France”. Even if it wasn’t a glamorous job, you looked at the positive side of it and did what you had to do to take care of your family. I’ve always admired that about you, and I have no doubt you are going to do so now.

    Take care Keith!

  • By Jacqui, November 22, 2011 @ 8:18 am

    Oh Keith! You brought out my inner poet (Limericks do count as poetry don’t they?) but I now find myself speechless and a little bit sniffy. You created something wonderful here that has given lots of smiles to lots of people, and we will all miss you. I hope our paths cross again in the future and that yours and Jilly’s is a happy one – all the best Keith.

  • By meredith, November 22, 2011 @ 8:28 am

    You’ve done a great job with this site, but I can imagine it takes a lot of work. Just trying to write a small post everyday doesn’t always happen with me.

    I am sorry about the loss of your father. I can understand this affecting you greatly. When my Dad died 5 years ago, I stopped blogging…he was my main reader and main source of inspiration. It took a couple of years for the “envie” to resurface. I hope you’ll be back in one form or another.
    Take care

  • By Amber, November 22, 2011 @ 9:12 am

    Keith,
    I could cry reading this — Garlic has been one of the highlights of my week for a long time now and it will be greatly missed. I hope you will continue blogging about your life in France?
    Thanks so much for what you’ve done for our community — you’ve connected me to so many amazing people (namely my best friend and partner in crime Laura, but also my mommy friend Piglet and that odd lot down in Montpellier) and I’m eternally grateful.
    I hope we’ll still see you on the interwebs, and please let me know if your family ever passes through the Nord Pas de Calais — i’d love to buy you and the misses a beer!

  • By Diane, November 22, 2011 @ 9:17 am

    Keith I am really sorry and you will be sadly missed but I understand your sentiments. You have done so much in getting so many of us to meet up on line and in real life, I wish you all the very best. Take care Diane

  • By Sarah, November 22, 2011 @ 9:29 am

    Dear Keith, you will be sorely missed. Your weekly round-up and prize (and non-prize) giving was definitely one of the highlights of the week, and my first port of call on a Tuesday.

    I’m so sorry to hear that you are suffering so much coping with the death of your father. I hope you can find peace and to forgive yourself for not saying the things you wished to say.

    You have a fantastic following and a huge number of admirers. We have met lovely people we might never have met and owe you a huge debt.

    I wish you all the best and do let me know if you’re down our way here amongst the batty Montpellier crowd.

    Cheers! xxx

  • By Shannon, November 22, 2011 @ 9:44 am

    Keith

    I’m sorry to hear the news and I do hope that this site can continue, albeit in another pair, or pairs, of hands. I wish you and your family all the best, and I’ll miss the Garlic accompanient to my Tuesday morning breakfast of rillettes on toast…I suspect it just won’t taste the same.

    Cheers

  • By Kirsty, November 22, 2011 @ 9:48 am

    Dear Keith, oh how you will be missed! But I completely understand how much time and effort blogging takes, especially given how comprehensive your posts are. Family must always come first, and looking after yourself after losing your dad.
    All the best from Provence,
    Kirsty x

  • By Delana, November 22, 2011 @ 9:51 am

    Dear Keith, I can feel the pain in your words and I do hope that time will ease what is hurting you so much. I will miss your weekly posts so much. Your humor, your insight, and your willingness to take on a project that indeed became enormous. I need to tell you that because of you and your work, my life changed incredibly. I have met so many wonderful people with whom I share something that nobody else can truly understand. And for that I thank you. I still hope that those of us down here in the south will have the opportunity to meet both you and the missus. Consider a little vacation, okay? I will miss being razzed by you on a regular basis! Heal well my friend…take the time for yourself. But don’t be a stranger. Bisous, Delana

  • By ellacoquine, November 22, 2011 @ 9:58 am

    Keith,
    I’m sorry to hear about your father. As someone who has lost her father as well and didn’t get to say goodbye (I had to rush back to L.A from NYC for a waitress shift..?! I know..) I trust that you’ll find your peace with him. I’m constantly getting little signs of reassurance from my dad.

    I’m honored to have been a part of ATOG for your last weekly round-ups this fall. I will miss your witty and quirky reviews of us crazy expats. Thank you for taking the time to read my ramblings.

    Enjoy your time with your family I’m sure you’ll have lots more of it now. I always told you that I didn’t know how you did it!!

    I wish you and Jill well during this transitional time.

  • By The Evening Hérault, November 22, 2011 @ 10:08 am

    Hi Keith,
    Sorry to hear all the bad news and ditto what everyone else has said. Look after yourself!

  • By Liene, November 22, 2011 @ 10:12 am

    Keith -
    Your Tuesday morning humor will be very much missed in this household! Thank you for all the wonderful posts, the blogs you’ve opened my eyes to, and all the time and effort you’ve sacrificed for us English speakers in France. I wish you and your family strength…

  • By Steve aka Mr TK, November 22, 2011 @ 10:14 am

    Hi Keith
    Like has been said you will be greatly missed. I always looked out for your weekly post. You have created a micro community of us crazy bloggers and your shoes will be very hard to fill. I cannot begin to imagine how many un-paid hours you have put in to create this extremely successful site.

    You have given many people great encouragement to continue bloging, especially us newcomers, your style and humour is second to non and you always took the time to spot the crazy aspects of life in France on hundreds of blogs.

    I know you miss your father a great deal, I still miss my father but it has got slightly easier as the years go by. He was a real gent and when I am in a difficult situation I try to draw on his calming influence that he always had over the family in a crisis. I also cherish, as you do, the special moments that we shared.

    Good luck wherever life takes you and luckily you have a great family for moral support.

    If there is anything I can do for you, you know where I am, but I am sure our paths will cross in the future.

    Steve

  • By Richard Brown, November 22, 2011 @ 10:35 am

    Dear Keith
    Kim and I were very sad to hear you cannot continue as before with Garlic. We fully understand your reasons and that your family must come first. As a blogger I know the time involved to turn out just one blog and the commitment you had to read all the blogs you reviewed each Tuesday is formidable indeed; your Tuesday review was indeed eagerly looked forward to here. All the best in life to you and we are sure you wont be able to resist popping in when time permits.

    Richard and Kim

  • By mimi pompom, November 22, 2011 @ 11:18 am

    Keith,
    So sorry to hear about your father – that must have been devastating.

    Secondly, I am so sad that you are hanging up your garlic bulbs. It feels like the end of an era. You have made so many of us laugh with your fantastic blog over the years, and done so much to promote the rest of our blogs and books. Really, it was a wonderful free entertainment service, for which many of us can only say THANK YOU!

    The interview you did with me was the funniest and best set of questions I have been asked EVER. And I mean, who is going to ridicule us now?

    I really hope this isn’t the last we’ve heard from you.

    all very best to you & Mrs Garlic and Garlic-minor

    Karen

  • By PigletinFrance - Sharon, November 22, 2011 @ 11:25 am

    Dear Keith,
    I am so sorry to read that you are still hurting, losing a family member must be devastating. I truly hope that time will help you heal and that your health will improve as well. Of course family must come first in times such as these, I hope that you will find the peace and support you need from your loved ones.
    I will be sad (as no doubt many others will be) that you will no longer be behind this wonderful website, your weekly round ups and blog reviews have really helped create a community. It has been a fantastic two years and you will always be a special blogger. Thank you for the time you have dedicated in the past, I hope that someone will be able to keep the site alive just so that the community you have created can continue to prosper and your old work and reviews can still be read. It won’t be easy for anyone following in your footsteps though.
    I wish you and the Garlic family all the best and I hope that if you’re ever this way that you’ll stop and I can treat you to some Piglet tea, beer or wine, whatever, I would be delighted and honored to meet you.
    Good luck Keith,
    Sharon (aka Piglet in France)

  • By Dianne at "All Things French", November 22, 2011 @ 12:40 pm

    Keith – Thank you for your time and commitment into making this blog such a fun place to visit – I shall miss my weekly dose of garlic and remember it with a smile on my face.
    Take care. xx

  • By Gwan, November 22, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

    Hi Keith, very sorry to hear about your Dad. You will be much missed (I’m sorry I didn’t make A Taste of Garlic a part of my weekly routine sooner) but of course your health, family, and sanity come first, so look after yourself & take some time to smell the roses (or bouquets of garlic?)
    Gwan

  • By Grenobloise, November 22, 2011 @ 2:01 pm

    Dear Keith,

    I am so sorry to hear about your father and your tough situation. I was so worried this past week because you hadn’t updated. Family certainly comes before blogging/reviewing so I understand your decision to leave Garlic. It was been a lot of fun and I am very thankful to you for your time and for all of the laughs and smiles! Too bad I’ve only caught onto the Tuesday recaps the past few weeks; they were truly highlights of my weeks! It’s tough living abroad and having someone so thoughtful and funny like you giving feedback and sharing my blog with fellow French expat bloggers was been so comforting!

    I truly wish you all the best. I hope everything gets better.

    Thank you and take care,
    Dana

  • By Breadispain, November 22, 2011 @ 2:26 pm

    Dear Keith,

    My tuesday mornings will never be the same! I will miss your weekly roundup so much. Thank you for all the hard work that you have done and for introducing me to so many great and hilarious blogs and showcasing mine as well.

    Bonne chance with all you wish to accomplish in this next phase – if you ever make it Grenoble way make sure to get in touch!

    All the best!

    All the best!

  • By Nikki McArthur, November 22, 2011 @ 2:54 pm

    Dear Keith, what can I say. Really sorry to hear you’re finishing with Garlic and all the reasons why. I only started blogging 5 months ago and your wonderful review a couple of months back made such a difference to my confidence (not to mention my stats). It is such a great shame you’re stopping, but completely understandable. I greatly adminre how you were able to keep it up for a couple of years and can understand it must have take up an enormous amount of your time. It would be great if someone took over the garlic site for you, but it really wouldn’t be the same. Afterall, it’s your dedication, comments and sense of humour that have made this site what it is. You’ve done a fantastic job, and now you deserve a well earned break.
    All the best the best for the future.
    Nikki

  • By Crystal, November 22, 2011 @ 5:31 pm

    Hi Keith,

    I’m so sorry to hear about your father and the difficult time you are going through. You need to take care of yourself, and so I can completely understand your decision to stop ATOG.

    Thank you for all your great comments on my blog and on here these past couple of years. Reading your weekly round up was a highlight for me, and it will be sadly missed. Who will make fun of my video skills now? And the green stripe??

    I wish you all the best in what’s to come.

    Thank you and take care,

    Crystal

  • By Fête Foreign, November 22, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

    Aww, I’ll miss the Tuesday posts, but I wish you all the best during this difficult time.

  • By Kim Brown, November 22, 2011 @ 7:02 pm

    Hi Keith,
    I had just got to reading Taste of garlic and finding out why hubbie rushed furiously to the computer on a Tuesday morning and now it will be no more. Its a sad day for bloggers and readers of blogs alike, but as most others have said, health and family come first. Its awful when you lose a parent, especially when you have been close, and I could feel the anguish in what you wrote. I would just like to add that although now you feel unable to forgive God, it will come, and when it does some of the hurt will go too. Be gentle with yourself, Keith, I do hope that one day you will come back, and I guess a lot of us will still be here. Will be thinking about you.

  • By Vanessa, November 22, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

    Family, health and well-being have got to come before blogging and I’m sorry to hear about the difficult time you are going through. I was always amazed at how much you were able to pack into your weekly round-up: for me, even posting twice a week has been a challenge sometimes.

    So we’ll miss you and the chance to chuckle every Tuesday morning. But everyone appreciates what you have done for us bloggers and the effort you put into this site.

    Wishing you happier times ahead. Take care,

    Vanessa

  • By Sara, November 22, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

    Hello Keith,

    Wishing you better times and good health and joy.

    A very big thank you for all the energy and love you have put into ATOG.

    I’ll bet there are many other lurking readers like me – an expat without a blog (shocking isn’t it?) who have greatly benefited from your big heart and sense of humor.

    Reading your ATOG has been a highlight of my weeks since I found your site.
    Your good nature, generosity, and kindness were apparent in every post.

    Wishing you and the missus the very best.

    S, neither a Texan or part of that crazy Montpellier lot

  • By Paul Chapman, November 22, 2011 @ 8:11 pm

    Great, the week I should scoop all the awards, Old cars Mushrooms, cakes,Deer, boar I got the lot, and what do I win Nothing, on top of that Villa were beaten by Spurs, just not my week.

  • By Anne, November 22, 2011 @ 9:50 pm

    Hello Keith .. sorry to hear that you are going through very difficult times, I fully understand. You have done a fantastic job with “Garlic” and I can see how much time you have dedicated to it, you are right that your health and family have to come first. All the best for the future, and best wishes to you , Jilly and family.

  • By jean, November 23, 2011 @ 12:11 am

    Hi Keith,
    I will really miss you. Your blog was the highlight of my week, blogwise, and it has opened up a whole new world to me. Your occasional comments on my blog were litle jewels and I am so pleased to have made your acquaintance.
    I miss my mum every day, even though she died 9 years ago. It does get easier, honestly. Fond memories gradually take the place of raw pain. It may seem hard to believe that now but it will happen.
    Best wishes, Jean xx

  • By Stephanie, November 23, 2011 @ 8:15 am

    Wishing you health and happiness as soon as possible. Thanks to your site I’ve discovered some wonderful blogs and it was great fun to win a few of your awards and not-awards. Blogging in and about France will go on without you, but it won’t ever be quite the same.

  • By Roniece Dawson-Bruce, November 23, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    Dear Keith
    I am so sorry to hear that this will be your last posting… thank you so much for reviewing my blog, I am eternally grateful and appreciative of your wonderful work. Be well and I wish you sunshine and smiles for your days ahead.

    Bisous
    Roniece

  • By Eva, November 23, 2011 @ 10:07 am

    Hi Keith!
    So very sorry to hear about your father. Very sad that you do not have the time and energy to continue this lovely and fun site; but you have all my respect. Life is about making choices and sometimes not chosing is the worst choice. I still have a faint hope that someone will carry on your work… or maybe you will come back next year? Either way, thank you for all you have done and best wishes for you and your family.
    Regards,
    Eva
    PS My parents are very old now and I can’t imagine what it will feel like the day any of them are not there any more.

  • By Lesley, November 23, 2011 @ 11:50 am

    I’ll miss you.

  • By Paris Karin (an alien parisienne), November 23, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

    Look at all the wonderful love here! So many people who have enjoyed the site and all the hard work you have done on it.

    As for me, what shall I say?

    I think, first and foremost, I TOTALLY GET IT. And I actually applaud your having the clarity to know it is “time” and to go ahead and step away from it, because as a wiser woman and fellow blogger once wrote to me, more than five years ago, “Life first; blog later” and maintaining this principle I think is of utmost importance. So, I want to say “YAY YOU!” I’m proud of you for going ahead and making the decision to stop. Sounds like you have found the “Life first” part of this whole equation. Everything in balance, eh?

    Second off, I hope that this does not mean the end of Facebook and Twitter, and a general online presence. Only as you have time. But your personality and presence is really appreciated. I hope to see you from time to time around the Bloghood, too.

    Third, a whopping huge “THANK YOU” for beginning a wonderful archive of Paris-related blogs. I don’t think anyone could ever do exactly what you have done, although it would be admirable if they tried. Well done, mate, well done. Three cheers for you and your work!

    Now, off with you. Have a LIFE. Love your life, and in so doing, honor your dad’s life, too. I can understand that the events of the past year really could shift priorities, and it is so key, IMHO, to “Carpe Deim.” It’s why it appears in my blog byline now. :) Again, I get it. Good cheer and good will to you, Keith.

    So long, and thanks for all the fish.
    (But not that damn toothy pig gif. God, I hate that think, haha! :D )

  • By Paris Karin (an alien parisienne), November 23, 2011 @ 12:02 pm

    P.S. ” for beginning a wonderful archive of Paris-related blogs…”

    I meant to write “Paris and France-related blogs.” Goes to show how Parisienne I have become, eh? LOL.

  • By Anji, November 23, 2011 @ 4:40 pm

    I’m sorry that you’ve had to write this post. Thank you for all of the work you’ve done – bringing us all together like this.

    take care.

  • By Janet, November 24, 2011 @ 10:54 pm

    Keith your wonderful website and blog listings have been for me a window on a fabulous world of fellow francophiles and you will be missed.
    I know what it is like to mourn a father so you have my sympathy. It does get easier eventually but never as fast as we would like it to.

  • By laura, November 25, 2011 @ 11:34 am

    I am so sad to hear/read this. I love your blog and Tuesday’s That Was The Weeks are something I always look forward to (and hope that I’ll get one of your awesomely hilarious awards).
    I’m so sorry about your Dad. I can’t imagine what it’s like to loose a parents.
    I completely understand your decision. Running this website must be a lot of work. Plus I can’t imagine that every blog you read about France is all that great (I know I’ve written a few mediocre posts).
    Thank you so much for creating this site and doing this. You really gave something amazing to this community and you helped me meet my best friend in France, Amber!
    I hope that you continue your personal blog and keep being active in our community! Thank you again for sending me the CD of hitchhiker’s guide.
    Take care et bisous,
    Laura

  • By Nadia Read - The French life, November 27, 2011 @ 12:44 am

    Thats so sad that you want to end your blog but all the best on your new adventures and endeavours! :)

  • By Carolyn, November 30, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

    I too have enjoyed your blog. Congratulations on its well-deserved success these past two years.

    Having lost my father just over a year ago, I so relate to your grief — and that some of it is surprisingly unanticipated — and to your other time-related pressures.

    Take care and best wishes for the days ahead.

  • By Peggy, November 30, 2011 @ 10:31 pm

    I will miss you!!! Take care and best of luck to you and your family.

  • By Jilly Bennett, December 5, 2011 @ 2:55 pm

    Keith, I’m so sorry to read of your father’s passing and how badly it has affected you. You are obviously at a crossroads in your life and need to prioritize. I always think that an end of something is the beginning of something else. That’s how we grow. Am so sorry tho. Your blog is so fabulous and provides such an important resource for people seaching for blogs about France. I would just say to you that I’m sure your father wouldn’t want you to be feeling the way you do. He’d want you to get on with your life and just tuck him comfortably somewhere in your heart. I wish you all the best of luck. Do keep in touch if you’ve the time. Iknow about the inability to sleep. Me too! Jilly xxx

  • By Ashley Davidson-Fisher, December 5, 2011 @ 11:00 pm

    Hi Keith,

    I will surely miss the fun of reading your Tuesday posts. In the short time that I have become acquainted with your site, I have love it! It gave me such a laugh each week and I always looked forward to Tuesdays for that reason. I am so sorry about the loss of your dad. I wish many happy returns and a blessed future for you and Mrs. Garlic. God Bless!

    Ashley

  • 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
    tgrace

  • 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

    Keith
    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

    Emma

    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

    Keith

    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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