The French love to do things in person. On the one hand it can feel frustratingly two-decades-ago. On the other, it’s rather lovely. Example: to re-enroll my daughter for next year for her after-school theatre class, I couldn’t; send an email, telephone, complete an online form. Instead I had to get my person to the … Continue reading Instructions in French
That innocent question, “What do they speak when they get home”, I realise, was the tip of the iceberg of the huge undertaking that is settling into and integrating into a new country.
Note the body language indicating engagement with another human being? Bodies are turned TOWARDS each other, the woman's mouth appears to be in action....
Every time I change the pillow cases on our corner pillows - those right-angle v-shaped ones that are great when you want to read in bed, have a bad cold, or drank one (or a few) too many glasses of wine - every time I change those pillow cases I remember my lovely friend Nan. … Continue reading Remembering Friends #1: Pillowcases
Since my post on 13th January lamenting the cream situation in France - LOOK WHAT I FOUND! In an ordinary 'SuperU' supermarket too. So, expats, immigrants and general lovers of fresh double cream - where are the French hiding the best cream? In the cheese section of course. I know I know, you are wondering … Continue reading Double cream in France !!!
What is with the French and their relationship to cream? If you haven’t spent heaps of time in France but have an inkling about their cuisine, your answer is likely “Ah yes, they love it, the French put cream it in everything.” Or do they? Because buying cream in France is nigh on impossible. If … Continue reading French Cream
I may have mentioned I run. In my long-story-short style, because I don’t want to bore you and do want to get to the point - which is about speaking French (or not), here’s brief history of my running (or also not!): Birth to teens: not ‘sporty’. Ran a longer run once st school & … Continue reading Running short (of French)