Are we Chatting?

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....

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Remembering Friends #1: Pillowcases

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

Double cream in France !!!

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 !!!

French Cream

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

Running short (of French)

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)

No en-suite. No dressing.

The simple things I didn’t know! A hob - that you cook on, is a plat cuisson, for example. I’ve never cooked with anyone French in the room and had to mention it…

Apero-hensive

We finally found a weekend to organise a little drinks do so we can meet a few more neighbours and invite the ones we already talk to. It took a few weeks of chatting about it to realise what we’re suggesting is probably an ‘apero’ - which is a Thing in France. We have been … Continue reading Apero-hensive