Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Thanks be

At last 
All the snow in our little corner of France has gone but it has made way for fog and rain, still quite cold too but then I am always cold even in the summer. oh Summer, it seems so far away at the moment but I am being a bit hasty we have to have Spring first and hopefully this year we will have a good one not like last year with so much rain, Spring or le Printemps as it is called in French is so welcoming after the soggy winter, when everything is coming back to life after a long sleep, the dullness turns to green, it is like mother nature is stretching her arms as you do when awakening. it is a busy time for us gardeners too and this year I am very much looking forward to experimenting with container gardening and vertical gardening in earnest, hopefully all the foodstuff I have been composting will be ready to go back into the garden and with the bad year for farmers last year I think veggies will be a little expensive to buy.

Here is a photo I took yesterday of the progress John is making, this bit will be the walk in wardrobe where John is coming through the doorway (it makes me smile as he always walks through the doorway but he could walk through anywhere as there are no walls yet) with the store room to the right where you see the steps

it all looks like a mixed up mess of metal at the moment so it will be nice to see the end result and have this to compare it to.

Couple of silly facts

La bise

The French like to greet with a kiss, or should I say two, or three and sometimes four depending on how well they know you or how closely related you are, It isn’t so bad when there are only 3-4 people, but when you arrive at a party of 20+ people, it’s just an awfully long exercise that’s keeping you away from your drink. Everybody has to stand up to greet you with a kiss on both cheeks, Without exception. And I actually have to make huge efforts to do that –  And once you finally do get your hands on a drink, doesn’t mean you can enjoy it right away…


Cheering in France is no simple happening. Why go simple when you can go complicated? There are specific rules to follow to cheer as per the French rules: you have to look every single person you cheer with in the eye, say “Santé!” or “Tchin Tchin!”, without crossing your glass with someone else’s – otherwise you will be entitled to seven years of bad sex. You’ve been warned!
Enough rambling today, see you tomorrow.................

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