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I have ‘issues’ with the English pre-sch

I have ‘issues’ with the English pre-school system

    It’s no surprise to anyone who has spoken to me in the last few weeks that I can’t get my head around the English pre-school system. I really don’t get it: the whole way it is organised – or not organised – is a mystery to me. Before anyone thinks this is going to  be a ranty post […]

A stranger complimented me and I liked i...

A stranger complimented me and I liked it

I once had a chat with the cheese seller at our local French Market, and he made an interesting comment about the different ways that French and British women react to compliments. I haven’t mentioned it before but the goat’s cheese I bought last time was so tough and pungent that I was in serious need […]

A Very British Diamond Jubilee Street Pa...

A Very British Diamond Jubilee Street Party

Today we celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a quintessential British street party: lovely neighbours, a mountain of finger food, Pimm’s galore. Followed by rain, a freezing cold wind, and more rain. Towards the end, I was wearing a fleece! I severely overestimated people’s appetite, as did everyone else, so we are back home with […]

National Rail vs the French Elections

National Rail vs the French Elections

I should have been going off to London today to cast my vote in the first round of French presidential elections but thanks to National Rail, it is not going to happen. There is some engineering work taking place on the train line and so half of the journey needs to be undertaken by bus, […]

Blog Writing: English vs Français

Blog Writing: English vs Français

Anyone who has read the few entries in this blog will have gathered that I am French and have lived in the UK for over 13 years. My relatives still live in France and I have been asked, quite understandably, why my blog isn’t in French. Surely, it would be more interesting to the French […]

French Market Day

French Market Day

Every six months or so, the French Market comes to town with its weird and wonderful stalls. I missed the last one as I was still at work, but whilst I am still on maternity leave I thought I would make the most of it. I must apologise that I didn’t dare take any pictures […]

 
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