Today I’m trying something a little different.  I’m going on a Blog Hop.  For many of you that term will be familiar, but for my readers who aren’t also bloggers, it’ll undoubtedly be a new one.  So let me explain.  I’m participating in a Blogging Party where the idea is to bring all sorts of bloggers together, hopping from one blog to the next, to discover new things, “meet” new people, find new ideas, support each other and hopefully “grow our blogs” while having a good time.  Simple!  But it’s not just fun for the writers, it’s also for you, my readers, as you too might find new blogs to enjoy and follow.  Some participants will be holding giveaways, which will be open to anyone, whether following that blog or not, and yes, for the very first time I too will be giving away a little something.  To find out more, read on.

     cap dantibes view copyright Phoebe Thomas

If you are visiting for the first time, hello and welcome!  Here’s a little bit about me, Phoebe, the abridged version (it’s complicated!)  I live in the south of France with my husband JF and our two boys, where I run a gîte “Lou Messugo” (hence the blog’s name).  I’m half Australian half British and JF’s French.  Our children are tri-cultural and bi-lingual.  As for me I’m a classic example of what’s called a TCK – third culture kid – albeit a rather grown-up one. I’ve lived in 9 countries, spent pretty much all my life as an expat somewhere and don’t have a home town.  I don’t feel I “come” from anywhere in particular.  “Home” is wherever I’m living at the time.  Which means that France is home for now and has been for the longest period of my life.  Dare I say it, roots are going down, just a little, as I absolutely love where I live.  So I write about this passion – the region I live in, the food, French culture, and every now and then something non-French related, a little bit of what takes my fancy.  And what takes my fancy more often than not is travel.  I love to travel. Read more about that here and here. I’m also an avid amateur photographer and take far too many photos.  Out of those loads there are sometimes a few good ones (safety in numbers) which I enjoy posting on here.

     Mountain view Côte dAzur

In all honesty I started this blog as a way of providing my holiday rental guests information about the area and that was it.  I didn’t really care if no one else read it, but it has become so much more than that. I found I loved writing and really enjoyed the whole bloggersphere-thing. I love the contact with other bloggers and the friendships I’ve made with readers and writers in the 20-odd months that I’ve been blogging.  My aim now is to grow this blog to a wider readership so if any of this has piqued your interest I’d love you to subscribe, that way you won’t miss out on any of my posts.  But don’t worry if you don’t want to, just pop by from time to time to see what’s up.  I also love comments and try to reply to them all.  

       klaent passable

So back to that giveaway.  I’m offering one random reader a copy of the book The French House written by local author Nick Alexander and set in this general area.  I’ll send it to anywhere in the world, all you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post by 14th February 2014.  I’ll announce the winner on 15th February, here on the blog so be sure to check back then if not before!  

    Terre Bianche view copyright Phoebe Thomas

I’ve peppered this post with a few photos from my blog, illustrating some of the themes:  landscape, food and culture.  Double clicking on them takes you back to the original post, if you’d like to find out more.  I hope you enjoy them!

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    rando w Steen

    mon café gourmand

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Thanks to Vicky at 2 Bags Full for hosting this great event.  

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