Sisterhood of the World Bloggers

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers

“Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award recognizes the unique voices of women bloggers around the world.” I’ve been nominated by the wonderful Corinne of Reflections Enroute for a Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award.  I’m always chuffed to...
What is Grenadine?

What is Grenadine?

What is Grenadine? It’s a fruit syrup quintessential to French childhood. That’s it in a nutshell! Though perhaps I could go into just a little more detail…. Grenadine is a syrup used to make drinks (cordial or squash for children, certain cocktails...
The Tooth Mouse

The Tooth Mouse

It’s that time again…big gappy smiles on my little one’s face.  He’s just lost a tiny little milktooth and will put it under the pillow tonight for the mouse, not the fairy!  In France and most francophone countries with the exception of...
It’s the end of another school year…

It’s the end of another school year…

It’s the end of another school year and I feel like it’s only just got going.  I know I am not alone in thinking this and I know it’s not an original sentiment but really, these last ten months have sped by so fast it’s frightening.  I thought...
A fishy start to April

A fishy start to April

Today is the 1st of April and just like in many countries around the world, it’s the day of jokes, hoaxes and pranks.  Newspapers and other media publish fake stories but the real speciality in France is the poisson d’avril.  This consists of sticking a...
What is Goûter?  It’s tea-time, kids!

What is Goûter? It’s tea-time, kids!

Definition:  Goûter v. to taste, n. a light meal in the afternoon.   Goûter is an institution in France without a real equivalent in British culture.  It’s tea-time, almost religiously eaten at 4.30 pm, almost exclusively by children as they come out of school,...
Sophie the Giraffe

Sophie the Giraffe

To mark the birth of my niece today I thought it timely to tell you about Sophie the Giraffe, an iconic French toy.  I was going to give baby Bean a Sophie, as I have done for all nieces and nephews, godchildren and babies of friends since I’ve been in France but...

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