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Hello folks!

Herself has been up to her eyes in it this week, she says…juggling work things and admin, etc etc – but she has managed to get out and about with the camera and take some new shots of her adopted city, and says she must get around to uploading ’em

Well, I dunno about you, but this roasting weather is the ticket, ain’t it? Herself has abandoned the coat, scarf and other winter accoutrements – and felt herself getting a tad sunburned today, while struggling with the grocery bags. Nothing like a huge bag of potatoes and bottles of wine to weigh you down, bags of other stuff, and a big plastic thing containing 10 toilet rolls! 😀

She says either she has pulled several muscles down her right side, or she slept ‘all weird’ on her right side – she’s muttering something about shoulder pain, arm pain, and a weird pain at the base of her little finger. The best description she can come up with is that it all (the whole lot of it) feels like toothache in her shoulder & hand..y’know that gnawing bugger of a pain that lingers and won’t go away. Tea would help y’know – but I suppose she’ll opt for a glass of the red stuff instead! 😉

She’s not long back in from Lidl, and swears the price of stuff has doubled in a couple of weeks – is that possible? €30 spent, and not exactly a huge pile of stuff either

Herself’s off now to pop a Neurofen for the muscle pain thing, and then beautify herself – she’s off to meet Himself in town, and they may pop in to the English Forum for a while

By the way, I wonder would any of you know of any work going a-begging for an English speaker? Herself is on the lookout for jobs. Nearly all things considered, she says!

She’s off now to get ready to go out, so I’ll log off and say

A Bientôt!

TP

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Morning all!

What a fab day it is here today!

How’d you fancy a bit of cake with/for your brekkie? Or your tea? Well, Herself says you can taste her choccie cake this evening if you happen to be passing by The English Forum in Nantes round about half past six or so…….she’s bringing the cake in to celebrate her birthday (that was last week, but the Forum peeps were on a week off, except for the hardcore Brit expats who met down the pub instead!!) Nothing can separate some peeps from their beers!! 😀

Well….(drum roll)…….It finally got made! Wonders will never cease! A cake has been born, mesdames et messieurs!

Smells lovely – very chocolatey indeed, she says – and she’s in a great mood. What more do you want, she says – when you’ve got the fab smell of chocolate wafting throughout the house, and the sun is splitting the stones outside! And – bless us all – she’s now started singing What a Wonderful World (but with out the Louis Armstrong-style vocals, ha!) ;p

Now, that cake looks so appetising that Himself was overheard to say something along the likes of: “that IS a lovely-looking cake! Can we not have it? Do we really have to give it away? Do we? Do we? awww……it looks so tasty, too. Are you sure you want to bring that cake along for a crowd of hungry strangers to devour? I think the cake would prefer to be consumed by us. Just look at it’s little face!”

(Okay – I made that last bit up, the bit about it’s little face!!) 😀 But yes, Himself is very taken with said cake, and even peered in at it in the oven where it has been residing since last night. In fact, he opened the oven, and breathed in the chocolate fumes in a manner reminiscent of the Bisto kids in the TV ads from years ago! For all I know, he may even have come up with a name for it!

Well, she says she’ll slice off a portion to keep for themselves, then bring the rest of it along this evening, to be washed down with Newcastle Ale or another beer they have every so often, interestingly titled Bishop’s Finger! Say no more! 😉

Loads to do here today at Teapot Towers, as usual, and work to be done, so I shall lend myself to service as I usually do (I deserve a medal, me!) and keep my spout pointed in the direction of interest – so I shall log out now, and catch y’all later!

See you later, and have a great day! Enjoy the fabby weather, she says! 😀

TP

Me & the Cake....now y'see it, now y'don't! yumyum!

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Howdy-do folks!

Well, this morning has flown past, and Herself isn’t too long out of bed. She faffed about until the wee small hours rearranging furniture and trying to Feng Shui the place up a bit. Don’t know if it’s working though, lol 😀

She says she’s moving around in slow motion this morning, doing a very good impression of a Zombie and being very un-French indeed – having an über late breakfast (boiled egg & a piece of toast) right at this minute. She boiled the egg too long she says – not the correct texture at all …. and then she spent an age checking emails and what not, so now the toast’s gone cold! And the egg!

So back to Feng Shui – are there any rules in particular that one should follow, she says? She’s making sure that the middle of the living-room is uncluttered, and there are neat lines and patterns of furniture and whatnot. Although she says she sounds like she’s got a bad case of the OCDs, arranging furniture in lines (Heh heh … I think she HAS got the OCDs….has ’em reeaal baaad!) 😀

Decluttering is great for the mind, she says – it provides wonderful ‘thinking time’. She achieves a near-minimalist look, y’see (but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t hoard stuff! Oh no sirree!). It means stuff is out of sight – and when it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind! So every possible storage space in the house is being wisely utilised. She says she’s just got to declutter the bathroom now, and her mission is complete (for another while). She enjoys getting the house to herself, she says, as she can really let rip with the Feng Shui experimentation (and hoovering the place to within an inch of itself). Or something like that!

Today, she says she’s going to shop for the ingredients of a lovely stew (she’s been keeping some red wine aside for it – to put IN it, y’see, not to drink with it. Slurp! she says) – and also some cake mix. Some cake mix or perhaps all the cake ingredients from scratch. Now seeing as Herself hasn’t baked since the last century (!) (many decades ago at school, in domestic science class! – urgh, bad memories, she says), she reckons she might play it safe this week and just opt for the ready-made cake mix – as an experiment. The results of this experiment will be known as, referred to as, and eaten as The Birthday Cake. I’m wondering myself how it will turn out!

Back to limerick composition now, she says. People are getting very excited indeed about this Andouille competition on A Taste of Garlic. She says she’ll brainstorm a few more whilst faffing about getting ready to go out. The old creative juices were flowing like wine the other evening – 4 gems in a row, she wrote (well…..liberal use of the word ‘gems’ there. I’d say ‘efforts’ would be a better description!!). 😀 So she says it’s about time she wrote a few more!

So, it’s a bientôt for now, and I’ll try to remember to post during the ‘creative baking process’ later! ;p
Bon journée!

TP 🙂

To cake-mix or not to cake-mix - that is the question!

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Bonjour! Bonjour!

“Where have you been lately, you laaaaazy teapot?” are some of the words I’ve heard bandied about this morning…..including a reminding poke from Mr. ATasteOfGarlic…..who says a lack of posts could be held in evidence against me…oooer-er! Best get blogging!!

In case you may have missed some of my recent tweets (I had time for a quick tweet or two, y’see!), this is what it all means: Teapot Towers played host to visitors last week, and Himself & Herself went gallivanting all over the place with them – sightseeing here, eating & drinking there, taking photos here, getting caught in thunderstorms there – you know the sort of thing, yourselves ;p

Whenever Herself was able to snatch a minute to herself, so to speak, she participated in the limerick competition featured on A Taste of Garlic (link to the site on the side of this page). The competition prize was a copy of Norman’s Folly by Clare Norman (about the Norman family’s new life in France).

Herself is an avid reader, and threw her literary (!) hat into the ring 19 times apparently, so keen was she to get her hands on the tome. The rules were: sum up an aspect of life in France in a limerick, that did not have to include references to nuns or blue 2CVs. So she attempted to write about everything else she could think of, whilst also sticking strictly to the technical aspect of limerick writing: ie rhyming couplets, a good beat, and a good punchline – and keeping it clean! (A few efforts from a couple of the other writers were trés rude!!) ;p

She didn’t win, alas, but – bless ‘er – thought one or two of her own efforts were quite good, all told. The winner, by the way, was a limerick about poledancing – in Lyon !

Herself says she knows nothing about poledancing in Lyon – so will, purely for research purposes – investigate when she gets the chance! Himself was quite amused by that, but said nothing. Man of many words, he is! Anyway, Herself says I ought to reproduce one or two of her efforts here, so here you are:

* On French eating times (you know she still can’t get her head – or her stomach – around ’em!!):

French eating times made her aggrieved
her stomach was always quite peeved
but at half past seven
until nine – it was heaven!
She ate like an expat, relieved!

* On the difficulties of French grammar, etc:

The verbs remain unconjugated
the grammar is so complicated
Would you have a clue
if you say tu or vous?
Me neither, I’m very frustrated!

* On her weight issues (!):

The thing about France is the wine
and cheese, it’s too easy to dine!
I’ve put on so much weight
since joining my mate,
my diet is well in decline!

* Lastly, a word on behalf of the visitors (much betaken with France):

Our visitors have found France a treasure
as they sight-see with us at their leisure,
They don’t want to go home
all the way ‘cross the foam,
this country has brought them such pleasure!

So there you have it! And apparently, there’s a new limerick competition set up this week – closing date is this Friday (which incidentally is the birthday of Herself – when she’ll be 21 again, she says!!!!) – and the rule is this: write about Andouille. She says she’ll have to actually eat it first so she can write with a little more knowledge on the subject 😀

So limericks aside, Herself has another busy kind of week on the go already. Himself is away on a business trip for the next couple of days, so she’s going to get stuck into baking, she says. They bought cake tins and what-have-you in Leclerc the other day……she says she’ll make her own birthday cake! And with cake, what do you have? That’s right, tea! 😀

Oh yes, now that I mention myself and tea – I must tell you about the latest additions to the ‘red with white polkadots’ pottery family, and their cutlery cousins. I’m the leader of the pack of course…but keeping me company in the kitchen these days are:
2 mugs/ 2 eggcups/ 2 bowls along with 1 sugar bowl/ 1 milk jug/ and 1 small receptacle bowl thing (for putting creamers or sweeteners into, maybe)

The cutlery cousins (handles are red with white polkadots): 2 knives/ 2 forks/ 2 soup spoons/ 2 teaspoons were pressies from the visitors…….so taken were they with all things red & white 😀

Herself says she loves the addition of all things red in the kitchen, but is also keeping an eye out for a mug with the Breton flag on it (or something similar) to represent her new surroundings. If anyone knows where a nice one can be obtained, post a comment below! 🙂

So yes, back to her birthday this Friday……she’s off to Paris on job-related business (which will only last until around midday) and is looking forward to spending the rest of the day in the capital, with Himself who will join her there. She says it’s a pity they can’t stay in Paris for the whole weekend, but one or all of the young ‘uns are visiting this weekend, so they’ll have to TGV it back to Nantes again on Friday night. Seeing as she’ll be in transit late on Friday night, she’ll not be able to post any limericks at that point – so says she’d better eat & write ‘Andouille’ earlier in the week.

The France/English Forum has suspended official meetings at the moment due to school holidays (you know how everything stops for school hols, including half term, etc). They usually meet every Thursday, 18:30-20:30. However, some of the ‘hardcore element’ (ie: the Brit expats) have been meeting every week anyway, in a local pub. Only one French person turned up at the pub (as the remainder of the French crew in the group prefer a more regimented, structured meeting, apparently). Herself says it’s a pub job this Thursday night as well – but she may have to miss it, due to having to get up at Very Stupid O’Clock to catch a TGV to Paree!

She’s volunteering some time at a local radio station this morning, so says she needs to go and get ready for that any minute now (she’s still in her PJs here at the kitchen table, supping tea). She opened the shutters there a while ago – lovely sunlight streaming into the place. She says it makes such a lovely change from the lashing rain, of which she is heartily sick!

She’s writing a post-it note and sticking it to the fridge…what does it say? can’t quite see…..ahh…yes… ‘DO YOUR FRENCH HOMEWORK & LESSON PREP’ (lessons were suspended last week to accommodate visitors, y’see – and no study done at all!).

She’s up and moving towards the sink to rinse out the mug – methinks I’ll log out now, and report back later with any other juicy bits & pieces about visitor week, or ‘Gite Week’ as she calls it.

Until later, peeps!!
Bon journée

TP

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Morning all! And a happy, lazy Sunday to you all!

How is everyone this morning? It’s a lovely morning out there, and Herself is still in bed, debating whether to get up or not (she will, but not yet awhile) she says. No traffic sounds – just the wood-pigeons cooing in the trees. Very soothing! There was a vague plan drawn up last night involving a tram trip into town this morning to go to the Talensac market.

The Talensac market (in Nantes centre) is open 6 days a week…..selling all sorts of wonderful produce, artisan foods, cheese, wine, spices, you name it. Herself says it would be a good idea to get up reasonably soon and go along – and maybe they will be able to find a nice bottle of wine for a decent price. One that will replace the disappointing Bordeaux they sampled last night. She says they’d been looking forward all week to a nice glass of Bordeaux with dinner…and it turns out the wine was ‘corked’, so to speak. Either that, or that particular bottle was composed of the ‘dregs of the barrel’.

Both Himself & Herself have been trying to eat healthier this New Year, and so cheese has been banned from the fridge for the past month. They do miss cheese though, particularly a nice Comte, which goes perfectly with a good (un’corked’) bottle of Red. So she says she has a sneaking feeling that when they do eventually get up and go to the market (and manage to waken the young ‘un who was probably awake playing his computer game by lamplight until ‘all hours’), cheese may be purchased.

Although she has just looked at the clock and discovered the time is hurtling towards 10:15am (the market closes up around 12:30 or 1pm). They’ve been talking about going to the Talensac market on a Sunday morning for ages now – she says maybe it’s about time they actually went and sampled it. She’s offering a piece of advice to drivers: leave your car at home and take the tram to Talensac, as the parking charges near the market are expensive. Despite what you might think, she says, you will still be charged for parking on a Sunday. By the way, the market is generally closed on Mondays, unless it’s a Bank Holiday. There’s a link to the Talensac market in the sidebar on the right-hand side of the page..

And with that, she’s up….I think they’ll try and get to the market before it closes… so I’ll post back later, and we’ll see if dinner tonight will be accompanied by wine & cheese! Come to think of it, I wonder does the market sell varieties of tea? Now, that WOULD be interesting!

A bientot! 🙂

TP

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Morning folks!

Well…Herself has a sore head from too much socialising last night! She met some new friends at the Forum group on Thursday night…and they all went along together to the meeting at Centre Culturel yesterday evening to discuss potential job opportunities…and afterwards repaired to the WebbEllis pub, a ‘rugby pub’. Great atmosphere in there last night, a very jovial crowd she says. A variety of nationalities gathered to watch England Vs Wales in the 6Nations. She says she can’t remember the score, but Wales were defeated. Apparently quite a lot of Breton cider was consumed last night…..Hic! 😉

Himself was naughty too last night – he skipped his choir practice to join the socialisers. Tut tut! She says it was a one-off though. Sometimes those spontaneous nights out are the best ones….great conversation, and a good laugh. Pity about the old tiredness and headache this morning, eh?

She says she doesn’t have the ability to drink cider like she used to (there she is, wishing she was a teenager again!!), it makes her sleepy (and she only had one pint of it)! Indeed, she did appear to be nodding off at one point, on the tram journey home!! But she says she was just resting her eyelids. Himself and the son are out and about, so Herself is relaxing with a nice big pot of tea this morning. She says she thinks she’d prefer tea-parties from now on…none of this sampling French specialities, etc. We’ll see how long that lasts!! 😀

So what new to report? Well, she handed in her CV last night at the meeting…and she says some work opportunities may arise…in September. However, she seems fairly confident that will happen, so that’s a good thing. She hasn’t got anything special planned for today…just ironing (which wasn’t achieved last night, due to the spontaneous socialising) and Les Devoirs (her French homework for Tuesday’s lesson).

Overall, Herself says she really loves Nantes, and moving here was the right decision. She says this city is bursting full of potential, and looks forward to many happy years living here (touch wood, she says). She’s very superstitious y’see, and not one for tempting fate! (She won’t walk under a ladder either!!)

Anyway, she says she has to think about preparing lunch now…pork chops, with perhaps some sautéed potatoes. Carrots optional. HP Sauce compulsory. By the way, she says…do you know if you can get the ‘squeezy’ bottles of HP Sauce in France? She knows that supermarkets will stock the glass bottles, but the plastic squeezy is ‘the business’ apparently. (Her stock of squeezy sauce has run out!). So if you know of any outlets here who may stock such a luxury, let ‘er know. Good old HP is one of her favourite things…and it has tickled her pink to discover the French young ‘uns love it too!

So I’ll log off now, and chat later on

Bon journée!

TP

Squeezy HP....can this be found in France? Love it!!

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Greetings readers, and Happy Friday!

Herself is about to get stuck into a pile of ironing, then it’s off to the supermarket for a chocolate cake for Himself’s son. After that, she says she has hoovering and dusting to do, and a pile of laundry to sort. And she has been given an extra-large pile of Les Devoirs for Tuesday’s French lesson – so there is plenty to keep her out of mischief, she says!

I’m on the table, and the tea is going cold! But housework makes Herself thirsty, so more tea will definitely be consumed 🙂

As a matter of interest, Herself is wondering if it is in fact possible to get hold of some Crunchie bars in France? Probably won’t be able to get any for today…but for later tonight, there’s a tasty bottle of Bordeaux waiting to be consumed.

Short & sweet (pun) post today….but Herself would like to hear from you, so leave a comment, and/or follow her Tweets.

Until later,

Cheery-byeee!
TP

Is Crunchie available in France?

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