Bon Weekend from chilly France

Written by on November 23, 2019 in Newsletter from France

Scene in a French bread shop, shelves with croissants, cakes and bread

Hope you had a great week.

Can you believe, we had more chickens hatch this week. It’s only five weeks until Christmas, it’s freezing cold here in rural northern France, and I couldn’t believe my eyes when Barbara Streisand came plodding down the garden path with four fluffy babies early one very frosty morning this week. She’s a feisty old chicken is Babs and very vocal. When she wants food she makes a strange cooing sound which sounds like her namesake singing “I am a woman in love”! Anyway, her job done, Ms Streisand waddled back into the garden leaving me with the kids. They’re now living in the house in a cage with Joan Crawford’s abandoned babies Gina and Lucky. Sometimes I wonder how my life has become quite so odd.

Meanwhile the Bread Man who delivers fresh bread to our hamlet three times a week has been continuing to practice his English language skills on me. He is very earnest about it but is learning English from his teenage daughter who is supplementing her school lessons by watching American and British TV Shows. On Thursday he asked me “Nadia” (his daughter) “wants to know, what is sucks?”

“Pardon?” I said warily thinking what has she been watching.

“Nadia says Buffy the Vampire Slayer says sucks a lot”.

Phew.

“It’s when you’re not happy with something, you say it sucks” I said. “Like if you leave the bread in the oven too long and the baguette is burned, you could say that sucks” I added looking down at my dark brown and very crispy baguette.

“Ah merci” he said chuckling as he got into his van to drive off to Madame Bernadette waiting impatiently for her bread at the gate of her little cottage down the bottom of the hill. I could hear him mumbling “ze brrrread sucks” as he went. I really hope he doesn’t have too many English speaking customers on his round.

Wherever you are, whatever you have planned, I wish you a very bon weekend…

Best wishes and bisous from chilly France…
Janine
Editor
Author of My Good Life in France: In Pursuit of the Rural Dream | In Pursuit of the Rural Dream …

ps I missed chatting to you last week but I’ve got my head down, busy writing and for a short while, I’ll be writing a newsletter every other week.

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