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I was recently nominated by Janine of Reflection Of A Redhead for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. I normally don’t pass on awards because I have become a grumpy old lady, but Janine isn’t any blogger: she is one of my very first readers and despite having never ‘met’ in person, I feel like I know her.

The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award is a bloggers-nominated award aimed at helping you and other bloggers to get to know me better, and for me and you to get to know other bloggers via the answering of some fun, silly or probing questions!

It’s been a while since I’ve written one of these posts, so let’s get started with the questions Janine provided:


1. Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging as a New year’s resolution. It was 4 years ago (time flies). I was about to set up my own business and blogging was a way to allow me to interact with adults (as opposed to spending my days talking to children in the house). Suffice to say, I didn’t know, at the time, that I was going to spend so much time doing it. And don’t get me started on Twitter. I am addicted to Twitter.

2. What do you love about getting older?

I feel like I am finally becoming the person I want to be. I am not trying to please anyone any more, and as long as I am happy I don’t care about what other people think. In short, getting older rocks, except for the fact that I need to be more careful about what I eat. Yes, even despite the fact that I am French…

3. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Right now I can’t help thinking about Broadbeach, in Queensland, Australia. I have had a fabulous time there over Christmas and absolutely loved the food, the beaches and the people. I desperately want to go back there and (try to) surf again. That said, I have itchy feet. If you ask me the same question in 6 months, I will probably give you a different answer…

4. Kids or no kids?

I am a Mum, so yes, ‘kids’. But don’t get me started on the many joys of bringing up a very opinionated teenager (is there an after-sale department where I can send her back to? Does anyone know?). I would like to think that being a mum is an important part of my identity, but certainly not the only one. I am me. And right now, I would give anything to move to a desert island off the coast off Queensland without anyone to boss me around. What can I say? I am becoming asocial. And. I . Need. A. Break.

5. Where do you want to take your blog in the future?

I have given up making plans. I would like to continue writing for as long as I enjoy it. And I would like the blog to become the go-to platform for all things French outside of France. We shall see what happens. I will go with the flow.

6. Are you a folder or a scruncher?

I had to google ‘scruncher’ to understand what it meant. I will never be truly British. Sigh. As I am not a scruncher, I might be a folder. I just don’t know. You know what? I don’t think that I fit into any categories. Never have. never will. And I hate labels anyway. That’s who I am.

7. What are you most grateful for?

I have the privilege of being published in various newspapers and magazines, and I still can’t believe it. As I happen to be a French woman who writes in English, and as I have a scientific background, the odds were clearly stacked against me. I am not sure that an Englishwoman writing in French would be published in France. I am grateful for everybody’s open-mindedness this side of the Channel.

8. What are you most looking forward to in 2015?

2015 is an open book. I just want to enjoy it. I would like 2015 to take me to places I have never been to.

9. What’s your favourite song? Why not share the you tube clip…

Right now my favourite song is ‘Ils s’aiment comme avant, by Daniel Lavoie’. It is an old song about two people who love each as if they were still kids, without any afterthoughts, and how such a love needs to be celebrated. It is also quite a pessimistic song about the fact that you need to believe in the future, despite everything that’s going on.

Here are the lyrics, for those of you who speak French…

Ils s’aiment comme avant
Avant les menaces
Et les grands tourments
Ils s’aiment tout hésitant
Découvrant l’amour
Et découvrant le temps
Y’a quelqu’un qui se moque,
J’entends quelqu’un qui se moque
Se moque de moi
Se moque de qui

Ils s’aiment comme des enfants
Amour plein d’espoir impatient
Et malgré les regards remplis de désespoir
Malgré les statistiques
Ils s’aiment comme des enfants

Enfant de la bombe
Des catastrophes
De la menace qui gronde
Enfant du cynisme
Armés jusqu’aux dents

Ils s’aiment
Comme des enfants
Comme avant les menaces
Et les grands tourments
Et si tout doit sauter
S’écrouler sous nos pieds
Laissons-les, laissons-les, laissons-les
Laissons-les s ‘aimer

Et si tous doit sauter
S’écrouler sous nos pieds
Laissons-les, laissons-les
Laissons-les s’aimer

Enfants de la bombe,
Des catastrophes
De la menace qui gronde
Enfants du cynisme
Armés jusqu’aux dents

Ils s’aiment
Comme avant
Avant les menaces
Et les grands tourments
Ils s’aiment
Comme avant

10. What is your guilty pleasure?

I have so many! My main one would be chocolate. Preferably black.

Right, now it is my turn to nominate seven bloggers. Here we go:

Nearly Irish

Coulda Shoulda Woulda

Lisa Gusto

St Bloggie De Riviere

Mind Over Matter

Metropolitan Mum

Which Hat Today?


And my questions..

1. Why did you start blogging?

2. What do you want to do with your blog?

3. What is your favourite meal?

5. What is your favourite place in the world?

6. What is your favourite movie and why?

7.What is the funniest thing that ever happened to you?

8. What makes you tick?

9. If you were to spend six months on a desert island, what would you bring (no more than 10 objects)

10. What do you do to relax?


The Rules

  1. Link to the person who nominated you.
  2. Add the award logo.
  3. Answer the questions your nominator has asked.
  4. Nominate 7 other blogs and let them know via comments.
  5. Ask your nominees 10 questions.