I’m often asked what my day job is (even my kids aren't sure) and each time I stumble to answer that question. I have so many it’s difficult to say which is the main one and my role in each of these enterprises is somewhat diverse…. So, to help me answer this question, I’ve tried … Continue reading What does “A Mother in France” do for a living?
I’m British and I live in France – how can I not have an opinion on Brexit? No matter whether you voted for Brexit or not, I don’t think anyone can deny that it is breaking Britain in two. Just the mention of “The B Word” really does fire people up with either dread, fear … Continue reading The “B” Word
A few years back our French neighbour introduced us to the humble Chayote, a funny, knobbly, oval shaped, green vegetable (which I think is actually a fruit) with a tough, difficult to peel skin. It tastes of hmmm, well... nothing really. “What do we do with it?”, we asked, but were secretly thinking “Why on … Continue reading Why the Chayote isn’t Shite
A little over ten years ago, we were busy preparing for our big move. We were full of anticipation and raring to go. We had battled our way through huge obstacles in selling our property in the UK and it felt we would never achieve our goal of moving to France. Despite the difficulties though, … Continue reading 10 TIPS I’D GIVE MYSELF BEFORE MOVING TO FRANCE
When we first moved to France back in 2004 we didn’t miss much, but we did crave for Branston Pickle. However, since discovering this delicious recipe, Branston no longer makes it onto our wish lists of goodies to ask for when we have visitors from the UK. In fact I struggle to think of anything … Continue reading The Best Fig Chutney in the World……ever!
As a responsible parent, we all strive to give our children the best start in life we possibly can. I think sometimes though we tend to focus too much on certain aspects of the process without stepping back and considering the wider picture. It seems that Education is the number one concern of parents with … Continue reading There’s more to Life than Education
One big challenge when bringing up English speaking children in a foreign speaking country, is when and how to introduce written English. It’s one thing to expect a child to learn to speak two languages at the same time, but is it an unnecessary pressure to expect them to cope with learning the different written … Continue reading Keeping up with the English!
My French neighbours had very kindly given us a bag of their home grown cauliflower this week. So far I've made cauliflower cheese (a bit boring) and Brown Rice with Vegetables which is an old Delia Smith recipe that I’ve adapted from our vegetarian days. It’s brown rice (surprisingly enough) with onions, carrots and bacon … Continue reading Home Grown Cauliflower Soup
In my last post Children Learning to be Bilingual. I was discussing how our youngest children speak French with a local French accent and speak English with an English accent. English is afterall their mother tongue. However, we were talking at the dinner table one evening about accents and the fact that the French find … Continue reading Zis iz ow we speek English
We are an English family living in France. Our children are being brought up to be bi-lingual. They speak French exclusively at school and speak English exclusively at home. Is it difficult? Not really! It’s amazing how adaptable children are and how quickly they learn to cope with switching from one language to the other. … Continue reading Children learning to be Bi-Lingual