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There are many things that make life in France different. This blog is about the differences which are sometimes missed or sometimes taken for granted. It aims to bring a smile with humour or, perhaps, a moment of reflection. More Info

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It’s Not Just About the Weather…

It’s Not Just About the Weather...

Cliques, gossips, poppers

March 17, 2015 by SuzieJ

Now, before you shoot the messenger let me be absolutely clear, I love my life here in France but I do live in a small village and small villages have… Read more…

Categories: Thoughts

A bewildering and expensive case of les sinistres

October 16, 2014 by SuzieJ

How does it take three months to decide that a car is repairable?  How can you possibly be presented with a bill of nearly EUR 700 when the car insurance… Read more…

Categories: Thoughts

Choosing a French school is about much more than education

July 22, 2014 by SuzieJ

The BAC exams are over and the results are in.  One of my children has passed, the other has failed and is facing another year at college.  The great thing… Read more…

Categories: Thoughts

Shock Horror – I’m now a friend!

March 27, 2014 by SuzieJ

As one of my friends put it, “welcome to the 21st century”.  Yes, I have finally joined Facebook! I am a fiercely private person and hate the thought of other… Read more…

Categories: Freedom

Blue Cheese, Pears, Coke and Cancer

March 12, 2014 by SuzieJ

For all those who aren’t watching the UK soaps there is an interesting storyline in Eastenders where Carol has breast cancer and has just started her chemo.  She has had… Read more…

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The Salle de Fete has turned into an amazing goldfish bowl

February 6, 2014 by SuzieJ

Who would have thought that hiring the local village hall would change our lives! Suddenly we are known by everyone and vice versa. The guy who manages this fantastic hall… Read more…

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Fairy dust

January 8, 2014 by SuzieJ

It’s all over on the festive front after a day of taking down, carefully wrapping and packing baubles and ornaments into numerous boxes, all duly marked to supposedly make it… Read more…

Categories: Thoughts

Drink and Drive? I will be steering clear!

December 29, 2013 by SuzieJ

I really hope that I do not cause offence with this but, in my opinion and without putting too fine a point on it, drink driving is a good way… Read more…

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An Online Christmas

November 25, 2013 by SuzieJ

Online shopping is something that you either love or you don’t.  I do!  I sit down with a cup of coffee and, an hour or so later, I have finished… Read more…

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The French Health System – a question of taste

November 11, 2013 by SuzieJ

You will not find a bigger fan of the French Health Service than me.  Over the years that I have lived here my family has been in and out of… Read more…

Categories: Thoughts