Failing to fit in: L’accouchement en France

I have just received word that an essay I wrote for The Parent Voice, an online parenting magazine specialising in multicultural families, has just been published. I am enormously excited – and who wouldn’t be?! For the official (magazine edited) version, which appears online, please follow this link. There is even a picture of me sporting a terribly sophisticated post-labour coiffure, along with my real … Continue reading Failing to fit in: L’accouchement en France

A Monégasque Adventure

Sitting next to my husband as we drove along the sensational coastal road on a long-promised trip to Monaco (our first venture ending abruptly after a freak hailstorm crushed my dream and my husband’s motorbike) I felt as though we could almost have been Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in Alfred Hitchcock’s film, To Catch a Thief – I am, after all, a native Bristolian, … Continue reading A Monégasque Adventure

Menton: The chin of France*

Within an hour of our arrival at the seaside resort of Menton my over-excited Chou had managed to fall face-first into the Mediterranean. Luckily we came prepared for such inevitabilities (I had risen at six o’clock that morning to start the arduous task of packing, mainly comprising as much of his wardrobe as I could find clean). Having laughed unsympathetically and picked him up out … Continue reading Menton: The chin of France*

Ça pousse, avril: So much work, so little time

A very belated happy May Day and bonne Fête du Travail to all! I had intended to resume writing last week, once I had finally caught up with life after the inevitable chaos of a two week Vacances de Printemps. France and the builders, however, had other plans. Whereas French workers are celebrated with a bank holiday on May 1st (not so in Geneva, where … Continue reading Ça pousse, avril: So much work, so little time

Three more days, three more quotes: Day Three

Thanks to the Irish Procrastinator today is my final chance to participate in this amusing quoting challenge. I have enjoyed myself immensely! The rules are simple: 1. Thank the person who nominates you – thank you!! 2. Post one quote per day for 3 consecutive days 3. Nominate three new bloggers each day Today’s quote comes from The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins. It … Continue reading Three more days, three more quotes: Day Three

Three more days, three more quotes: Day Two

Today is the second day of the second round of quotes. Many thanks to The Irish Procrastinator for the challenge. If you haven’t yet paid her a visit you are surely missing out, since her poetry is highly entertaining! The rules are simple: 1. Thank the person who nominates you – thank you!! 2. Post one quote per day for 3 consecutive days 3. Nominate … Continue reading Three more days, three more quotes: Day Two