Monday, 25 February 2019

Rue la-di-dah-di-dah-di-dah


I am usually on the ball when it comes to our French anniversaries (leaving Australia, returning from France, the days prior to both, holidays, visitors ...) so to realise that I did not remember the day four years ago that we signed the final papers on our French home comes as a bit of a surprise.

Opening the door of our French home for the first time
Admittedly, on Sunday, which was the anniversary of this event, I was rather pre-occupied with making new friends around the world thanks to the kind invitation of the FB group We Love Memoirs to be in their author spotlight. Even posting THE photo of me opening our French front door for the first time did not trip my memory.

Following that joyous occasion, and it was just that, we had less than four weeks to create a home for ourselves and our holiday guests. Our first quickly drawn up to-do list grew hourly and we discovered that metre-thick stone walls are not easy to pierce, that old houses with oddly shaped rooms are difficult to carpet, that you can return from a holiday more exhausted than before leaving and that our son's appetite for visits to the hardware store is limited.


Our home away from home


No spoons? Luckily, we had a salad server on hand.














He maintained good humour despite his self-proclaimed kidnapping by mimicking the GPS voice as it attempted French street names with a strong English accent. Rue la-di-da-di-da-di-da, though, was the ultimate in distortion and had to be re-driven just so that we could take the edge off our all-consuming house set-up with a good belly laugh. After all, the first time, surprise had got the better of us.




Not really that funny, except to two stressed parents trying to find 'squiges' and 'thingamyjigs' in French in above-mentioned hardware store, the following conversation between lost woman X and passer-by womanY:

Woman X: I've lost my husband.
Woman Y: Make the most of it.


Mine hadn't lost his wife. I was taking just a minute to stop and sit down.


To read more of our French adventures, 'But you are in France, Madame' is available as both Kindle and print options here.

To find out more about our holiday rental click here at ourfrenchvillagehouse 

PS Linking with #allaboutfrance. Head over for your dose of French inspiration and stories.







14 comments:

  1. Very funny, especially that photo of your son with his yogurt. Days that seemed exhausting at the time, but such happy memories now. I hope lots of the We Love Memoirs group will buy copies of your book. It's such a good read, and inspiring for everyone who dreams of living in France - for a little while or forever.

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    1. It was an exhausting but funny and rewarding time, you are right. The We Love Memoirs group was so welcoming and so supportive. I had a lovely time chatting to people who popped in to say 'hello' from all around the world. Thanks Ellen!

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  2. Love the GPS la di da voice and that you went around twice to hear it again. We get a good laugh out of the pronunciation of place names in French by the English voice on our GPS (actually the Australian is our favourite for truly terrible efforts!!! Sorry!) Thanks for linking up to #AllAboutFrance

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    1. We needed a laugh so it was worth the detour to re-hear the attempted pronunciation! Thanks Phoebe.

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  3. This made me chuckle! It also reminded me of the GPS French voice that helped us negotiate cities as we drove to the Dordogne a few years ago. My husband found the female voice very sexy and kept imagining her smoking a cigarette and shrugging whilst offering directions. #allaboutfrance

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  4. Ah, the joys of the hardware stores! It always surprises me that no matter how big they are, and how much they stock, they never have the thing that I'm searching for. :D Happy anniversary for buying your house!

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    1. Thank-you for your good wishes. Have to say that the hardware store is not my favourite hang-out wherever I am in the world!

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  5. Oh dragging kids around a hardware store is never much fun! We've bought so many random things to keep ours sweet. I love the 'rue-la-di-dah' story. Sometimes a belly laugh is exactly what everyone needs! #AllAboutFrance

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    1. Thanks so much. Yes, laughing is a good way to relieve tension and Madame GPS never fails us!

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  6. I have nearly crashed the car laughing at the GPS mispronunciation - but never had to try and eat a yoghurt with a ladle!! #AllAboutFrance

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    1. Those bits of that period were very funny - thankfully!

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  7. Very funny :-) And I know DIY shop fatigue well! Thanks for sharing at #allaboutfrance

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