Merry St Andrew's Day

from Lorient !

2016 11 30

"Clementine" / "Clémentine"

2016 11 29


C'est la promesse juteuse que les jours ensoleillés reveiendront,  c'est de couleur orange comme les aquarelles que j'aime, aussi, quand j'ai ouvert le sac, j'ai été très déçue de découvrir celle-là ! En fait, toutes les clémentines à l'intérieur.

Si vous êtes en France, sur le paquet, il y a un numéro de lot. Prenez le avec votre ticket d'achat et retournez là où vous l'avez acheté. Ne perdez pas votre temps à appeler le numéro de téléphone, il est le plus souvent sur une messagerie expliquant : "tous nos correspondants sont en ligne" mais c'est gratuit SEULEMENT si vous appelez depuis une ligne fixe. Et sur Internet, la première chose qu'ils demandent, c'est votre numéro de client, et bien sûr, vous ne l'^tes pas.

Même si vous n'êtes pas un client régulier dans le magasin, ils doivent savoir ce que leurs fournisseurs font. Nous ne voulons pas que ces méthodes perdurent.


It is juicy, it is sunny days promise to come back, it is orange color as watercolors i love, so when i opened the bag, i was deceived to discover this one ! n fact, all the clementines inside where the same

If you are in France, on the pack there is a lot number. Take this and your buying ticket and go back where you bought it. Don't waist your time calling the phone number, it is always on a messagerie saying : "tous nos correspondants sont en ligne" but that is free ONLY if you are calling from a home ligne. And on internet, the first thing they ask you is your client number, of course you do not have one.

Even if you are not regular client in the store, they must know what their supplieirs do. We do not want this to go on.

A Catherinette's diner

2016 11 25

Invite your lover.

Choose a nice dress.

Prepare "bar de ligne en croûte de sel" - see the recipe on page "cuisine" and ... if he does not propose to marry you, put your photo with your "catherinette hat" on internet or wait for the next "festival interceltique de Lorient" to meet celtic people !!!

Ladies, whatever, married or not, you can have fun with friends making a special hat for a lady who is in her 25th year and not married. If we were some years before - and i won't mentionne how long - we would parade in the streets with our business or humouristic scene on your heads ! Coworkers tried to boast the qualities of the next "perfect wife" !

In Paris, theses "Demoiselles" paraded in the street on november 25th, and were invited at the Hôtel de Ville for a formal reception. Photographs put on their storefront best portraits, wishing in good luck the future bride will choose him again for the wedding ceremony !

And do not forgot the colors : green and yellow to "coiffer Sainte Catherine" ... Have fun !

Click below to see archival reports from I.N.A. (report in french and VIDEOS with evolution of style from 1953 to 2005)


2016 11 24

I am French and i live in Lorient, so i would hardly be able to prepare a classical Thanksgiving as my american friends use to do. But the concept is to appreciate what you can find in your yard or around and to share with others. So i tried to organize something like that.

This Thanksgiving tribute to " LORIENT : 350 years birthday" allows you to invite as much people as you would like because all is served  "à l'assiette" or well dressed on a "buffet" ... and microwawe is optionnal.

Do not forget to put on "soieries" and an indian dress (optional) to taste my "curry turkey".

When party is over, sharp the stuff you put on table to decorate and fix it on your clothes for the next one : you would be ready for "rigaudon !" in a bal baroque of your own. To be continued for that part ...

Ready for tomorrow party ?

2016 11 23

Checking my Thanksgiving list :

- Menu : under control,

- decorated stuff : in prepare,

- music : in internet i trust !

WORK IN PROGRESS ...Coming soon on page "cuisine" new recipe with turkey - As i am in Lorient, i will try to put an "indian touch" with curry for that memorable "350 years birthday".

Thanksgiving by Windows 10

2016 11 22

Hourray ! A new update made by Windows brings me home PHOTOS and new photos processing method !!! I would say "enfin !" as i used it 5 years before disappeared i did not know why. RETURN TO NORMAL . THANKSGIVING 's MIRACLE.

May be for Christmas i could ask for coming back automatical transfer from my card to my computer without wasting time by a transfer via my camera ? Just a tiny program to come back too .. Please !


"Nanette", my first storm in Bretagne

2016 11 20

I did not know why the streets where not decorated with lots of Christmas stuff in Bretagne as in the other parts of the country on the month before Christmas, i know now !

To live in front of the ocean or even in the land needs to have sailors reacts : everything must be under control or the wind will make it darker !

Everything was upside down around and people cleaned the whole day long in every yard and in the steets - we are lucky our roof is ok.

The only thing we would like to be not there, above our heads in the street around the corner is the nest of asian hornets but believe me, they are more strong builders than human !!!

Beaujolais nouveau !

2016 11 17

I wish i could be in Paris to taste it with others at lunchtime, in a crowdy Bistrot, one glass in a hand, tiny sandwiches with pâté or rillettes in the other, a jar with pickles at your fingertips. Maybe the Boss would put a barel of winemakers outside if the weather is fine and thus passing-by and customers will talk together. That is the magic time granted as a break in our running too fast lives ...

Could you imagine Parisians with vine in a plastic containers on tiny balcony to harvest each and mix all to obtain a "millésime" to sell for a humanitarian cause ?

Can you believe that Montmartre was a vineyard in another century ? The spirit is still alive and each year, you can participate to the Fête des Vendanges.

But wherever you are, if you are French, on the Beaujolais Day, you will ask :

- A quoi il ressemble cette année ?

- Il est fruité ? il a quel goût ?


Until we know, all we have to do is waiting for the official time and then talk, tchat, comment about it. One day for the wine. If it is good, we would do recipes with it.

Christmas countdown is "ON" !

2016 11 15

Did you received in your mail box promises of Hapiness for Christmas if you buy this product or another ?

Did you see on internet these fantastic young ladies, dressed as if it was the Réveillon night, trying to explain to you directly (you are THE only one in the world at this moment) that it is "super fastoche" (super easy, super clean, super fast, super phenomenon result) !

Why didn't i think to buy all this before ?

Maybe because i saw a father, climbed up on a very big ladder, all the family and mostly young kids yelling around to convince him to put on red lights or blue ones or green ones more left or right, more in the middle and the Mother telling him that "it is OK Chéri, go down now ..." and maybe this man was a grand-father who helped his son taking care of the children while parents are working hard to pay for toys, food and spectacular memories they will try to buy, even going in debt for computers, television or waiting for the "black friday" to buy washing machine they need for a young baby coming ...

Others will deny the magical time of Christmas - I cannot do anything for them.

According to me, Christmas is an excellent opportunity to create and explore NEW ! But it is a time of "traditions" too. So a mixed of both will be great. Remembrance and bold." Ancien et neuf, recyclage et ré-interprétation" are on programing.

I LOVE so much this time of "do it yourself" that i am preparing to celebrate :

- Thanksgiving, on november 24 (thursday)

- l'Avent , on november 27 (sunday)

- Saint Nicolas, on december 6 (tuesday)

- Sainte Lucie, on december 13 (tuesday)

and Christmas on december 24/25

and Saint Sylvester on december 31 !

To be honest, i must say that i will start "les festivités" on November 17 :BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU et BEAUJOLAIS-VILLAGES !

and tonight, i will do as others do : trying to find cute "babioles" as gifts ... on a budget, of course !!!

Prepare your next party : "Rigaudon !"

2016 11 07

If you want to have fun with friends and family, you have to experiment :

"bal baroque"

On November 5, - organized by the Conservatoire de Lorient - took place a "Concert" AND a "bal" in the Hôtel de Ville , so ... we danced on tunes from 17th and 18th century !!!

I could not believe it when i learnt that talentous musicians will accompany our dances to music directed by Adeline LERME, "maitre à danser" and member of "Fêtes Galantes" company (Béatrice Massin is in charge).

What a talentous woman ! She succeed to impulse us an irrisistible desire to dance, making us believe - and it is true - that with white wigs for men and long dresses for women we were Kings and Queens, Ladies and Gentlemen moving easily in "un bal à la Cour du Roi". The orchestra was "the King" ...

The Conservatoire de Lorient organizers had prepare everything : costumes were waiting for us ( I must confess : I picked up some ideas that i will let you know to put a "royal" touch on your clothes for your next party ) !

DO YOU KNOW "RIGAUDON" ? SUPER EASY ! You have to stand up in line as you would do in cow-boy line dances ! Children, super seniors and others can participate if walking is possible

1/ salute !

if you remember the egual sign with hands in past presidential elections, just do it (by slighly bending the knees) ! Ladies only, men salute with one hand in back and bend bust.

2/ Moving left, right, in front, retreat,

3/ jump: "Rigaudon"

4/ power index : "viens ici !"

5/ power in hand "attention", "toi viré"

6/ elegant attitude with one arm raised in wooden deer as in Scottish dances,

7/ le moulin : both partners turn by standing by the arms,


Slowly first and faster next, great. All together ...until "la patate" - They had also "meeting techniques" on the 17th and 18th century ! Changement de partenaire ...

So, I wish i could improve my "rigaudon" once again, if possible on the 31th of December, and i dream it could be on Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, with many people ready to close "en majesté" the year of "350 ans de Lorient".

Un unexpected visitor : a moose !

2016 11 04

He came with his tiny cupcake and fall apart on the ground. I was really sorry so, i had to read his story once again ...

Funny and beautiful drawers made my visitor alive in the children's book : "If you give a moose a muffin" by Laura Joffe Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond.

I highly recommend to read too - in all circonstances - the good old fashioned : "Les quatre filles du docteur March" (french title) written by Louisa May Alcott. And if you do not like reading or if you would share this drama with family, you can watch it in film. Most popular is the "Little women movie (1994)" acting Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, Kristen Dunst.

Just have a cup of coffe and relax : It is FRIDAY !!!