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I’m a storyteller.  I tell stories of my home in France.  Exactly and precisely this minute and for the next few months I am in New England but home is really le Cantal, between the two great mountain ranges of the Massif Central – Les Monts de Cantal and Le Massif de Sancy which dominate the Auvergne region. I tell of my travels, of the people I meet, of their lives, of their animals and of the land.  The stories are all real so all I actually do is observe and translate.  My role is l’étrangère fitting in and trying to merge into the background like David Attenborough so as not to startle but rather to witness reality.  Not journalistically, you understand.  I binned the idea of being a journo back in 1980 when as a higher muck-a-muck PA on The Daily Telegraph with delusions of being a reporter it was pointed out to me that I needed to cut my teeth with the rest doing flower shows and funerals for the Toadswallop Gazette or the Bartchester Mercury …. being a gal-about-town on a fast-track to greatness I quickly moved on from THAT idea.   More like a mediaeval raconteur.  Without the lute or the mismatched tights.

When I started this blog it was to give me a space to write those stories.   Over time, things inevitably develop and alter.  I published my first book in France, ‘Russians Love Their Children Too’, in early 2015 .  And the next will be in print in the next year.  So the stories are being hoovered up for the books and the blog needs to take on an altered face.  Hey presto!  Renamed it is now a little more lifestyle – a little more ‘Eat Pray Love’ meets Gertrude Stein on the set of ‘A Year in Provence’ with the cast of ‘Allo Allo’ lurking in the background … each week you can expect some food (often prepared for one because I face the daily challenge of cooking just for me which is far harder than feeding the 5,000 ever was), at least one photographic post with lyrical or poetic commentary, a bit about buying houses in France and renovating them which are hot topics in world of me, a random spritz of the actuality of  living in a Foreign land by yourself with no buoyancy aids in a place where no-one speaks your native tongue and you speak theirs ‘comme une vache Espagnole’ and occasionally something about the realities of loving across 3,000 miles of Ocean.  I will still spin a story or two  your way – old habits, die hard  …. now there’s an idea – Maria von Trapp morphs with Bruce Willis.  By George!  I think she’s got it!

So welcome!  Let the feast commence.  You can find a little more about me here

One thing!  Photographs.   I only use my own (occasionally those taken by friends and family when they are with me and always credited).  I don’t use stock photographs however tempting it might be to gussy the blog up with a fantastic professional picture that is vaguely in context.  Good, bad or indifferent I prefer authenticity.

I am trying to discipline my inner metronome to blog twice each week …. some weeks I do much more some weeks I only do that but you can tune in to that cadence with some confidence.

Words and photographs are Copyright © Osyth and may not be reproduced without my permission, which I am happy to grant for non-commercial purposes, provided I am credited as the writer and or photographer, with a link to this blog.  To discuss commercial rates use the contact information in the footer.

 

 

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  1. Pan #

    I didn’t get a chance to post it and I’m getting fuel but as soon as I’m done I’m to where I’m going to get to for the night and then I’m going to post it.. Off to Ruby lake now !!!

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    February 4, 2016
    • All in good time … I’m just off to Wegman’s for my exciting rendez-vous with a superbmarket. I may be some time!!

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      February 4, 2016
  2. Pan #

    Lol, I’m willing to share a tad of that credit with Wegmans, I wouldn’t be on such a high pillar of praise if they weren’t all I said they are 😄
    I hadn’t been to your store, but have shopped at the one north of there.. They have a parking garage at that one 😮 my truck won’t fit in there though 😯
    I’m just tickled that you spent my average time there too..
    They are the only chain that I can rely on to have organic cannellii beans.. I much prefer them to the chickpea for humus.. I don’t like the word humus so I call mine Dip.. Which is a good thing because I just learned that humus is the Arabic word for chickpea 😂 Taint no chicks in my dip.. but I have made pea dip and its yummy and sweet.. Well that was off in a tangent 😒
    Its Wegmans, they do that to me.. Did you find the gadget aisles ? I know you found the gadgets.. Whatcha get ? 🙆
    Thanks for the advice on correcting my draft.. sigh.. I’ll do my best to not lose it in the copy/paste procedure.. Maybe tonight..
    Check out the newest Pan Global recipient.. I think you’ll like him and the link to his site contains a story I wrote this morning.. ⬅shameless plug 😳

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    February 5, 2016
    • Shameless is good – I’ll take a look. Catcching up because we’ve been powerless for most of the day. BUT you need to know that my second daughter was only ever calmed with ‘the chicapea song’ which we invented, natch. Then I gave our third daughter the middle name of Channa (which means chickpea in Hindi though I was actually referencing an Italian fairy tale princess) … the chickpea is entwined in my fabric!

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      February 5, 2016
  3. Pan #

    Hannaford is a nice place to shop too near you.. They are my 2nd fiddle.. If in a state that has Giant Eagle as you peek around the states (the one I shop is in Ohio) They are also very good, themed somewhat like Wegmans..

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    February 5, 2016
  4. I LOVE your dad’s snowman song and that is a wonderful idea for a post. All my daughters have unusual names …. I might do a post on that too sometime. And the wonder that is Wegman’s😀

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    February 6, 2016
  5. I’ve nominated you for the 3 day quote challenge!🙂 x https://lifewithmollyblog.wordpress.com/2016/02/09/quote-challenge-1/

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    February 9, 2016
    • Thank you Molly – that is most generous of you🙂 I will give it some consideration and get to it a little later in the week when I have more than half a fried brain🙂

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      February 9, 2016
  6. Pan #

    Hover doesn’t work on my android on those.. Weird because it does work on some icons if I just hold my finger on them but not on those 😞.. I’ve used the link icon before but the post didn’t show up on the page I linked to, it just put a link in my post to the page.. I love your “Calm calm” 😐 is my frustration at my techy ignorance that transparent ? 😮
    I’m going to try to follow your directions to the letter but need to stop for a bit to get a few things out of the way.. Then maybe I’ll see this with fresh eyes..
    Thank you ☺

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    February 9, 2016
    • Fresh eyes, fresh breath generally helps. Bonne Courage my friend🙂

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      February 9, 2016
  7. Pan #

    Yep, no stopping me now !

    Til the next stumbling block and trying to remember what I did on repeat stumbling blocks.. Still haven’t braved the ghost flag since yesterday after I utterly failed.. But I am stubborn, as some dub me..
    And I can’t really disagree 😂

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    February 9, 2016
  8. One of the fascinations of being here is how many strands there are to so many people. I am European, of course and as you gather although I would be branded English if only by dint of my enunciation, I am the sum of many parts. I am fascinated by your heritage and leaped onto your grandparents story with gusto as you will imagine knowing a little or a lottle of what makes me tick. My husband by the way speaks perfect French with the exact same accent as he speaks English a source of hilarity to our French friends who say my accent is perfect but my grammar attrocious and he is therefore the linguistic yin to my yang. We must discuss getting you published, please. I enjoy your writing so much. Childrens books from those that understand the condition of childhood are rare and I would take a bet that you do understand that condition rather well. Love to you O x

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    February 28, 2016
  9. Hope you are having a good stay in New England, well, except for the ticks.🙂

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    March 10, 2016
    • Hi Judy … Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and comment. I am feeling nicely settled after 2 and a bit months which bodes well for the rest of the year. It is such a lovely part of the world and I have so much to squooze in and experience. The ticks just add a different note to the mix😉

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      March 10, 2016
  10. I really like your writing style. You have a very appealing voice. Looking forward to read more of your posts.

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    March 11, 2016
    • Thank you so much Maria … it’s just what comes out like any good pictures I accidentally take are of the point and shoot variety – no skill intended! Welcome to my strange ramblings and I will take time out to explore your blog over the weekend and am fairly sure I will be following you too🙂

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      March 11, 2016
  11. Hello, it’s nice to be introduced to you by Robin. I hope that you enjoy my blog photos and writings. I don’t recall ever visiting Cantal, but we pass the volcanos of Massif Central fairly often, and admire the region very much. We have plans to visit one day soon. I too, will enjoy following your blog. Your photos are lovely, and you certainly write with ‘joie de vivre’.

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    March 16, 2016
    • Well hello again! I’m so glad you enjoy my nonsense as much as I am enjoying your not-nonsense. In my case, I have a firm belief that we only get one stab at life (if I’m proved wrong at the moment of my demise, it’s a bonus) and that I need to find the value in the way things are. It’s not hard when you are surrounded by beauty, have the love of a good man (finally – it took me too many false starts to admit to) and a litter of bonkers daughters who have inherited their maternal exploring gene and aren’t too damn dependent, I’m fortunate to be able to find that value pretty easily🙂 Bring on the dancing horses and let the fun commence. Bienvenue🙂

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      March 16, 2016
  12. mcnerneyblog #

    Love your blog! ❤️
    Pleasure to meet you.

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    March 22, 2016
    • Thank you so much ! I’ll take a look at yours and I’m sure I will love it too🙂

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      March 22, 2016
  13. Hopefully not – we fly into Paris Friday morning … I’m sure we will meet hefty security. It’s just dreadful. 😦.

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    March 22, 2016
    • It is, the airport had more TV reporters than passengers today. Security is always very high in the aftermath of an attack so prepare for long delays but try not to worry. Most people still die of cancer or heart disease, not terrorism.

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      March 22, 2016
      • I’m flying with my husband who is very calming and The Bean who isn’t! Hopefully somewhere between the two I will find some balance🙂

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        March 22, 2016
      • Pan #

        I haven’t heard the news in a few days.. I’m glad you asked Kerry !
        Osyth, you, Two Brains and The Bean are in my thoughts 💛
        This is such an unpredictable world anymore 😦

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        March 22, 2016
  14. Air France give Champagne as an Aperitif, wine with the meal and a cognac with coffee ….. sorry😉

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    March 30, 2016
    • Pan #

      😂 You get snockered all the way across the great pond ! Does this mean that Two Brains sees quadruple 😨 ?

      😮 How does he deal with 4 of you at once !?!?!!!

      We miss you but you already know that 💜💛💚

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      March 30, 2016
      • It’s nice to be missed. The Bean flew like a pro this time. Two Brains flies back with just her Saturday – he thinks he will need all the alcohol they can muster to survive😉

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        March 30, 2016
    • lol glad someone is being treated like a princess!!!!

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      March 30, 2016
  15. Cezane & Michelle #

    Glad to have known more about you, the setting to your blog tells me that i am bound to enjoy my time here. I absolutely love your title URL! Half Baked in Paradise! Looking forward to reading more of your posts! Cheers to new friendship🙂 – Cezane

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    April 21, 2016
    • Hi Cezane! Thank you so much for your kind comment and for following my Half Baked blog. I’m just back from my travels and about to set about some catch up so I will be sure to check out your wonders too … In the meantime bienvenue and I will try not to disappoint🙂

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      April 21, 2016
      • Cezane & Michelle #

        Thank you, I hope you enjoy reading through the posts🙂

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        April 21, 2016
      • I’m sure I will🙂

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        April 21, 2016
  16. Hey Osyth. I love the picture of the dog, very cute indeed, but we have a blog at Gastradamus and we are really looking for people all around the world to comment. When you have the chance, let me know what you think about our topics.

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    April 27, 2016
    • Hello Gastradamus – thank you for the compliment about The Bean … she does LOOK cute though she may not always act so! Of course I will happily take a look at your blog. In fact, I shall hop over there right now. 🙂

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      April 27, 2016
      • Please if you can share your opinion as many of the stories at possible. We love dogs at Gastradamus omdeed.

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        April 28, 2016
  17. Nice photos!

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    May 28, 2016
    • Thank you Ellen – it is most kind of you to take the time to browse. I will certainly take a look at your blog too in the next couple of days …. I’m certain I shall enjoy it!

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      May 28, 2016
      • Agreed. My own attitude is much akin to being in a vast gathering of people … Those that start a conversation with me, I take some interest in.

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        May 29, 2016
  18. Aki #

    Hello, first of all thank you for visiting my site. it is really nice to read about you!🙂

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    June 3, 2016
    • It was my pleasure and I’m glad you enjoyed my ste but the point was that you posted something I enjoyed … selfish to the end, I am!

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      June 3, 2016
      • Aki #

        🙂 That’s great you liked my post😀

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        June 3, 2016
  19. Very,very,very ,very nice blog:)

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    June 13, 2016
    • Thank you so much! That is the nicest compliment🙂 And thank you for gracing me with your following presence. Hopefully I won’t let you down😉

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      June 13, 2016
  20. Hello, thank you for visiting my blog. Its nice to meet you here online🙂 I love your photographs, amazing blog🙂

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    June 13, 2016
    • You are much too kind, Petra … I will take a closer look at your blog but I have a feeling you have a new follower because any girl that understands the power of the Unicorn has my vote.

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      June 13, 2016
  21. congratulations to your blog!
    many regards

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    July 7, 2016
    • Thank you Antonio …. that is really kind and I will be visiting yours in the next few days as soon as I find a moment to really do some justice to finding new blogs to engross me🙂

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      July 7, 2016
  22. I love authenticity as well and do the same with my own photographs. France? Oo la la! Je suis Cdn., the English kind, who lived in Montreal and studied French in school. Your life sounds interesting enough to write about…will be glad to be a fly on the wall. Thanks for sharing..and liking my photo too.🙂

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    July 11, 2016
    • France has my heart. Canada is on my bucket list and since I am currently in Boston not a difficult wish! I loved your picture and will be looking more closely at your blog – I love finding new treasures🙂

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      July 11, 2016
      • I can understand why! One of the 2chicks is off to France on her honeymoon in near future. We will cover. Thank you…I do too.😀

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        July 11, 2016
      • How extremely exciting – I look forward to the coverage🙂

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        July 11, 2016
      • 😀😀😀

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        July 11, 2016
  23. I liked your blog, I invite you to my blog:
    http://dishdessert.wordpress.com

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    August 20, 2016
  24. Hi, Thanks for stopping by my blog

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    August 20, 2016
  25. Thanks for following OMBH… I’m going to enjoy reading about your exploits! I’ll son post a few “boats” on the Liffey… just for you. I do hope you find a smile or two when you visit!😉

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    August 24, 2016
    • My rule is to always find the smile even if it takes a long time to turn it up 😊

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      August 24, 2016

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