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The battle of the bulge

A conversation with the very lovely Susan who has a beautiful blog named ‘Our French Oasis’ has me thinking again about the very particular relationship of the French to food. So as I prepare to drive to England tomorrow I give you a reprise of a post I made about 18 months ago that had me battling the bulge. I could do with a re-read myself …..

Half Baked In Paradise

Here I am back in France this past fortnight and nine days of it have been on a ‘regime’.  A diet.  A detox actually.  And it paid dividends – I’m now a bit more than half a stone lighter and I have lost the inches in the right places.  By which I mean when it drops off your face after a certain age you just look older, more saggy and haggard and equally at my age one has a tendency to gaining round the middle.  A spare tyre that would not help in the event of a blowout in the little yellow car.  So I am a little more en ligne, a little trimmer and all the happier for it.  It’s a curious fact that you wear the over-weight on your mind at some level and the niggling anxiety wears you out.  So best to out it and…

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  1. How I long to experience a different culture than here in the US. I’m afraid this country has fallen ill with the reckless abandon of everything in vast quantities, more and more of everything in the name of me first and the hell with waste. I so look forward to “Crossing The Pond” for a visit. Who knows, I might stay!

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    August 1, 2016
    • You must come over. You will love it!!!

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      August 2, 2016
    • You will fit right in …. And you will also love the fact that people let you be you and don’t feel the need to pry and gossip.

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      August 4, 2016
      • It’s always nice when people give you”Space” and allow you to open up at your own pace. True respect between people is never given, it’s earned.

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        August 4, 2016
  2. Loved this one the first time and not less the second one 🙂
    Wishing you an enjoyable and safe drive across beautiful France !
    Turtle Hugs

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    August 2, 2016
    • Thank you Dear Turtle …. We are all safe and sound and The Bean and I managed to fit in supper in Paris with my God-Daughter too – very lovely 🙂

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      August 4, 2016
      • Good!
        So nice that you could have a pleasant stop in Paris , and now I’m imagining The Bean all fancied up dining at the Ritz 😉
        Turtle Hugs

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        August 6, 2016
      • If we ever have deep enough pockets, she will. If not she can write her imagined memoirs 😉

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        August 7, 2016
      • And that would be a very interesting book 🙂

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        August 20, 2016
      • glad you’ve had nice time in Paris – like us 2 weeks ago… 🙂
        * * *
        stay healthy and tons of inspiration! have a sunny evening and a super-week, sweet lady! ❤

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        August 7, 2016
      • I will …. We are in Oxfordshire with my mother and the skies are quintessentially English …. I will get out and take some pictures this trip I think. Warm sunshine, playful breezes and teasing skies to you, dear Melanie 🌞🌥🌬

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        August 7, 2016
  3. I have been trying to lose 3 kilos for 3 months now and they are still there!!!!

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    August 2, 2016
  4. So true about how the weight wears you out. I need to take a regime like yours as I cannot look good in anything at the moment. Sad, as we are off on hols tomorrow and it’s too late now! Well done though, that’s a real result x

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    August 2, 2016
    • Happy hols and I’ll send you info on what I did privately. It was 18’months ago and in the main I’ve kept it off!

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      August 4, 2016
  5. Safe traveling Osyth. Adoring the Cow she is a real beauty (and not fat at all).

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    August 2, 2016
    • She’s an Aubrac …. I love the Cleopatra kohl liner 🙂

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      August 4, 2016
      • I shall google that one, I just thought she was lovely Jersey (I have a gorgeous one for a while). I too love their eyes.

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        August 5, 2016
      • I could quite happily write a book of cows …. I like be them. When I first moved to the area I thought they were Jerseys too – very jealous that you had one … They are beauteous! 🐂

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        August 5, 2016
      • I actually had 2, but one was much nicer than the other, and had the biggest udder ever, which made it hard to milk on a wet, muddy morning 🙂

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        August 6, 2016
      • I wish I could draw pictures because that creates a very humorous image in my mind!

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        August 6, 2016
      • yes, she had “dragging on the ground” teats (well, maybe a cm or two off the ground, but very close).

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        August 7, 2016
  6. Hope your doing well!! So glad to see these posts!

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    August 4, 2016
  7. It is always interesting to hear of different countries and yet, as I am sure when you were with your Mom and sisters: there is no place like home. ❤

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    September 16, 2016
    • Very true and I still insist mummy makes the best scrambled eggs, cakes and Sunday roasts in the world 😊

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      September 16, 2016
      • Oh, she is a special Mum and no one could replace her. ❤ Mom's cooking was also my favorite, Fiona. 🙂

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        September 17, 2016

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