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IMG_2218My name, and it is my given name, is Osyth. One day I’ll bore you with the story. Not today though. Today is an explanation of where I’ve sprung from. Leonard Cohen has a wonderful line (it’s in ‘So Long Marianne’) – he says ‘Oh you are such a pretty one – I see you’ve gone and changed your name again!’ Well when I am rich and famous, doubtless people will trawl around and find I’ve had lots of names but Osyth has always been constant. Though she was the shy one hiding in the shadows. Now she is taking tentative steps into the light. I like the light. I have written for as long as I can remember and for almost as long people have said ‘you really should write’ – so here I am revealing my hand, taking petits pas and rather enjoying the feeling.

I am English born though I have blood from each stripe of The Union Jack plus a dollop of French from my ancestors who crossed with Guillaume (le Conquerant for the avoidance of doubt – that William indeed) in 1066 and as rumour has it, and I care to cling to, a smattering of Guyanan slave blood too. That I was born in England does not make me English you see. I have moved around the place so often that it was impossible for me to put down roots. Unkind observers said I was running away. Perhaps I was but I do think that to run away you have to be running FROM something and I never quite worked out what that was. There are stories and stories and stories and I will share them if you will listen. For now all you need to know is that I moved to Le Cantal, one of the least populated departments in France, indeed one of the least populated areas of Europe,  in late September 2013,  and that daily I am discovering the beauty of the place and the people and I will share it, if you would like, with you. The thing is this.  I am taking root.

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  1. If that was the first page of a book, you would have me hooked 🙂

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    March 14, 2014
    • Thank you Lynda … I really appreciate that! 🙂

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      March 14, 2014
  2. Hi Osyth, found my way here via Jenny at http://readsbyredriverbanks.wordpress.com/. So glad to benefit from her excellent taste! Love the writing and love the photos. (I’m with you on avoiding stock photos – let’s here it for authenticity!) I’m looking forward to reading more of your work. I love France, too, so finding this blog is a real treat for me. Looking forward to following you!
    Aileen

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    December 1, 2014
    • Aileen, hi to you and I am so sorry – I realised just now I had not approved your comment which was pure oversight … thank you so much and I look forward to following along with you! Bonjournee a vous 🙂

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      December 9, 2014
  3. No problem, Osyth. Hard to keep up with everything!

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    December 9, 2014
    • If you’re entirely discursive and chaotic it certainly is Aileen 😉

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      December 9, 2014
  4. Hi Osyth! Thank you for your “like”! I am now following your blog and look forward to reading about your discoveries as you “re-root” in France. I haven’t travelled much and love learning more about the world; I am sure you will be a wonderful guide!

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    March 21, 2015
    • Hey Mrs Felicity, or Mrs LowCountry …. I just took a look at who you are and what you are doing and instantly pressed follow too …. definitely my sort of place and your Frog was just so intoxicingly fresh and sweet and I wanted to stroke his little head right then and there! I hope you enjoy my journey, I am sure I will enjoy yours – bienvenue!

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      March 21, 2015
  5. Very lovely intro.! I haven’t seen you for awhile!

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    August 7, 2015
    • I have come to England for my daughters wedding in two weeks and the past week has been hectic to say the least … I hope to get back to writing and reading now that I have sorted most things 🙂

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      August 7, 2015
  6. Hi Osyth! Landed here through Lynn’s blog and looking forward to exploring! I love the slide-show banner, brilliant idea.

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    December 26, 2015
    • Hi there and thank you for the follow …. Lynn is uber awesome and I live her … When I’m out of my festive bubble I’ll take a wander round yours and I’m sure you will have a new follow me follow too!

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      December 26, 2015
  7. What a great About page…so interesting! Like you, I have stripes from different parts of the Union Jack, but not Scotland in my case. I also followed the link from Lynn’s post and from what I can see, she’s right to love your blog. Your writing is certainly entertaining, with a nice touch of humour that always appeals. 🙂

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    December 28, 2015
    • Thank you so much! No Scotch (stet mispronounciation which really irritates those from Scotshire) is acceptable …. Lynn is frankly brilliant and I am very humbled that you are enjoying my scribblings … btw I am on the move at the moment so will take a look at yours when I touch base in a couple of days. Because I am sure it will be more valuable than my tripe 😉

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      December 28, 2015
      • I’ve just read about your flights to New York etc. on Lynn’s blog, so I quite understand! 🙂

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        December 28, 2015
      • Life’s a bit of blinking nightmare at the moment but soon to be calm and then there will be more blogging and more reading and more commenting – I so look forward to interacting with you too 🙂

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        December 28, 2015
      • Blinking nightmare’s one of my favourite sayings! I have a lot of them, too.

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        December 28, 2015
  8. I have a smattering of (North) African and Alsacian – we could be cousins!!

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    January 2, 2016
    • Now that is a fabulous mix and a culinary delight too I’ll bet 🙂

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      January 3, 2016
  9. It was once a culinary delight and a Turkish colleague of my husband’s almost cried over my stuffed peppers that reminded him of his mother’s. Something happened when I got slim and I stopped cooking. Silver linings!

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    January 4, 2016
  10. Thank you for liking my post and I enjoy following your petits pas. Especially after reading about your connection to William. Turns out that on my maternal grandmother’s side we go back to the same William. She was a Vernon. I have some vague recollection that we came from the illegitimate side….. I would think we had quite a bit of company! I don’t think it was talked about a lot 😉

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    January 7, 2016
    • How interesting …. I think there was quite a bit of activity on the wrong side of the bed 😉

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      January 7, 2016
  11. That’s a wonderful introduction, Osyth! You have a lovely blog and your writing is mesmerizing. Following you to read more 🙂

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    January 12, 2016
    • That is very kind 🙂 Welcome and I hope not to disappoint 😉

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      January 12, 2016
  12. Today I will listen when you write and I will see thru your visions of the past, present and future. Please forgive me for any loss of attentiveness, because I am struggling to move from this current state of affairs to my future. JANE

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    January 28, 2016
  13. At one time I ran from expectations. It required me to continue living the life of others, keeping my desired paths on a never ending holding pattern. I never found out why. Maybe that’s for the best.

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    April 21, 2016
  14. Love this. great stuff, am looking forward to ” digging in ” and reading more.
    One thing.. on your Telegraph days , did you know Simon O’Dwyer Russell?

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    June 15, 2016
    • I’m happy to please. Yes, I knew Simon. He died and I was very very sad … we lost too many of the real journalists but given the amount they drank in the Cheshire Cheese I suppose we should not be surprised. Long may they ride wherever they landed 😀

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      June 15, 2016
      • Yes, tragic re Simon. Too, too young. Anyway your life sounds very exciting now. Lots of different places you visit. Am looking forward to catching up. thank you

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        June 15, 2016
      • Thank you for finding me and I hope you will enjoy the ride. Those ghosts of Fleet Street permeate my words daily. Funny. The way it is.

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        June 15, 2016
  15. Your writing is quite captivating. Oh, and I read the entire post in a British accent because I imagine you have one. 🙂

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    September 25, 2016
    • Oh, thank you, Kiki! That is very kind. And yes, a particularly English accent …. Even my English friends tease me and ask if I’ve got Royalty in the closet …. I don’t!

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      September 25, 2016
  16. Hi Osyth, it’s great to know about you. I really loved the way you write…the words come so effortlessly. Also, I’ve a weakness for Cohen…his voice and the melancholy in most of his songs… 🙂 glad I landed here…thanks to Terry for connecting us… 🙂

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    September 29, 2016
  17. What an interesting name, about page and story. Add to the fact that I love the countryside and small towns/villages of France and England and I’m hooked and interested in hearing some of your stories…:)

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    November 21, 2016
    • Thank you …. and welcome, I hope not to disappoint! My name is actually my middle name and there is a story (of course) which I will share some time. It is pronounced with a long Oa as in Oaf rather than a short O as in Odd.

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      November 22, 2016
      • I’m sure I won’t be disappointed and I look forward to hearing the story of your name..:)

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        November 22, 2016
  18. I see we have some things in common. I moved to Spain 2 years ago all the way from Canada. I look forward to reading about your life in France. Best of luck with your books.

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    February 15, 2017
    • Darlene, how kind you are to take the time to read and comment and to be kind enough to follow me. I will certainly visit your blog in the next few days having very much enjoyed the post I read earlier. Moving to another country is an adventure, for sure and I will certainly be interested in yours …. Spain nearly had me and my four daughters when they were all aged under 10 and I was a newly single parent. I often wonder how it would have turned out! Canada is all for me to discover though I did wave at it last September when staying in Vermont! France is really my home now but the world is in such a stew that I may actually find myself relocated to the US permanently as my husband is a citizen and has worked there for 28 years — it is, as they say, complicated …. à bientôt and I look forward to riding along with you

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      February 15, 2017
    • I almost moved to Spain when my daughters were all under 10 and I was newly a single parent. I often wonder how different their upbringing would have been. I am delighted that you have taken the time to stop by and comment and to flatter me by following my blog. I will take some time out in the next couple of days to explore new followers properly and I have a hunch I will be following you too! Moving to a new country is certainly an adventure and I look forward to finding out more about yours! A bientôt and bon journée a vous 😊

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      February 15, 2017
  19. I like your style! I am glad I met you,
    Dolly

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    March 17, 2017
  20. Now, that is one of the most beautiful and engaging introductions I have read across blogs!! Osyth, blessed are the people who have you in life 🙂 I’m glad we could connect via virtual world.

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    April 4, 2017
  21. Ali #

    I have enjoyed your comments on other blogs….so I decided to investigate…
    Ali

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    April 7, 2017
    • Well my goodness … how lovely! Thank you for taking the time to investigate and to leave a comment and I do hope you will drop in again. It would be lovely to welcome you to my little half-baked paradise!

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      April 7, 2017
  22. Sounds like you have quite the interesting mind, Osyth. 🙂
    Which part of England do you come from? I was born in Sheffield, but now I’m in York.
    Kindness – Robert.

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    April 28, 2017
    • Robert, I believe all minds are interesting 😉 I’m from Oxford but these days I live in Grenoble. York is gorgeous – I could envy you 😊

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      May 1, 2017
      • True that. There is interest in all things, if only we can find it. 🙂
        Hope Grenoble is treating you well.
        Kindness – Robert.

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        May 1, 2017
  23. The nomad taking roots is something I completely understand. I love your writing style and I’m looking forward to following your progress in what is, for you and I, uncharted territory.

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    June 16, 2017
  24. This is a great introduction and I am very pleased to meet you.

    Like you, when asked where I am from, I can only give the closest approximation which is “Planet Earth.”

    I have been very lucky to have travelled to around eighty countries in my life. I have lived in some, worked in some, stopped over in some and even run away in some. It is true: as a teenager, I was a serial runner-awayer. This meant that I learned more outside of school than I ever did inside.

    If you want to hear more, you could read my “About” page and browse through my “Titbits” page on my blog, which consist a number of very short pieces guaranteed to make you chuckle out loud.

    I shall explore more of your blog when time permits. It looks very interesting, and so do you!

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    June 26, 2017
    • Pleased to ‘meet’ you Lance and thank you for being brave enough to follow. I will take a look at your blog in the next few days but it certainly appears that you have a kindred heart beating!

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      June 26, 2017
  25. Hey Osyth, it’s very nice to meet you, I’m very glad we found each other. I very much like the way you write, you help me with my English and I can help you with your French. Bises 🙂

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    August 13, 2017
    • Deal! This makes me very happy …. my French is in dire need of help *vache espagnole* 😉

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      August 13, 2017

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