We’ve reached the end of January and finally seen the back of the Galette des Rois. This more or less passed me by last year, but the start of 2017 has been a veritable frangipane feast. I have sampled not one but four versions of the traditional dessert in honor of the Epiphany, a sort of tart made from flaky pastry and filled with almond paste. Continue reading
The day after I returned from the September conference in the South of France, the postman arrived with the long-awaited signed-for letter from the speech therapy commission. I ripped it open in trembling anticipation, imagining that some minor – or major – error might have invalidated my entire dossier. Continue reading
I’m writing this in the TGV from Marseille to Paris, travelling at a mind-boggling 300km/hr. Someone on the train has just managed to hijack the loudspeaker system and inform passengers that ‘due to a problem with the air conditioning, the buffet bar will be free of charge for the next half an hour’. Continue reading
The end of August is here, which means that la rentrée is imminent. This term, which literally means ‘the return’, is mainly used to refer to the start of the school or academic year, and features heavily on TV ads from at least mid-August. But la rentrée isn’t just about school; since a number of people take a whole month’s holiday off in August, so it can also mean going back to work after the long break. Continue reading
After my brief spell as a couch potato, I was fully prepared to get on with the business of hunting for speech therapy placements in the 5 areas I had been allocated (see Part 1). A few weeks before the accident, I’d sent out 6 letters to the 6 nearest places registered to offer placements for the equivalence… Continue reading
While life has been somewhat on hold, favouring supine activities, I’ve been writing some lists. A recent episode of La Grande Librairie on France 5 asked a handful of authors to come up with books to pack for the summer holidays, which got me thinking about what I should be reading. Then, the other day, I discovered a new blogger called Franglaise Mummy who set herself the challenge of reading 52 books in a year. I don’t feel the need to take that on, but it made me think that writing a proper list of books to read might get me reading more… Continue reading
And so my piece of investigative journalism into the French medical system continues with two visits to the généraliste and one to the pharmacy to stock up on supplies. This was how the week went: Continue reading
One of my six month objectives was getting my Carte Vitale, which finally arrived this week, 8 months after becoming eligible as an autoentrepreneur. I was amused that after weeks of chasing and a letter in March informing me that ‘les délais peuvent être longs’, when I did receive the form requesting a photo, I had a total of 14 DAYS to respond, or risk forfeiting the card altogether!!
At any rate, what I least expected was needing to make use of it quite so soon… Continue reading
Spring is definitely sprung here: the signs to be seen are all around, from the bank of daffodils bordering the new path round the hippodrome, to the blossom on the Norwegian maple trees outside our 3rd floor windows. I’ve seen some of these things before as a visitor, it’s true – in fact I’ve spent 3 out of the last 4 Easter weekends in Saint Cloud, but I don’t think I was appreciated how beautiful spring is here until my first season as a local. Continue reading
Over 3 months after having sent in my speech therapy dossier for consideration by the examining committee for foreign qualifications, result day finally arrived!