November 12, 2009

We never stopped talking!

Yesterday was American Day here at my house. Thanks to my blog, and the persistance of a couple of women here in the Loiret, four of us got together yesterday for lunch and for a long chat about life in France.

I posted a couple of weeks ago about meeting Mme. T., who lives nearby here. You can read that post here.

In late September, I also received an email from Kristi (above left). She lives about 60 kms. from here. We had tried to meet once but missed connections. This time she came to my house bringing with her a lovely lady, Rosie (center), who also lives near Kristi. Mme. T. is above on the right.

Rosie has been in France since 1981, giving her the doyenne status. Kristi and I arrived at about the same time, her in 1988 and me in 1989. Mme. T. is the new kid having arrived just 2 years ago.

It was so much fun to talk and talk and talk all afternoon long. The minute I opened the front door, we started jabbering non-stop until the time everyone had to go. I haven't talked that much English in years!!!!

Me (making a face), Rosie and Mme. T.

Lunch was nice if I do say so myself. I made a nice verrine, a pork roast, a sweet potato casserole and cheese. Mme. T bought a deliciously obscene chocolate cake that the pâtissière called a "brownie".

What I found most interesting was the resemblance of our stories and about how we wound up in France and especially, why we decided to make France our homes. It was also nice to hear that I wasn't alone with many of my perceptions about French life.

Both Kristi and Rosie own and run Chambres d'Hôtes or bed and breakfast inns. Kristi's can be seen here. Rosie's can be visited here.


Jo said...

Hi Dedene, how super to have met up with these ladies. I bet you all had a wonderful afternoon. You may have seen Lynda's blog today - she and I met up again last Saturday for tea and a L O N G chat.

poppy fields said...

That's my dream job...a B and B.

Mr. Condescending said...

Aw that did sound like a great time :)

Flo said...

It is so nice that you have been able to find other expats like you, now you can practice your english, lol!

Lori Skoog said...

What an opportunity, to meet these people that you have so much in common with. I looked at their
B & Bs...beautiful!

It would be so nice to meet some of my blogging friends. By the way, we have some friends who live in and outside of Paris.

Barbara said...

Hi again Dedene,

Good for you ladies ! I can't say how much GOOD it is to have my expat friends nearby and to spend time together !! It gives you a boost to speak English too.

Well done :)

Oh My Goddess said...

That must have been fun!!

You are a blonde?

I am going to check out their sites, one day I may just end up in the area!

ladybird said...

Dedene, What a nice 'get together'. I had no idea that there were so many Americans living in France!
BTW, I didn't recognize you in the picture. You've changed your 'look', haven't you? I've always imagined you as a 'redhead' ;) Martine

claude said...

Hello Dedene !
Can I write in french on your blog ?

Dedene said...

Jo, I'm so glad you got to see Lynda.

Poppy, It's always a possibility!

Mr. C., yeah we did have fun.

Flo, I did need practice speaking English. I've forgotten too much vocabulary.

Lori, It is always a thrill and surprise to meet people in the flesh.

Barb, Thanks for dropping in!

OMG, No, I'm not a real blonde! The hairdresser got a little crazy with the streaks the last time I went.

Ladybird, my read hair is more auburn, now it's a mess.

Claude, je t'en prie! Ecris comme tu veux! Avec plaisir.

Flo ♪ said...

Juste un petit bonjour de passage bonne journée

☼ FRANCE ☼ said...

Bonsoir je ne peux pas trop lire vos texte je suis dsl

claude said...

Bonjour Dedene,
Et c'est comment la vie en France, pour une Américaine, moi qui aimerait vivre en Amérique.
C'est sympathique les réunions d'amis du web.
Je connais virtuellement Marie Reed, une Américaine qui vit à St-Fargeau.
Il y a deux ans, je suis allée à Paris rencontrer trois amis blogueurs et en septembre 2008, nous avons reçu chez nous et au travail de mon Chéri un coupe d'Australiens.
Une Française qui vit aux States m'a fait parvenir des petits torchons de Noël suite à mon post en marge également sur mon blog.
Je ferai un autre post sur les torchons de Vagabonde.
Une autre française qui vit au Québec a vécu dans mon département et une autre Sarthoise d'origine, Perrine39, et qui a vécu dans le village à côté du mien vit maintenant dans le Jura.
Si tu veux voir ce que fait mon Chéri, comme travail, click sur le lien en marge droite de mon blog : sur le blog du boulot.

Sharon McPherson: AUTHOR / ARTIST said...

Your little huddle is growing ... this time next year - who knows? lol

Ye, it must have been weird spending a whole afternoon speaking English.

Ahh, that chocolate 'Brownie' ... mmm. :)

Berowne said...

>> Flo, I did need practice speaking English. I've forgotten too much vocabulary. <<

I know what you mean. After one of my stays in France, back in the Stytes, I went to a drugstore to buy some -- what?

I was embarrassed to realize that I couldn't remember how to say it in English. After all, it was a very unusual product -- it was "toothpaste." :-)

I couldn't see myself going up to a clerk to ask where the dentifrice was, but that was the only word I could think of at the time.

Betty C. said...

Isn't it fun to meet up -- I think you said that on my blog! Sounds like a great afternoon.

French Fancy said...

How lovely to have found some kindred spirits that you can now have regular meets with.I wish I could find some Londoners that are in Brittany - there is nothing like finding people with the same cultural references and background - for all that the French are interesting (and lots of other words) said...

OK, I admit it -- entre nous -- I'm jealous.

I'm also very happy for you, all of you.


Jan said...

How nice for you to get together. I'm sure that was fun for all of you. Nothing like the company of friends!

Jess said...


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The Duchess said...

How fun! Sounds like you guys had a great afternoon!

L.R. M-J said...

YakketyYak is fab! Unfortunately my good friend Amy is too far away for frequent get togethers, I rue the distance b/c we talk non-stop when the occasions do arise & it is a relief to find out my complaints aren't just me! But I do say hip hip hurrah for the bloggy world, as I wouldn't have met her and who else might just be out there, one day, some day, just around the corner-a distance capable of giving us an English outlet :)

Shanster said...

Oh how perfectly lovely!! I love down time with the gals!

diane said...

I'm so happy for you, and I can certainly relate to speaking in English (or American) while living in France.

Owen said...

Hi Dedene... sounds like "The Music Never Stopped"...

Lulu LaBonne said...

Sounds like a great party - was it a practise-run for thanksgiving?

Jenners said...

What a lovely gift that blogging gave you! I'm sure this was a wonderful meeting for everyone and gave you all a little "taste" of "home." Plus the meal sounds pretty good too.

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