petite anglaise

September 9, 2006

one more thing…

Filed under: misc, Tadpole sings — petiteanglaiseparis @ 10:16 am

Something tells me 34 is going to be the perfect age…


  1. Oooh! Hippo Bathday Petite! Have a wonderful day!

    Comment by deeleea — September 9, 2006 @ 10:27 am

  2. Happy Birthday Petite. Have a great day you spring chicken you.

    Comment by Greg — September 9, 2006 @ 10:30 am

  3. Happy birthday! I think you’re right about 34. With a singer like that to start it off, what more can you ask for?

    Comment by BlondebutBright — September 9, 2006 @ 10:46 am

  4. Welcome to my age… Somehow, doesn’t turing 34 feel better than turning 30? Could it be we’ve grown comfortable with the prefix “3”? Well, at least that was the case for me. Happy birthday!

    Comment by Sam — September 9, 2006 @ 10:51 am

  5. Aww what a great way to start a special day.

    Happy Birthday !

    Comment by Mark — September 9, 2006 @ 10:56 am

  6. Hello,
    yes it’s perfect as 30, 25, 20 ;-) happy birthday!
    remember the woman are like wine ….
    take care

    mr P.

    Comment by mr P. — September 9, 2006 @ 10:58 am

  7. How can you miss with a start like that! Happy Birthday Petite!!

    Comment by Peggy — September 9, 2006 @ 11:02 am

  8. Ah she’s too cute! And now that she goes to school, you’ll get hand made presents for mother’s day and everything!
    Joyeux anniversaire.

    Comment by pardonmyfrench — September 9, 2006 @ 11:16 am

  9. Happy Birthday, Petite! I can’t wait to hear Tadpole’s rendition of Happy Birthday when I get sound on my computer. By the way, thanks to Andrew, Adam and Jezzie for the advice on how to go about it, it’s much appreciated and I hope to get it sorted today. I’m wondering if Tadpole is singing in English or French. Hope you have a wonderful day.

    Comment by Susannah — September 9, 2006 @ 11:34 am

  10. Alors, Joyeux Anniversaire!

    Comment by Loxias — September 9, 2006 @ 12:09 pm

  11. Bonne Anniversaire!

    And that singing was the cutest thing I’ve heard ALL DAY. Okay, it’s only 11am, but it’s still pretty damn cute. I doubt much will top that today.

    Comment by Liam — September 9, 2006 @ 12:11 pm

  12. That is so sweet :)

    I am turning 24 next week and I will faraway from my roots… Being an “expat” is not always a good thing.

    Happy birthday from pope city (sic)

    Comment by Pierre — September 9, 2006 @ 12:12 pm

  13. It’s sooooo cute :)
    Happy birthday!!

    Comment by Far and Beyond — September 9, 2006 @ 12:15 pm

  14. Ooooooooh! Bon. um. chance?

    No, hang on, I think you may *have* enough luck already


    happy birthday, love.

    Comment by anna — September 9, 2006 @ 12:20 pm


    Tadpole is SO cute.

    Comment by Banana — September 9, 2006 @ 12:27 pm

  16. Happy Birthday Petite!

    You and I were born in the same month…….in the same year! I hope 34 brings you (and me too later this month) all that you hope and wish for!

    Comment by Kasey — September 9, 2006 @ 12:42 pm

  17. petite, great soundtrack — Tadpole is to be congratulated.

    34 is a good year, as is 35 and 36 … in fact everything up to about 40!

    Comment by Lost in France — September 9, 2006 @ 12:46 pm

  18. Happy birthday!

    The soundtrack is almost unbearably cute.

    Hope it’s a good year.

    Comment by Claire — September 9, 2006 @ 1:28 pm

  19. Lost in France – I beg to differ….40 is great!

    Happy Birthday Petite.

    Comment by Geena — September 9, 2006 @ 1:30 pm

  20. Bon anniversaire Petite, mes voeux les plus sincères.

    Tadpole est trop mignonne, pur sucre.

    Comment by 4 roses — September 9, 2006 @ 1:34 pm

  21. That is the cutest thing I’ve ever heard in my whole life. Happy birthday, Petite!

    Comment by lapagefrancaise — September 9, 2006 @ 1:55 pm

  22. Don’t say that. The best age is when they can dialogue alot- without dismissing you as a has been. This age is fab though.

    Comment by fjl — September 9, 2006 @ 2:36 pm


    Comment by fjl — September 9, 2006 @ 2:37 pm

  24. Buon Compleanno !!!

    Comment by Eric — September 9, 2006 @ 3:05 pm

  25. Joyeuse Anniversaire to you, too! What a lovely gift from Tadpole (she even carried the tune pretty well, I think!)

    Hey, I hope to have an opportunity to meet up with you some time soon — I’m finally doing it: moving to Paris in early November! I’ve got an apartment all set, my tickets are booked, and two months from today, I fly out! At 45 I’m finally living the dream at last.

    Hope your birthday is amazing and joy-filled.

    Comment by The Bold Soul — September 9, 2006 @ 3:21 pm

  26. Happy Birthday Miss Petite

    Comment by andre — September 9, 2006 @ 4:17 pm

  27. Congrats Bold Soul on starting your new life, and congrats Petite on your anniversaire. Virgo’s are special people because they see everything about life in vivid color and detail, both the good and imperfect, and usually they’re right on the money.

    Comment by Sam — September 9, 2006 @ 4:24 pm

  28. Dear Petite
    After enjoying your interview on Radio 4 last week, I thought I would look you up. Happy birthday from someone who, a mere 5 days ago, turned 30. I’m glad to hear it’s not all downhill from here. What a fine singer tadpole is! Get her to music lessons asap …

    Comment by Emma — September 9, 2006 @ 4:27 pm

  29. With all you have been through in the last 6 months or so, you deserve a happy birthday…… go out and celebrate properly!

    Now, what present did Tadpole get you??? Hmmm????

    Comment by Dave of the Lake — September 9, 2006 @ 4:42 pm

  30. Awww that’s adorable
    Happy Birthday!

    Comment by flechesbleues — September 9, 2006 @ 4:54 pm

  31. Happy sunny B’day : )
    Did I detected a little english accent in the “joyeux anniversaire maman”!?

    Enjoy, enjoy

    Comment by Annelolotte — September 9, 2006 @ 6:16 pm

  32. – and Happy Birthday from me too – but I couldn’t sing it as beautifully as Tadpole!

    Comment by Sablonneuse — September 9, 2006 @ 6:22 pm

  33. Breithlá shona duit! That’s happy birthday in Irish!

    Comment by Vanessa — September 9, 2006 @ 7:21 pm

  34. Petite,

    Happy Birthday. Tadpole has many talents and singing is definitely one of them. Too adorable. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    Comment by Diane — September 9, 2006 @ 7:30 pm

  35. Saturday birthdays always lead to fabulous years =) Happy birthday, I hope you have a wonderful day!

    Comment by emily — September 9, 2006 @ 7:37 pm

  36. Thirty-four is the perfect age for a woman to be.

    It was the age of my first wife (when I met her); my first mistress (when I mer her); and it’s the age of my lovely live-in partner.

    An all-round good age to be a women!

    Happy B-day (go on, saying that aloud).

    Comment by Andrew — September 9, 2006 @ 8:31 pm

  37. 34 was a perfect age, but they seem to keep getting better.

    Bon anniversaire.

    (I hope that’s right)

    Comment by Mad William — September 9, 2006 @ 8:35 pm

  38. Happy BIRTHDAY!! Tadpole is SUCH a cute singer! How long does it take you to get her to sing into whatever you recorded her on? Or does she just do it willingly?

    Comment by Whisper — September 9, 2006 @ 9:23 pm

  39. Happy Birthday !

    Comment by AA — September 9, 2006 @ 9:34 pm

  40. Hope you had a great day! The rendition of Happy Birthday was very touching (and showed more talent for singing in tune than most of the participants in this year’s “Star Academy”)

    Comment by Barry — September 9, 2006 @ 10:00 pm

  41. Cute cute cute! Happy birthday!

    Comment by lilacstripe — September 9, 2006 @ 10:44 pm

  42. Ahh, Tadpole’s singing is so lovely. I’ve just listened to your Radio 4 interview, Petite, and found it very interesting. I now realise why I like your blog so much, you’re obviously a very unassuming sort of person and I thought the interview was full of insightful things about the nature of blogging…it was delightful.

    Did I detect a very slight Northern twang in your voice?

    Comment by Susannah — September 9, 2006 @ 11:56 pm

  43. Happy Birthday!

    Many great and sweet moments for this new year!

    And thanks for your blog,


    Tadpole is indeed sooooo cute!

    Comment by Adrienhb — September 10, 2006 @ 2:18 am

  44. Aww, that was so cute. Please, more singing Tadpole!

    Comment by Sali — September 10, 2006 @ 2:55 am

  45. That is so cute!

    Comment by Julie — September 10, 2006 @ 3:01 am

  46. So, petite anglaise, you are:

    Rats are both charming and aggressive. They appear calm and well balanced on the surface,but underneath, they are restless and a little nervous. Rats are compatible,hard working, and they know how to hang on to a penny. They are never without admirers. They are very appealing. They have a bright and happy personality,and this keeps them busy socially.They love parties and other large gatherings. They like belonging to exclusive clubs and will often have a close circle of fellow conspirators. They like involvement and are very outgoing. Rats cherish friends and loved ones. For this reason,they often get entangled with others’problems and lives.

    Rats love money and are quite shrewd where a buck is concerned. It is a hard task to separate Rats from their money. However, Rats can be very generous when their loved ones are concerned. Relatives are always welcome. Rats are definitely clannish and clever. With all these people around, Rats always find tasks for them to earn their keep. People will be put to work quickly in the Rat’s house. Rats know how to keep a secret, if it’s their own, but they are adept at finding out what others try to keep to themselves, and Rats wouldn’t be above using the information if it were to their benefit.

    One can always tell when Rats are upset. They become edgy,very nervous, and quite nagging. Rats are always taken by a bargain. They often buy things they don’t need and tend to save everything. Souvenirs and sentimental odds and ends are found tucked away everywhere.

    Since they make it a point to know everything about everybody, Rats are excellent writers. They have a good memory and are extremely inquisitive. Rats can be successful in almost everything they try to do. They easily adapt themselves to the situation at hand. They are at their best during any crisis and are great problem solvers. Rats are very level headed and are also very alert. Their intuition is strong and are always on the lookout for opportunities to better themselves. Rats seldom get into jams they can’t escape since they cover themselves well in advance. They have a built in alarm system.

    One of the Rat’s biggest fault is that they try to do too much at once. They often scatter their energies and get nothing accomplished. Once they learn to finish what they have started,there is no stopping them from being successful. The Rat must also watch those fast deals and those great bargains. In these areas their judgment may fail them. They must not become too greedy,or they will suffer a financial blow or two.

    Rats have great respect for their parents and dote on their own children. They love their home. Family life is very important to them. Rats born during the evening are tempted to a more hectic life than those born during the day.

    Rats learn early, quickly, and are avid readers. They know how to express themselves well-both written and orally. Given the slightest chance, Rats can make a success of their lives…(See! You will succeed!)

    All that to wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! :)

    {{{friendly hug}}}

    Comment by Karma — September 10, 2006 @ 5:09 am

  47. Thanks for answering my question – you’ll be living off tadpole’s earnings, rather than your royalties. {Don’t know how to insert smiley here :-)}
    Joyeux Anniversaire, Happy Birthday, Zum Geburtstag viel Gluck, Compleanos Feliz, Poublee Harpith ED (welsh I think, written phonetically) The list would go on but it’s my kids who know it in Persian and in Arabic, and they’re not out of bed yet.
    To start a new thread, what did you get for your Birthday, and what’s the best/worst present you’ve ever got?
    My worst year was an iron AND face cream. Still live with the git who gave me them, but he has since been reprogrammed! Best year was a trip down under to go to a family wedding.

    Comment by j — September 10, 2006 @ 7:41 am

  48. Ohhh, Joyeux Anniversaire, Petite!

    Comment by Sophie — September 10, 2006 @ 8:40 am

  49. Hello Petite,
    Happy birthday (for yesterday!)
    I have been reading your blog for more than a year now and love your writing style.
    34 … (same as me) … is an age, and just like all the other 33 we’ve had, a good one. As an expat (I’m in Germany), the comparison is always interesting… Most of all it’s good to escape into somebody else’s life on a Sunday morning.
    Alas, the sun is shining here, so I’m now going to make the most of it and turn off my PC.
    Please keep writing.

    Comment by LaiLou — September 10, 2006 @ 11:47 am

  50. Happy Birthday. You are a Virgo, like me.

    Comment by stressqueen — September 10, 2006 @ 12:25 pm

  51. Bonjour petite
    Joyeux anniversaire de la part d’une froggy installée en Angleterre !
    I can’t help drawing a parallel between your Tadpole and my daughter: she also turned 3 this year, starts “l’école maternelle” (well, “nursery school” to be correct) in 10 days and similarly enjoys scaring people off with her “crotte de nez” move… The only difference is that she normally sings Happy Birthday in English with an… interesting South-London accent ;-)
    All the best

    Comment by albie — September 10, 2006 @ 12:28 pm

  52. Yaxlich would like to wish petite a very happy birthday :)

    Comment by Yaxlich — September 10, 2006 @ 12:47 pm

  53. This recording is absolutely A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E. Joyeux Anniversaire!

    Comment by V — September 10, 2006 @ 2:13 pm

  54. La Breitha Faoi shona duit (Happy Birthday in Irish – my crowd)

    Zorionak (Happy Birthday in Baque – my husband’s lot)

    Feliz Compleanos ( in Spanish – my mother in laws gang )

    Bonne anniversaire (in French – where we live)

    hasssssie buuuurthhdaiiiiiiieee (Happy Birthday in drunken speak after too many Irish coffee’s – definitely my lot again!)

    Hope you have many more!

    Comment by Lisa — September 10, 2006 @ 2:18 pm

  55. Happy birthday,
    34 is okay :-)

    Comment by alcessa — September 10, 2006 @ 2:29 pm

  56. Bon anniversaire PA

    I had my first tadpole 34 years ago when I was 34. Rachel is now 32 and presented me with my second grandtadopole 3 weeks ago. So, life in the pond goes on and on. Make the most of it. Life’s never the same when it’s all gone. By the way I brought my tadpoles up on my own. It can be done! Bises, Carole from Kent.

    Comment by Carole — September 10, 2006 @ 3:52 pm

  57. According to The Observer this is one of the wave of female sex blogs; I’m not sure the journalist has read many posts!

    Comment by martin — September 10, 2006 @ 4:14 pm

  58. Happy birthday! Thirty-four is a great age. And don’t be afraid of getting older. The forties are actually much more relaxed and fun than the thirties!

    Comment by Sedulia — September 10, 2006 @ 4:22 pm

  59. I am looking this blog because I read femme actuelle mdr

    Comment by Barbara — September 10, 2006 @ 5:03 pm

  60. Hi Petite,

    Wishing you a day late Happy Birthday! You are not getting older, just smarter and better looking. Best wishes to the multi-talented singing Tadpole.

    Comment by John K — September 10, 2006 @ 5:59 pm

  61. Amazing! We’re a day apart in age. Happy Birthday to you, Petite. Thanks for sharing Tadpole’s tribute.

    Comment by Becky — September 10, 2006 @ 6:41 pm

  62. I’m in “Femme Actuelle”? Dis-moi que c’est pas vrai…

    In the issue which has as it’s cover headline “les confitures, c’est pas sorcier?”


    Comment by petite — September 10, 2006 @ 7:12 pm

  63. Happy Birthday to you
    Squashed tomato & stew
    Bread & butter in the gutter
    Happy birthday to you

    John N (just over 24 months older) :)

    Comment by John N — September 10, 2006 @ 8:04 pm

  64. Better to be in “Femme Actuelle” and be 34, than read “Femme Actuelle” and be 64!
    (joking, I don’t even know how to add a smiley – I’m getting old).

    Comment by 4 roses — September 10, 2006 @ 8:14 pm

  65. I agree about femme actuelle, pretty dubious honour. Happy Birthday anyway…
    Kate (36, tadpole of 5)

    Comment by Kate — September 10, 2006 @ 10:20 pm

  66. I’m a couple days late, but I wanted to chime in with my belated birthday wishes too! I know I don’t comment often, but I enjoy every blog entry… from beginning to end.

    Thank you for bringing us great reading pleasure, and bringing us back for more!

    And the happiest of years for you, with many, many good things to be had as the months go by! :)

    Comment by Always Ace — September 11, 2006 @ 12:05 pm

  67. I, too celebrated my birthday on Saturday – 32 this year, so not far behind you. ;)

    Don’t you love having a birthday in September? The weather is just beginning to tilt into fall; the sunshine fading just a little, the nights turning chilly. And (if we’re lucky) the birthday money can be spent on a snuggly sweater in anticipation of the cool days ahead.

    happy birthday, petite!

    Comment by carrie — September 11, 2006 @ 2:03 pm

  68. that made no sense at all.

    how much had that child had to drink?

    i’d sit it down and have a word with it, if i were you. which i’m not. so i won’t.

    Comment by Saltation — September 11, 2006 @ 3:03 pm

  69. Bon anniversaire, petite!

    Making it into Femme Actuelle AND giving birth to a gifted singer, all that by age 34. That’s some accomplishment. Félicitations!

    Comment by ontario frog — September 11, 2006 @ 3:21 pm

  70. That has got to be the cutest thing EVER!! Happy birthday!

    Comment by Jenny — September 11, 2006 @ 10:05 pm

  71. Happy birthday. But: 35 will be even better!

    Comment by Siegfried — September 12, 2006 @ 7:39 am

  72. Penblwydd Hapus, Petite.

    For my birthday last month (42, jury still out on the forties for me) the Mr Jayne could only persuade my boys to honour me with the Madagascar version.

    Happy Birthday To You,
    You Live in a Zoo,
    You look like a monkey
    And you smell like one too.

    Lucky You

    Comment by Jayne — September 12, 2006 @ 9:52 am

  73. Aaaah I’m Late! Belated Happy Birthday Petite!
    Hope you had a wonderful day…

    Comment by Maria — September 12, 2006 @ 2:09 pm

  74. I hope not. I’m 35 and hoping this will be the perfect age. :-) Happy (late) Birthday.

    Comment by Andy — September 13, 2006 @ 12:35 pm

  75. Extreme cuteness…
    34 is a good age – take it from one who is there now!
    Hope you had a good birthday and love reading your pages.

    Comment by Marie-Louise — September 13, 2006 @ 6:40 pm

  76. Happy Birthday! And how gorgeous is tadpole – melt city.

    34 is special for me too because it’s my first birthday with my baby twins – arr.

    By the way the bogey-on-the-finger imagery was laugh out loud. Thanks.

    Comment by Short But Sweet — September 15, 2006 @ 12:21 am

  77. Happy Birthday!!!!!!

    Comment by Belle — September 15, 2006 @ 3:22 am

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