petite anglaise

July 8, 2008

chez nous

Filed under: misc — petiteanglaiseparis @ 9:55 am

My writing studio, at the moment, looks like someone (semi-skilled) has tried to play a game of tetris around its edges.

To get to my desk I have to step over Tadpole’s first bicycle (the very same bicycle Mr Frog and I bought for her second birthday, just prior to him moving out). Around the sofa bed are piled boxes (of books and BD‘s, mostly) from Manuel’s flat – which he relinquished last month – teetering alongside the scant few pieces of furniture he wanted to hang on to. On top of these are stacked the contents of Mr Frog’s cellar, emptied during his recent move, basically constituting everything Tadpole has ever worn or played with, 2003-2008.

Every time I open the door and see the sheer volume of stuff piled up there, leering at me, I feel a mixture of wistfulness and excitement. The tiny room is a repository of memories: Tadpole’s life to date; Manuel’s life before we met. But it also represents the imminence of our new beginnings. The prospect of re-using some of Tadpole’s old things in the not too distant future (or so we hope). The prospect of transferring all our possessions – his, mine, hers – under one, jointly-owned roof.

We are moving into our new, bigger place at the end of this month. We’ll have a living room, at long last. A room into which the whole of my current flat would fit comfortably, with space to spare. It will be ours instead of mine: bookshelves will house both our book collections, cupboards will be filled with our intermingled clothes. We’ll be able to invite folks over for dinner.

We signed the first papers back in April, but something, superstition perhaps, prevented me from writing about it here until we had a signature date set in stone and I could be 100% sure our dream was really set to become reality. In the meantime (alongside the wedding preparations) there were loans to be obtained (and to say French banks are suspicious of people like me who do not have a nice, stable office job would be the understatement of the year), and various hoops to be jumped through, but now, finally, our prize is (almost) within our grasp.

Which is why when I’m not working or hijacking moving cars, I can mostly be found surfing the internet for furniture p0rn and making appropriate ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ noises when I find something sexy.

The month of August can’t come quickly enough for me.

FYI: Manuel is pronounced Man-U-el (think football team, not Fawlty Towers).


  1. Phew! A nice new blog and let me be the first, after the hothouse hysteria created by the last one, to offer you my heartfelt and uncomplicated congratulations on your new place-to-be. Sleeping in the living room didn’t sound ideal….! Good luck with the move, that’s really great news.

    Comment by Lindy — July 8, 2008 @ 10:00 am

  2. What a beautifully crafted post…
    Congratulations on your new home and new beginnings! Wishing you every happiness in your “new chez nous”

    Comment by happyforyou — July 8, 2008 @ 10:21 am

  3. Well done Petite; congratulations.

    Comment by Jim — July 8, 2008 @ 10:22 am

  4. Sounds intriguing – the reference to re-using Tadpole’s clothes, I mean. Obviously.

    Congratulations on the new gaff, Petite. Swing that cat to your heart’s content…

    Comment by Roads — July 8, 2008 @ 10:34 am

  5. Great news – any garden?

    Comment by J — July 8, 2008 @ 10:36 am

  6. A garden would be a lot to ask for in Belleville, but it is in a building set well back from the street with two leafy communal courtyards.

    Pictures will follow, but right now the only pictures I have include the vendors’ stuff, and that would be a violation of their privacy…

    Comment by petite — July 8, 2008 @ 10:50 am

  7. Congrats, and good luck moving! It seems like everybody’s moving house this summer (about 10 of my friends are moving house as well).

    Comment by Marjolein — July 8, 2008 @ 10:52 am

  8. All the best with the move… I can’t imagine how you have coped up until this point, sleeping in the living room!

    Comment by girlwithmask — July 8, 2008 @ 11:00 am

  9. Are you going to hold on to the writing studio or set aside “a room of your own” in your new flat?
    Did you see the article in the Guardian on writers’ rooms?,,2009637,00.html

    Comment by happyforyou — July 8, 2008 @ 11:01 am

  10. isn’t french furniture AMAZING? i walk past Roche Bobois on the way to work practically drooling although it’s all FAR too far out of my price range…

    and another thing, i had no idea renting in france would be so complicated, but thankfully my french boy sorted all that out.

    good luck with your move petite and i hope it doesn’t involve too many flights of stairs…

    Comment by Helen in Valence — July 8, 2008 @ 11:24 am

  11. one word : PHOTOSHOP – can’t you just blot out all the vendor’s stuff? we can’t wait !!

    Comment by magillicuddy — July 8, 2008 @ 12:01 pm

  12. Lol, sounds like you are in good form, nice to hear. Not planning any ‘meetups’ soon? I am in Paris and I missed it the last time around. Take care.

    Comment by Java — July 8, 2008 @ 12:09 pm

  13. That is so exciting! It is so much better to have a new place for you both with no baggage from the past ready to hijack you when you aren’t expecting it.

    Bon Chance to you and Man-U-el!

    Comment by scribble — July 8, 2008 @ 12:35 pm

  14. Congrats on the new place, Petite et al. And I’m totally with Lindy (#1) about the new post, though I was amused by the craziness the last one provoked :)


    Comment by Kathleen — July 8, 2008 @ 12:54 pm

  15. Petite,

    Congratulations on the move- and credit to you for not swtiching off the comments link after the last one.

    I thought I was the only person who lusted after (unobtainable) furniture in glossy mags and described it in such terms.

    I have my fingers crossed for you with the possible re-use of Tadpole’s things.


    Comment by Hennie — July 8, 2008 @ 1:05 pm

  16. Where did Mr Frog move to? Is he still in the vicinity?

    Comment by Vicki — July 8, 2008 @ 1:26 pm

  17. Congratulations, what wonderful news – oh, and I love the way the potential patter of tiny feet slipped in there too. Good luck :)

    Comment by teeweewonders — July 8, 2008 @ 2:10 pm

  18. Mazzeltov! You have been truly blessed. Enjoy all that you have, and as someone once said live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly and leave the rest to God.

    Comment by Jen — July 8, 2008 @ 2:22 pm

  19. Hi Petite,
    Congratulations on your new home!
    I only discovered your blog this summer, and read through all of it, and then devoured the book as well. It was painful to read the book at times, because your heartbreak was all too familiar to mine.
    Still, I enjoyed it immensely.
    Good luck with the move!

    Comment by M. — July 8, 2008 @ 2:32 pm

  20. Long time lurker, first time poster :)

    Congratulations on the new place! There really is nothing like having your own place, garden or no (two words: container gardens). It’s a wonderful start for your life together with Manuel (and for possibly any new additions to the family).

    So, has M made any suggestions regarding “christening” the new place? lol Bunker Hubby suggested it about 50 times when we built our place (“For the last time, honey, I am NOT having sex in the laundry room!”).

    By the way, your wedding pictures were terrific – you looked absolutely stunning, and Manuel looked like he was so happy he’d burst (he’s such a cutie, too – good job! :)). Tadpole was gorgeous in her gown – very twirly!

    So congrats all round, and I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the move and all related business proceeds with a minimum of fuss and muss, and you’re settled by the end of the summer.

    Comment by Astrogirl — July 8, 2008 @ 2:50 pm

  21. U.S. banks are equally suspicious. I’ve been a self-employed writer for 20 years so I, too, a couple of house-buying times went through the process of proving that I didn’t live in a garret, eking out a miserable existence by candlelight and wondering where the next meal was coming from.

    As the years go by, and one stubbornly continues to make a living and prove it with income tax statements, it gets easier!

    Comment by Passante — July 8, 2008 @ 2:50 pm

  22. Congrats on the new abode. I love moving to a new place -generally because it is the one time the place is properly clean and orderly. Once all my clutter takes over, it’s all downhill.

    Comment by mrs. bee — July 8, 2008 @ 3:04 pm

  23. Hope you have great fun moving its always a morale booster to have something positive to look forward to .. This will be your first proper home together as a family a chance to stamp your mark on rather than have memories popping up when you least expect it..Is Manuel gonna carry you over the threshold n dont forget to christen the front door with a bottle of bubbly lol..

    Blimey you think you got problems mountain climbing over ‘ stuff ‘ I do that in my spare room to get to clean bed linen n towels etc cuz theres no stoarage space at all in my ikkle ground floor flat :)

    Sooz x

    Comment by soozyuk — July 8, 2008 @ 3:04 pm

  24. OH hey, I finally got my scanner unpacked and dusted off, and will email you that article that appeared in SA Cosmopolitan (I used to blog under ‘rainbowfudge’)…sorry it’s taken so long, considering we moved *like so* long ago!

    Comment by Ness — July 8, 2008 @ 3:53 pm

  25. Congratulations on the new pad.
    I feel your pain on the French banks front. Our dealings with them make me wistful for British banks willing to sign you up to a lifetime of debt in the blink of an eye.

    Comment by Sher — July 8, 2008 @ 3:58 pm

  26. Yay!! (Claps hands and jumps up and down) I personally cant think of anything more heavenly then setting up house – furniture porn indeed! And it is SO much more fun when it is as a new family. I felt a little that way when my fiance and I first moved in together.

    PS ManUel is a lovely name!

    Comment by Janet — July 8, 2008 @ 4:01 pm

  27. Congrats!! I look forward to reading many posts about your new pied-à-terre and life with your new hubby!

    Comment by Dave W — July 8, 2008 @ 4:34 pm

  28. Lovely to see a new post and hopefully those downers won’t post again! Oooh the thought of another tadpole swimming about is exciting, as we’re trying for one. I understand the desire to make everything ‘ours’ and it takes some getting used to but you’ll be very happy when it is no longer something to think about saying but that you do say. Congratulations on the new place! Best wishes!

    Comment by Jessica — July 8, 2008 @ 5:08 pm

  29. Phew! I wondered & worried a little after the feverish last post. I’m pleased that your “dragon noir” has gone, and hope the new flat makes life easier for you all. And that sly reference…….

    Comment by Moses — July 8, 2008 @ 5:10 pm

  30. Petite! A copy of your book made it to Manila by way of lovely sister in Canada. I’m only halfway through it but I’ve been enjoying each juicy page! To your marriage, book, and new home, cheers! x

    Comment by mrs e — July 8, 2008 @ 5:15 pm

  31. Hello there from someone who has only recently discovered your blog, two days ago actually, and can’t stop reading it. It really is excellent, and I can’t wait to read the book.
    I started at The Beginning, have skipped a lot (I’m a self-confessed Bad Mother but even I have my limits and know when to stop surfing and tend to my off-spring….like yesterday afternoon when I spied my two year-old emptying the gooey contents of a plastic container of yellow liquid over the rug, sofa base and sofa cushions-piled up in the centre of the room in the manner of a Pirate Ship, according to my four year-old- ‘SHIT! HONEY!!’ Were my first words, rapidly and breathlessly -long trip down from the mezzanine to the living room – followed by ‘Kids’ shampoo! Well done boys!” I do try to be consistent and not give them conflicting messages/examples of behaviour, but sometimes it just all gets a bit much…) but am literally spellbound. We actually have quite a bit in common, from what I have read: early love affair with France, ML degree, stint as a lectrice, although I was at Paris IV…French other half, first children born the same year..and your early posts on Paris were spot on, just as I remember things and the Parisians to be, and so funny too! I don’t think I have ever found anyone who so completely understands the way I felt in those early years in France, so -for what it’s worth- Thanks for putting into words so much of what I would have liked to be able to capture in some way, but for me is now only memories: My Mr Frog à moi and I escaped to the Grand Ouest in 2002 to rear our own tadpoles (I would have probably committed an unforgivable act if I had had kids in the postage stamp that we called a studio), and have now become confirmed provinciaux.
    More importantly, huge congratulations on your book deal, for coming through the last couple of years intact, on your reacent marriage, and your new flat too…a lot to be happy and proud of.
    I am as envious as hell, of course, but inspired! I might just start a blog of my own if I can figure out how it works…(coming from someone who was an MSN virgin until last year and only just found out what ‘blog’ actually means, it could be a long time coming, so don’t hold your breath.)

    Comment by purpleteapot — July 8, 2008 @ 5:20 pm

  32. It really does sound like the whole blog world are moving at the moment. I just moved as did at least 3 other bloggers I know… Perhaps that’s not quite the whole blogosphere! Hope it all goes well and relatively stress-free.

    Comment by L.C.T. — July 8, 2008 @ 5:36 pm

  33. Congrats! How wonderful to finally be able to have folks over for dinner… I understand the appeal especially considering my limitations (in having a small space as well).

    Comment by desireenb — July 8, 2008 @ 5:52 pm

  34. I would much rather think of Fawlty Towers ……. and I never thought I’d ever say that in public ….. you must be the blogdevil …..

    Comment by Daddy Papersurfer — July 8, 2008 @ 7:37 pm

  35. Welcome back, PA.

    Comment by Jean — July 8, 2008 @ 11:14 pm

  36. Sooo exciting! A big move should happen every 5 years at the most, it’s amazing what you find behind the washing machine.

    I actually downsized with my last move, my kid’s 14 yrs old & has her own life (I’m only invited to join on rare occasions) & I’m single so I don’t need so much room. I’d always had 3-4 bedroom houses with 1/4 acre blocks (1/2 a day to get the mower started, the other 1/2 actually mowing then a COLD beer to recover from the stress of working on the mower!)

    I found the more room I had the more stuff I found to fill it. My rule now is if I can’t find a use or a home for it within a month it goes.

    I’ve even become ruthless with books, I figure they are there for me to enjoy & then pass onto the next person for their enjoyment.

    Sometimes this backfires on me but generally it means my weekend house maintenance is easier which leaves more time for the most important person, me!

    Good luck with your move & further extensions to the family (even more exciting!) & I must confess as well that every time I read “Manuel” I can hear Basil Fawtly saying it in my head!

    Comment by QldDeb — July 9, 2008 @ 12:02 am

  37. Sounds great, working in mayhem is not nice at all. Good luck.

    (Now I have an unkind comment on my blog… I’m thinking is it meant to be cruel, or what? I just don’t get it.)

    Comment by Single Mother on the Verge — July 9, 2008 @ 12:20 am

  38. Wow! Like many, I have just read your book! I usually stick to my usual favourite authors but ‘petite anglaise’ literally jumped off the shelf at me.
    It’s very exciting to be able to continue your story through your blogs. Yay. Thought you might like to know that you have readers here in New Zealand.

    So happy that all your dreams are coming true.

    Comment by Jandals — July 9, 2008 @ 2:02 am

  39. Your previous post was perfectly understandable, given your tiny flat – I’ve been expecting this situation to change. Three people in that space – frustration is bound to overflow, particularly when you know this isn’t forever, that you’re moving soon to something lovely.

    Congratulations from Melbourne, where snow is forecast tomorrow down to 500m :-)

    Comment by /anne... — July 9, 2008 @ 2:39 am

  40. I debated whether or not to post a comment. It’s a very odd sensation writing to someone you’ve never met before. But I wanted to congratulate you on your book. I haven’t finished it yet (I have three kids under 5.) but I find myself staying up much later than I should reading it. You have an entertaining writing style and I appreciate the difficulties of writing about oneself. The book is honest and human. I can relate to bits here and there. My husband also needs his time to relax alone after work; usually in the kitchen with cheese, wine, bread and a BD. I read on your blog that you’re writing a second. Looking forward to it.

    Rachel in the Ardeche

    PS. I first heard about your blog from Kristen Espinasse whom I met a few months ago. Her husband shares the same American wine importer as mine.

    Comment by Rachel Pommier — July 9, 2008 @ 10:09 am

  41. I am even more envious of your life. Congratualtions!
    A communal garden, sounds lush, do you get to have those brilliant chairs they have in parks in Paris?
    I like the ones that you can lean back in. Oh to have chairs that you can move in to the sun in a park.
    I am not sure why but I am happy to hear that Manuel has a U in it.
    P.S. I am a fan of your colour scheme, especially the borders but if this looked more boring I could read it a lot more secretively at work

    Comment by Thea — July 9, 2008 @ 12:05 pm

  42. Dear heart, I have the entire “Fawlty Towers” collection on DVD–all 12 classic episodes. It’s hilarious no matter how you pronounce it, although Basil always was a bit cruel to Manuel. But much humor is cruelty disguised.

    /s/Michael, Live from Washington, D.C.

    Comment by Michael — July 9, 2008 @ 1:49 pm

  43. I just wanted to say how chuffed I am that you’ve continued blogging, and allowing comments, after the recent hullabaloo.

    Enjoy all your new space. My boyfriend, my cat, and I have recently moved from a bedsit; I could watch the tv from the toilet (I’m not boasting). It feels amazing not to have to eat, work and sleep in the same room.

    Comment by Stranger — July 9, 2008 @ 2:00 pm

  44. So pleased to hear about the new flat. Here’s wishing you a successful move – no rain, not too much sun and enough strong arms to help but not too many legs to trip over one another: and of course, lots of happiness in your new home.

    Comment by sablonneuse — July 9, 2008 @ 2:37 pm

  45. Félcitations.
    Bonne installation dans votre nouvelle maison.
    Manuel est imprononçable en anglais !!! Encore plus que mon prénom ;-)

    Comment by marie-hélène — July 9, 2008 @ 4:19 pm

  46. The joy of shared ownership….

    is something I totally identify with, it took me 18 months to convince my long term partner that buying a house together was the Right Thing To Do, and I poured a lot of energy and even more hopes into what it all might mean for us. Four years later, I’m afraid to say, I now feel trapped by this decision, I wish I had “gone it alone” instead… but I wish you luck Petite, I’d like to think there is hope!

    Comment by Anonymous Academic — July 9, 2008 @ 4:49 pm

  47. Petite,
    Will you be keeping your old place? (possibly as a rental)

    Comment by Sheila K. — July 9, 2008 @ 7:17 pm

  48. Congrats on the new home! I bet things will be so much nicer between you once you have a place together.

    Comment by Jules — July 9, 2008 @ 9:08 pm

  49. In response to the questions above:

    I’m renting out my current flat as I’ve only had it two years and the bank basically still owns it… so no sense in selling just yet.

    I’m giving up the studio – can’t afford to keep that on top of my mortgage… But I’ll have a nice big space and hopefully will manage to work from home.

    Comment by petite — July 9, 2008 @ 10:33 pm

  50. Did you actually write “furniture porn”? Awesome!

    You need scissors on steroids to cut through the red tape in France but you have croissants, pains au chocolat et patisseries to make up for the hassle. I can’t really empathize there. Living in Texas, I’d give it up for a good loaf of bread! I’d give it back to the French.

    Comment by nathalie with an h — July 9, 2008 @ 10:45 pm

  51. Congrats!
    I don’t get the reference to the football team about Manuel’s name, would you pronounce it like a Spanish person would? bc if so, then I would be saying it right.

    Comment by jules — July 9, 2008 @ 11:42 pm

  52. You’ve probably already thoroughly researched the ins and outs of keeping/ dropping the studio, so feel free to discard this comment if you wish:

    It would be important to assess whether dropping the studio might mean a major rise in your tax bill at the end of the fiscal year. The problem with “intellectual” professions is that there are very few expenses that can be deducted from your total earnings and if you work from home, only a teeny-tiny fraction of your household expenses can be factored in. Paying a monthly rental on the studio might imply higher monthly expenditure, but it could also have a very positive effect on your tax bill, which I’m sure is painful enough as it is…

    Comment by happyforyou — July 10, 2008 @ 12:39 am

  53. Congrats on the new place.

    I read your guest post on and read your book soon after. So glad you posted there, although it made me break my own promise not to read any more blogs! Loved the book and was happy to see that you’ve found and married someone special. Now I just have to go back and read what happened between the book and now!

    Comment by Christina — July 10, 2008 @ 12:43 am

  54. Interesting to read your feelings on expanding into a more liveable space with Manuel. I reflect rather guiltily that my small Victorian terrace inside York used to accommodate four people in our crowded city, rather than just me.

    We do need our space. You look forward to your large room for writing, but I confess to a third bedroom converted into a large bathroom. Bliss – I have drawn the line at installing a chair and bookcase! A chest serves at need as both.

    Enjoy your new abode.

    Comment by John Norris — July 10, 2008 @ 8:41 am

  55. Furniture porn? Moi? I could never watch write such a thing.

    @happyforyou – it’s true that my studio as a rental goes onto my ‘frais réels’ which are tax deductible, meaning I don’t pay 40% tax on the amount I spend. But I’ve done the maths and I can’t justify keeping it. It’s the end of an era!

    Comment by petite — July 10, 2008 @ 9:30 am

  56. The end of one era, but the start of another! :)

    Comment by happyforyou — July 10, 2008 @ 9:36 am

  57. Ah… I envy you! I’ve been living with my immenent husband-to-be for 8 months now, and the prospect of moving into somehwere that’s ours and not his is as delightful as it is distant…


    Comment by rachie — July 10, 2008 @ 12:24 pm

  58. I’m almost at the end of your book :(

    Comment by scribble — July 10, 2008 @ 12:59 pm

  59. What fun!! I love new places. I would move more often if I could—I don’t like the actual moving, but I do like being in a new place, seeing my furniture arranged in a new way, enjoying the area around my new home. Enjoy it!!!

    Comment by meme — July 10, 2008 @ 3:50 pm

  60. Congratulations and good luck with all the packing and moving! Just starting down that road myself (sans newness and child). Looking forward to hearing of your adventures!

    Comment by Barb — July 10, 2008 @ 5:37 pm

  61. WE had a one bedroom apartment and ran our business out of it with all the art supplies and computer stuff . Now we have a four bedroom house big garage full mother in law apartment and where is all the space gone. Stay small save money ??? I think so …


    Comment by ==Alaska — July 10, 2008 @ 6:13 pm

  62. Hi Petite,
    hope the new home brings lots of happiness.

    I saw your book in Waterstones in Dublin the other day – in the travel section of all places (do you get that alot?) – and get this, beside Alive! – you know the true story about the plane crash where they have to eat the dead bodies to survive?! I was doubled over laughing.

    Comment by Susie — July 10, 2008 @ 7:04 pm

  63. petite is a girl gamer?


    what system?

    Comment by kara — July 10, 2008 @ 7:10 pm

  64. I was excited by the fact that you were true to what you had previously written about the neighborhood,and purchased your new place in Belleville. I’ve been to Paris several times but never to Belleville. Guidebooks in the past have listed areas around there as places to avoid and not so safe. Then,a number of years ago, I read an article about how Rue Oberkampf was the up-and-coming hangout area. Some guide books are still often steering people away from the area, however. Maybe you people who live there like it that way! Anyway, I find it very interesting when you write about Belleville and your life there. It would be really fun for you to write a book about the neighborhood. Each chapter could be about an experience in a certain cafe, or park, or the colorful characters who live there.

    Comment by Sheila K. — July 10, 2008 @ 7:17 pm

  65. Just checked the cutting where I first learned of your blog and book and it was worse than I thought: they referred to you as Petit Anglaise – a pre-op TS, perhaps?? It was in the book review section of And Magazine (‘community magazine of the year’), a ‘what’s on’ for the Southampton area. Reviewer was Russell Cook. Can scan and send if you would like it for your cuttings.
    Very much looking forward to reading the book!

    Comment by Linda — July 10, 2008 @ 10:21 pm

  66. Did you know Christopher Glamorganshire? What’s the latest?

    Comment by Anon — July 11, 2008 @ 1:03 am

  67. I also watch furniture Petite, specifically chairs and specifically on ebay, but after a win (gorgeous wingback now recovered in a retro spot)and a big loss – (faux red leather arm chair, clunky and dirty that was promptly re-listed), I now have realised that with furniture sitting in storage in both New Zealand and Sydney and a tiny smidge of a house in Sydney to live in, furniture cruising is a much missed former hobby. Have fun and good luck! I’m sure the bounty is much more plentiful in Paris than Sydney anyway!

    Comment by Lisa — July 11, 2008 @ 5:45 am

  68. Congratulations on your new home!

    I JUST finished your book, and I loved it! It was beautifully done, Petite. I hope you are happy with it.

    I had wanted to get a copy of the UK release, but it wasn’t too easy to get in Atlanta, and I decided to have a local book shop order the US release when it came out. (After all the debate about the differences between the two on here, I really was concerned they were going to replace “mummy” with “mommy” in the US version! Was relieved that wasn’t so.)

    I’m curious… in your opinion, are the two versions vastly different? What warranted the two releases?

    Comment by Jenny — July 12, 2008 @ 7:58 pm

  69. Ok, I have finished your book now, feeling quite lost without it! I really enjoyed it, ‘a good summer read’ it definitely has been. So when can we expect the next one? Imagine you’re busy writing at the moment. Will keep an eye on the blog while waiting for it – don’t leave it too long!

    Comment by scribble — July 13, 2008 @ 12:06 am

  70. Hi, I love your blog since I read one of your books and I wanted to read your blog so I searched up Petite Anglaise and found it! Good Luck and Congrats.
    P.S. I’m still a child so I have rules in the house and I can’t use the computer on weekdays.

    Comment by Jasmine — July 13, 2008 @ 12:27 am

  71. Congratulations :) (from yet another anonymous hanger-on ;) )

    Comment by Froufrou — July 13, 2008 @ 10:02 pm

  72. Oh my god, have I been off the radar. Petite Anglaise got married? Congrats, girl.

    Comment by Annie — July 15, 2008 @ 8:41 am

  73. My boyfriend, known as MindReader on my blog, and I have done the sleeping in the living room thing and there is something romantic about first setting up home together when there’s no room and nothing works! So savour these last few days :)


    Comment by Billygean — July 15, 2008 @ 7:08 pm

  74. Petite,
    This time last year you wrote 7 posts interesting and with photos etc. This year – one and a half (as the last one is a call to come to your reading) what’s up? C’mon, let’s have some more quality writing which is what you are best at.

    Your words of last year were quite prophetic –

    “I suspect I should brace myself for a not very low profile 2008.”

    Don’t give up on the blog though :)

    Comment by scribble — July 19, 2008 @ 3:39 pm

  75. If anyone wants to pop over to my blog while we’re waiting for another post from Petite, that’s quite fine with me! :)

    Comment by scribble — August 9, 2008 @ 8:49 pm

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