petite anglaise

August 5, 2008


Filed under: misc — petiteanglaiseparis @ 10:35 am

Hi folks – just to let you know that I have no internets this week as we moved to the new apartment on Friday and these things take a little time. So please bear with me (or stick me on your RSS reader so you don’t have to keep checking back…)

(I’m sure you are all on holiday anyway.)

Photos now up!


  1. Some of us are already back to work! And for us holiday is almost a memory…! But don’t worry,take your time! We wait for you! Bizzz

    Comment by olga — August 5, 2008 @ 10:45 am

  2. Just got back from a vacation in Italy, where I read your book! Wonderful! Now you are in my RSS reader, so I won’t miss any of your blogs.

    Comment by Gonda — August 5, 2008 @ 11:52 am

  3. Oddly enough, no. August has turned out to be my busiest month of the year, and I’m supposed to be retired.

    Enjoy your new apartment; you must be relieved finally to be there. Even without importunate subscribers admonishing you!

    John Norris

    Comment by John Norris — August 5, 2008 @ 1:36 pm

  4. No, I’m not on holiday, thank you very much.
    I’m at work longing for PA distraction/news!
    Good luck with the moving!

    Comment by Aymo — August 5, 2008 @ 1:41 pm

  5. I wish I was on holiday!!! Here in the US the employers are a bit stingy when it comes to vacation time!

    Comment by Dave — August 5, 2008 @ 1:57 pm

  6. no no no some people are in rainy london today .. waiting for their daily slice of french touch sunshine … Good luck for the move !

    Comment by Carole — August 5, 2008 @ 2:09 pm

  7. holiday? oh, we americans haven’t grasped that concept just yet. hopefully soon, though! congrats on the new (bigger?) home!

    Comment by franko — August 5, 2008 @ 2:29 pm

  8. No, I’m NOT on holiday :-(

    Comment by Vonric — August 5, 2008 @ 2:32 pm

  9. Hope you’re settling of luck!!

    Comment by Jen — August 5, 2008 @ 3:06 pm

  10. Best of luck with your move and make sure you enjoy all that extra space before it gets filled. As it does.

    Comment by Roads — August 5, 2008 @ 3:19 pm

  11. A) I’m not on holiday, since, sadly, NYC does not shut down quite as thoroughly as Paris. Not that I’m bitter.

    B) Congrats on the move, and good luck getting settled!

    Comment by queenie — August 5, 2008 @ 3:30 pm

  12. Not on holiday any more! We are home from Paris now :( but it was lovely to meet you while we were there.

    Perhaps I will make the effort to figure out the RSS thing while I await all the photos and some furniture porn of your own.

    Comment by Zoe — August 5, 2008 @ 3:45 pm

  13. I wish I was on holiday. I will be next week, though! In Paris, no less. Hurray!

    Comment by Léonie — August 5, 2008 @ 4:00 pm

  14. Holidays? Hmmm I think I’ve heard of those…

    At the moment I’m really glad that we’re getting some orders here, so I’m doing what I’m always doing: building and selling machines with Linux pre-installed…

    And next weekend, I’ll also help some friends who are moving.

    Hope you have your internet back soon, and then give us the pics.

    Comment by wjl (Wolfgang Lonien) — August 5, 2008 @ 4:11 pm

  15. Congratulations on your new family home Petite, Manuel and Tadpole! I hope you have many happy times there :) xx

    Comment by Charlotte — August 5, 2008 @ 4:25 pm

  16. Hope the move all goes well Petite…:))

    Comment by Anne — August 5, 2008 @ 5:04 pm

  17. Hope you are very happy in your new home

    Comment by lex — August 5, 2008 @ 5:55 pm

  18. Do you have an alternative place to pick up your email? I suppose in a city you do. I want to change my ISP as part of my money saving exercise but since the Internet is my life line, I’m still on sick leave following my total knee replacement, am not going to do it yet. Live in a small town with no alternative Internet access.

    Actually have about 6 weeks annual leave to use before 30 April 09……so do I go back to work in a month or so and then take leave? I haven’t decided.

    You’re right though most people seem to be away it’s very quiet driving around and going to the supermarket and it’s teeming down as I look out the window. Gr8t!

    Hope the new apartment is giving you pleasure or are you still at the upside down stage?

    Comment by ookymooky — August 5, 2008 @ 6:26 pm

  19. I wish !!! we were caravanning in Deux sevres dept in July , weather wasnt great , but im told its scorching now!!! Hope move went well , im missing France , Barnsley just doesnt have the same ambiance !

    Comment by Lisa — August 5, 2008 @ 9:47 pm

  20. Why am I thinking of fishnet tights? ….. odd, very odd

    Comment by Daddy Papersurfer — August 5, 2008 @ 10:06 pm

  21. Just as I find your blog you are temporarily off line – typical! And I must be the last person to find it in the whole world! I read about you in Marie Claire and am intrigued…so much so that I have to go and buy your book tomorrow just to catch up!

    Comment by That Girl — August 5, 2008 @ 10:10 pm

  22. We’re not all Parisiens; some of us actually show up for work during August!

    Good luck on your move (well, post-move now). xx

    Comment by Hollinda — August 5, 2008 @ 10:21 pm

  23. It’s winter over here, so no holiday.

    Have fun with the move, everyone should move house every 5 years to clean out behind the washing machine, fridge, under wardrobes etc. Many lost treasures to be found.

    Comment by QldDeb — August 5, 2008 @ 11:34 pm

  24. One or two of us still here…..! A small, dry crumb of comfort – we moved house in October’07 and are now beginning to see the bottom layer of unopened boxes……. it doesn’t take that long now does it…….
    /gets coat, leaves discretely before petite unpacks the sharp cooks knives….. :-)

    Comment by Bryn, North Wales — August 6, 2008 @ 1:25 am

  25. Ah if only it were summertime here in NZ…no hols for us yet, that is what Noel is for!

    Comment by Adam — August 6, 2008 @ 2:16 am

  26. I’m a long-time lurker and extremely infrequent poster. However, I had to pass along some information.

    I live in the northwest corner of the U.S. on an island off the coast of Washington State and for months I’ve eagerly awaited the release of your book in the America. Due to necessary fiscal-frugality I opted to wait for it’s arrival in my local library system and mentally prepared myself to read Petite in front of a fire in late October (I suppose there could be worse fates).

    A few days ago, on a whim, I decided to inquire on it’s availability while checking out a few other books at the library. To my happy surprise I learned that it’s already been in circulation for several weeks!!

    Embarrassing side note: When the librarian told me of Petite’s availability, I let out an uncontrollable and very audible squeal of delight whilst standing at the counter. I so desperately need a life!!!

    Comment by Mrs. Magoo — August 6, 2008 @ 3:57 am

  27. Maybe it’s time to put the free Wifi provided by the Mairie de Paris to good use?
    All the best for your new pad.

    Comment by Vivi — August 6, 2008 @ 7:56 am

  28. Hello from a rue fessart (former?) neighbor who really enjoys reading your blog from work while almost everyone is on vacation. First, good luck with the new apartment. Now, I have a question for you: My daughter is 2 and being raised bilingual (French/American). I am wondering if you have heard any feedback about the new bilingual school “Living School”? which just opened last year in our area? Thank you and kind regards.

    Comment by Christine — August 6, 2008 @ 9:16 am

  29. I will content myself with reading the book then… It FINALLY arrived yesterday!!

    Comment by Emma — August 6, 2008 @ 9:26 am

  30. If I were on holiday I’d be in France. So I guess I’m not on holiday…

    Comment by Macthomson — August 6, 2008 @ 9:44 am

  31. Nice place! I adore Paris so I’m totally jealous!
    I came across your blog for the first time today and something tells me I will like it. I’ll go through the archives after my holidays… I’m an aoûtienne :-))

    Comment by SwissBarb — August 6, 2008 @ 10:50 am

  32. Indeed, but that does not mean that we do not check…

    Comment by Jt — August 6, 2008 @ 11:08 am

  33. Congratulations on the new pad, it looks great. Did you paint? The purples and pinks look really good in tadpoles room. Hope you have wonderful times there.

    Comment by Sher — August 6, 2008 @ 11:35 am

  34. We painted Tadpole’s room (ouch, that pink is seriously bright!) and varnished our bedroom floor dark. Still some mdf to paint dark to match, but otherwise all is looking pretty much how we want it. Woohoo!

    Comment by petite — August 6, 2008 @ 11:44 am

  35. New apartment looks fab! I hope you’ll all be very happy there.

    Comment by Linda — August 6, 2008 @ 1:32 pm

  36. @Mrs. Magoo: Let’s hear it for public libraries!

    Petite: Your place looks wonderful. Tadpole’s room is especially fantastic. Enjoy!

    Comment by librarianlisa — August 6, 2008 @ 2:55 pm

  37. I love the new flat! V. Stylish!!

    Comment by Peggy — August 6, 2008 @ 4:40 pm

  38. Hmmm, I’m gonna be totally off-topic…

    Did you add some varnish on Tadpole’s bed ? I’ve been looking at your pictures and I think I recognize one of the beds I’ve been considering to get for my daughter (I believe its an ikea ‘vikare’ ?). I actually showed the picture to my wife to show her that it really does not look bad in ones home. Thing is, it really looks ugly in the online catalog…

    Comment by walken — August 6, 2008 @ 10:56 pm

  39. Has a simple, uncluttered Japanese air about it (which is excellent in my book, since my flat does and the house before it did too). Nice floors. Enjoy the additional space. I’ll bet it will make a difference to everything.

    Comment by Passante — August 6, 2008 @ 11:53 pm

  40. It is an (unvarnished) vikare bed, yes. I’ve just let one end down to allow for Tadpole’s extremely long legs. And I bet that’s the first thing she notices when she gets back next week and sees her bedroom for the first time.

    She’d been telling me for months that if I didn’t hurry up and lengthen her bed, she wouldn’t be able to grow…


    Comment by petite — August 7, 2008 @ 10:17 am

  41. Wow, it looks really nice. I like the pink colour scheme

    Comment by Java — August 7, 2008 @ 12:50 pm

  42. Très chic, Petite. Awesome floors, nice brick, seriously cool shower, wrought iron…

    Pink and purple–a little girl’s dream. Well done!

    Enjoy your wonderful new home–make beautiful memories.


    Comment by Laura — August 7, 2008 @ 3:54 pm

  43. Your new abode is great, and very welcoming. Quite lovely that Tadpole has her own space.

    Are you still close to the child minder and Tadpole’s dad?

    Thank you for the pictures, Madame.

    Comment by PJ Carz — August 8, 2008 @ 4:50 am

  44. Do you have a spare room? You did mention once perhaps a number two bub in the future!

    Comment by Jessica — August 8, 2008 @ 1:20 pm

  45. Well… our budget didn’t stretch to a 3 bedroom apartment. So I see some sharing in Tadpole’s future. But I also have a cunning medium-term plan for creating a small third bedroom approximately where my office currently is.

    We’ll see…

    Comment by petite — August 8, 2008 @ 2:59 pm

  46. No, we are not on holiday. The place looks bright and airy and big – nice! It will be interesting to see how you change it to make it yours.

    Comment by JoeInVegas — August 8, 2008 @ 5:11 pm

  47. Just went out and bought the book! Can’t wait to start reading it!

    Comment by Chez Moi — August 9, 2008 @ 1:33 am

  48. Your new home looks remarkably tidy and very light and spacious. I’m sure you’ll all be very happy there. Bet Tadpole is excited about her bedroom. As for holidays – being retired feels like bring on holiday all the time. A few more best sellers and maybe you can take early retirement!

    Comment by sablonneuse — August 9, 2008 @ 1:40 pm

  49. Question: In the photo of your bathroom, what is the thing the towels are hanging on? I have seen them in Parisian hotel rooms and have never been quite sure what they are for?

    Comment by Madame P — August 9, 2008 @ 9:08 pm

  50. When we moved I didn’t miss either the phone or television… but the internet loss, wasn’t any fun.

    See you soon!

    Happy New Apartment!

    Comment by Danna — August 10, 2008 @ 1:36 am

  51. bonjour madame petiteanglaise!

    i stumbled across your blog in my google search for the answers for mes devoirs de maison. and i must say, that im hooked! i moved to port au prince, so i somehow find your snippets of french phrases in your entries very amusing! because right now im speaking what my colleagues call “franglish” (français+english) and i must say im picking tips from your blog! hahaha! thank you!

    anyway, im glad i stumbled upon your blog.
    *bookmarking now!* ;)

    Comment by cognezans — August 10, 2008 @ 2:15 am

  52. @ Madame P: it’t the heater (radiator)

    Comment by Liza — August 10, 2008 @ 7:39 am

  53. Those red sheets appear once again.

    Comment by Sheila K. — August 10, 2008 @ 7:11 pm

  54. Petite, have just read your book after spotting it on the ‘must reads’ table at my local library and I loved it – compulsive stuff, it only took me two days to devour it. Must confess was only vaguely aware of what blogs even were until I investigated yours and I now hold you personally responsible for my new addiction.

    One question: things have obviously moved on from where the book ends (new pad, new man and lovely wedding photos etc) where do I pick up from to catch up fully?


    Comment by Smalls — August 10, 2008 @ 8:37 pm

  55. @49 – heated towel rail

    @53 – April 2006 (ish)

    Comment by petite — August 11, 2008 @ 8:47 am

  56. Re: your comment 45, is medium term under 9 months?

    Comment by ilestcinqheures — August 11, 2008 @ 10:05 am

  57. no no no! I have a book to give birth to before I’m ready to contemplate anything else… And a long haul flight holiday to take in February.

    Comment by petite — August 11, 2008 @ 7:51 pm

  58. Petite, I am getting concerned that your blog is becoming an afterthought since you are now a published author. I know you say you’re moving right now, but what about the past few months, when your blogging has dwindled? Are the witty, insightful, well written, honest posts of the past gone forever? Is this going to be simply a bulletin board to inform us of your next book signing, or party, or toe stubbing?

    Please keep your blog up! It’s the way many of us feel in love with you, and it was your first love. If you aren’t willing to give it proper attention, then let it die a dignified death. What’s been here in the past few months–with a couple of notable exceptions—has been sickly.

    Comment by MeMe — August 11, 2008 @ 8:47 pm

  59. Is that the old or the new apartment, I’m confused?

    Comment by Nick Carraway — August 14, 2008 @ 2:11 pm

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