Dear readers, thanks so much for sticking with me. 'Tis flu season. 'Nuff said.
During my unintended hiatus, I learned that La Fourchette has been given a Stylish Blog award by Deborah Lawrenson. Deborah's writing breathes life and mystery into the Provençal landscapes in her blog and on her site. She occasionally serves up little slices of her latest book, Lantern, expected to be published this year.
She said such nice things about this blog that I felt as though I should have been wearing a be-jeweled tiara and doing a queen's wave while hugging bunches of roses. (Can you tell I haven't won many things?)
I'm going to change the rules a bit and offer seven Spring bouquets - since I thought we could all use a little flower power - mid-winter and all.
But the first bunch goes to warm the damp corners of an English winter or fill the corners of her old Provençal mas with sunshine. Wherever you are, Deborah, this is for you! The remaining 999 fois merci!
Seven bouquets for your Sunday. What's your favorite?
And now for my 12 Stylish Blogger Awards. (I know, I know. It's supposed to be 15 but I have only enough flowers in the buckets waiting below for 12.) I'll start with 5 and promise the remainder when I can sit up for a longer stretch. (Drum roll, please!)
Laura, over at The Everyday Life of a Young American Girl in France, is another California girl livin' La Vida Loca up north in Lille. She makes me laugh on a regular basis with her reports on adjusting to a little French life.
Carla Loves Photography is a visual inspiration. Her range of skills in quite impressive.
Deja Pseu at Une Femme d'un Certain Age taught me how to tie my scarf in ways that make me look French! (Okay, that's an overstatement, but still...)
Kate at Dear Buddha makes me laugh and breaks my heart in equal measure for her snarky, self-effacing and open-hearted look into the days of her life.
At A Femme d'un Certain Age, Tish Jett offers tips and tricks with humor and flair to keep a woman of any age fashionable.
I'll add the other 7 at a later date. In the meantime, ladies, all you have to do is stop by and pick up your award (along with a bouquet of flowers from the buckets below!), let your readers know where your award came from and then share your own "seven of something". (I think the 'rules' are to share 7 things your readers don't know about you...but I'm all for breaking the rules in the interest of creative inspiration!) Then announce your own 15 awards.