French Wine, French Rugby, French Frogs

++ Gatz came for dinner on Friday. If there’s one thing I like about Gatz, it’s this; before he comes over, he always asks what I’m cooking and then pops into le bar au vin, and has The Sommelier pick out the wine. This time he brought a  South African Chenin Blanc for l’apéro, and a Côtes du Rhône for dinner. Well done Gatz, well done.  
++ The Chenin Blanc was the first South African wine I’ve had since living in France. France is all about their French wines so it can even be difficult to find Italian and Spanish wines here, let alone anything South African, Australian or Chilean (Not that I’m complaining on that one. Chilean wines are not my favorite…. yuckity yuck yuck). 
++ After dinner, The Husband and I participated in one of our favorite activities… teasing Gatz. This time it was all about his middle names (in France you usually get two). Gatz’s middle name is, Jean-Pierre Roger. There’s a lot going on there and since Roger in France really sounds like, Rogier, the whole thing kind of rhymes. The Husband and I happen to find this hysterical (Gatz not so much). Say it with me: JEAN-PIERRE ROGIER… see it rhymes!
++ France’s Top 14 rugby is back and I couldn’t be more thrilled. It’s filling that void that I’ve been feeling since the Olympics finished and plus, I really like rugby. So far Mr. London and Toulon have won their first two matches, but my beloved ASM Clermont lost their second match and I am none too pleased.
++ Saturday night Papa’s Wife made Soupe au Pistou from the vegetables in Papa’s garden. After a particularily unhealthy afternoon stuffing myself with potato chips and beer while watching the Top 14, a bowl of vegetables was pretty much exactly what I needed.
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++ However, what I certainly did not need was to come home and find this guy hanging out on the wall. 
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23 responses to “French Wine, French Rugby, French Frogs”

  1. I have a little bean bag frog that looks a lot like that. Hmmm.

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  2. I guess the frog came inside to look for some water or shade.

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  3. Awww, he's kind of cute. I hope your dog didn't try to eat him. Mine would have.

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  4. Oh, the little guy is so cute! Don't kiss him, he might want more. ^^

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  5. I should have known you'd be an ASM fan! What did you end up doing with the frog?

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  6. I love South African wine, luckily there is the special wine store (Nicolas) in centerwhere can find small collection of foreign wines. And good work, Gatz! Sounds really good.

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  7. I have to admit we still buy a lot of South African wine, it is generally available at Lidl if no where else!That little frog is cute, obviously has suckers on his feet to be able to climb the wall 🙂 Daine

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  8. Sounds like you had a nice weekend! I think it'd kind of freak me out to find a frog hanging on my wall! Ew! 😉

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  9. Hey there – I just found your blog today for the first time and I'm hooked. I, too, lived in France for a while, and it was spectacular, though I'm glad to be “home.” Love your adventures!

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  10. Like FF&L in the Charente I buy my Chilean and South African wine at Lidl too – at 1,99€ a bottle it's good and it's cheap!!!I think the frog is cute. I'd quite like to train one to sit on my wall permanently – but I fear the cats would try to eat it.

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  11. I am pretty sure that little frog wanted some wine too. How cute!

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  12. I don't think I've ever seen a frog as cute as that 🙂 I looove Soupe au Pistou, and with homegrown veggies? Sounds amazing!

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  13. That soup sounds amazing! Also, I can't stop saying Gatz's full name in my head. It's making me laugh out loud. : )We have tiny frogs like that in our garden. And snakes. Avery likes to play with them.

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  14. Non French wine? Zut alors, mon dieu! Yay for the rugby return, so much more interesting to watch than football (and more close ups on the nice arses ;o) )

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  15. Is it weird that I got excited about the frog on your wall?

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  16. I wish rugby was something more common here. Rugby guys are hot and their shorter shorts show off their hot legs. There's a team that practices at a local park that I run in… When I pass their field during practice, I slow to a walk. You know, conserving energy. ; )

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  17. We find geckos all over the house. Difference is they are great at keeping the insects away so we let 'em hang as much as they want.

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  18. ok whoa, I'm about to sound so dumb but since you're from Texas too hopefully you get it – did not know frogs like that existed outside of the amazon rainforest.

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  19. aww, at least it was a cute little frog and not a rat or something!

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  20. Soupe au Pistou is one of my favorite things ever. I'm jealous, except for that whole frog business, V-E-T-O.

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  21. so glad i found your little blog! living in france sounds oh, so dreamy…xo the egg out west.

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  22. little frog is cute – I'd rather find a frog than a spider!Sharonxxxx

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  23. Ribbit!Gatz is a good man that one- always knowing to show up with booze.

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