What am I…?



A mother, wife, sister, friend, teacher and a blogger.

And this is just for starters! I could extend this list, of course, but you might just be wondering what it was that prompted this philosophical train of thought in the first place. It was, in fact, an online quiz which asked “ what kind of blogger are you?”

You may well be thinking that I should already know the answer to that question! However,  participating in the quiz did lead me to reflect on blogging, in general.

I do love blogging and I love reading other blogs, as well. I have my favourite blogs, those blogs to which I return again and again. These blogs cover a variety of themes but they also share a commonality. They are all beautifully written and with humour. Essentially, they don’t take themselves too seriously.

The focus of my blog may be on France but I enjoy reading blogs about fashion and beauty, food, animals, travel, health and fitness, homes and gardens and much, much more besides.

I am definitely not a professional blogger! These are bloggers who make money from their blogs. Blogging is their occupation, their income. They put in the time and effort to make this happen. Good luck to them!

In an earlier post:


I explained why I blog and I had some very interesting responses.

And, just in case you were wondering, here is the result of the quiz I mentioned at the start of this post:

You are a:

Lifestyle Blogger
You live life to its fullest with wisdom, grace, and charm. People look up to you as an example. You know a little bit about everything and are always willing to help others out. You seldom lose your cool and always stay in control.

Hahaha 😂

Your turn now! What are you?



Fancying France: looking ahead


Photo by Myriams-Fotos. Pixabay

Happy New Year! Bonne Année!

I don’t make New Year resolutions. Do you? But I do have some plans for my blog. Before moving forward, I thought it might be interesting to look back over the last year of Fancying France.

Just to clarify, I am not a professional blogger – as you may be able to tell! I’ve always enjoyed writing and this blog fulfills my creative side. This blog is not my business, it is written purely for pleasure – mine! Although I have to admit that nothing thrills me more than knowing that someone else has taken the time to read my ramblings. A mega thanks, too, for all the comments I have received. This is one of the most delightful aspects of blogging, connecting with other people, all over the world.

Top three posts of 2017: in reverse order!

dog rescue


  • C’est chic…?!



This post has had many more views than any other I have ever written, since I began this blog. Interesting!

Blogging plans for 2018?  I must update my ‘about’ page. This was written when my dream was to have a home in France and now we do! I really should get a new (better) profile photo too.

I tweet and pin! What next? I’m thinking Instagram. After all, it’s important to keep learning and trying new blog related things. Do you have any recommendations?

Currently, I’m starting each morning with a cup of warm water and lemon and trying to drink more water but I’ve had these intentions so many times before that I’m purposely not calling them resolutions!

I’d love to know any NY resolutions you may have, blog related or otherwise.




Fancying France…the Fringe!

This intriguing  odd title for a blog post, came to me on the train home from Glasgow. It has nothing to do with my actual fringe ( known as ‘bangs’ I believe, in the US! ) which is in dire need of a trim, but everything to do with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

I don’t have a bucket list. Do you? But there are many places I haven’t visited and activities I haven’t tried…yet. Going to the EFF was one of these. As a Brit, I am ashamed to say that I have never been to Scotland until this week. Mr FF was playing hockey in a ten day tournament and it was a great opportunity to watch him play. What I  really mean is that it was a great opportunity to visit Glasgow and Edinburgh, especially as the Fringe Festival was taking place!

We stayed in a modern and well equipped Airbnb flat in a part of Glasgow called Glasgow Green.


This was a very convenient area, well located for the city centre and the hockey venue!

As we had limited time, we decided to take advantage of an open-top, hop-on-hop-off bus tour.


I think this is a brilliant way to get to know a new city. We hopped off to visit Glasgow Cathedral and the Necropolis. IMG_0144

The Necropolis may seem a strange place to visit but this vast multi-faith cemetery, modelled on the Père-Lachaise graveyard in Paris, has amazing  views over the city of Glasgow, as well as being very interesting in its own right.

The photo below is from the website of the Friends of the Necropolis. Here is the link to their website in case you would like to find out more.



And then there was Edinburgh!  But where to start? It was the seventieth anniversary of the Fringe. The atmosphere was amazing. So many people; different ages, different races, different styles but all set on enjoying themselves and everything that the festival had to offer.


Our strategy (?!) was to try to experience events across the art forms. We started with political stand up, went on to a female a Capella group and then to Shakespeare,  enjoying an abridged version of a Comedy of Errors. This was followed by a brilliant comedy drama set in an evening class. Our final choice was an experimental dance performance; probably my least favourite show. On top of this were all the street performers – fire eaters, musicians, dancers et al.

It was totally brilliant to have experienced the Fringe Festival, even if was for such a brief visit. I really hope we’ll go again but next time we’ll plan a bit more with what we want to see and aim to book some events in advance.

Do you have a bucket or an unbucket list? Have you been to Glasgow or the Edinburgh Fringe? I’d love to know!



Missing France and A Rant

It’s been a little while since I lasted posted; partly because we’ve been back in the UK for Christmas, New Year, and various family birthdays – and dog sitting!

Also, I’ve been totally poleaxed by what has been happening in the world.  First Brexit and now Trump ! I voted to stay in the E.U. which now, apparently, makes me a Remoaner. Fine, I don’t see why should I keep quiet, surely that’s the point of freedom of speech? And don’t get me started on Trump – no, seriously don’t get me started. There are not enough words to say how much I deplore everything he stands for. Rant over…

I’ve been reflecting over the many aspects of France I have been missing and I have decided to share these in photos.


What would you miss the most? I’d love to know.


Blogging: Next Steps


We are back in the UK for Christmas and, therefore,  I thought I would take advantage of a course about blogging, taking place relatively locally. Unfortunately, it was cancelled! The course was aimed at those who have been running their own blog for a while and were looking to improve!

I have now been blogging for about two years and I thought it would be interesting to see what my next steps could/would/should be. I love blogging. I like to think it’s an outlet for my creative side. I have always enjoyed writing and, for a long time, kept a diary. I even used to write poetry …

Through blogging, I have discovered so many other fantastic blogs and it’s always brilliant and encouraging when I receive comments from fellow bloggers, as well as other readers, of course.

This blog has also led me to Pinterest and I enjoy uploading images to my many boards and discovering lots of fabulous content from other Pinners!

And, most recently, I have linked up with #AllAboutFrance, a monthly Blog Link Up, that takes place on the first Thursday of each month. The idea is to link up posts about France or with a French theme. This has introduced me to so many new and interesting blogs. To sum up in one word – brilliant! If you want to find out more, have a look at: loumessugo.com

You might be wondering what the photo has to do with the post. Well, nothing directly but it is the Mairie, in Castelnaudary, decorated for Christmas.

Thank you for reading and if you have any suggestions for my ‘next steps’, I would love to hear them!

Joyeux Noël…



I need to talk about…dog poo


Or poop, as our friends across the pond might say.

I apologise for raising this unsavoury topic but it has been on my mind for some time.

Here in France, I am very impressed by the amount of free doggie poo bags that are available to dog walkers.

In the UK, we have to provide our own. As a conscientious dog walker, I don’t mind that at all and have always cleared up after my dogs.

So why, in France, don’t people USE them? I don’t get it. I have spared you from any photos of the copious amounts of dog poo(p) that decorate the streets and pavements here. Instead, I have photographed the free bags and also the signs asking people to clear up after their dogs.

I am not alone in my opinion. In a brilliant article entitled:

‘Mind the merde: why can’t French cities clean up after their dogs?’ Phil Hoad
of the Guardian echoes my feelings.


Rant over…

I am linking this post to the very interesting #AnimalTales