The Lou Messugo Blog - life in the south of France from a British/Australian TCK's perspective, bringing you French culture, travel on the Côte d'Azur and beyond, expat issues and a little bit of je ne sais quoi all mixed up with a hefty dose of photography.
Welcome to the 14th All About France monthly link up all about France! If you're a blogger and this is your first time here you might want to find out more here. If you're a reader interested in France then you've come to the right place - I hope you enjoy all the posts about France; you'll find plenty more here.
Last month's link up had a huge response for #AllAboutFrance's 1st anniversary, thank you everyone who joined in, I get great pleasure reading all your fabulous posts. Choosing just a few as highlights is always difficult but here goes, if you haven't already read these I suggest you head over to them and do so now.
I actually Louvred it - What up Swags?!
les Yarn Bombers de St Etienne - Agatha Bertram Travels
Vive la différence, or the weight of words - Susie Kelly
la Friperie, the second hand shop - French Village Diaries
February sped by at breakneck speed, probably owing to 2 excellent foreign trips, to Naples with my son and London on my own (I have no idea when I was last in London without kids!) and 2 weeks of school holidays full of skiing, play dates, carnival and fun away from the computer. I'm quite useless at keeping up with blogging and social media when my boys are off school or when I'm away, which meant that I only just finished reading and commenting on most of the linked up posts in the last couple of days.
However, owing to this tardiness I discovered just how many participants actually comment on other posts. The result was very few! Please don't forget the dreaded rules. It's boring to have to say this but it appears there are plenty of people who seem to think they can just link up and leave without commenting on any of the linked posts. I don't want to have to get all officious and remove those who dump and run but if it contines I will. This is not fair on other participants, nor me as the organiser and it does no one any favours least of all yourself. As with all blog link-ups it works best when everybody reads, comments on and shares as many of the other posts linked up as possible (please, try for 2 as a minimum). If you don't know what I'm going on about first read the rules and if still stuck, then email me! Rant over!
Here's a reminder of how to join in:
You can link up two posts, old or new, as long as they are about France, French language, French food, expat differences with France etc
Please either add the #AllAboutFrance badge to the bottom of your post(s)/sidebar of your blog or link back to Lou Messugo. The code is below.
Please share the love by commenting on my post(s) and at least two others. The more we all share and comment the better it works for everyone. Be generous!
Tweet me your links @FibiTee and I will RT you. Use the hashtag #AllAboutFrance to spread the word and for everyone to find each other easily.
Don't forget there's also a Pinboard on to which you can pin if you join up.
Full details of the link-up can be found here. As always it'll be open for a whole week and the next one will be in a month's time on Thursday April 7th.
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Wonderful! So happy to be a part of this great group again. I really can't wait to read all of this lovely writing. Thank you!
Happy you came back Jill! Glad you're enjoying it.
Hi! Added the view from the Ferris Wheel over carnival period Will try and comment on some posts later, work is mad and friends with baby about to come stay!
That's a great view! Thanks for linking it.
Phoebe, thank you so much for the shout.
And thank you too for your generosity in hosting the linkies.
My pleasure Susie
Happy March to you all. Looking forward to catching up with a few more blogs and reading your posts. Love that pic too!
Happy March to you to Ema
What a fab idea for a linky - I look forward to reading all about France and getting some inspiration for our next visit
Thanks Kara, you should find plenty of inspiration here
Hi Phoebe, it is a lot of work for you so thanks very much for hosting the link-up. Thanks also for the shout out re. the Yarn Bombers of St Etienne. Have a look at this month's link re. Talleyrand. Seems like a dry subject, but it is a really good book that I read almost 20 years ago (in Hanoi) and provides an amazing insight into a period of French history that we all know a little bit about.
I loved your yarn bombers Sally and will be reading your book review later today.
Hellllllo Phoebe!! Thank you for the blog spotlight! There may be other link-ups in my life at the moment, but #AllAboutFrance is my true one and only!! I know someday I'll get down to the south of France and finally meet you!!! Thanks for all of your hard work.
Oh you're so faithful Swags!!! Love it!
Hi everyone...linked up for the first time. I've commented on Phoebe's two posts and also two others. (#8 and #13 - terrific). Looking forward to being able to share my posts and engage with you all as I absolutely LOVE France.
Great to have you and your enthusiasm here Kerri!
Love this link up each month - Thanks for the reminder! I added 2 posts and commented on some others. I know it takes time to read other posts and comment - but I find that if I link up and comment at the same time, then it's done. It's easy to forget if one just links up with the intention of returning but then forgets or gets distracted by other things. I do like to check back if I've linked up early as there are always some great posts. Such wonderful diversity and great things to learn about France. Thanks again for providing this link up I always discover something new and interesting from the different bloggers! Hope all is well for you - I've loved photos of your trips and of course - Carnival is stunning!! Have a great month!
It's a good plan to try and comment straight away but to also come back later in the week to see who else has linked up because often a lot of people join in at the weekend. I know we're all human though and forget or just get too busy, but I had my rant today because I'm aware there are plenty of people who regularly link up but who've never commented anywhere, not even on my posts which is very unfair and not in the spirit of linkies.
Not sure if my first comment went through so I'm trying again
Happy to have found this linkup and your blog. This is my first time participating and likely not the last! Thank you for hosting and bringing together such great posts and bloggers.
Yes it did but I'm always happy to have second ones! Thanks for joining in
Hi Pheobe, this is my first link up with you So glad I found it. Thank you for hosting and bringing all these great posts and bloggers together. Cheers!
Glad you could join in
Thanks for visiting one of my posts Lillian I'll be commenting on others later.
I really like the round-up of your favourites, Phoebe. I've just discovered Susie Kelly's, thanks to this. Looking forward to discovering this month's links. Thanks!
Good to know Harriet, I hope you enjoy this month's offerings too.
Hi Lou, have linked up but am having a few problems copying the badge code properly on to my page. Need to head to work now but will do it from my PC as soon as I can!
OK thanks for letting me know.
Thanks for hosting, as usual, Phoebe!
Bonjour and I'm all linked up with 2 posts I know what you mean about people not commenting (I was late on #AAF this month too) and I find there are linkies where I add a post yet I receive no comments, occasionally not even from the host, although I have to say this is rare. It takes a lot of time and effort to run a linky, as we both know, and can be a great way of driving traffic to your blog but only is everyone plays fair.
I really don't want this linky to be known as one where no one comments as there certainly are plenty out there like that. It was actually quite interesting being so late as it really showed who does and who doesn't comment. I had my suspicions already but this confirmed it. I know you understand!