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.

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Grow your Blog - let's have a party!

Today I'm trying something a little different.  I'm going on a Blog Hop.  For many of you that term will be familiar, but for my readers who aren't also bloggers, it'll undoubtedly be a new one.  So let me explain.  I'm participating in a Blogging Party where the idea is to bring all sorts of bloggers together, hopping from one blog to the next, to discover new things, "meet" new people, find new ideas, support each other and hopefully "grow our blogs" while having a good time.  Simple!  But it's not just fun for the writers, it's also for you, my readers, as you too might find new blogs to enjoy and follow.  Some participants will be holding giveaways, which will be open to anyone, whether following that blog or not, and yes, for the very first time I too will be giving away a little something.  To find out more, read on.

     cap dantibes view copyright Phoebe Thomas

If you are visiting for the first time, hello and welcome!  Here's a little bit about me, Phoebe, the abridged version (it's complicated!)  I live in the south of France with my husband JF and our two boys, where I run a gîte "Lou Messugo" (hence the blog's name).  I'm half Australian half British and JF's French.  Our children are tri-cultural and bi-lingual.  As for me I'm a classic example of what's called a TCK - third culture kid - albeit a rather grown-up one. I've lived in 9 countries, spent pretty much all my life as an expat somewhere and don't have a home town.  I don't feel I "come" from anywhere in particular.  "Home" is wherever I'm living at the time.  Which means that France is home for now and has been for the longest period of my life.  Dare I say it, roots are going down, just a little, as I absolutely love where I live.  So I write about this passion - the region I live in, the food, French culture, and every now and then something non-French related, a little bit of what takes my fancy.  And what takes my fancy more often than not is travel.  I love to travel. Read more about that here and here. I'm also an avid amateur photographer and take far too many photos.  Out of those loads there are sometimes a few good ones (safety in numbers) which I enjoy posting on here.

     Mountain view Côte dAzur

In all honesty I started this blog as a way of providing my holiday rental guests information about the area and that was it.  I didn't really care if no one else read it, but it has become so much more than that. I found I loved writing and really enjoyed the whole bloggersphere-thing. I love the contact with other bloggers and the friendships I've made with readers and writers in the 20-odd months that I've been blogging.  My aim now is to grow this blog to a wider readership so if any of this has piqued your interest I'd love you to subscribe, that way you won't miss out on any of my posts.  But don't worry if you don't want to, just pop by from time to time to see what's up.  I also love comments and try to reply to them all.  

       klaent passable

So back to that giveaway.  I'm offering one random reader a copy of the book The French House written by local author Nick Alexander and set in this general area.  I'll send it to anywhere in the world, all you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post by 14th February 2014.  I'll announce the winner on 15th February, here on the blog so be sure to check back then if not before!  

    Terre Bianche view copyright Phoebe Thomas

I've peppered this post with a few photos from my blog, illustrating some of the themes:  landscape, food and culture.  Double clicking on them takes you back to the original post, if you'd like to find out more.  I hope you enjoy them!

    may9

    rando w Steen

    mon café gourmand

    2CV

Thanks to Vicky at 2 Bags Full for hosting this great event.  

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  • Guest
    Caro Thursday, 27 February 2014

    Hi there, I love your blog from the South, I found you too late for the blog hop event - what a great idea! will be following you as we love visiting the south. Just for your interest I'm blogging in the Haute Savoie all things foodie in our region.

  • Guest
    Phoebe Sunday, 16 February 2014

    The winner of my giveaway is Mags. Please contact me so I can arrange to send you the book. If I don't hear from you within 48 hours I'll draw another name.

  • Guest
    Mags Monday, 17 February 2014

    Hi Phoebe
    Thank you how great, I'm excited to win. I sent an email with my address :p
    Mags

  • Guest
    Mara Paz Sunday, 16 February 2014

    Hi, I love your blog! Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment on mine. I'm here to tell you that you are one of the three recipients of a postcard from Portugal. Please send me an email with the address I should use. Regards, Mara

  • Guest
    Phoebe Monday, 17 February 2014

    Thanks Mara, that's great. I sent you an email.

  • Guest
    Diana Petrillo Saturday, 15 February 2014

    Hi Phoebe--thanks so much for visiting me via the GYBP :) I'm slowly but surely getting back to my 140+ visitors! Your photographs are lovely. I'm your latest follower. Blessings, Diana

  • Guest
    Phoebe Monday, 17 February 2014

    Thanks Diana :)

  • Guest
    patty Friday, 14 February 2014

    What an interesting life you've had. We moved many times too so I can relate somewhat. So nice to meet you. Love your photos.

  • Guest
    Phoebe Friday, 14 February 2014

    Nice to meet you too Patty :)

  • Guest
    Mags Tuesday, 11 February 2014

    Hi Phoebe
    I've been following your blog for a while now and really enjoy your posts. I'd love to win the giveaway, it sounds like a great book. It was good to find out more about you in this post!

  • Guest
    Phoebe Tuesday, 11 February 2014

    Thanks for your loyalty Mags, I always appreciate you popping by.

  • Guest
    Judy C Monday, 10 February 2014

    Your blog is beautiful - I love the photos. I too love to travel (sometimes only vicariously) - I have subscribed to your RSS feed. Thanks for sharing.

  • Guest
    Phoebe Tuesday, 11 February 2014

    Thanks Judy! Sometimes vicarious travel is the best, lots of enjoyment without the expense and complications!! Thanks for subscribing.

  • Guest
    Dawn Sunday, 09 February 2014

    1. Hello , my name is Dawn your my one stop on the blog party, Hope that I soon will be friends with all of you cyber neighbors. Here's some bread crumbs to follow me to My site http://overboardcreations.blogspot.com/ and contact info is ovr_brd@yahoo.com
    I don’t have a lot of blog time in. but I like all things creative n thrifty. I hope to stop back again, you look like you have a lot of good reading for a whole afternoon. I am on my pit stop of 358 good blog reading. I am totally floored at the beautiful photography and the adventures you shared. Great read

  • Guest
    Phoebe Tuesday, 11 February 2014

    Thanks for commenting Dawn. I'll pop over to your blog too.

  • Phoebe
    Phoebe Sunday, 09 February 2014

    Hi Phoebe,

    Finally getting round to visiting some of the blogs from the GYB party and catching up! You have a really lovely blog and I look forward to hearing more about your gite and the life in the South of France. Love your photoS too. Thanks so much for taking the time to visit my blogs and I look forward to getting to "know" you better.

    Alison x

  • Guest
    Phoebe Tuesday, 11 February 2014

    Thanks Alison I really appreciate your comment. :)

  • Guest
    Stacy Friday, 31 January 2014

    Hello Phoebe! You truly excel in photography. I especially love the photo of lavender. We have a lavender festival here in my state where all of the lavender farms open with festivities as the lavender blooms in the fields. I can't wait for it next summer!

  • Guest
    Phoebe Friday, 31 January 2014

    Wow, thanks Stacy; you are too kind! This area is famous for its lavender and it is really a sight to behold when the fields are all in bloom. How nice that you are in another place where it's grown.

  • Guest
    Karen Friday, 31 January 2014

    I would love to visit your area of the world someday--your photos are very seductive! I'm slowly making my way through the blogs and it's nice to meet you!

  • Guest
    Phoebe Friday, 31 January 2014

    Thanks Karen, I love to hear that my photos are "seductive"! That makes me very pleased. :)

  • Guest
    Caroline Friday, 31 January 2014

    Your photography is lovely, I can totally understand how it would draw people in to stay in your place. I especially love your wordless image the colors are so bright and I wonder how they got the flowers to come through the slats. It has been lovely meeting you.

    Hugs
    Caroline

  • Guest
    Phoebe Friday, 31 January 2014

    Thanks for your kind words Caroline; the flowers were threaded through the slats in the shutters for display, they weren't actually growing there.

  • Little Wandering Wren
    Little Wandering Wren Thursday, 30 January 2014

    Hi there Fibetee, you're right I am so happy to have met you through GMB. I can do France (well sort of having lived in Belgium for 8 yrs!) My DH has it in his life plan to spend 1/3rd of the year there, so I will be an avid follower of your blog. Certainly if we were still in Europe I'd be booking into your Gite!!
    I have just enjoyed your recent pancake post and have pictures of you peeling pancakes off the ceiling and having OD'ed on Nutella or if you're lucky you had the cointreau ones!
    Such fun, can't make for more and getting to know you better
    Wren x

  • Guest
    Phoebe Friday, 31 January 2014

    No pancakes on the ceiling. (Just the floor!) How wonderful to have a plan to spend a third of your time in France...let's hope for both our sakes it come to fruition. In the meantime we've got our blogs to keep us in touch, yay!

  • Guest
    Sarah O. Thursday, 30 January 2014

    Incredible photos. I like the mountain hike one best, with its well-worn trail.

  • Guest
    Phoebe Friday, 31 January 2014

    Thanks Sarah! The mountain hike is a firm favourite too.

  • Guest
    Diane Thursday, 30 January 2014

    What a lovely place to live. I'll be back after the blog hop to read more about your travels and the area.
    Diane

  • Guest
    Phoebe Friday, 31 January 2014

    I look forward to having you back again Diane! :)

  • Apple and Orchard
    Apple and Orchard Thursday, 30 January 2014

    Oh I just can't wait to follow your life and adventures...how fantastic you live in France! xoxo Jen

  • Guest
    Phoebe Friday, 31 January 2014

    Hi Jen, thanks for reading and for being so positive. Happy to have you along for the ride.

  • Phoebe
    Phoebe Wednesday, 29 January 2014

    Oh wow! What a surprise finding your blog! So interesting! And gorgeous pictures and I would love to win that book! I am also participating in the hop - in fact, I have entered two blogs and two give always - please come visit - you will see that I love visiting France x Hettienne

  • Guest
    Phoebe Friday, 31 January 2014

    Helloo Hettienne, thanks for stopping by on the hop, I'll be sure to head over to your blogs later too. I'm glad yuo enjoyed my blog. :)

  • Guest
    Second Hand Roses Wednesday, 29 January 2014

    So glad to have visited you from GYB party! We're slowly working our way through the entire list. We love blogs from other parts of the world, and particularly travel blogs.

    Good luck with the event--hope you have lots of new readers!

    Deb and Kathy

  • Guest
    Phoebe Friday, 31 January 2014

    Thanks for your support Deb and Kathy.

  • Guest
    Remy Wednesday, 29 January 2014

    Great pictures! I bet this was really fun!

  • Guest
    Phoebe Wednesday, 29 January 2014

    Thanks Remy

  • Phoebe
    Phoebe Tuesday, 28 January 2014

    Ohhhhhhhh - what beautiful photos! I am going to enjoy reading more about you...dropping by from the Blog Party - Happy Tuesday...your newest Follower - Tanya

  • Guest
    Phoebe Wednesday, 29 January 2014

    Thanks Tanya, it's not hard to take beautiful photos when you live in a beautiful place. :)

  • Gill
    Gill Monday, 27 January 2014

    It looks as though you live in a wonderful part of the world!
    I look forward to learning more!!

  • Guest
    Phoebe Wednesday, 29 January 2014

    I certainly do Gill. Thanks for popping by.

  • M.K.
    M.K. Monday, 27 January 2014

    Your blog looks like JUST my kind of place! I love rural France. I love your photos. I LOVE culture, food, travel -- so glad I found you! Yes, please enter me in the giveaway. It sounds like a good book.

  • Guest
    Phoebe Wednesday, 29 January 2014

    Hi MK, thanks for your enthusiastic comments, you are now entered. Don't forget to check back on 15th Feb.

  • Guest
    Delmy Monday, 27 January 2014

    You are full of surprises Phoebe! This is great idea to bring in bloggers together. I can relate to much of your life as you have shared. Moving from country to country has so many benefits and challenges worth it. I admire how you turn your circumstances into a positive experience and then share with others to encourage them. I love your photos, your sharing of the foods and customs. France is a wonderful country which I have been lucky to have lived close by and visited its different areas. I look forward to your posts. They bring me back to wonderful memories and those places I didn't get to see. . . yet

  • Guest
    Phoebe Wednesday, 29 January 2014

    Thanks for your kind words Delmy, I'm so pleased to have you along for the ride!

  • Guest
    Lisa Sunday, 26 January 2014

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your pictures! Thanks so much for describing and showing the area you are currently living in! Fabulous!

    Lisa

  • Guest
    Phoebe Wednesday, 29 January 2014

    :) :) :) Thanks for your enthusiasm Lisa! :) :) :)

  • wirednan
    wirednan Sunday, 26 January 2014

    So nice to meet you, Phoebe and read your wonderful blog. It's great to hear about your life in France and enjoy your fabulous photographs. I am definitely following you for more of the same! I live in the middle of the deep freeze in Canada and it really helps to see your lovely views with the sunshine and lavender. Please drop by my blog for a visit.

  • Guest
    Phoebe Wednesday, 29 January 2014

    Hi there, so glad to have warmed you up a bit from your frozen winter!! I'll be sure ot pop over to your blog for an explore too.

  • Guest
    Bernadett Sunday, 26 January 2014

    Hello,

    Nice to meet you.:)
    I would like to participate in your giveaway.
    petitearmoire2@gmail.com

    Greetings.

    Bernadett

  • Guest
    Phoebe Wednesday, 29 January 2014

    Thanks for popping by Bernadett, your name is in the draw.

  • Phoebe
    Phoebe Sunday, 26 January 2014

    A beautiful blog!
    That was my dream ever: living in different countries. Long enough to learn languages ​​really well (or even grow up multilingual). But I never came out of my small town. When I was younger, here was GDR and we were imprisoned. Now other reasons. But what is it? Now I read your blog and I'm happy to see some of France again.
    Have a nice sunday

  • Guest
    Phoebe Wednesday, 29 January 2014

    Thanks Mascha, life must have been tough in GDR with big dreams of travel, but clearly you are at least bilingual as your English is excellent. I hope you enjoy my other posts.

  • Guest
    Sara Kate MacFarland Sunday, 26 January 2014

    What a wonderful blog! I can't wait to come back and visit often. Your life is practically my own dream...looking forward to enjoying it vicariously through your posts! It's great that Vicki's GYB has led me to your blog! Sara

  • Guest
    Phoebe Wednesday, 29 January 2014

    Thanks Sara, I hope I don't disappoint! It is a pretty good life I have to admit! :)

  • Beth
    Beth Sunday, 26 January 2014

    after seeing a Citron in our area - i keep seeing them in the bloggy world too ... they really are neat cars ... you saw one too!! neat times!! hi there. i'm Beth from E. Lizard Breath Speaks - so nice to meet you through the Grow Your Blog get together/party. ( :

  • Guest
    Phoebe Wednesday, 29 January 2014

    Nice to meet you too Beth, I look forward to getting to know you better over the next few weeks. These Citroen's are reasonably common in France and if you double click on the photo you'll get the whole story behind the photo. It's a car close to my heart, having used one as my wedding car and owned one too.

  • Guest
    Brooke Sunday, 26 January 2014

    I am glad you found my blog and now I've found yours--The lavender field is beautiful and where is that beach? I look forward to reading more of your blog! Good luck this week with "GYB."

  • Guest
    Phoebe Wednesday, 29 January 2014

    Hi Brooke, thanks for commenting. The beach is in Cap Ferrat just east of Nice. For more info double click on the photo itself and it'll take you to the original post which gives full details.

  • Guest
    Kathy Saturday, 25 January 2014

    What an interesting life and a truly gorgeous place to call home!

  • Guest
    Phoebe Wednesday, 29 January 2014

    Yes, I'm very lucky, Kathy, thanks for saying hello.

  • Guest
    Dormouse dormouse.wibsite.com Saturday, 25 January 2014

    I love your lavender photos! I am definitely going to become a follower - I'm thinking that a little break at your gite might be a lovely birthday prezzie for me & my man. It shall be considered - would you be able to rent it out for just a long weekend in Sept/Oct?
    We live in Rhone Alpes so not too far for a weekend!

  • Guest
    Phoebe Saturday, 25 January 2014

    Hello Dormouse, thanks for your lovely comment, I'll pop over to your blog later too. I'm delighted you might want a break at my gite, our minimum stay is 3 nights which I think counts as a long weekend doesn't it? After that you can stay for as long as you want. You know where to find me, there's a contact form on the blog too, so I look forward to keeping in touch and maybe even meeting later in the year.

  • ssparrowinflight
    ssparrowinflight Saturday, 25 January 2014

    What an interesting idea for a blog! One of the reasons I wanted to participate was to find blogs outside my usual area of quilting! I have not traveled much outside the US but I very much understand the idea of always moving about. Thank you so much for sharing your blog today!

    On a side note: Have you considered joining "Bloglovin" (identifying your blog on their site) it would be a way for the site to recommend your blog to people based on other blogs they follow even if they have never been to your site!

  • Guest
    Phoebe Wednesday, 29 January 2014

    Hi there, thanks for stopping by and commenting, I really appreciate it. I have looked into Bloglovin and would love to use it but it isn't compatible with the platform I use unfortunately :(

  • Guest
    yonca Saturday, 25 January 2014

    Lovely blog! I feel like i am in France now:)
    Between US and Turkey, I haven't got a chance to see France yet. Hope one day...Maybe after retirement i n a couple of years :)
    Thanks for visiting my blog and your comment Phoebe! xx

  • Guest
    Phoebe Saturday, 25 January 2014

    Thanks for your kind words Yonca and delighted to have you here for the first time. I used to go to Turkey a lot many years ago but haven't been for ages now. I'd love to go back and explore some more.

  • Guest
    Linda Ursin Saturday, 25 January 2014

    Sounds like a good thing to do to spread the word. Wish I could participate, but I don't have the time.

  • Guest
    Phoebe Saturday, 25 January 2014

    Thanks for popping by all the same Linda, I know you're really busy!

  • Guest
    cathy Saturday, 25 January 2014

    Oh what a fun new blog I have found...thanks to you leaving me a note on my blog and the blog party! : ) A gite in southern France - sigh - oh my dream! Reading your blog makes me miss living in europe ...... and why blogs are so much fun - we get to see many new things and live vicariously through our blog friends!

  • Guest
    Phoebe Saturday, 25 January 2014

    I agree fully about the vicarious living. I'm looking forward to reading all about your life in Singapore and many Asian travels. How I miss Asia! :)

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