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Today's story takes place in this cheese shop, in Pernes-les-Fontaines. More photos here.


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pressé (preh-say) adj & past participle (presser)

    : hurried; urgent

être pressé de partir = to be in a hurry to leave
c'est pressé? = is it urgent?

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A Day in a French Life... by Kristin Espinasse
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In the town of Pernes-les-Fontaines we were pressed—pressed! pressed! pressed! for time.  At least this was the signal that I was getting from the man motioning to me from outside of the fromagerie....

There stood my husband, arms flapping in frustration. He was impatient to get to our gîte on time to cook lunch for friends; he had pintade, olives, les tomates séchées, pâté, and wine waiting in the car for our weekend getaway. All he needed now was his willful wife, who was standing her ground in the cheese shop.

"Pfft!" puffed the willful wife. "Ça lui apprendra la patience! This'll be a good lesson in patience for him!" I mumbled to the others in line and my blase remark covered up the eager-to-please partner inside of me: truth is, I hate to make my husband wait.

When next I looked out the window, my itching-to-go époux was throwing both arms up to the sky in one illustrative example of impatience.

"Just look the other way," the man in line behind me suggested with a snicker. The others in line agreed, in one cheesy conspiracy: "Oui. Ne le regardez pas," they giggled.

I followed the man's magical "turn your head away" tip and, just like that—in one abracadabrant POOF!—all of my soucis left me (though I can't say the same for the married man with flailing hands standing outside of the fromagerie...).

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Ne le fais pas attendre. Il est très pressé!
Don't make him wait. He's in a big hurry!

la fromagerie = cheese dairy, cheese shop
la pintade = a pheasantlike bird, a type of guinea fowl
la tomate séchée = sundried tomato
pfft or pfut (exclamation) = bah!
ça lui apprendra la patience! = that'll teach him patience!
un époux = husband
Oui. Ne le regarde pas! = Yes. Don't look at him!
abracadabrant(e) adj = fantastic
un souci = worry

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Berlingot
Les Berlingots tiny sweets in the shape of a cube, or dice. Its name is said to come from the game of jacks, or osselets which was called berlingaù in Provençal.


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A Day in a Dog's Life by Smokey "R" Dokey
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Back when we were six weeks old (photo taken in October). Two sisters are missing from this photo (they were playing with their puppy dolls (having a tea party) on the front patio.

Hello Friends,

Just a flashback for you today. See here my sisters and myself (the goodlooking guy to the left). It may seem as if my team is losing. In fact, I am practicing my first steps as a gallant Gaul—letting my big sister win (lest she sit on me, chew my ear, and trot of with a grin!)

Love,
The Smokester

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