From Too Many Chefs -

June 25, 2008
We'll always have Paris...

PB060060.jpgAs some of you may have noticed, things have been rather quiet on Too Many Chefs lately. We apologize for the lack of material; it's not because we suddenly stopped eating or cooking or coming up with exciting new ideas. We have been busy. Barrett and the Redhead are busy learning how to survive on very little sleep. And for myself - well, I've been panicking to tell the truth. The Critic has landed a Great New Job. An exciting job. One that he can really get his teeth into. I am so happy for him and so proud. The catch? Well, it's in London. That's okay, we knew that when he applied. What we didn't know was how quickly they would want us to move: they have "compromised" and agreed that the Critic can start the first week of August, rather than the last week of July. Between now and then, I need to write a dozen letters to cancel gas, electricity, phone, etc. (with accusé de réception, i.e. registered mail), sell our apartment, find a new house in the UK, meet with movers, pack, give away or sell the things we don't want to move, sell the I'm panicking a bit and I think it's justified. I'm also a bit sad.

Some 16 years ago, my mother drove me to the airport to catch a one-way flight to Munich. " long do you think you'll stay?" she asked cautiously. I hadn't really considered the question. I was young and confident and excited about joining my then-boyfriend in a new country. More than a year, but less than five, I guessed. Well I was wrong by a bit. Paris was always the ultimate destination and we moved there a year later. I've been here 15 years. Over the years, I've acquired a lot of furniture and books, a cat, a husband and two children. This is my home. The city sometimes drives me speechless with fury and frustration, but it's my home. I love it like you love the sibling who drives you up the wall. And now I am having to face the fact that where our family is will always be my home. Have children, will travel.

England, here we come.

Posted by Meg in Sussex at June 25, 2008 3:32 PM

Congratulations on the new job.
Good luck with the move.

Posted by Ceri on June 25, 2008 at 8:45 PM

I really understand how you feel,me it would break my heart to have to go back to France cos I've been here in England nearly ten years and this is home now...

Posted by Muriel on June 26, 2008 at 3:25 AM

Our warmest wishes and thoughts are with you...

...during this period of utter chaos! :)

Good luck!

Posted by gs on June 26, 2008 at 8:07 AM

Meg! So sad you're leaving. And I'll come visit you in London, where you'll have Neal's Yard cheese & Borough market. And we can touch all the produce we want, and drink decent coffee. Cheers mate!! xox

Posted by David on June 27, 2008 at 6:11 AM

David, I hope we can meet up before I go - I'd hate to have to take that jar of spicy pickled onions with me! (Yes, that IS a bribe...)


Posted by Meg in Paris on June 27, 2008 at 7:31 AM

Best of luck in your move. Uprooting a family is tough, but where you are going will certainly be exciting. Bon Soir.

Posted by LadySkyeFyre on June 28, 2008 at 2:14 PM

Well, I agree it is sad that you're leaving Paris... although I like England, all of my visits to see you in Paris have been special. I don't envy your tasks at all. Ebay is your friend! No more honey from M. Allart! I'm going to have to be my own beekeeper, I guess. I understand that you're looking to settle on the southern coast, near Brighton (so goes the family gossip) - that's an area rich in folk traditions. Rottingdean is the home of the Copper Family, and I think that there are a couple of worthwhile festivals to attend. Just don't jump into buying a house on credit- the UK market is in worse shape than the U.S., if that is possible.

Big Brother in the wilds of Oregon

Posted by Big Brother on June 30, 2008 at 6:19 PM

Holee Crap! That's huge, really huge. Packing up and leaving, wow.

Rock on with your bad self and see you when you get to the other side.

xo, Biggles

Posted by Dr. Biggles on July 1, 2008 at 12:23 PM

Congrats to the Critic for landing an awesome job! And what a cutie Son #2 is! You must be in the middle of moving hell right now...sending you calming vibes. Good luck with everything. Looking forward to reading about life across the channel.

Posted by Taina on July 18, 2008 at 8:22 PM