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As I was trying to improve my ‘About’ page, I got thinking about myself and events that had marked my life.

When I was born, life was orange and brown.

Newborn Mel

At 7 months, I was already into dressing up.

Never too young to start dessing up

At 8 months, I was a messy eater.

Messy Eater

At 9 months, I started walking.

At 10 months, my ears got pierced.

At 13 months, I had a go at skiing for the first time.

At 15 months, I was a flower girl.

At 18 months, I was potty trained and went on my first camping holiday.


At 2, I started nursery school.

At 3, my mum and I moved into the house where I grew up.

At 4 I got my first ‘job’ grape-picking and was paid 5 francs per basket.

At 5, I loved pretending I was a teacher.


At 6, I had chicken pox.

At 7, I learnt to swim.

At 8, I went on a plane for the first time.

At 9, my brother was born.

At 10, I went on a black slope for the first time.

At 11, I started learning English.

At 12, I discovered Queen. I have loved rock music since then.

At 13, I spent a week in London with my mum.

At 14, I spent a week in an English family near Portsmouth and was puzzled by the food, the shower I could not turn on, the toilet in the bathroom.

At 15, my second brother was born, followed by our baby brother a year later.

At 16, I tried windsurfing. Let’s never speak of that again.

Windsurfing... not my thing

At 17, I was banned from yoga class and went to my first concert.

At 18, I checked my Bac results (A-Levels) on the Minitel. With my driver’s licence in hand, I started working odd shifts in a drugs factory and drove all the way to the Alps in my mum’s Ford Escort.


At 19, I moved to Paris to study English and bought my first mobile phone.

At 20, I worked as a nanny after a short-lived career in a greasy fast-food.

At 21, I moved to London after graduating and became a language assistant.

At 22, I studied French as a Foreign Language in Aix-en-Provence.

At 23, PGCE certificate in hand, I became a teacher.

At 24, I went on a 6,000 kilometre road trip around Europe. I realised that chasing thunderstorms, sleeping in the car and taking showers on the beach were not my idea of a holiday. My then boyfriend (now Hubby, would you believe it), loved every minute of it.

At 25, I went to Glastonbury. My dad passed away just before Christmas that year.


At 26, I got married.

Wedding Day

At 27, I bought my second-hand Mini Cooper. After our niece’s lively fourth birthday party, I declared I was not ready for children just yet. Not long after, I realised I was pregnant with Crevette, and I was over the moon!

At 28, I discovered unconditional love after hours of delirium caused by gas and air.

At 29, I bought my much-loved Canon camera.

At 30, I had the most relaxed, pain-free labour you could imagine when Beanie was born.

At 31, I had a fish pedicure and I would not recommend it.

Fish Pedicure

At 32, I had my first stay in hospital ever when four week old Jumpy had Pneumonia. Strangely enough, that cured my  fear of hospitals.

At 33, I made macarons for the first time.

French Party - The Food - Blue, White, Red Macarons

At 34, I gave birth to my fourth baby on the bathroom floor.

At 35, I made croissants.

Recently, the lovely ReneéLouise and Shannon tagged me for memes, so I thought I would share a few things about myself. I will not tag anyone else, but feel free to do something similar if you feel like it. I loved doing it!

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  1. mummy m's memories
    28/02/2015 / 7:57 am

    Wow… you can remember a lot…. I am intrigued why you got banned from yoga though!!

    • Mel
      05/03/2015 / 5:28 pm

      My friend and I just thought it was ridiculous and we could not stop laughing. It took me ten years to try yoga again after that. I love it now, and I am mature enough not to laugh, even when other people’s bellies rumble (or worse).

  2. 28/02/2015 / 8:28 am

    Oh, I loved reading this, Mel! Such a great way to share more about you, and your new ‘About Me’ page is fabulous, too. Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

    • Mel
      04/03/2015 / 12:10 pm

      Thanks Jocelyn. You really gave me the motivation to improve my ‘About Me’ page. It just took me months to actually finish it!

  3. 28/02/2015 / 9:26 am

    I loved every minute of reading this post Mel,even brought tears to my eyes.xx Je t’adore. Xx

    • Mel
      04/03/2015 / 7:39 am

      Moi aussi je t’adore ma belle!

  4. 28/02/2015 / 10:36 am

    What a beautiful post Mel and I love the way you have looked back over so many little moments in your life and think I will have to do the same as it is such a wonderful way of looking back. Your wedding photo is absolutely beautiful and I love the photo of you and your Dad. I also love your comment about when you were born “life was orange and brown” – yes, that was true for me too!

    • Mel
      04/03/2015 / 12:09 pm

      We all lived in an orange and brown world at the start of the 80s, didn’t we? I would love to read a similar post about you, my lovely. Can’t wait to see you again next month. x

  5. 28/02/2015 / 11:00 am

    This is a lovely post. I bet it was great looking back, it made me think about how much I know of my early childhood x #WotW

    • Mel
      06/03/2015 / 11:07 pm

      It was really good trying to select only a thing (or two) for each year. I thoroughly enjoyed looking at my old photos, too.

  6. 28/02/2015 / 1:06 pm

    What a lot of lovely memories. Why thrown out of yoga class though? That seems rather impossible!

    • Mel
      06/03/2015 / 11:07 pm

      I was just being very unruly!

  7. 28/02/2015 / 1:08 pm

    I don’t think I would be able to find that many pics, and scanning them would take hours. Such dedication but I really enjoyed the post. Visiting from #CountryKids

    • Mel
      05/03/2015 / 8:48 pm

      I scan a few every time I go to my mum’s. I now have hundreds on my laptop. That’s priceless: I love old photos!

  8. 28/02/2015 / 2:50 pm

    A lovely look back over your life, great to see the photos, I love that one of you as a teenager and I loved my try at windsurfing too.

  9. 28/02/2015 / 5:28 pm

    What a brilliant post Mel, made me smile (mostly anyway), lovely idea and thanks for the mention xx

    • Mel
      04/03/2015 / 7:38 am

      My pleasure sweetie!

  10. 28/02/2015 / 8:03 pm

    Oh I really enjoyed finding out more about you – such interesting facts. I’m mighty impressed you went skiing at 13 months! Love the photos too… I would also not recommend a fish pedi. Horrible experience! #CountryKids

    • Mel
      04/03/2015 / 11:54 pm

      How did these fish pedicures ever get popular? They are truly awful!

  11. adeline
    01/03/2015 / 2:39 pm

    ohhhhhh je n’avais jamais vu de photo de ton papa….
    belle rétrospective!xxxx

    • Mel
      04/03/2015 / 7:35 am

      Merci ma belle. xxx

  12. 01/03/2015 / 3:52 pm

    aww love this post Mel, i popped over from #countrykids and noticed your linking up with #magicmoments tomorrow too 🙂 xx

    • Mel
      04/03/2015 / 8:24 am

      He he!

  13. Eva
    01/03/2015 / 10:54 pm

    J’ai beaucoup aimé Mel ! Décrire toute une vie en quelques lignes j’ai trouve que c’est une exercice difficile en tout cas…Bravo!

    • Mel
      04/03/2015 / 8:19 am

      J’ai adore écrire ces quelques mots et regarder toutes mes photos. xx

  14. 01/03/2015 / 10:52 pm

    What a lovely post. I’d never have thought you’d be a queen fan!

    • Mel
      04/03/2015 / 7:34 am

      What did you think I liked? I am curious now…

      • 06/03/2015 / 10:51 pm

        I was thinking maybe ACDC or The Foofighters

        • Mel
          06/03/2015 / 10:59 pm

          I just tried to get tickets for these two bands, but they are sold out, Tragic!

          • 06/03/2015 / 11:56 pm

            I know, I saw your cheeky #prrequest on Twitter. I was stumped as to how to answer your question until I spotted that tweet.

          • Mel
            07/03/2015 / 12:07 am

            He he, if you know anyone who has tickets and is generous enough to give them away, give me a wave!

  15. 02/03/2015 / 1:32 am

    I loved your post you have had a busy life lol

  16. 02/03/2015 / 6:44 am

    Interesting to see that a French childhood doesn’t look that different to an English one in terms of milestones and things that stand out.

    • Mel
      06/03/2015 / 2:50 pm


  17. 02/03/2015 / 7:37 am

    Hello there, this is so interesting what a lovely idea-you have a much better memory than me! And I love Queen too xxx #magicmoments

    • Mel
      06/03/2015 / 11:04 pm

      Every single person I’ve met who loved Queen was really nice. We should meet! Are you going to any of the blogger events, lovely?

    • Mel
      04/03/2015 / 11:34 pm

      I just used old photos to remember what happened when, he he!

  18. 02/03/2015 / 9:05 am

    Lovely to read more about you! We live so much for the moment as parents, it’s good sometimes to remember our lives as a whole as well as the here and now isn’t it.

    • Mel
      04/03/2015 / 12:06 pm

      It is! I really enjoyed thinking back and going through old photos.

  19. 02/03/2015 / 11:07 am

    I love this post – I did my PGCE at 23 too, although I don’t teach anymore.


    • Mel
      05/03/2015 / 12:22 pm

      What was your subject?

      • 05/03/2015 / 12:24 pm

        It was Primary so all subjects, but Maths was my specialty.

        • Mel
          05/03/2015 / 12:43 pm

          Love the little ones!

    • Mel
      05/03/2015 / 11:58 am

      Thanks Afra.

  20. Spidermummy
    02/03/2015 / 8:38 pm

    Love this Mel! It must have taken you ages to put this together, but what a great snapshot of your life so far! Love the windsurfing one, I had a go once too and was utterly rubbish, once the sail had got wet I wasn’t strong enough to hold it up, what a weed!! x

    • Mel
      04/03/2015 / 11:07 pm

      Same here… I wasn’t too keen on the jellyfish swimming all around me either! I will not be seen windsurfing again.

  21. 03/03/2015 / 1:26 pm

    This is lovely. I’m not sure I could remember my life events like this but I wish I could!

    • Mel
      04/03/2015 / 8:25 am

      I scanned loads of family photos recently so that really helped me remember all those little milestones.

      • 04/03/2015 / 1:20 pm

        Sadly a fire meant I’ve lost most childhood pics. I’ll have to see what my mum still has. It’s good to remember.

        • Mel
          04/03/2015 / 9:02 pm

          Oh no, that is sad. I just love photos. Every time I go back to France, I gather photos and scan a few dozens so they can be shared easily with other family members.

  22. 04/03/2015 / 9:31 am

    What a lovely post, and such a great idea. I don’t think I could remember enough about my life to do one of these though!

  23. 04/03/2015 / 11:57 am

    That’s so strange Mel, I thought I had left a comment on this lovely past last week? I remember loving it, and reading about your milestones and agreeing that fish pedis are indeed horrible! x

    • Mel
      04/03/2015 / 12:04 pm

      You might have, my lovely. I have not yet answered all the comments I have had in the past week (naughty, naughty!). x

      • 04/03/2015 / 12:04 pm

        Not naughty at all! I just thought I was going a bit mad! x

        • Mel
          04/03/2015 / 11:05 pm

          He he!

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