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my mom’s birthday party

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my mom checking out her new pots that she got for her birthday (don’t ask me about what she’s wearing…!?) 

on sunday it was my mom’s birthday and the whole family came. it was good to see my uncles, my aunt, and my cousins with their various boyfriends. i really enjoy seeing my family as its always quite lively but still relaxing. i often find myself with a smile on my face at the end of the day – invariably remembering something that my silly uncle martin said…

martin looking on (with one of my cousins’ boyfriends in the background)

and then doing the obligatory inspection (a man has to investigate!)


before jumping into a loooong explanation about the aero-dynamics of the pot and the importance of the titanium casing and the pressure absorbtion of the rubber suppression captions… 

sunday also happened to be the day of south africa’s quarter-final with fiji, with saturday night having been the match between france and new zealand. i couldn’t believe my luck that i had to miss the game, (i had to fly an hour after kick-off!) even more so as france managed (once again 🙂 ) to pull off an unlikely victory! i didn’t have to wait till i landed to hear the result, though as i managed to find out what happened while we were flying.

you’ve got to love south africa. i can’t imagine any other airline that would give you the rugby score of a neutral game at 10 o’clock at night :). i could barely believe the result when i heard it, though, because at half-time we were trailing 3 – 13 (my friend stephane had kept me informed up until i had to switch my phone off).

and when i landed the country was abuzz with the france rugby result! the moment i saw anyone, one of the first things we started speaking about was the france game (although this is also partly because they know i support france too). it was really cool to be in a place where you can just chat about rugby like that and where everyone’s quite clued up to what’s going on.

and, to make it even better, they were showing reruns of the france game at intervals during the day – so i actually got to see the game too! 🙂 so i watched the france game at 12:00 and then the south africa game at 15:00.

well, france were very good. they defended extremely well and took their opportunities brilliantly. michalak made a great run for the match-winning try, scything through the field, skipping his little french legs over kiwi hands, before passing to jauzion who crossed over. i’m still stunned. i really didn’t think we would do it. i thought we could, but i didn’t think we would…

i don’t think monster knew the result – new zealand were playing so well at times that she was afraid to watch!

in rugby terms it was definitely a shock result – in fact, none of the games of the weekend went as expected (although some of the results still did). england beat australia, france beat new zealand, south africa struggled against fiji, as did argentina against scotland. france and england still aren’t looking particularly good, and even though they had better results, they’ll both still fear argentina and south africa. nevertheless, they are probably the teams with the most confidence right now, because they both pulled off such unlikely victories.

the south africa game was unfathomable. i couldn’t believe how stupid they were. it is very well known that fiji’s strength is loose attacking play – everyone knows it! all one has to do against them is focus on set plays and the tight phases (just like against tonga). so then what did we do? we completely ignored the fact that this was their strength and then were surprised when we found it hard going. it was so hard going that at one stage fiji had drawn level, on 20-20, and looked for all the world that they’d score and take the lead. it took some outstanding defensive play to keep them at bay.

thankfully we got our brains back after that and kept the game tight, and hey presto! we scored two tries. in the end the winning margin was quite good, 37 – 20, but the feeling was that we’d really struggled. again, not exactly how you want to prepare for the semis. the south african pundits are trying to tell us that its a good thing that south africa are being tested in each game, ’cause it keeps us on our toes. thats a load of nonsense, ’cause the fact is that we simply should’ve played better against fiji. we were stupid and head-strong and didn’t show fiji enough respect. if we play like that against argentina then we’re toast.

after the game everyone sat around like a bunch of lazy lions. we snacked, chatted and watched some football…

my cousin marcelle with her boyfriend henro – the unlucky ones who were stuck watching football with me

afterwards i pissed about with my mom’s new camera and took photos of my cousin gina.

she’s such a cutie

it was really nice to see the whole family together – even more so as i didn’t expect it, ’cause i’m only here for a week. i must say, i’m lucky to have a family who are really nice. you hear about so many people who don’t like their families, but i love mine to bits! 🙂

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  1. October 10, 2007 at 10:52 pm

    Glad to hear that your teams won! That’s always a great feeling 🙂 Wish my damn team would win!! lol..Your family looks like a great bunch of people and your mom’s house looks really nice. Glad you enjoyed your time with everyone, sounds like it was a nice little trip!

  2. October 11, 2007 at 7:06 am

    I miss you : (
    I like that picture of monster. he he!

  3. October 11, 2007 at 9:24 am

    It sounds like you are having a great time with your family. Congratulations on your team winning!

    A cat named Monster, lol! I love it. And he/she is so cute!

  4. October 11, 2007 at 11:12 am

    I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying yourself at home. The cat is cute. Why is it all uncles are the same, just like your Uncle Martin?!!

  5. October 11, 2007 at 9:55 pm

    I just read this again and once again that picture of monster with her little feet poking out is so cute! She really does look like she’s trying to hide her eyes from the tv 🙂 A fewlish fewl.x

  6. October 11, 2007 at 9:56 pm

    by the way everyone! I thought I’d point out that a lot of the paintings on the wall in the background are in fact done by my very talented husband 🙂 Jean Pierre!

  7. October 11, 2007 at 10:23 pm

    That’s so cool! I didn’t know Jean Pierre painted! You should post some of your stuff sometime. I’d love to see it!

  8. October 11, 2007 at 11:47 pm

    Hey, happy birthday to your mom! Very cool wall colors and bookshelves.

    Glad to share your passion for sport. Eventhough we are passionate about different sports it is cool to see that the enthusiasm and excitement that one’s teams can engender is universal.

  9. October 12, 2007 at 1:25 am

    I’m with Charlotte on the Monster pix! It’s soooo cute! Almost as cute as little Gina. She’s kind of pursing her lips, as though the world isn’t quite what she would like it to be 🙂

    I’m still a little perplexed why your mom was wearing that furry thing on her shoulder while she cooks though. But then she’s the birthday girl, so it’s her perogative, yeah?

    Great that you love your family. Family reunion at our end always makes me reach for alcohol. ;p

  10. October 12, 2007 at 7:06 pm

    any connection? http://figtreefranglais.blogspot.com/ A writer’s blog by Tatiana de Rosnay

    A mother who appreciates new pots for her birthday is a keeper. *grin*

  11. October 13, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    Happy Birtday to your mom!! Sounds like a wonderful time with family!

  12. October 13, 2007 at 8:51 pm

    JP?! I didn’t know YOU painted?!

  13. jean pierre
    October 18, 2007 at 2:32 pm

    thanks everyone for all the nice comments!

    and yes, i do paint, sort of. not nearly as much as i’d like to and not actively at the moment. but, yes, i do. and need to do so more…!

    i’ve been sketching quite a bit of late, though.

    i’ll definitely start sharing things soon. i want to try to use this blog as a way of motivating myself to paint and sketch more!


    isn’t monster just the coolest name! 🙂 he’s a he (although i keep on referring to him as a she?!?)


    you’re right. every family seems to have an uncle martin…! haha!


    i’m glad you like the colours! 🙂 i like them too. very warm and vibrant without being garish.


    monster and gina are too cute, aren’t they! 🙂 and your description of her expression is so accurate!!


    wow! no, i’d never heard of her! de rosnays are pretty rare… i’ll have to visit her blog more often 😉

    yeah, she loves those pots! she cooked us some chicken just a few days after 🙂


    thanks! and it was a great time!

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