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Me, being noticed? *blinks in disbelief*

I got a very lovely email from a representative of Club Bead Plus. They saw my blog and said they enjoyed it. They saw what I wrote about their store and decided to work on the language-based minor downsides I had mentioned: the site not being alphabetical in English and occasionally/randomly switching to French from English. Initially they had contacted me, out of the blue, to tell me I could have the newsletter switched to English and then, after I replied that I like it that way, found my blog. Oh how nice!

I like getting the Club Bead Plus newsletter in French because, well, umm.. I’m a bit of a Francophile *laugh*.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Chantilly3_tango7174.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Chantilly3_tango7174.jpgI always have been a bit of a Francophile, actually, especially after I started getting into late Medieval history and art and.. oo-la-la.. later history and art, too.

  • My favourite illumination is French mid-1400s, Le Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry
  • I love French cabaret music, especially from the 1920s and 30s.
  • I love French cuisine (mostly northern) with properly done chocolate mousse being on of my favourite desserts.
  • I love the cadence of the language and how it’s evolved (I also love the history of the English language, too).
  • I love the art especially before 1900 (the Modern stuff not so much so).
  • My idea of a slice of heaven is the Château de Chantilly which houses the Musée Condé and is the home to my favourite illumination (held in a vault beneath the house with a really excellent gold gravure reproduction on display) in the extremely lovely library, shown to the left.

I’ve been a bit of a Francophile but have only taken a couple college courses in French because circumstance didn’t allow me more so my own ability to speak in French is very very limited. One of the things I love about being in Canada is that all the products in the store are labeled in English and French. Great way to build a vocabulary of every day things. When I was in Germany and went to France on a few day trips and more, I could immerse myself in it a little bit then, too. (And, yes, I did get to see my beloved Château while I was there. I would move in tomorrow if they let me. *laugh*)

(Holy Tangents, Batman!)

So, the Club Bead Plus newsletter arriving each month in French has been a delightful way to expand my vocabulary into words I would likely never encounter in a class even one in Canada (Billes are beads, Fils à broder is embroidery thread). I never considered it a major issue that they’re more French than English oriented because of their location. Just as I would expect a place in Alberta or Toronto, Ontario, to be more English oriented than French. In BC, I don’t run into a lot of Francophones (those who speak French as their first language) by percentage, but there are several in at my day job including my boss’s boss and one of the developers I work with a lot (I really should get him to help me learn more French).

ClubBeadC’est la fête

Club Bead Plus is having a 1 year anniversary celebration for their newest store in Drummondville, Quebec. For the celebration they have a 50% sale on nearly everything (no minimum) 5-11 February 2015 and free shipping (Canada only, I think, or might be US, too) on orders of $100 or more.  I should switch to the English on their site now *impish grin* I was already planning to get a few things ordered on the weekend but now have even more encouragement to do so. *grin*


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