mon voisin aime me taquiner / my neighbour likes to tease me

“For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors and laugh at them in our turn.”   –  Jane Austen


“Listen, you only tease the ones you love.”   –  John Boehner


“I have an intense dislike for artificial society. In France, one could lead a free life – to do what one wanted to do without interference or criticism from one’s neighbors.”   –   Robert W. Service


Symbol d'Occitan
Symbol d’Occitan


mon voisin aime me taquiner / my neighbour likes to tease me

jean est taquiner moi

he delights in telling

le monde

says i am a spy

for obama

the twinkling

dans ses yeux,

illuminating smile

gives him away


the hard rods of


he shapes into

gates, railings,

le croix de Cathar

or the symbol of the

pays d’ Occitan

the flames of the


a mask


l’ atelier

le masque





Author: Léa

A wanderer who has found home and herself in the South of France.

16 thoughts on “mon voisin aime me taquiner / my neighbour likes to tease me”

    1. Oh Christine, you are so very kind. Actually, I use the French and read it to help me learn. French words sneak in while I am writing so I just let them have their way with me… 🙂 Jean is a character from a family of characters but all truly sweet.



    2. BTW, the symbol d’Occitan was made by Jean’s father Armand and given to me as a gift five years ago when Armand was a young 88 or… 🙂 Whose counting? Pas moi!


  1. Its here too! I expect there are rural areas where crafts etc are still done locally and with skill, but that’s in the minority. If we go for a day out in the dales or somewhere similar and buy something local its like we’ve bought gold! 😊


  2. “You only tease the ones you love” so true! I love how you describe your neighbour, very imaginative and vibrant writing 😀 x

    1. Oh Becka, how sweet you are! Jean is a character but I adore his family and they are so kind to me. His mother, Jeanne/Jeanette was my first friend here and she passed away last year. I do miss her. However, I still bake little cakes for his father, Armand, and took some photos of Armand and his long-time friend, Monsieur Jasse last Sunday. You should have seen Armand’s face when I gave him the photos. I had more made up for his granddaughter, Sophie, who is living in Paris and is always thrilled to have new photos of her grandfather. 🙂 x

      1. It sounds like they are your family! It must be wonderful having people like that just next door 🙂 x

  3. haha… that is cool when you have such a friendly relationship with your neighbor that you can tease each other and laugh together… thanks for the smile

  4. I love your mixture of French and English and your neighbor sounds like a fun one! I hope all is going well with you. xo

    1. Thank you Sheila. I try to put it down just as it comes to me. You do know how it is, slave to the muse… 🙂 Stay warm and dry! Okay, at least try to stay warm.

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