Candes Saint-Martin, my favourite spot in La Touraine.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Two mysteries

Last Monday, between 8 and 9 p.m. my blog received over 250 hits, which may be normal for some of you who have over 100 or 200 followers, but which is gigantic when it comes to my blog! 99% were from people in France who had googled the words ‘faux filet de boeuf’ I did a post on this delicious piece of meat in November 2010. Until now it is the most popular post ever, but it never got so many hits in hardly one hour. 

So I really wonder what caused this sudden interest in sirloin steak, because that’s what ‘faux filet the boeuf’ is. My first guess is that there was a cooking show on a French television channel that featured this particular piece of beef. Maybe you’ve seen it. Or maybe you can think of another reason for this sudden interest. Please tell me if you know something that can solve this first mystery.

And then there is a second mystery. However, in this case I know the answer. Let’s see if you know it too. Can you tell me what you see in this photo? Good luck!



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10 comments:

Leon and Sue Sims said...

You are flying - you look like beating us to the 100K mark and if you do - we will buy you a bottle of wine.....
Bet you cant wait to meet fellow bloggers in the Loire. ^more sleeps for us.

The Beaver said...

Martine

For the second mystery, someone threw a tomato at the weather webcam ( for the looking out of my window).

Bob said...

I'm guessing a photo taken from outer space of mainland Europe, FRance, Italy, etc. on an overcast day OR a photo taken from inside of a plane with foggy windows. You are taxing me today!!!!

Mark said...

Dear Madam Puzzle Master, I'm stuck on both!
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Niall & Antoinette said...

No idea really but perhaps a fogged up window?

The Broad said...

It looks like a fishbowl that got fogged up and I can just see what looks like a fish behind the fog.

Louise said...

Congratulations on so many readers Martine. It must have been a well needed post/recipe. I only get more than usual readers when I include a YouTube link to a relevant song! As for the picture...I have absolutely no idea!

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

I have not blogged for the last few months, and I have the same mystery.. my blog is getting hundreds of hits , and one inparticular post is getting hit everyday and week.. and that post is from 2010.. a big mystery!!

Anonymous said...

Is it a colander?
Veronica

ladybird said...

To all, You're not even close, except perhaps The Beaver, who cleverly identified the tomato pips :) I shot this photo because I though the colours and structure looked great, almost like a watercolour. I wouldn't mind hanging this on my wall colour-wise, except that is not the kind of thing you would want on your wall!!! In fact, it's the inside of the stainless steel door of my dishwasher just before closing it and turning on the machine. The water that I had used rincing the dishes and glasses had dripped on the door and formed this artistic pattern.

To Anne and Louise, I guess that you get more hits even on an old post, when the topic or one of the key words of your blog are the subject of a television or radio program. I used to have a post called 'la dame blanche' about a B&B by that name in the French Lorraine. But a dame blanche is also a very popular ice cream dessert. I got so many hits on it from people who were looking for the dessert, not the B&B, that in the end I removed it, in order not to put people on the wrong foot!

Have nice weekend!