Monthly Archives: October 2010

Lunch, Franco-American style

We already have established some traditions. For example, if at all possible, we visit the market in neighbouring Cénac on Tuesday mornings and buy the ingredients for a traditional duck soup: two duck carcasses; one duck leg; and veggies like … Continue reading

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Pruned it? Nearly wrecked it!

I’m not aware of any harm caused, in a pre-meditated sense, by the plane trees of France.  Yes, various motorcyclists have been splatted against plane trees while racing along a tree-lined highway. But can you really blame the tree for … Continue reading

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Shave and a fauchage, two bits

One of the striking characteristics of the countryside around Daglan is just how neat and tidy it is. Litter is rare. Logs are stacked neatly after they are cut. Lawns are mowed, pastures are trimmed, and fields that are harvested … Continue reading

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Sweets for the sweet

La Récréation is a marvellous little restaurant in the tiny village of Les Arques, about 40 minutes south of Daglan. Its fame has grown because of a book called From Here, You Can’t See Paris by the American writer Michael … Continue reading

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Winterizing in Daglan

Sometimes we are like the industrious ant, storing food and preparing for the season to come. Other times (possibly too often) we are like the happy-go-lucky grasshopper, who lives for fun. And now is the time to act like ants, … Continue reading

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A lunch in Paris

In Paris last week, with good friends Keith and Kathy, we were determined to do some serious eating. For Saturday lunch, we chose Hélene Darroze, a Michelin-starred restaurant in the 6th, not far from the apartment we had rented. For … Continue reading

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