Monthly Archives: January 2011

Menu Dominicale: Hearty fare in Saint Cyprien

The largest weekly market in our area of the Dordogne takes place in Sarlat, but the second-largest market is probably more enjoyable — if only because it’s more manageable. It’s held each Sunday in Saint Cyprien, about 25 kilometres north … Continue reading

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Our beautiful lending laundrette

Don’t hold your breath while you search for a good English-language book store in or around Daglan. You might locate an English-language newspaper and the occasional English magazine, but books are hard to come by. When we were visiting Daglan … Continue reading

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Happy feet!

First, a warning: the photo below may shock some of you. It includes graphic evidence of (as the Elizabethans would say) a “well-turned ankle,” without any covering. I do not include this simply to titillate or startle you, but rather … Continue reading

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Going postal — once a week

Driving back home to Daglan from an exercise class late this morning, my wife and I were pretty sure what we’d find in our mail box. Actually, we weren’t pretty sure — we were positive what would be in the … Continue reading

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The trouble with triplets

Managing triplets would be difficult for any mother. When Mom is a sheep, having to feed three hungry mouths is a real challenge. We heard about the lamb triplets a few days ago from friends of ours who live in … Continue reading

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Tasty truffle time

Fall and winter is the time when our area’s scarce black truffles — or black Périgord truffles, if you prefer — sneak out of their hiding places around oak trees in the dead of night, and make their way quietly … Continue reading

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To market, to market…

Weekly and twice-weekly markets are a feature of French village life, and we all have our favourites. For us, the two stand-outs are in nearby Cénac (on Tuesdays) and not-too-far Cazals (on Sundays). Daglan’s own market (also on Sundays) is … Continue reading

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Sunny days, shimmering stones

One of the strongest impressions my wife and I had when we first visited Daglan, in September 1998, was how bright the village seemed. It was a hot, sunny day — more like July than September — and the yellow … Continue reading

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Cyclist down! Emergency on the D60

It was seeming like a bit of a wasted afternoon. After a pleasant Saturday lunch (in Belvès), we had driven all the way to Monpazier for an appointment with a photographer, so he could take a passport photo for my … Continue reading

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A Christmas tree with a view

For several years, one of our traditions has been positioning our Christmas tree outside our front door, nicely decorated with ribbons and bows and shiny ornaments. Why outside? Well, here is one of the two reasons: Yes, it’s the thorny … Continue reading

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