Two small things

Today we observed two small but still interesting things — a small weekly market, and an interesting bit of civic duty performed by our Mayor. Here’s a look.

First came the small market. Because we were having a friend for lunch today, we decided to drive over to neighbouring St. Pompon for its weekly Friday-morning market, and buy some fresh fruit and vegetables.

Here’s the large vegetable stall, where my wife Jan bought apricots, white-fleshed peaches, broccoli, cauliflower and fresh ginger.


A long row of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Nearby was the inevitable small stall that offers a variety of sausages:


This is where you'd buy your sausages.

Then we came upon a smaller stall, offering some really nice green beans (which we bought) plus excellent strawberries (the Charlotte variety) and raspberries from the Dordogne. Here they are:


At this end of the table, strawberries and raspberries.

With our shopping done, we had an espresso and then headed back to Daglan. As we entered the centre of our village, we saw the interesting exhibition of civic duty. A work crew was repairing a section of stonework in the centre of the main street, and thus restricting traffic to one lane. To keep everyone safe, someone had to be positioned at each end of the work area, to halt traffic or wave it through. And there was our Mayor — actually, Madame le Maire — pitching in to give directions. (French language note: That construction is correct, by the way. She’s Madame because she’s female; but it’s le Maire because the word for the position is masculine.) Here she is in a green safety vest (having a friendly chat with a villager), just before waving us through:

Mayor in action

Daglan's Mayor, on traffic duty.

And just to round out this tale, here’s the fresh fruit platter we enjoyed at the end of our long and relaxing lunch:

Fruit tray

Front to rear: Raspberries, apricots, white peaches, Charlotte strawberries.

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2 Responses to Two small things

  1. foodtable says:

    mmmm…the berries and fruits look so delicious! 🙂

  2. Loren says:

    Hi Foodtable — Yes, they were great. And I had some of the remaining Charlotte strawberries for breakfast this morning!

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