Monthly Archives: October 2011

An early start to Halloween

As I write this, it’s the early afternoon of Halloween, and we’ve already been visited by a couple of trick-or-treaters. Impressive? Even more than you might think. When we lived in Toronto, we could get trick-or-treaters as early as 5 … Continue reading

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The duck soup saga — Day Three

We are nearing the exciting conclusion of the duck soup saga — the transformation of duck stock into actual, finished, ready-to-eat duck soup. Get your spoons ready! You may recall that at the end of the Day Two process, I … Continue reading

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The duck soup saga — Day Two

You’ll remember (possibly) that on Day One of our saga we went to the Sarlat market and bought the necessary ingredients for my wife Jan’s duck soup. Today, Mr. Duck goes to the chopping block. The starting point for a … Continue reading

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The duck soup saga — Day One

Now that we’re well and truly into autumn, it’s time for duck soup. My wife Jan makes an excellent duck soup, and we’ll often have a bowl of it for dinner, since we usually have our larger meals at lunch … Continue reading

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Doorway through the stones

I don’t know if it’s because of simple evolution, healthy living by our ancestors, or a good food supply over the years. But my wife and I, and many of our friends, are taller than the reported height of the … Continue reading

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Dish du jour — 2011/10/26

We are in the final stages of having a new front door installed — not a minor undertaking, since our house is made of limestone and is between 400 and 500 years old, and since the new (much taller) door … Continue reading

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European protection plan

It is comforting to know that there are people in Europe looking out for our security, our safety and indeed our happiness. I’m not exactly sure who they are, but I suspect that many of them live in or around … Continue reading

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