Monthly Archives: December 2011

Christmas? Just ducky, thanks

We’d opened the cards and presents, enjoyed the scrambled eggs with smoked salmon for breakfast, and now it was time to get on with preparations for the big meal of Christmas Day — our duck-enabled lunch. Actually I had begun … Continue reading

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Our green (and marine) Christmas Eve

We’ve gone green! No, not just my wife and me — the whole countryside. For the past many days, the Greater Daglan Area (or GDA) has been foggy and rainy. But today, Christmas Eve, the sun broke through and it’s … Continue reading

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My Lassie moment

There are probably some readers who are old enough and North American enough to remember the TV show Lassie. If so, you’ll recall that almost every episode seemed to include the collie running into the house and barking furiously. This … Continue reading

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The bad-wine kir-all

We’ve all done it — “Hey, Honey, let’s try this wine. It looks good!” Based on the name, the shape of the bottle, the name of the vintner, or the cleverness of the label, we’ve bought an untried wine and … Continue reading

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Fancy a horse ride?

It’s been a bit grey and rainy for the past several days, but no complaints from this corner of the Greater Daglan Area. The rain is much needed, the sun does break through now and again, and the temperatures are … Continue reading

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A seriously bright French Christmas

By North American standards, Christmas in France is a pretty restrained affair. As in, seriously restrained. (Turning that around, of course, you could say that Christmas in North America has grown completely out of bounds.) In any case, decorations tend … Continue reading

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Mixing shopping and lunching

Today we’d planned to have lunch with friends Derek and Sue, and it was a fine time to try a new restaurant — one that’s built around regional foods. As always, our time with our friends was chatty and fun. … Continue reading

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The Christmas bulb tree

We have a few trees in the Greater Daglan Area that look for all the world as if they’ve been decorated for Christmas — hung with bright orange bulbs. It’s taken us a while to figure out what the tree … Continue reading

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Taking on the Mammoth Duck

Since time immemorial, giant duck-related creatures have rumbled through the valleys and over the hills of the Greater Daglan Area. There was Triduckotrops of course,  and Canardasaurus Rex, and even the Greater Wooly Mammoth Duck. Okay, I’m making up that … Continue reading

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A Clean, Well-Lighted Place

Congratulations if you recognize the title as belonging to a melancholy short story by Ernest Hemingway, in which a tipsy old man is reluctant to leave a café late at night. Halfway through the story, one of the waiters says … Continue reading

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