All quiet on the market front

September certainly lived up to its reputation as being perhaps the best month of the year in the Greater Daglan Area. For us, it was pretty much a whirlwind of travel (to Paris), visitors (from Toronto), and socializing (apéros, lunches, dinners, parties, pretty much all over the GDA).

With October, we’ve eased gently into the quiet season, with virtually all tourists having headed home. The weather has turned decidely autumnal, with alternating spells of sun and rain. This morning, with a light drizzle coming down, my wife and I decided to do a little shopping at the weekly market in neighbouring Cénac, rather than trying to walk or cycle for exercise.

And here’s what the market looks like now that the crowds have disappeared:


It’s a cool, damp day in Cénac.

In the prime summer season, the fish and seafood stall is one of the market’s most popular attractions. Shoppers line up to place their order, and then shuffle along (from right to left, typically) as orders are taken and filled. Today, by contrast, the shoppers were few and far between. Have a look:

Fish trailer

Still lots of fish on offer, but not many shoppers.

There are several stalls in the market offering fruit and vegetables each week, but the largest one has a prime location in the centre of the market — just opposite the fish and seafood stall. Again, it’s generally packed with shoppers in the summer months. But this morning, it was easy to walk up to one of the vendors and place an order:

Veggie stall

There’s lots of room to have a look at the fruit and vegetables on offer.

And what did we get out of this trip? Not very much, to be honest, and certainly not what my wife Jan really wanted — duck carcasses to make duck soup. Once again, the huge duck-and-goose trailer was completely sold out of carcasses.

As my late father would say, “Patience…and shuffle the deck.” So we shuffled the deck, headed to the supermarket in Cénac, and bought some leeks and potatoes. Tonight, it’s potage parmentier for dinner. One does learn to adjust.

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