Monthly Archives: November 2012

From Belgium, with chocolate (and friends)

Here’s a tiny bit of a translation lesson, just to expose you to the wild and wacky world of languages in Europe. This past weekend, my wife and I stopped in the village of Salviac after a foie gras shopping … Continue reading

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An afternoon with our own French chef

Have you ever had a French chef prepare a meal for you in your own home, or perhaps in a home you were renting while on vacation? No? Well, you’re missing something. In the past, I’ve written about Chef Fabrice … Continue reading

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Today’s Périgourdine haul

This afternoon my wife and I headed off to Salviac to shop for some foie gras, and came home with quite a haul of typical local specialties — plus some good advice. Martegoute is a major producer of duck and … Continue reading

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Our handheld dishwasher

We all know the wonders of today’s handheld electrical and electronic devices. They range from handheld  blenders to remote controls for televisions and sound systems and garage doors to all those marvellous devices for computing and connecting and communicating. But … Continue reading


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Halloween headcount

It’s been a cool and grey day in Daglan, with a few periods of heavy rain. That was pretty much perfect for La Toussaint, or All Saints’ Day. As expected, the large parking lot near the village cemetery was completely … Continue reading

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