The weather? Just ducky, thank you

No, we haven’t drowned.  (But thanks for asking.) However, the land in the Greater Daglan Area is definitely getting a soaking. As we get out of bed most mornings, we can pretty much count on seeing grey skies, lots of fog and mist, and either drizzles, showers or downpours. Consider yesterday.

We had driven to Pont Carral to load up our station wagon with some firewood that we were going to buy from the farmer who lives near the hamlet. (This was a bit of an emergency trip, because our stack of firewood in the garage is running low, and our regular supplier can’t deliver a big load until early in the New Year.)

It was raining pretty steadily when we arrived at the farm, and the farmer himself was none too keen about coming out in the wet weather to help us. But some gentle persuasion from my wife Jan got him to change his mind, so he finally emerged onto his porch and put on his rubber Wellington boots and rain gear. Meanwhile, our car was being surrounded by his ducks, which were more than happy to enjoy the puddles. Here they are, on the march:

Getting into the action.

Getting into the action.

And here’s a close-up of some of them:

A brief meeting to decide on a course of action.

A brief meeting to decide on a course of action.

Once our car was loaded up with the firewood, we headed back out the farm driveway — where the ducks were making the most of the large puddles that were forming. Here they are:

A wet driveway is pretty much Duck Heaven.

A wet driveway is pretty much Duck Heaven.

So far, we’re not hearing anything about potential flooding, but the rainy weather is certainly having some effects. One is that the landscape is a strange mixture of brown and black trees and shrubs, stripped of their leaves for the winter season, interspersed with huge patches of bright green grass.

Another effect is that the rivers (including the mighty Céou that flows through the very heart of the Greater Daglan Area) and of course the truly mighty Dordogne, are nice and full. For instance, here’s a view of the Dordogne River near Castelnaud, taken this morning by Jan, Radio Free Daglan’s Chief Staff Photographer:

The Dordogne is filled to the top of its banks, and then some.

The Dordogne is filled to the top of its banks, and then some.

Naturally, we had to get close to the action — so today we had a lovely lunch right next to the Dordogne, in one of our favourite go-to restaurants, Le Tournepique, which is right at the end of the bridge in Castelnaud. A beautiful Basque omelette for me and (of course) mussels and frites for the Chief Staff Photographer.

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4 Responses to The weather? Just ducky, thank you

  1. Sue says:

    I recently had an amazing literary experience. While the whole of Barbara Kingsolver’s amazing book entitled Flight Behavior is simply wonderful, and is additionally enhanced by her excellent reading, the piece de resistance is the very last passage in the book where the protagonist describes a spring flood overtaking her property. Frightening, exciting, chilling, amazing!

    I LOVE audiobooks!

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. loren24250 says:

    Very nicely conveyed, Sue. Here in Daglan, we are earnestly hoping for NOT having a flood experience!

  3. Lesley says:

    Back in our old home area of Yorkshire, UK, they are having the flooding experience again. We have always chosen to live on a hill (amongst other criteria) and were only been troubled by having to drive through water – into air intake and fouled the valves & cylinders – and now a couple of our favourite picnic spots here in France are paddling places only. But when water rises and gets involved with the sewers it is devastating for homeowners.
    What is in a Basque omelette? Not a black beret, I hope.

  4. loren24250 says:

    Hi Lesley, we’ve all seen the devastation in England caused by flooding. It’s truly terrible. As for a Basque omelette, as served at Le Tournepique in Castelnaud, it’s a very large omelette with a delicious tomato sauce in the centre — tasting of onions and peppers. Quite delicious! Always served with a nice green salad. And since my wife’s serving of French fries is quite large, I’m allowed to steal a few off her plate. They go wonderfully with the omelette. (Oh yes, and rosé wine.)

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