Monthly Archives: August 2013

Back to Les Glycines for more taste treats

It’s always a bit nervous-making when you recommend something strongly to friends — whether it’s a movie, a book, a restaurant, whatever. You wind up hoping like heck that you didn’t oversell, and that they’ll enjoy it as much as … Continue reading

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Glimmers of gold

We have now entered what are known locally as The Perfect Days. (I’ll admit that by “locally,” I mean among the staff of Radio Free Daglan. But the phrase could well catch on throughout the Greater Daglan Area, or GDA.) … Continue reading

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Beneath the foam: A look back at the fête

The dust has settled, the confetti has been swept up, the stalls and rides and loudspeakers are gone. With our village’s annual fête finished, it’s time for one last look back — to reveal a bit of the politics that … Continue reading

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We love a parade … and foam

Each year the Sunday parade during Daglan’s four-day August fête has a theme — and this year, it was La Pub. My first reaction when I saw those two words on the festival’s program was to run for cover: I … Continue reading

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Double whammy

As the banner in the photo above says, we are smack in the middle of fête — the annual Ferias de Daglan or, as I call it, The Four-Day Festival of Heat and Noise. And today we have the double … Continue reading

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Escape to an air show

Yesterday was a holiday here (Assumption, as you may have assumed) but that didn’t stop the workers who were setting up stalls and rides for Daglan’s annual Festival of Heat and Noise (my definition), which begins today. Chaos reined supreme, … Continue reading

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Lunch with Eleanor, and lomo

Before we begin our previously scheduled posting, it is time for a Public Service Announcement. Public Service Announcement: As you will see from the new photo at the top of this blog, we are approaching the time when our village … Continue reading

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From tee to green: Bike Route No. 4

One thing you know instinctively as a cyclist is to never attempt carrying a full set of golf clubs over your shoulder, while you’re riding your bike. So don’t be alarmed when I recommend a golf club as our goal … Continue reading

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A short, sweet ride to a book-binder: Bike Route No. 3

When I feel like taking an easy, relatively short bike ride, or I’m pressed for time, I often get on my road bike and head out of Daglan to the little hamlet of Gaumier (also known, for some reason, as … Continue reading

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Confit de canard meets the grill

We are now living through what is supposed to be the tail end of our long-running heat wave, so my wife Jan and I continue to minimize the use of our oven and stove top, to avoid making the house … Continue reading

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