Monthly Archives: October 2013

The veal deal

There are two types of meat that my wife Jan and I enjoy more in France than we did in Canada — veal and pork. That’s because in France, veal and pork actually taste like something meaty, rather than a … Continue reading

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Gonzo! (Or, farewell to the circus)

You may remember my surprise at seeing a circus camped in the field next to Daglan’s Stade Municipal recently. See for yourself, with this photo taken last week. And yes, that is indeed a bactrian camel walking gracefully past the … Continue reading

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We manage to score — a pumpkin!

Almost a year ago, I wrote a real tear-jerker about our difficulties in trying to find a suitable pumpkin for Halloween in the Greater Daglan Area. (There’s early talk about the story becoming a major motion picture, which would star … Continue reading

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The circus comes to town (sort of)

Small travelling circuses are a regular feature of summer life in villages throughout the Greater Daglan Area. They move in trailers and trucks from place to place, usually performing just one or two shows, and then packing away the tents … Continue reading

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Starred restaurants, head-to-head

You may think that my wife and I eat at wonderful French restaurants every single day, but that would be just silly. Why last week alone, we ate lunch at home on Thursday! And only two of the four restaurants … Continue reading

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Walnuts — You’re going down!

Walnuts are one of the major crops in the Greater Daglan Area, and a tasty treat they are. If you’ve been wondering how this year’s walnut harvest has been going, don’t fret. It’s going very well, and very quickly to … Continue reading

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Winterizing 2013/14 — Step One

In the Greater Daglan Area, you know that winter is around the corner when the plane trees start being pruned. And right in Daglan’s heart, today (Monday, October 14) was the day the work began. To be clear, it doesn’t … Continue reading

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