A day to savour — and save

Today has been one of those days I wish I could capture in a bottle, so I could spoon out bits of it over the coming year. Here’s why:

Breakfast was a perfect French treat — a warm croissant and a few pieces of brie cheese, with some marmalade.

In the morning, I made good progress on a website I’m writing for a client in Toronto.

Just before noon, my wife Jan returned from a bike ride, quite excited that she had met a British couple who have become big fans of Radio Free Daglan (she met them while having a coffee at the Fabrice le Chef boutique in Daglan). It seems that they live in England and also own a home in Normandy; they discovered this blog while searching for information on our area, where they’re now vacationing. Jan told me that the English woman especially loves the quality of writing in RFD, and the usefulness of the information. (Thank you, thank you. One does one’s best.)

Then, because it is Wednesday, the fish truck made its weekly visit to Daglan — allowing Jan to buy a beautiful piece of cod, which she sautéed in butter for our lunch.

Late in the afternoon, I decided it was time for a bike ride — wondering if the weather would hold. Indeed it did, because conditions were absolutely perfect for the 10-kilometre ride north to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle. Almost no breeze, warm but not hot, lovely sunshine playing over the hills, forests and fields.

And then to make things even better, the young waiter at Café La Plage gave me my espresso for free.

How good was the weather?

Well, while riding back to Daglan on the bike path, I saw a woman in a swimming suit who was reclining in the middle of some rapids on the Céou River, just south of the Maisonneuve campgrounds. I didn’t have my camera with me, and anyway I don’t think it would have been polite to photograph her. But in your mind’s eye, just picture a woman sitting on the rocks in these rapids, which I photographed earlier in the year:

A nice play to stay cool, in early October.

A nice play to stay cool, in early October.

So here we are in October, and it’s still warm enough that someone wants to stay cool in a fast-moving river. You’ve got to love that.

This entry was posted in Bicycling in the Dordogne, Cafés in France, Camping in the Dordogne, Exercise and fitness, Flora and fauna, Holidays in France, Life in southwest France, Travels in and out of France, Weather in the Dordogne and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to A day to savour — and save

  1. Michael says:

    It was great meeting Jan this morning who gave us a lot of interesting local information. We are now avid followers of your blog. Michael

  2. Caitlin and Albert Woodbury says:

    Blissful day, wasn’t it?

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