We are slipping and sliding into winter, with frosted windows on our cars in the morning, and a fire roaring away in the living room log-burner every day. Vacationers have left, as have people who own holiday homes in the region. So in the Greater Daglan Area, ’tis the season to be shutting down.
The campgrounds have long been closed, more and more restaurants are shuttered for a month or more, and our village convenience store, the 8 à Huit, is no longer open on Mondays.
One sure sign of approaching winter is the huge amount of pruning that takes place in late autumn in the GDA, as trees are pollarded. An example is the large tree that stands in front of the restaurant Le Petit Paris, and beside the village’s war memorial. All of its smaller, longer, leaf-covered branches were chopped off recently, leaving only the nubs at the ends of main branches. Here’s a look:
In keeping with the situation, I’ve decided to take a winter break from blogging as well. So this will be my last posting until sometime next year (unless something really dramatic happens, of course).
I leave you with a final holiday-season touch, which is a look at our village’s Christmas tree, installed and decorated in the past couple of days. I think it looks just fine; how about you?
And with that, there is little more to be said than “Merry Christmas! And a very Happy New Year!” Best wishes to all our readers.