‘Tis the season

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:

A tree grows in Daglan.

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?

All decorated for the holidays.

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.

 

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21 Responses to ‘Tis the season

  1. Sam Hershfield says:

    Every Xmas season we look forward to seeing the word “Pollarded” on the RFD site.

    • Loren Chudy says:

      So it is written. So it shall be pollarded. Peace be among you, and all your people, and may you dwell in the warmth of Bradenton for many years to come. Pax vobiscum.

  2. jean-louis Muller says:

    Good eveningthank you for your information about this village I love and where I lived for 10 years until 2010 it’s very interesting even when we’re far away we learn things that Daglan’s do not tell us

    Le 30/11/2017 à 17:19, Radio Free Daglan a écrit : > WordPress.com > loren24250 posted: “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 ” >

  3. Karen Lassman says:

    Certainly an improvement over previous years but could use more decorations.
    Enjoy your winter and the holidays! Karen

    • Loren Chudy says:

      We are certainly gearing up for holiday fun. As for the decorations, yes — there could be more. Maybe a certain Canadian family should donate some to the communal tree? Cheerso, ma soeur.

  4. Gordon Pape says:

    And a Merry Christmas to you both. Cheers, Gordon

  5. James Douglas Curson says:

    Merry Christmas to you – I look forward to your return.

  6. Peter Howling says:

    Always enjoy your posts so will miss them. Merry Christmas and look forward to your return in 2018. Cheers!!! Dawn and Peter

    • loren24250 says:

      Thanks so much! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you both, as well. See you in 2018. (BTW, I think you will soon have a great spot to hang out in Niagara-on-the-Lake!)

      • Peter Howling says:

        Yes we will. already had a sneak peak, when we were in the area. They are counting the days now.

  7. Alix Horner says:

    …and to all a good night!
    Thanks Loren…we look forward to 2018!

  8. Celia and Trevor West says:

    Always enjoy your updates. Happy Christmas to you both from cold and wet south of England.

  9. Paul says:

    Bib Gourmand on its way to Le Petit Paris!

    • loren24250 says:

      Really? Is the new (2018) Michelin Guide already out?

      • Paul says:

        Saw an advanced list on the Michelin twitter feed – ‘105 new restaurants in France selected for Bib Gourmand’, including La Belle Etoille & O’Plaisir des Sens in La Roque Gageac and La Table du Leo in St Avit Senieur

  10. loren24250 says:

    Wow! thanks for that, Paul. Interesting info!

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