Monthly Archives: December 2019

State of the Village Address

Now I could have called this posting “The Mayor’s Speech,” echoing the title of that (very good) film “The King’s Speech.” But then you might have thought that Daglan’s Mayor is struggling with some sort of stammering problem, which he … Continue reading

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A tree shrinks in Daglan

Considering the title of this posting, those among you of a literary persuasion may nod knowingly and admire the subtle reference to Betty Smith’s semi-autobiographical novel of 1943, “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.” Others of you may simply wonder how … Continue reading

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Timber!

We’ve had some awfully wet weather lately, as previously reported in Radio Free Daglan (December 15). Sometimes we’ve had gentle showers, other times we’ve had hard rain. Unfortunately, some days we’ve also been hit with serious storms, bringing strong winds … Continue reading

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Getting the (Christmas) turkey right (encore edition)

Christmas is fast approaching, and you may be thinking of serving turkey as the centrepiece of your big holiday meal in a few days. So today I’m re-posting “Getting the turkey right,” exactly as published on December 26, 2018. It’s … Continue reading

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Dreaming of a wet Christmas?

Daglan lies in the Région of Nouvelle-Aquitaine, and as you may know (from your Latin studies) the word aquitaine comes from the same root word as water. That’s because the Romans (sometimes known as The First GDA Residents) found so … Continue reading

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Our Super Sunday successes (holiday edition)

Did you ever have this thought: “What if I threw a party, and nobody came?” I must admit I was feeling a bit of that apprehension before yesterday’s Marché de Noël. Knowing the huge amount of work that had gone … Continue reading

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Getting the most from Sunday’s events

This posting will provide you with an easy-to-follow three-stop itinerary for your enjoyment this coming Sunday (December 8), provided that you will be in the Greater Daglan Area on that date. The focus of my suggestions is the Christmas market, … Continue reading

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Our Tree — in all its glory!

In yesterday’s posting (December 4), I raised the subject of Christmas in the heart of Daglan. Here’s some of what I wrote: Admiring our village Christmas tree has become a time-honoured tradition, at least here in the world of Radio … Continue reading

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A sneak peek, plus a few rich dishes

Today’s posting covers two fairly different topics — one related to the holiday that is fast approaching, and the other related to a favourite topic in these parts (food, of course). First, the Christmas item. Admiring our village Christmas tree … Continue reading

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Early December notes (2019 edition)

Things may be quiet around here, as I wrote recently, but the village is starting to get that Happy Holidays vibe. A few of our neighbours have started to adorn the exteriors of their homes with Christmas trees and other … Continue reading

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