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 many lakes and rivers around these parts.
And speaking of the GDA, you might think that the following photo shows an attractive small lake, or perhaps a large pond, near us. But you would be wrong. Have a look:
That photo was taken yesterday (Saturday) around noon, as I drove home from a session of aquagym. But just two days earlier (Thursday), it had been a field, normally occupied by cows, where two men with chain saws were cleaning up a number of trees they had felled. I see this field often, as it’s only a kilometre or so from our house, and I pass it if I’m heading towards either Gourdon or Cénac.
In the next photo, you can see the logs the men were piling up at the side of the road that leads to the hamlet of Bouzic:
Everywhere I drove yesterday, there were these temporary lakes and ponds, as streams and rivers overflowed their banks. We’ve had rain after rain after rain, and with the earth so soaked, there is nowhere for the water to go — except up and over the banks.
Today, fortunately, was sunny and dry, so maybe our Christmas will be bright. Then again, there’s a good chance it will be wet.