Category Archives: Flora and fauna

A leader and a laggard

The wisteria (glycine in French) is like the little girl who had that curl, right in the middle of her forehead. When she was good, she was very, very good, but when she was bad … well, you know the … Continue reading

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Spring Festival: from soggy to successful

Daglan’s Fête du Printemps, or Spring Festival, this year turned out to be almost a replay of the 2018 version — as the day started grey and drizzly, and then improved dramatically in the afternoon, with loads of shoppers strolling … Continue reading

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A few end-of-winter brighteners

Winter is breaking up in the Greater Daglan Area, and for that we’re truly grateful. We’ve had several months in which grey seemed to be the most dominant colour. So in the spirit of the coming spring, today I’m offering … Continue reading

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From beauty spot to barren plot

Several weeks ago, a pretty fierce storm blew through the Greater Daglan Area, knocking down several trees. (Walnut trees seem to be the most frequent victims of high winds here, as their root systems are surprisingly shallow.) Unfortunately, some of … Continue reading

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Tobacco road

Having been a city guy most of my adult life (Chicago, Montreal, Toronto), I find it constantly interesting to be exposed to rural/agricultural life here in the Greater Daglan Area. Most interesting of all are the amazing machines that have … Continue reading

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How dry we are …

Rain obviously plays a critical role in the Greater Daglan Area, not only watering our many forests and fields of corn, sunflowers, tobacco and walnut trees, but also feeding our creeks and rivers. But it’s not exactly Mr. Dependable. This … Continue reading

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Our fast-and-slow start to summer

It’s been a bit bizarre this year. We’ve had a very fast, virtually immediate jump into “The Season — Summer,”  but a very slow glide into “The Season — Tourist Invasion.” This year’s advent of summer, with high temperatures and … Continue reading

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