Category Archives: Flora and fauna

The sounds of (near) silence

You may have wondered, how quiet is our village at this time of year? My answer: Very. The only occasional loud noises occur when a large truck or tractor rumbles through Daglan on the main street, or when someone is … Continue reading

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Another way to learn patience

There are several proven ways to learn how to be patient, and I’ve tried a few. For example: Fly-fishing for salmon in a Scottish river (salmon caught? zero). Putting up wallpaper (aaargghh). Taking part in a 24-hour police stake-out (okay, … Continue reading

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Plenty of sunshine, coming our way…

We are currently enduring what the French call a canicule and we English-speakers call a heat wave. The entire southwest of France (in which we reside) is under a weather warning, and the papers are full of advice about staying … Continue reading

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Hip, hip, hooray! And hoopoe!

Not too many days ago, I saw a hoopoe — actually, three of them — for the first time since moving to France nearly nine years ago. I can just imagine you asking: And what is a hoopoe, pray tell? … Continue reading

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Pop … pop … poppies!

Today has been a national holiday in France (Ascension). Which meant that most businesses have been closed for at least a half day, if not the whole day. Which meant that the Othentic Spa in Costeraste is closed. Which meant … Continue reading

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Mowing on a grand scale

As we’re now well and truly into spring, we’ve had weeks and weeks of alternating rain and bright sunshine. And once again, that means we’re into the season of mowing on a grand scale — known in France as fauchage. … Continue reading

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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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