Category Archives: Flora and fauna

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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Our fields of gold

Suddenly, as April began to warm up and the rains started to slow down, the Greater Daglan Area began to be carpeted in fields of gold. Well, okay, the colour is actually yellow, but gold sounds better. At the moment, … Continue reading

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We’ve gone up by a flower!

Every January, our Mayor leads a public meeting  in the Salle des fêtes in which he updates villagers on accomplishments during the year just ended, and plans for the year ahead. His remarks are quite detailed, covering everything from road … Continue reading

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Tough love (on a vine) pays off … a little

For quite a few weeks, as winter ended and spring seemed just  around the corner, my wife Jan and I were worried — about our glycine vines (which you probably know better as wisteria). We have two of these vines … Continue reading

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