Category Archives: Flora and fauna

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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A wet fête turns sunny

For a few days, I had been worried about today’s Fête du Printemps, or Spring Festival (Sunday, March 18). Why? Simply because of the weather forecast, which was calling for quite chilly and wet (or at least overcast) conditions. Sadly, … Continue reading

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Springing (at last) into Spring

It’s been anything but a typical GDA winter, as we endured some brutally cold weather (although, thankfully, no snow).  But the Greater Daglan Area is now starting to shake all that off, and spring into spring. As is usually the … Continue reading

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‘Tis the season

We are slipping and sliding into winter, with frosted windows on our cars in the morning, and a fire roaring away in the living room log-burner every day. Vacationers have left, as have people who own holiday homes in the … Continue reading

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The Village Fleuri signage

Yesterday (Sunday), I changed the “header photo” on this blog, to show one of Daglan’s Village Fleuri signs. (Inserting a different photo is a weekly task.) This has prompted me to re-post part of what I published earlier this year … Continue reading

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Tough love for our wisteria

This past spring, the wisteria vines at the front of our house in Daglan grew leaves like champions, but failed to flower. What could have gone wrong? The answer, according to a French friend of ours with substantial local knowledge, … Continue reading

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Going, going, but not gone (summer 2017)

October in the Greater Daglan Area is not my favourite month (that would be September), but it’s close. In October, we are technically in autumn, but hints of summer remain. In October, we seem to have two kinds of weather: … Continue reading

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A touch of spring in autumnal Daglan

We are just back from a vacation in Milan (you know, the big city in northern Italy), about which I’ll be blogging in due course. But first, a note on the weather here in Daglan, and a colourful surprise. Apparently … Continue reading

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Progress report — early July 2017

I am a resolute supporter of progress, believing that a Continuous Improvement Program should be part of everyone’s life (and that includes every home, every business, every government, and so on). And I am delighted to report that our little … Continue reading

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Some sunny summer Sunday joys

We’ve been enjoying wonderful summer weather for the past while, and today’s weather is no exception. It’s hot and sunny, but not too humid. And since Sunday should be a day of enjoyment, here are a few things we’re currently … Continue reading

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