Category Archives: Life in southwest France

Glycines galore

Spring has so thoroughly sprung in the Greater Daglan Area that it feels like we are in summer already. Every self-respecting plant, shrub and tree that is able to flower has either done so already, or is being seriously rebuked … Continue reading

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Good-Bye to All That

His name was Scooter, but we often called him Scootie, or Scoots, or even the unlikely Scootifer. If I asked my wife Jan “Where did he go now?”, she knew who I meant. Scooter was from Toronto, but he travelled with … Continue reading

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Thrills (and possibly spills) in the hills

Most of us like our sidewalks, paths, streets, roads and highways to be smooth. But there is at least one group of riders who prefer their roads to be rocky: the cyclists who ride cross-country (with a lot of downhill … Continue reading

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Another seasonal first

Each March, it seems, we are delighted to find the first strawberries of the season showing up in stores and markets. And so it was yesterday, when we stopped at the (wonderful) Grand Frais food store in Bergerac. There they were … Continue reading

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Truffle heaven

The Greater Daglan Area, or GDA, is known for producing excellent black truffles. And the Michelin-starred restaurant Le Gindreau is known for producing excellent dishes with them. And so it was that on this past Thursday — when my wife … Continue reading

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A dedication ceremony, in photos

As I wrote on Saturday, March 18, Daglan was to hold a ceremony on Sunday (March 19) to dedicate a peace monument. Here’s what I wrote: … taking place tomorrow, at the side of the village church, will be the inauguration … Continue reading

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Flower power, 2nd edition

Just about a year ago (March 20, 2016, to be precise) I posted “Flower power” to herald Daglan’s first Fête du Printemps, or Spring Festival.  And now my wife Jan and I are busily getting prepared for the second edition … Continue reading

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