Category Archives: Life in southwest France

Trash Talk 4: The earth beneath our feet

Unless you live in Daglan, you will find this post incredibly boring. If you are indeed a non-resident, I suggest that you leave the blog now, and take up something like origami or stamp-collecting. Even if you do live in … Continue reading

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A Cava correction

Accuracy is something I strive for in Radio Free Daglan, and when I find I’ve made an error, I want to correct it. And so this is an apology, of sorts, for something I wrote in “A bit of a … Continue reading

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A bit of a Spanish connection

Living in rural southwest France has its many advantages, but cosmopolitan shopping is not one of them. Since Jan and I spent much of our adult lives in the large city of Toronto, we became used to shopping for wines … Continue reading

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Lunch in (yes, in!) a restaurant (and a terrific one to boot!)

While restaurants in the Greater Daglan Area have been open for a while, my wife Jan and I had been cautious about eating in confined public spaces, and so we had been using the take-out option (as loyal readers will … Continue reading

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Yet another try at the take-out option

Restaurants in the Greater Daglan Area are now allowed to serve people indoors, not just outside on terraces. Still, Jan and I have been cautious, and have used the take-out services of nearby restaurants for our Sunday lunches. And so … Continue reading

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So long, 8 à Huit — hello Proxi

The Carrefour retail group is good at many things, such as operating supermarkets, but I suggest that its marketing gurus leave a lot to be desired when it comes to naming their stores. A case in point is the outlet … Continue reading

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The return of Crazy Bells, and other jottings

We are slowly emerging from the Covid-19 lock-down, and Jan and I are hoping that people won’t go overboard and ruin the progress that’s been so painfully made against the pandemic. In any case, restaurants here are re-opening next week, … Continue reading

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Glimmers of light, May 2020

We are certainly not out of the woods, but here in rural France there are at least a few glimmers of light — some basic returns to normalcy —  during the Covid 19 lock-down. A few of them follow. An … Continue reading

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Jan and her mask-making success

The suggestion came from Daglan’s office of the Mayor — would residents of the village volunteer to sew face masks, to be worn  during the current pandemic? You could choose to sew 30 masks, or 60. For its part, the … Continue reading

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Our reluctant shrub bursts forth

Jan and I have a glossy green-leaved shrub in a blue ceramic planter on the front steps of our home in Daglan, and we had been getting pretty tired of waiting for it to bloom. But now it’s truly burst … Continue reading

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