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Two showdowns (June 2021)

These are not startling events, but we are now quite close to two showdowns — one political, the other somewhat cultural. First the political: the regional elections in France, which were to take place in March 2021, but were delayed … Continue reading

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Just how happy are we?

My wife Jan asked that question yesterday afternoon, as we drove home under a cloudless sky. And when she answered “We’re very, very happy,” it wasn’t just the weather she was admiring. We were feeling quite good after having enjoyed … Continue reading

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Our outdoor dining double-play

Loyal and alert readers with good memories (and you know who you are), will recall that on Tuesday, Jan and I had our first meal at a restaurant in a long, long time — not just take-out food from a … Continue reading

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A scrumptious return to the near-normal

With the worst of the pandemic seeming to fade, restaurants in France recently were allowed to receive customers — but only on their outdoor terraces; to be seated inside a restaurant, we will have to wait until June 9. But … Continue reading

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Anniversary dining — and future treats

Yesterday was our wedding anniversary — the 33rd, in fact — and in “normal”, pre-pandemic times, we would have tried to celebrate with a lavish lunch in a fine-dining restaurant. But restaurants in France remain closed (for indoor dining), and … Continue reading

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Dainty but delicious dishes

For the second week in a row, our Sunday lunch was the 26-euro take-out special from the excellent restaurant Le Grand Bleu. On Friday I had telephoned the chef, Maxime Lebrun, to place our order, and yesterday Jan drove to … Continue reading

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A fence and a fire

You may remember that in “Putting our sheep to work” (April 15), I described a request from our Mayor for volunteers to gather on April 22 to help build a fence on a hill next to Daglan’s cemetery. The goal … Continue reading

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Fine dining: taste treats, and a sad tale

This posting includes two tales: A description of today’s tasty take-out lunch from Le Grand Bleu, our favourite restaurant in Sarlat, and the sad story of a catastrophe at O Moulin, the wonderful restaurant in Carsac that I’ve raved about … Continue reading

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Stepping through a vaccination centre

Literally millions of people around the world have now received one or even two vaccinations to protect them against Covid 19. But I’ve just had my first injection, and so I’m going to describe my experience, step-by-step, in case you’re … Continue reading

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Putting our sheep to work

Éco-pâturage, as I’m sure you know, refers to the practice of employing grazing animals for mowing, which of course saves time and resources, reduces the hard work of maintenance, and respects biodiversity. Okay, I didn’t know what it meant either. … Continue reading

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