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The descent of the woolly mowers

Daglan’s commitment to ecological mowing was outlined in my post “Putting our sheep to work,” on April 15. But Jan and I were never able to spot any sheep on the hill beside the village cemetery — until this morning. … Continue reading

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The uber-clean village and our “civilized” lunch

At times I feel as if we are living in a public-policy experiment to answer one question: Just how clean, pretty and eco-friendly can one village get? On Monday, for instance, a company of professional cleaners was blasting away at … Continue reading

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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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