Tag Archives: Christmas

A tree shrinks in Daglan

Considering the title of this posting, those among you of a literary persuasion may nod knowingly and admire the subtle reference to Betty Smith’s semi-autobiographical novel of 1943, “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.” Others of you may simply wonder how … Continue reading

Posted in Holidays in France, Life in southwest France, Weather in the Dordogne | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Timber!

We’ve had some awfully wet weather lately, as previously reported in Radio Free Daglan (December 15). Sometimes we’ve had gentle showers, other times we’ve had hard rain. Unfortunately, some days we’ve also been hit with serious storms, bringing strong winds … Continue reading

Posted in Holidays in France, Life in southwest France, Weather in the Dordogne | Tagged , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Getting the (Christmas) turkey right (encore edition)

Christmas is fast approaching, and you may be thinking of serving turkey as the centrepiece of your big holiday meal in a few days. So today I’m re-posting “Getting the turkey right,” exactly as published on December 26, 2018. It’s … Continue reading

Posted in Food, Life in southwest France | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Our Super Sunday successes (holiday edition)

Did you ever have this thought: “What if I threw a party, and nobody came?” I must admit I was feeling a bit of that apprehension before yesterday’s Marché de Noël. Knowing the huge amount of work that had gone … Continue reading

Posted in Festivals in France, Food, Holidays in France, Life in southwest France, Markets in France | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Getting the most from Sunday’s events

This posting will provide you with an easy-to-follow three-stop itinerary for your enjoyment this coming Sunday (December 8), provided that you will be in the Greater Daglan Area on that date. The focus of my suggestions is the Christmas market, … Continue reading

Posted in Festivals in France, Food, Holidays in France, Life in southwest France, Markets in France | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

A sneak peek, plus a few rich dishes

Today’s posting covers two fairly different topics — one related to the holiday that is fast approaching, and the other related to a favourite topic in these parts (food, of course). First, the Christmas item. Admiring our village Christmas tree … Continue reading

Posted in Food, French food, Holidays in France, Life in southwest France, Restaurants in the Lot | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Getting the turkey right

This year, we went the “traditional” route for our Christmas lunch — but with a twist. Yes, it was turkey and trimmings, including mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce. But thanks to the inspiration of son Michael in Toronto, I … Continue reading

Posted in Food, Life in southwest France, Recipes | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

The Tree Report, 2018

It’s become a tradition that I photograph the village’s Christmas tree each year, as it stands relatively proudly in our main square. Some readers have come to expect this, after being astounded five years ago by what may well have … Continue reading

Posted in Holidays in France, Life in southwest France, Markets in France, Weather in the Dordogne | Tagged , , | 8 Comments

‘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

Posted in Flora and fauna, Holidays in France, Life in southwest France, Weather in the Dordogne | Tagged , , , | 21 Comments

Making butter better

Avid readers — and particularly those with long memories and a food obsession — may remember my posting about our Christmas Day lunch at the wonderful restaurant Le Gindreau, in Saint-Médard, about an hour south of Daglan. The post was … Continue reading

Posted in Food, French food, Life in southwest France, Markets in France, Restaurants in France, Restaurants in the Lot | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments