Our retro yellow kitchen here in lively La Ciotat makes a catching backdrop for JM's catch: a Mediterranean sar ("saar" in English. Not that that's any help for most of us trying to figure out just what kind of poisson this is!). They do, however serve sar in many seaside restaurants here along the south coast.
la canne à pêche
fishing pole, fishing rod
Listen to the following example sentence in French: download Canne à pêche
Une canne à pêche sert à attraper des poissons.
A fishing pole is used to catch fish.
A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE
by Kristi Espinasse
Non, after ending his career as a paysan, Jean-Marc is not retiring! It only looks as though he is! Especially in the photo near the end of this missive. My husband will continue his work in wine. Instead of farming, he'll stick to the wine business (and blending...), discovering good local wines and connecting French wine growers with US importers. Jean-Marc would also like to source grapes and continue making wine, a passion that has not left him....
Meantime the new ciotadin (resident of La Ciotat) is discovering other pleasures--like la pêche! Yesterday our bungalow, our patio, and a part of our yard was tangled in meters upon meters of fishing line as Jean-Marc tried to assemble his new canne à pêche.
Ah, this'll be a good activity for him, I thought, teaching him patience. (But when he called me over to help, I got sucked into the @#&!! test of patience, too!)
Our 8-year-old golden retriever, Smokey. His hanging tongue is a séquelle, or consequence from the past....
Smokey and I were careful not to add to the frustration by getting tangled into the growing line (it now reached our newly-planted fig tree at the edge of our lot). Finally, the would-be fisherman reeled in the unknotted line and set out on foot to the nearest digue--his wine-harvest bucket (serving a new purpose) swinging from his arm.
Strangely, no other fishermen were present. Perhaps the day after a storm is not the time to fish? I'd heard of troubled waters.... Jean-Marc assured me people were fishing--he could see them farther down the coast. Donc tout était bon--and he had digue, or seawall, all to himself!
But where were all the fish? When the store-bought appâts (vers américans, or American worms) did not attract any fish, he remembered the humble, trusty, arapède. There were dozens of the little creatures (or "Chinese hats", for they resemble just that). Plucking up a few limpets, Jean-Marc then removed the snails from the shell and voilà--he immediately caught a fish!
Oui! ça mord! Yes, they're biting!
And, dear reader, I think we can say as well that Jean-Marc has been bitten by the joy of fishin'.
Learn the expression coller comme une arapède, in this early blog story from 2005, taking place in the seaside town of Sète...
French Vocabulary & related terms
la canne à pêche = fishing pole
le poisson = fish
la pêche = fishing
la digue = sea wall
donc tout était bon = so all was well
l'appât (m) = bait, lure
un hameçon = fishing hook
l'arapède = limpet
Ça mord ? = any bites?
sar = a Mediterranean fish, the nam 'sar' designates many kinds of edible fish.
passant(e) = passer-by
Who could not be happy in a sunshine yellow kitchen (from the 50s or 70s, we do not know)? It's not the most comfortable kitchen, but it has a nice look, doesn't it? A few readers had a solution for the low counter top: Sit down when you chop! So I did, and discovered that by opening one of the cupboards, I have a place to put my legs :-)
Thanks to Nick and Jill Cook for sending this picture of The Connexion interview. Thank you, Jessica Knipe for the interview. You can read part of it here (if I get a copy of the paper, I will share it).
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