The Chill of Winter.

This week has seen an increase in the chill factor in our area, with morning temperatures raging from -2c to -6c, and not improving much as the day progressed. It is so cold that it has frozen the water pump which connects to our well. Angel (our cat) is reluctant to venture outside and seems to spend much of her time sitting on top of a radiator or in front of the fire.

It is still a gorgeous place to live with each season bringing stunning vistas of the area which change as the months go by. Now we see frost covered fields peppered with bright red berries in the hedgerows.

The sun was just starting to show its face as we drove out of the village when we took this picture.
 

The following day I opened the shutters at 7:30 to find snow on the balcony and the streets below. Although it was a little warmer than the previous few days the water in the bottles was a block of ice.
 

Snow doesn’t usually last very long here in the Ceou valley, this picture was taken soon after eight thirty with the snow melting away. But we could see a sprinkling of snow on the roof tops for the rest of the day.
 

We wish you a Very Happy New Year.
 

Stay safe and healthy.
 
 

Covid 19

We have had a very scary few days this week. I was beginning with a slight fever and cough which set me worrying about Covid 19, my symptoms seemed to be the start of a cold but I was unsure. This was on Thursday, by Friday I had been awake most of the night with a bad cough and more symptoms developed but again it could still be a cold. The safest option was to get advice from our doctor who acted very quickly and organised a nurse to give my husband and myself a Covid 19 PCR test on Saturday morning.

Of course the worry increased over the weekend while awaiting the results, I always say better be safe than sorry but stay positive was the mantra. Seeing a nurse on Saturday wearing full protective clothing did bring it home to me how serious the spread of the virus is. Since March we have always worn face masks, kept to social distancing guidelines and remained in lock down situations only to leave home for medication and food. How could I have caught Covid 19 kept playing in my mind as the test was completed.

The results should have arrived on Monday but thankfully it appears the laboratory is working at weekend because of the pandemic and they arrived on Sunday evening, both Paul and I tested negative, what a relief.

What this has shown me is that safety regulations are so important particularly after hearing about the new strain of virus that is spreading in England at the moment and I am sure will reach other countries.

On a positive note I give praise to our doctor and the nursing staff who acted so fast that we had the test in our home and the results within in a day.

Happy Christmas from Daglan.

 

Santa in the tree always brings a smile to children’s faces.

 

Our village Boulangerie and Patisserie always looks amazing.

 

Best of all is the village Christmas tree.

 
Next year will be a better year with the new vaccine being rolled out in France in January. But we still need to continue with the safety regulations. So on that note, I wish you all a very happy Christmas and stay safe and healthy, so that one day we will be able to go out and experience the wonderful country that we live in.
 

Happy Holidays.
Take care and stay safe.


 
 

A Teddy Bear Christmas.

“Don’t go down to the woods today you’re in for a big surprise,
for every bear that ever there was is gathered there
because today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic”.

Not a Christmas Carol but it seemed to be appropriate for the teddy bear theme that we observed as we walked around Sarlat a few days ago.

There is no Village De Noël this year, no chalets brimming over with Christmas delights and no ice rink, no hot mulled wine but lets focus onto the positive.

Lots of teddy bears to bring a smile or two.
 

I am sure one teddy bear was trying to break and enter the tourist office or is he trying to escape after collecting the present. I really should get out more and stop trying to analyse a teddy bear.
 

A gorgeous display of bears in the Medieval quarter of Sarlat.
 

It was really good to see a few people around the market.
 

A close up of the top of the town hall clock tower. Teddy bears and ginger bread men.
 

Our favourite shop in Sarlat, Maison Massoulier which sells the most delicious cakes, pastries and chocolates.
 

How amazing is this, a chocolate Christmas tree.

Joyeux Noël.
 
 

Noël Is Here In Daglan.

Decorations started to appear in Daglan a few days ago but I just had to use this picture of the children first. They look so happy and joyful selling their Christmas decorations outside the Boulangerie this morning at the Daglan Sunday market. It lifted my spirits to talk to them about their decorations. They certainly made people smile.

Children from the village Primary School.
 

A gorgeous tree in a better location in the Square.
 

Due to the high winds that we get this time of year (last year the tree fell down four times) this years tree has been placed in the fountain with props and blocks of wood around its base for support. The intrepid Commune workers, worked through wind and rain to erect and decorate the tree over a couple of days. Their effort has not gone unnoticed by everyone who visits the village.

The welcoming Santa outside the Proxi supermarket brings cheer for Christmas.
 
 

Maisons à Empilage (stacking houses).

We have driven past this structure many times on the road to Sarlat and I have often wondered how old the building is and what is its purpose. At first a large barn comes to mind but I have never seen anyone use it until today. Curiosity got the better of me and I had to research into the subject and I made a very interesting discovery.

An example of a Maisons à Empilage.

You can not see clearly, being so far away, but it has one wooden stuttered window at the side and a door at the front. It is believed that the building was used as a home at the front and a barn at the rear.

Maisons a Empilage are some of the oldest habitations in this part of France. This particular one is in good condition and could be 600 years old, which places them after the Hundred Years War in the 1400’s. They are built like a log cabin with timbers squared off and are often extended at a later date. The walls are made of oak, cut with an axe and stacked horizontally. About ten long oak beams of 20×30 cm in section.

These particular structures are historical monuments and are believed to have been built on the site of an ancient oak forest.