The Three Musketeers.

Last Sunday we were invited to the general assembly of the Club de L’Amitie Daglanaise, which incorporated the Annual General Meeting followed by a luncheon.

Each year there are celebrations and presents for any member of the Club de L’Amitie Daglanaise who’s birthday ends in a zero or a five. Our village Musketeers who are all boules champions and who have great tales to tell of their life experiences look happy indeed.

The Three MusketeersHappy trio.

I must say that the French know how to enjoy their food, three hours of eating, drinking and being a little merry is the norm, wonderful.

Menu

Aperitif
Kir and bowels of snacks

Soup
Pearls of Japan carcass broth (not for me being a vegetarian) but Paul thought it was delicious

Starter
Bites of seafood (this did look good, pastry filled with sea food) Could not eat due to animal fat in the pastry so I had smoked trout with salad which was gorgeous

Main Dish
Supreme of guinea fowl with sauce, peas and gratin dauphinois
My main was fish cooked to perfection, with the peas and gratin dauphinois. It was so filling that I could not eat it all.

Cheese
Green salad with three different cheeses

Dessert
Caramel cream, raspberry tiramisu, chocolate cake, wow delicious.

All the above served with white or red wine

Coffee

Our presidentOur president of the Club, Lydie Pasquet.

Suck a lemonSucking a lemon! No just pulling a face at Paul

Quite a gatheringIt was great to meet new people and to catch up with others that we have met previously at the club.

Events :-

Château de Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, re-opens after its winter break for a guided tour on the theme of a fortified castle under attack on 5th March.

Daglan, holds its Second Spring Festival on 19th March

Heather Fishwick

I am saddened to say that one of our dear friends has died suddenly while on holiday in Spain. I shall miss the many hugs that we shared, the laughter and the tears. I shall in particular miss her holiday adventures, which had me laughing so much that I cried. You brought joy and I shall miss you.

Heather Fishwick

Heather with her husband Mike. Our thoughts are with you.

Party time at Café de la Fleur.

Robin and Charlotte have worked wonders on this property, transforming a neglected bistro into something quite special. They have worked extremely hard to renovate the first floor bar area/restaurant and the second floor which is now open for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Party’s etc. Most of the village attended the grand official opening last Saturday night.
 

dscn2301 Robin and Charlotte.
 

dscn2299Everyone was given a warm welcome with free wine and party food.
 
Gorgeous oak beams and interesting wallpaper made from newspaper and magazine cuttings.

dscn2298and a very welcoming fire on a cold evening.
 

dscn2303All girls together. I am the Hobbit size person wearing the Doctor Who scarf.
 

dscn2307Bonne Chance Robin, Charlotte and Café de la Fleur.

 

Event:- I am so excited, towards the end of last year I was asked to write a article for French Property News magazine about our buying experience, the renovation of our property, our village and the area in general. I can not tell you how nervous I was after sending the article to the editor but she loved it and a few days ago I was sent a copy to read complete with our pictures. Wow, the article is in the March issue.

Winter months in Daglan

A few people have asked me what we find to do in the Winter months here in Daglan. Last year we spent most of our time on renovation projects. This year we have been taking it a lot easier and we have found more time to do the things that we love. Of course the renovation is still on going but it can wait a few more weeks.

Paul has been working on a new web site for an artist who lives in Beynac, he had an exhibition here in Daglan last year. His name is Dominique Allaërt who paints in watercolours to create the most gorgeous and atmospheric paintings of the Perigord Noir.

Dominique ALLAËRTHere he is.

On our first meeting to discuss his web site he was up early in order to bake Paul and I cakes, how nice is that?

Artist at workHere is Dominique at work in the square last Summer.

So if anyone is interested in his art please check out the web site https://www.art.ourfrenchdream.com/

He will be in Daglan during the Spring Festival on March 19th exhibiting his painting at the Old Presbytery and a further exhibition at the same place in August.

If you are interested in a new web design please contact us.
 

To refresh and develop my skills in various media I have returned to my design work and have focused on embroidery in particular silk stitch and cross stitch. At first I embroidered basic flowers on a cushion, white and red roses which represents Yorkshire for me and Lancashire for Paul.

The Wars of the RosesThe Wars of the Roses

Happy with the outcome I let my imagination take hold and started to plan out the Elven King from the Hobbit films. It took quite a long time to complete but really relaxing and rewarding.

The Elven KingThe Elven King
 

Events :

Clement Bouscarel
24th February
Clement Bouscarel.
Admission 10€, children under 12 free.
Cake and Wine after the performance.

Carnival
22nd March
Carnival parade through the roads of Daglan by the schools of the Céou valley

Fire at Daglan Village.

Yesterday afternoon Paul and I heard two fire engines go by our home at full speed with blue lights and sirens. It was not until this morning when we where going out of the village on the road to Castelnaud that we were able to see the cause, a house fire had devastated this property.
 

Fire at Daglan VillageThe roof and the interior, all gone.

As you can see a terrible mess, it looks like only the stone walls are left. Thank goodness no one was hurt, I believe that it is a holiday home and was unoccupied, a great shock for the owners.
 

A terrible loss.A terrible loss.

There was a fire in a property along the lane which runs next to our home a few years ago. The owners had recently finished renovating the property when they were informed of the fire.

More Hidden Gems of Sarlat

It is always worth wondering around the side streets of any town in the Perigord Noir however, the Medieval Quarter in Sarlat stands out as one of the best, where you can find hidden treasures literally just around every corner. This happened to Paul a few weeks ago when he was passing the time waiting for me while I was at our hairdressers.

If you walk up the main shopping street in Sarlat, pass the chocolatiers, Burton’s Store and the store that sells knifes and guns! You will come to a small cobbled lane on the left that doubles back and rises up to take you around the bend. There, hidden around the bend on the Rue J.J. Rousseau you will find the 17th Century Chapel des Pénitents Blancs with its magnificent portico.
 

17th Century Chapel des Pénitents BlancsChapel of the White Penitents XVIIth century
 

dscn2256The beautiful baroque door is the only ornament of the Chapel of the Récollets (a reformed branch of the Franciscan order) of the White Penitents.

In 1944 the chapel was classified as an historical monument and since 1970, it has housed a museum of sacred art.
 

In the old quarter take the lane which is found on the left of the Cathedral and runs past the Lantern of the Dead.
 

twisty, narrow laneTake the first left at the antique shop and you will find a twisty, narrow lane which in turn leads you into the myriad of Medieval properties which we had never seen before.
 

A beautiful balustradeA beautiful balustrade with artisan jewellery shops on the first level of the property.

Meandering through the narrow cobbled lanes of artisans and art galleries you will come to Rue Fénelon, turn left where you will find cafes, a Thai Restaurant (which we must check out) and antique shops.
 

Tall houseOn the right, tucked in between the shops you will see another interesting 14th C property.
 

Aux Bonheurs De SopheFurther along the same lane towards Rue de la Liberté you will find on the right, ‘Aux Bonheurs De Sophe’. A Millinery shop where I could spend hours browsing and buying almost everything. It sells beautiful materials, cottons, wools and accessories, in fact everything that you need, including silk embroidery threads which I needed for my new hobby.

Past the milliners you will see the Truffle Market on the right and the magnificent Place de la Liberté with its Wednesday and Saturday markets.
 

La Galette season once more

I was listening to Radio 2 a few days ago and the presenter was talking about Wassailing which sounded very similar to the French tradition of bringing good luck at the start of the year that I had to find out more information.

Wassailing is famous in the West Country of England around Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. Where the tradition is to make a cake with a bean inside and whoever is served the slice of cake containing bean becomes King for the day. Which is the same in France, however the English King for the day then goes to bless the oldest tree in the apple orchard in order to dismiss evil spirits and encourage good spirits so that the apple orchard will flourish and more Cider is produced. After the blessing of the tree, cider is poured around the tree, then another blessing, singing, drinking cider and eating more of the cake. This particular tradition dates from Anglo-Saxon Times and is performed around the twelfth night but can be performed throughout January.

In France a similar tradition with a cake takes place, it starts on 6th January and continues until Shrove Tuesday. A cake is baked containing a favour, the custom taken from the Roman Saturnalia. Whoever has the slice with the favour is crowned King for the day. In France it is the cake that brings good luck for the coming year.

Perhaps I should introduce the drinking of walnut liqueur around the oldest walnut tree in Daglan!
 

La GaletteAt first we went for the Brioche which had sugar crystals on top, it tasted something like a large doughnut.
 

Frangipane Next we picked the traditional frangipane La Galette, which can have various different fillings such as almond paste, apricot, raspberry or apple, all are very delicious.
 

FavoursWe bought three Galette over the month of January, Paul was King for the day twice and myself once, and here are the favours. I am considering baking my own next year but the Galette from the Boulangerie at Castelnaud is so delicious.
 
 

Events:-

Sarlat Organic Night Market 2nd February.

Daglan Spring Festival 19th March.