A Tribute To Our Courageous Cleo.

She was only three years old when her life was taken by the utter carelessness of a speeding driver, (who did not stop) outside our home last Wednesday morning.

We are both devastated.

Cleo when she was four months old.
 

Relaxing in the shade. This picture was taken in our courtyard last Summer.

Here are just a few of things that I will miss:- wrapping her front legs around my neck to hug me, carrying her toy mice to her food bowl and feeding them, resting her left paw in her drinking water to act as a filter, shouting for me when she came into the house and being a cat burglar.

She gave us so much and we will miss her everyday that follows.

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VESUNNA, Gallo-Roman Museum

Only about a ten minute walk from the centre of Perigueux is the most gorgeous Roman Villa. Encased in a glass structure you can see every detail of what is the remains of a truly outstanding Roman Villa.

The antique town of Perigueux was founded around 16 B.C, after the conquest of Gaul by Julius Caesar, the province of Aquitaine was established by Augustus, the first Roman Emperor. Originally called Vesunna, Perigueux became the capital of the Petrucores’ territory.

As with the rest of Gaul, prominent wealthy citizens, handled public matters. They personally financed the construction of monuments and owned the most beautiful villas.

After extensive digging in 1959, the ruins of a vast and richly decorated villa were uncovered. Occupied from the 1st to the 3rd Century, the layout is very typical of a large urban home.

A model of the villa at Vesunna.
 

A central garden surrounded by porticoes and colonnades.
The patio around the pond, was decorated with marine life in bright colours. There were also sculptures among the flowers which decorated the area.
 

The kitchens, reception rooms and bathrooms were heated by the hypocaust.
 

A copy of the wall frescoes which adorned the villa.
 

An example of one of the Gods, Diana. Wonderful detail.
 

Romans allowed conquered people to keep their own Gods as long as the Emperor’s Cult was practiced. This came a little fussy over time and often overlapped with the Roman Gods. A bit of both.

Symbolism was important to show the persons power and wealth.
 

Another example of the Gods. The detail is outstanding.
 

I was particularly interested in finding any signs of the slaves that kept the villa to a high stranded for such a long time. Everything of course was below ground, the kitchens, the heating and mostly with very little light in small hot and cramped conditions.

I did find evidence of two “below stairs” occupations…

… that of weaving, stone weaving weights and tools …
 

… and mending.

Gallo-Roman public figures had very good taste in clothing. The workmanship and detail of these buttons are outstanding.
 

VESUNNA, Gallo-Roman Museum, Perigueux
 
 

Va Va Voom.

For elegance, craftsmanship and sheer pleasure you can not beat a classic car. The purring of the engine and the smell of wood and leather all combine to the uniqueness of these cars.

As you can by now understand I love old cars, classic, veteran and vintage and to have a classic car show just across the road from your home, wow, it made my year.

They arrived in ones and twos, with only a few cars at first.

Then by late afternoon, oh my, what a wonderful display.
 

Magnificent Jaguar XK 140.
 

Extremely difficult to say which one was my favourite.
 

Citroen Traction Avanti
 

Gorgeous Singer made in 1950 and still a winner. For sale if you are interested. Oops sorry Elaine, it should read Singer Car but you are a gorgeous singer.
 

Just slightly bias, to me this was the best car of the Daglan Show, A Beetle Convertible.
 

An extremely well restored Triumph Spitfire 1500.
 

This stunning Mercedes SL280 also caught my eye.
 

“Come back next year guys”, I could have spent hours just looking at each individual car, just brilliant.
 
 
Events:-

Daglan 8 a Huit Supermarket is closed 23rd to 27 September inclusive

Castlenaud-la-Chapelle 21st and the 22nd September Heritage Day. Teaching warrior customs of the late Middle Ages. Open from 10.30 on the above dates.

Sarlat, Heritage Day 21st and 22nd September, the Salamander Challenge. Canoeing, hiking, orienteering and archery.
 
 

Fête de La Saint-Louis – Daglan

Preparation have been under way for days and weeks so the stage was set for the biggest event of the year, The annual Fête de La Saint-Louis held last weekend.

The bumper cars had somehow wrapped themselves around the fountain, it amazes me how such a huge arena can fit in the Square de La Liberty. The loud-speakers were raised into place but silence reigned over the village.

My eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light.
That split the night
And touched the Sound of Silence.
And in the naked light I saw.
Ten thousand people, maybe more.

  • Simon and Garfunkel.
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    Then the noise started, the bumpers cars on their own are fine, However, when the music starts the whole of the house shakes to the rhythm of the loud thumping bass. Only once a year over four nights without sleep. We can do this.

    My moan about the bumper cars is over… The highlight of the weekend is always the carnival through the streets of Daglan which takes place on the Sunday.

    This years theme was historic inventions,

    The first float was the most important invention, a still.
     

    The invention of plastic.
     

    A brilliant air-plane (RAF).

    The amount of work that goes into creating the floats each year is amazing.

    People danced and sang along along with the band.
     

    The invention of the steam paddle boat, complete with life saving equipment and bottles of, well not sure but the passengers loved it.
     

    Laurel and Hardy (left of the picture) can be seen running to catch the train. The awesome train had first and third class compartments. First class with comfy chairs, candelabra, champagne etc. Third class I am afraid had only wooden seats. all very true of the time period.
     

    People in costumes who rode or walked beside the train.
     


    I was so pleased to see two of the nurses that have helped my recovery. I cannot thank you enough, you are brilliant.
     
     

    Events:-

    29th August.
    Musketeers of Roy. The son of the Lord of Caumont is looking for musketeers to present to the King, (Children only). Who will dress in musketeer costumes and discover fencing in complete safety. The workshop lasts about thirty minutes. Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

    7th and 8th September
    20th Dordogne-Perigord Canoe/Kayak Marathon from Saint Julien de Lampon to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
     
     

    Premier Prix Balcon Fleuri

    It was so unexpected but it is so fantastic.

    I had only arrived home from hospital after two operations a week before, and to be honest I was in a lot of pain and feeling very low, when a friend of ours asked Paul if she could enter our balcony into the annual Daglan flower competition. Paul said no thank you and explained that I could not tend to the flowers. However, when he told me it motivated me to think about the balcony, I decided that I could possibly get out there and maybe just tend to one of the containers per day it gave me a target to aim for, I could do this. Paul spoke to our friend who did enter our balcony in the competition.

    It was a very slow process just a few steps and one container at a time but I made it. The impact on my mental and later physical state was just unbelievable. I needed that push and it worked.

    A few days ago we were most surprised to be presented with a certificate, a bottle of champagne and a voucher for thirty euros for plants from a local fleuriste. I think that we both missed half of what was told to us, we were just in shock, but very happy and very proud to have won.

    A very large thank you to our friend for putting our name forward, you made a big difference to my life. Thank you also to the Mairie and the Competition Jury.

    The Champagne has the Marie on the label.
     

    The balcony with hanging baskets. I particularly love the variegated ivy which hangs over the edge. The basket of yellow petunias were a present from Chris and Verginie at the 8 à Huit when I returned from hospital
     

    Vibrant reds protrude through the green.
     

    Love our cauldron which are very popular in this area for planters.
     
     

    Events : This weekend.