Out and About

Beynac is now open!

The main D703 road through Beynac has been closed to traffic for a few months while major construction work took place. I am so glad to say that it is now open with a new road and pedestrian walkway. Beynac is now ready for the Tour de France to pass through next month.

On our way to St Cyprian market this morning we bypassed Beynac on the other side of the river Dordogne.
 

Returning home we noticed the deviation signs were missing so decided to try the Beynac route.
 

Before our trip to the market we stopped for a breakfast picnic. There is nothing to beat fresh pastries from Maison Carré at Castelnaud-la-Chapelle enjoyed by the banks of the river Dordogne on a glorious sunny morning.

Still waters mirrored in the Dordogne river.
 

The water is so clean that you can watch the trout swim by.
 

And enjoy the terrific views. With canoes ready for the first customers.
 

I could not resist taking this picture of the two foals and their mothers sheltering from the sun.
 
 

Events:-
– Bouzic night market is on Tuesday evenings in July and August
– St-Cyprian night market, throughout July and August on a Thursday evening,
– July and August for Saint Pompon night market on a Saturday evening.

Night markets are a great evening out where you buy hot or cold food and drinks from a variety of stall holders, sit at a handy table to enjoy the entertainment and later dance to your hearts content to live musicians or a DJ.
 
 

Forth Bridge?

Well our equivalent here in Daglan.

We have heard that some authorities and schools in England have banned the wearing of shorts in hot weather and that school boys have taken to wearing skirts in protest, good for them, you have our support boys.

While the temperature today has dropped down to the high twenties this team are painting the balustrade of Pont Neuf over the River Céou and I’m very glad to say no such restrictions are being enforced in our village.

Shorts or trousers?
 

I was going to take a close up picture of the trumpet flowers but the house is so gorgeous that I just had it take a picture of the whole building.
 

One of my favourite petite homes in Daglan village.
 

Several artisans are to be found in the village. Love the hand made hats and birds on sticks.
 

One of the three lovely restaurants in the village, the Petite Paris.
 

Daglan art exhibition looks brilliant with paintings, sculptures etc. Unfortunately we were not allowed to take pictures inside the salle des fêtes but we did take pictures of the beautiful display of stained glass work at the Presbytery.
 
 

Once more, here is Sarlat.

For no other reason than I never get tied of taking pictures of this medieval/renaissance town, especially on market days. It is magical but you need to arrive early if you want to park your car during the tourist season. On a Saturday and Wednesday morning fresh produce is for sale along the pedestrianised Place de la Liberté which runs all the way down the old quarter, while on Saturday, along the main Rue de la République you can buy anything from shoes, leather goods, linen clothes, books, toys, tableware and more.

Ready to sell their fruit, vegetables, cheeses, bread and cakes.
 

A walnut grinder demonstration.
 

Fantastic display of mushrooms.
 

We always make a point of wondering the maze of side streets of Sarlat to find hidden gems. This gem of a courtyard was found down Rue Alberic Cahuet. I love the old stones which they used for planters and the olive tree centrepiece.
 

Second hidden gem, flower pots shaped to sit perfectly onto the iron rail. what a brilliant idea.
 
 

Events:-

Sarlat market days, Wednesday for fresh produce and Saturday for the full market.

Daglan, market every Sunday morning.

La Rogue-Gageac market every Friday morning.

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Brocante, 13th July 8:00 to 18:00

Marqueyssac – Candlelight evening with entertainment. Every Thursday from seven PM until midnight in July and August.

Inspired by Les Jardins de Cadiot

There are quite a few magnificent gardens in this area of the Perigord but the gardens of Cadiot is a hidden gem that stands out as the one that I would highly recommend.

At the very start of our visit we fell in love with the gardens as we walked through an ancient stone arch which leads to the kitchen garden, full of aromatic herbs, gorgeous.

It is not just one or two gardens either, you can walk through ten individual styles which where created by the owner in the 1980’s with a mix of artistic flare and nature.

The collection of flowers include peonies, ancient roses, hydrangeas, day lilies, etc. All grown organically and in tune with nature.

The gardens include, an apple orchard, woodland and meditation garden, Italian, French, Spanish and English gardens, plus a maze and sculptures from Zimbabwe in the wild garden.

A section of plants in the English garden.
 

My favourite, the Sphinx chamber with its mystery and calmness. Between the wild garden and the more formal Tuscan garden.
 

Entrance to the Tuscan garden.
 

Woodland, wild garden with its Roman style water feature.
 

Tranquility, a series of patios weave through the rest areas. where you can enjoy teas, coffee, soft drinks, ice cream and light lunches. They even have a day bed which I was tempted to use.

Something like the above would look brilliant over our well in the courtyard. Always one to think big, perhaps the tiles that you see on the walls at Pompeii or Herculaneum! Or those like the above, roses on tiles and perhaps a border of matching tiles going up the side of our steps to the veranda.
 

Another of the patios.
 

Topiary which leads out of the French garden.
 
 

Gardens of Cadiot are to be found near Carlux and are open everyday in the months of May to October, from ten in the morning to seven at night. The entrance fee is €7.50 per adult. Groups are by appointment only.
 
 

New to the Village of Daglan

Last year a prized flower was awarded to our village for enhancement to the commune and the environment that has improved the quality of life for all. From insects and plants to humans.

Successful communes are awarded one to four flowers which are awarded under strict criteria with a special and extremely rare ‘Fleur d’Or’ or golden flower which can be awarded to a small number of communes.

Although it has been nearly a year since we were awarded the flower the official signs have only recently arrived.

So proud seeing the new Village Fleuri sign for the first time.
 

Paul just ‘hanging around’, his joke not mine! Fitting our new hanging baskets at the front of our home.
 

Daglan has a new seat, the old wooden bench in the Place de la Liberté has been replace with a very comfortable metal bench with a lovely design but the seat does get hot in the current heat wave of over 35C
 

Not new but still gorgeous, What can be more refreshing than the river Céou sparkling in the sun.
 

Just taking a few minutes to relax and meditate
 
 

Event:- Not to be missed, Daglan art exhibition from this weekend
 
 

Brahma Rooster

Paul and I where over come at seeing this magnificent rooster a few days ago at our friends home. It is definitely the largest rooster I have ever seen and so beautiful.

Looking at the bird reminded me of my Grandfather who kept chickens, his cockerel and hens roamed around his garden. It was such a joy playing with them, my mother told me that she had once lost me and my Grandfather said “but Christine will always be found with the hens, so never be concerned”, and there I was sitting on the lawn surrounded by the hens and cockerel. I was only one at the time but may love affair with birds developed from there.

It is thought that this breed of chicken was developed in the USA from birds imported from China which were cross bred with chickens from Bangladesh. They were taken to England in 1852 when several were given as a gift to Queen Victoria. The “Dark Brahna” variety were developed from these English birds.

Isn’t he magnificent? All Brahma chickens have distinctive feathered feet.
 

The average weight for a Brahma is 5.5 kg for the rooster and 4.5 kg for the hens.
 

But we want to take your picture!…
 

Looking magnificent with the hens.
 

A big thank you to our friends for making Paul and I feel so welcome in your home and a special thank you to madam who was making the most delicious jam at the time of our visit. I came away with a pot and some good tips on jam making, which I shall use at the weekend.
 

Event:- Art Céou Expo in Daglan at the Salle des Fêtes. Starts 18th June and runs until the 2nd July.

Dominique ALLAËRT, Watercolourist
 

Summer comes to Daglan

Traffic has been steadily increasing for a few weeks but the real sign that summer is here is that the Supermarket next to our home is now open every day including Monday for the summer season, and “Wonder Woman”, our new name for Virginie due to the fact that she can lift the most heavy gas containers, is hard at work.

Virginie (Wonder Woman) looking good
 

People make time to stop and chat in the Sunday market.
 

This glorious display was for Mothers Day which fell on May 28th in France.
 

If you visit Daglan make a point of wondering the side streets where you will find some of the hidden gems. This picture was taken at the end of the lane at the side of our home.
 

A stunning array of roses in full bloom cascade down the side of this property.
 

Trying to hide from view. This is gorgeous Meemow, so named because she talks to you none stop.
 
 

Event:-

The Tour de France comes to the Perigord Noir on Tuesday, 11th July. Stage 10 begins at Perigueux, passes through Montignac, Sarlat, Vitrac, Domme, La Rogue-Gageac, Beynac, Saint Cyprien and on to Bargerac.

Check out the 178km route at http://www.cyclingnews.com/