This was our kitten’s first Christmas and she loved every minute of the day. From helping to unwrap the presents (hers and ours) to playing with her new toys, wrapping paper and ribbons.
Cleo finding a fluffy mouse from underneath the wrapping paper.
You just cannot get better than a comfy bed with three duvets and four toy mice.
A very contented looking Angel.
Our son came to visit over Christmas so it was an extra special time for us. He likes to keep fit and trim and only gained a few pounds in weight over the week which is brilliant, he thought it would be more. I have a tendency to over feed just a bit!
Mairie de Daglan.
The fourteenth century Church of St. Martin.
I love the decorations on the church this year.
Hoping that you all had a brilliant holiday and Bonne Annee to everyone from the village of Daglan.
29th December Sarlat Organic Night market.
31st December Sarlat morning Truffle Market from 9 until 12.
14th and 15th January Sarlat Truffle Festival in the Medieval Quarter.
We or rather I decided on a real tree for Christmas. “It would not be the same without a real tree “, I said. Paul however did point out that we had a new addition to our family this year, a four month old kitten, who loves to collect anything that is sparkly and has a ribbon attached. A prized collection which she stashes underneath my bed for later use. So far she has my beads, ribbons, Christmas paper, toys, glossy paper bags and string.
O.K, plan A, decorate the tree and see what happens or plan B decorate the tree, remove it to the balcony and clean up the mess.
A cautious plan A.
Cleo loves the tree but a little too much. “That’s so mine…”
Paul and I placed the baubles onto the tree while Cleo being helpful as ever tried to take them off. I did have a vision of a bare tree and Cleo sitting proudly, surrounded by baubles. However, after a few “no” accompanied by the pointing of the naughty finger Cleo calmed down. She still has a sneaky go now and again when she thinks she can get away with it but so far we have not had to resort to plan B, bless her she is so good.
Cleo and Angel watching the supermarket being decorated.
The supermarket looks brilliant with its gold bows and ribbon.
Here are just a few of my favourite things in Sarlat. First of course is the Patisserie, Chocolater shop called Roland Mertz, which is to be found on Rue de la République in Sarlat. Everything that you want to eat or rather should not eat is here.
Mouth watering delicious display of everything naughty but nice for a Christmas treat.
Our breakfast stop at the above shop, to indulge ourselves with steaming hot chocolate or coffee and pastries. I think that they may have made a slight mistake with mine, they served what seemed to be a soup bowel of hot chocolate. So warming and delicious.
The Christmas market in Sarlat consists of about forty chalets, all offering artisan products from Christmas decorations, toys, paintings, candy, macaroons, chocolate, scarves, hats to beer, mulled wine, snacks and more. Our first visit to the market was last Thursday but I am sure that there will be more. I love Christmas and the Christmas market in Sarlat fills me, and I am sure many others, with joy. This year the Christmas market and indeed the Medieval Quarter and the main streets all have a Russian theme, which looks brilliant.
Entrance to the market along the red carpet, which is to be found in the main car park in Sarlat. The Commune have spent over a month getting the car park transformed into a winter wonderland.
Russian Winter sledge which brought back memories of the film Doctor Zhivargo, I could just picture myself sitting wrapped up snug and warm alongside Hugh Jackman. I know he was not in the film but a girl can dream.
I love this collection of Russian dolls for sale, such vivid colours.
Fresh baked Pretzels, oh my another temptation, trying to loose a few pound before Christmas has never been so hard, I think that I will leave the diet until the New Year!
All hand made pots in different colours.
St Petersburg back drop in the centre of the Market.
There is also a large ice skating rink for all ages and of course Father Christmas is to be found at the entrance. The market is open until the 30th December.
We were asked to take a few more pictures of our lovely village decked out in lights for Christmas. To be honest it did not take much encouragement for my cameraman Paul to take a stroll around the village taking pictures. Daglan looks like a wonderland of colour due to the effort of our Maire Pascal Dussol and the Commune.
Just on the outskirts of Daglan, gorgeous.
Our Mairie, the lights bring out the golden colour of the stone work.
A close up of the reindeer pulling Santa’s sledge which is perched in a tree outside La Petit Paris Restaurant.
Not a brilliant picture I think that we need more practice or a better camera, but you can make out the tree, sledge with Santa and reindeer.
Next blog – Sarlat Christmas Market in fact it could be two blogs, lots of pictures needless to say it is wonderful.
I so love Christmas and yesterday was, for me, the official start of festivities, the Christmas tree in the village square was put up and decorated.
The village of Daglan started preparing for Christmas several days ago with council workers placing decorative lights around the village, stringing lights up in several prominent trees and of course the careful placing of Santa’s sledge in the branches of the tree outside Le Petit Paris restaurant. Logically the last thing to be put up is the Christmas tree and what a magnificent example it is.
I think that we should call this picture the pull me, push you picture.
“What ever you do don’t let go”
In place and ready for the expert pole man.
I wonder if he will be available when we decorate our tree!
Superb, such a magnificent tree.
Event:- Sarlat Christmas Market which is now open until the end of December. I will write about it in our next blog.
The de-icer was out this morning it was -3 when we left the village to go to Castlenaud for bread and then on to the Sunday market at St Cyprian. The country side looked like a Christmas card all crisp and white with frost, gorgeous.
To our great joy several charity events for the Téléthon were in progress, this is such a worthy cause for children each year.
So after buying vegetables, fruit and cup cakes! The cup cakes were from a stall selling cakes, coffee and mulled wine, proceeds for the Téléthon. We had our car washed by the local fire brigade, wow.
I did fancy driving around the car park and returning to the firemen for another car wash, but somehow Paul drove on!