A Sgt. Pepper moment!

On our arrival at the Brocante in Sarlat last Saturday morning the first thing that I noticed was a Sgt. Pepper’s costume and wow it did bring back fond memories of the Beatles brilliant album and the area of “flower power”.

I remember my parents not letting me get a ticket to go to a Beatles concert because they thought that they were a bad influence! So I stood outside the concert hall with hundreds of other fans waiting for the Beatles to come out, I was a few inches for Paul.

It is fifty years since Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band was released.
 

Another wonderful memory recalled from seeing this peddle car.

A boy that lived on the same road as my family had a red peddle car for his Birthday that I fell in love with. I was only five or six.
 

This is one of the brilliant things about Brocantes, the memories, whether it is your own memories or other peoples memories. For example; when I look at linen pillow cases that have been embroidered with the initials of the persons name and I wonder who the person was and what history do they have?
 

Wonderful copper pans gleaming in the sun.
 

We found a chair for the veranda and it is so comfy. Unfortunately only one chair so Paul and I are on a “time share”, one hour me, one hour Paul, it works until we find another chair, perhaps at the Daglan Brocante this weekend, 3rd and 4th.
 
 

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The Best parts of a Picnic are:-

1 – The temperature had dropped to about 22C this morning so an ideal time for a picnic on the banks of the river at Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

2 Just to take time out and enjoy the views. One of which is the old transport barges called ‘Gabares’, which now transport sight seeing tourists up and down the river Dordogne.

The one above runs from La Roque Gageac to just before Castelnaud. If you recall the movie “Chocolate” with Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp, you will remember the barges.
 

3 Picnic itself consisted of a poached salmon pizza and gorgeous petit gateau we bought from Maison Carré

Once again I must diet for another month!
 

4 The friendlessness of the wildlife. He came to stand right next to me. You can just see the end of our picnic table at the bottom of the picture.
 

5 A relaxing canoe ride on the river. Paul was trying his best to convince me that we should hire a canoe, I am still thinking about it.
 

6 The best is the last. To come home to be greeted by a surprise, M. Guichard, the baker from the Boulangerie next door who has cleaned the pavement and the road in front of his shop and our house while we were absent. A very big thank you.
 
 

Event :- Daglan Brocante this Saturday (3rd) and Sunday (4th).
 
 

Eco Friendly, Visitor Powered Caves.

One of the many tourist attractions in the Perigord are the caves at Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac which now invites visitors to participate in producing electricity to help power the amazing Cathedral of Crystal. Pedalling on a “Velwatte” bike-generator before or after their visit to the Caves for an average of ten minutes will produce around 8 watts of power.

The eco friendly bikes form part of the site’s commitment to lowering its environmental impact for which it received the NF Environment Eco label in 2016.
 

The “Cathedral of Crystal”, with its stunning light effects are open everyday.

Discovered in 1907 and opened to the public in 1924, it is the largest cave in the Perigord and listed as a “site of picturesque interest” since 1991. In the Summer it will be holding a concert by Jean Claude Borelly in the heart of the Cathedral of Crystal.
 
 

Events :-

Brocante, Sarlat this Saturday the 27th May
Brocante, Daglan 3rd and 4th June at the Salle des Fêtes
 
 

I speak very good English!

While I was watching our cats playing in the lane at the side of our property I overheard a group of tourists chatting outside the supermarket which is situated at the side of our home. Pointing at a temporary sign one lady asked the group “Do you know what it says”.
“No idea”, said the other people in the group.
So I turned around and explained that the Boulangerie is closed for annual holiday, but that they could buy fresh bread in the supermarket, and it is delicious.
The response was “Wow, you do speak very good English” !


You can just see the sign propped up against the wall on the right of this picture. The Supermarket is the building on the right.
 

As with many French village houses we don’t have much in the way of garden so we need to make the most of what we have.

This red rose bush is in glorious bloom at the moment, unfortunately we had a thunder storm here last night which explains the droopy flowers which took the full force the heavy rain.
 

Our living wall is nearly in full bloom.
 

A red theme continues on our veranda.
 

With a jasmine plant in the corner, the aroma fills the veranda with its gorgeous perfume.
 

Cleo found a cool and shady corner yesterday in temperatures of over 30C.
 

 

Event:-

Art competition in and around Daglan this Sunday, May 21st from 8am. Open to all artists, children and adult, choose your site in the village, by the river or in the surrounding countryside , create your masterpiece and submit it for judgement…

Bonne chance

Information from :-
Mairie de Daglan, 05 53 28 41 16.
Tourist office 05 53 29 88 84.
Couleurs d’Aquitaine 06 50 85 36 14

 

 

Medieval Perigueux.

Our second visit to Perigueux and it did not disappoint one bit. Once again we headed for the medieval quarter with its fascinating tower and magnificent Cathedral.

First we saw the “Mataguerre Tower”, which is the last fortified tower from the Medieval period still in existence.

From the 12th Century onwards a ring of twenty eight fortified towers with twelve gates enclosed the Cathedral of Saint Front.

The name “Mataguerre”derives from the Occitan language, “matar” to hold at bay, and “guerra”; war.
 

The tower walls are pierced by cruciform arrow-slits and cannon ports.
 

We always need to find an hidden gem or two and this is the first we spotted.

The tower at the side of a boutique is to be found across the square from the Cathedral. What interested me was a carved man at the front of the tower, he looked like a medieval worker relaxing for a few minutes.
 

Second hidden gem is to be found a little down the Rue Du Calvaire off the square/car park outside the Cathedral. This original and interesting door and windows fascinated me.
 

The massive Cathedral Saint Front was the fourth church to be built on this hill over the River Isle. First in the 6th C which was replaced in 1074 with a much larger church that housed some religious relics. However, this was burned down and another church took shape using Greek architects who designed these magnificent domes which look Byzantine.

The model for the Cathedral St-Front was Agil Apostoli in Constantinople (now gone), the same was used for another famous church: St Mark’s in Venice.
 

The bells of St Front (1847) are famous through out Europe due to the fact that they are made up of seven peals of bells and ten fixed bells. Quite loud but sounds amazing.
 

Paul Abadie spent fifty years renovating the Cathedral from 1852 onwards, it is breathtaking from all sides. He liked his work so much, especially the pinnacles, that he built cones onto the domes of his most famous creation, Sacre-Coeur in Paris.
 

Once inside the first impression is wow, it is so big, about one and a half times as long as a football pitch. With its minimal decoration it looks like a magnificent mosque.

Abadie also designed the chandeliers, which originally hung in Notre-Dame in Paris, made for the wedding of Napoleon III in 1853.
 

 

Events:-

Sarlat, Brocante, 27th May, Lycee pre de Cordy.
Daglan, Brocante, 4th June at the Salle des Fêtes.

We drove through Birkenhead tunnel!

I have just returned from a visit to our son who lives in Liverpool, so this post is not about France but still, Liverpool is awesome. It’s one of my favourite cites to visit, it has such a wealth of history, culture and amazing shops.
 
The barge at the front of this picture was called ‘Imagine’ in memory of the wonderful and thought provoking song by John Lennon. Imagine The large Swan boats are towards the rear of the picture, I would love to have a ride in one of those.
 

Pirate ShipA pirate Ship was in dock on this very warm and sunny morning.
 

A New HopeThis band was brilliant they played the Original Cantina Music-A New Hope, which was in the first Star Wars film. You know the scene when Hans Solo is introduced (who could forget) as he gets into a shoot out with Greedo.
 

Sefton ParkSefton Park in bloom, looking gorgeous in the Oriental part of the grounds.
 

Ducks in the lakeDucks and other birds near and on the lake.

We drove through Birkenhead tunnel, under the river Mersey, twice, it was amazing I wanted to shout out just like the ‘Virgin Broadband advert’, but I kept almost quiet, although Adam had to listen to me repeating “this is amazing” about fifty times. I will grow up one day… well may be not.