I have been emailed by a few people asking about properties to buy in the Perigord. It seems that Brexit has definitely given people that little extra push in the right direction to move to France on a permanent or semi permanent basis. So if I can help anyone just ask about properties, the buying process etc.
A good place to start of course is the internet housing agents (immoblier) and look at French Property News Magazine, they are also online with a great deal of properties for sale along with advice on buying, renovating, living in France etc.
This year marks their 30th Birthday, brilliant and of course congratulations. I was working out a few days ago how many years we have been buying the magazine, this will mark our 29th year.
First a couple of pictures of the gorgeous scenery of Daglan …
… to temp the appetite.
A walk down by the river Ceou on a hot day was perfect for a morning coffee, while we sat and watched the water go by.
The outdoor gym is situated next to the tennis court behind the Salle des Fêtes in the village. So you can work out while watching a game of tennis or while taking in the gorgeous vista of the trees, plants and river of the Ceou Valley.
There is a good range of equipment which looks amazing but it is fenced off with red and white tape at the moment, so people need to be a little patience to give the grass time to grow, hence the patches on the lawn in the pictures below.
I shall have a go once it is open. Years ago I went to a gym near to were we lived in Blackpool and I could not move anything, it was as though the apparatus was in permanent lock mode. So do not expect too much.
Maybe I should stick to my Yoga and my exercise bike for now.
Then I shall start with something easy, well that is my plan, we will see.
Victoire 1945 or V-E Day is one of the three French National Days or Fêtes National. The other two are 14th July, Bastille Day and 11th November, Armistice Day.
May 8th marks the end of WW11 with the French and their allies gaining victory over Germany. Actually, the German army surrender on the 7th May but Stalin demanded that the German Army surrender in Berlin the following day, which they did in the presence of representatives from Great Britain, France, the Soviet Union and the USA.
Unfortunately I was unable to attend the ceremony yesterday which was disappointing but my photographer was there to record the event on a very wet and cold morning. Thank you Paul.
The parade and the raising of the French flag is always an emotional moments.
Marie, representatives and the people of the village.
A few words from the Marie and the singing of the La Marseillaise.
The lone trumpeter, always brings a few tears to my eyes.
A new masterpiece by Lou. Dussol is to be found in Daglan at the entrance to the gites just before you turn left into the village. So if you are driving from Castelenaud keep a look out for the statue of the watchman holding his lantern as you enter Daglan, it is superb.
His statues are amazing when you think that they are created from dead trees, using a chainsaw, axe and carving tools. By looking at a piece of wood, its form, contours and changing colours he can envisage the sculpture within.
The Night Watchman, waiting to guide people to their gites.
You can also find his work in the school playground, in front of the library, in the small vineyard in the square at the southern entrance to the village and in the village centre.
An Update On Fluffy.
He is very well, looking much thinner after his ordeal but improving each day that passes.
The 8 à Huit in Daglan will be closed from 6th to 8th May, reopening 9th