Food Food Glorious Food.

The Fête de la Gastronomie was a great success. The rain clouds had rolled away and the sun was shining brightly on the vast number of people who attended the event in Daglan yesterday. Fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese, wine, bread, cakes, the list goes on. Everything that you would want to eat in the square or to take home. No need either to look for something to drink there were wine sellers, artisan beers and a bar selling wine and soft drinks. They also had cooking demonstrations and a truffle dog who always seems to be attracted to the aroma of the sausage stall.

It was an all day event which everyone enjoyed.
 

Not only in the Place de la Liberté, there were stalls lining the main street too.
 

“The bar is now open for customers”.
 

The aroma of French markets is wonderful. I particularly liked the spice stall.
 

Bunches of garlic for sale.
 

An excellent selection of cheeses.
 

Who would say no to a bottle or two.
 
 
Events :-


 


 
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From Extreme Heat to Refreshing Rain.

Over the last few months the temperature has been so high, in fact too high for me and far too high for our cats to tolerate. Ranging from high 30s C up to 43C every day and reaching 36C in the shade. Staying in doors was the only option
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However, Cleo had a good idea when she found a little water at the bottom of our bucket that we keep on top of the well. Front paws were easy, now how to get the back paws into the water. Try has she might it was impossible, but so funny.
 

The heat of the day melted our candles on the veranda.
 

I have never been so glad to see the rain that arrived yesterday
 

Ever resourceful our local supermarket was collecting the rain in the large bin. The rain came down so heavily that it was like having your own waterfall at the side of the supermarket. Needless to say the temperature has dropped to a very comfortable mid twenties, all ready for the Fête de la Gastronomie in Daglan tomorrow. All local produce from the area, plus the amazing truffle dog.
 
 

I Made It To Castelnaud!

It was the first time that I had been out in our car for a drive since my operation so I was a little nervous, but I made it to Castlenaud with only a little back pain. In agony on our return journey but more on that later. So to celebrate we had a delicious picnic lunch on the banks of the River Dordogne and then settled down to relax for a while and people watch.

There was lot of action on the river.
 

It was a hot day but not too hot so ideal for canoeing.
 

The traditional gabarres are so relaxing for a journey down the river.
 


All too soon it was time for the journey back home. At first I felt alright then pain hit my back in a major way. So much so that I had to lay on my bed for the rest of the day. My first thought on returning home was my goodness what do I do on Friday when we drive for about one and a half to see my consultant.

Friday came, armed with a soft pillow, water, pain killers and cream we set off on our daunting journey. We had not gone very far, well nearly to Cenac when the extreme pain hit my back. Needless to say that it was not a pleasant journey and I was so pleased to reach the hospital. Good news, my consultant is pleased with my progress. The not so good news is that I have to continue his consultations for about a year. Back to the good news, I can come off my diet and I am now able to eat what I like… within reason. Chocolate, I bought my first bar today, I will only have a couple of pieces, I promise, just to see if my tummy will tolerate chocolate. I do hope so.
 
 

Events:-
Daglan, 28th July. Fête de la Gastronomie.
Sarlat 20th July to the 5th August, Theatre Festival.
 
 

Bastille Day

La Fête Nationale is an extremely important day celebrated through out France on July 14th.

Unfortunately I could not attend the ceremony held at the village memorial, I was so tired after my earlier short walk around the market, but I shall be there next year. My husband took the pictures for me.

The pride of the villages can be seen on peoples faces as they gather around the village monument.
 

Monsieur Cabianca raising the French flag and the placing of the gorgeous flowers.
 

The speech was given by our Mayor, Monsieur Dussol which focused onto the history of France, liberty, and cultures coming together.
 

Following a minutes silence was the singing of the French National Anthem which always brings a few tears to my eyes due to how many lives were lost for the liberty of France.
 
 

Events:-
Domme, 19th July. Concert of Traditional Russian and Gypsy songs by Ensemble Chaika .
Daglan, 28th July. Fête de la Gastronomie.

On Another Level!

After weeks of staying on the upper level of our home, I am now able to go downstairs, in fact today is my third descent into the lower level of the house this week. It feels so good when I manage to reach the bottom of the staircase. I should have rope, pick axe and a welcoming St Bernard dog with a barrel of brandy at the bottom.

Recovery from a major operation takes time, my nurse says it could be up to three months, so I am always taking baby steps and plenty of rest. Which gives me a good opportunity to watch Wimbledon.

However, I can now make it to the office so I can start blogging again. Paul will need to be my roving reporter and camera man for a while longer. I must say a big thank you to him he has been great looking after me, our cats and the home.

Also, a very large thank you for the nursing staff who who have attended me every day since my return from hospital, they are marvellous.

Views from our balcony.
Busy Sunday Market.
 

Everyone goes towards the wine seller
 

This morning I made it to the market for the first time in five weeks. Just picture firecrackers and balloons going up at this moment. Very tied afterwards but so wonderful to take the short walk outside. I bought a few plants to replace the ones that have died in the heatwave and some strawberies. Shopping again, more balloons.

We could not miss the strawberry lady. She grows and sells her own produce and they are so delicious.
 
 

Events:-

Centenary of the Rugby Club Daglananis, 13th July.

Fête de la Gastronomie, in Daglan on the 28th July.

Fête de la St Louis in Daglan 16th to the 19th August.