Baynac Bypass News…

The Bordeaux appeal court has upheld a decision to stop construction of a bypass around Beynac et Cazenac that passed through an area of great natural beauty.

People have campaigned long and hard for this result, stating that it would be an environmental disaster taking a major road through one of France’s Unesco biosphere reserves.

Work was suspended a year ago following the Conseil d’Etat request for further review. Dordogne departmental council appealed but the decision was upheld with instructions that the site must be returned to its original state within a year.

This comes two years after the Dordogne prefecture approved the thirty two million bypass, half of which has already been spent. Dordogne departmental council intend to appeal to a higher court and request that the demolition of the work already done be put on hold pending further appeal.

Baynac.
 

Part of the construction already undertaken.
 

The pillars for the bridge were nearly completed when construction had to stop.
 

A lot of work is needed to return the above to its natural state. I am thinking more than a year but I could be wrong.
 
 

I Am Back?

Back to blogging and now able to venture outside for short outings. It has been a long road to recovery since my operation but I am improving day by day. Last Sunday afternoon was my first trip out in the car to Castlenaud. I did not get out of the car but oh my, it felt so good to sit for a while and watch the river Dordogne flow by.

Just a few steps out of our courtyard and I was in glorious sunshine.
 

Castlenaud, underneath the duck egg blue sky.
 

Just past the bridge at Castlenaud on the road to Milandes we stopped to watch the river. It is at a very high level but not going over the bank, thank goodness.
 

Paul took another picture for me from the opposite direction. It shows how very high and fast flowing the river is.
 

The first signs of Spring, on the branches of this tree are little catkins.
 

Not a lot of green on the trees yet but tiny buds and the ivy is showing signs of growth.
 

Le place de la Liberté, Daglan basking in the sunshine.
 

My second outing was yesterday to Cenac in the car. Very unsure if I could go inside the supermarket because I get tied very quickly and my back pain has returned. Enough of my moaning, the good news is that yes I was able to go to the supermarket and help Paul with shopping, a slow walk but I made it. Another first… Brilliant.
 

Events:-

Sarlat, 15th February there will be a Cultural display at the Centre Culturel on Rue Gaubert, Sarlat.

Sarlat, 15th and 22nd February Truffle Festival

Daglan, Sunday 16th and Sunday 23rd at 11am, Daglan Truffle Market in the school yard behind the Mairie.

Daglan, March 22nd Come and Celebrate Spring with the Flower Festival.
 
 

State of the Nation

First I must appologise if this post seems rather odd to our regular readers. Chris is currently in hospital following a successful operation. Hopefully she will be back at home on Wednesday. So it is left to me to not only take the photographs (for which I also appologise) but to write about this important event.

The annual State of the Nation of Daglan speach was presented by our Maire Mr Pascal DUSSOL on Friday 10th January.

The Maire and the committee.

This is the time that people from the village and surrounding hamlets gather in the Salle des Fête for the elected officials to welcome the New Year and for the Maire to presenmt his state of Daglan speach.

Mr DUSSOL presented a very informative synopsis of the work and events held in and around the village in 2019. As is usual the hall was crowded with intent listeners.

One of the many works, (several of which I was not aware of), a new oudoor gym situated next to the tennis court. Chris wrote a blog about the new gym in May
 

And here we have the English meal.
An annual event hosted by not only British people living in the village but several other foreign nationals who have chosen to make their home here.

There were of course far too many events to report in this blog, but I will say the informative and interesting presentation continued for almost an hour.

Following the speach drinks and nibbles were offered before a tasty meal.
As you can see, there were many mouths to feed.
 

Happy New Year everyone.

Paul

 
 

Community Festive Spirit.

If I was living in the North West of England the erecting of the Christmas tree may temp a few people to look its way but nothing more. Here in Daglan it is a special event which draws the villagers to it. People stop their cars in the middle of the road to give comments and advice to the men from the Mairie working on the tree and pedestrians stop to chat when they are going to the Boulangerie or the Supermarket. Which of course brings about beaming smiles for the men from the Mairie.
“Decorations now please”. Well done the tree is looking splendid.
 

A superb tree with its sparkling lights, tells the children that there are only so many sleeps to Christmas and that they must be extra good.

If you have any pictures of your town or village lights or Christmas tree could you send one to me please, I love Christmas.
 

Christmas would not be Christmas in Daglan without Santa being stuck in the tree.
 

Festive fun outside and inside the supermarket. Free biscuits, cake and mulled wine were being given out to all of the shoppers last Sunday morning.

Unfortunately, due to ill health I could not have any of the delights on offer but there is always next year.
 

A festive sight, Corrine and Thierry will welcome you at their Boulangerie.
 

The winter truffle market is open on Sundays at 11:00 prompt. Paul was there at the gate ready to buy but the smaller truffles had been sold by the time he battled through the queue. Better luck next Sunday. Truffles with Paul’s turkey and my vegetarian meal for Christmas day sounds good to me.
 

Almost into the fountain after strong winds pushed the tree over. Not to worry, the men from the Mairie were there early and it is back in place once more, of course with comments and advice from passers by.
 

I wish you all a Happy Christmas and New Year.
 

 

Marche de Noel

This was the best Christmas market that I have ever been to in France. Well done to the ladies from the Club de l’Amitié Daglanaise craft sessions who have been organising and planning the event for the last few months and to all those who helped prepare the Salle des Fetes for a wonderful event. There has already been interest from people for a Christmas market for next year.

Step inside the wonderland.

 

Such an array of artisan products for sale, each stall was brimming with decorations, toys, ornaments and cards for Christmas. There was also, a raffle, tombola and guess the weight of the Christmas cake. We won a DVD on the tombola which I was very pleased with.
 

Mouth watering home made cakes were on display in the market café, they had nearly sold out by the end of the day.
 

“Tea, coffee, mulled wine anyone”.
 

The village school was also represented.
 

A Very festive selection of Christmas products.
 

I loved these unusual and creative meditating cats.
 

Who could resist a bit of bling from this collection.
 

Le grotte du père Noël

There was not only the Marche de Noel held in the village last weekend but being the start of the Perigord truffle season the first weekly black truffle market was held in the village school playground, which Paul and I will be visiting next Sunday to purchase our Christmas truffles.