It is understandable that so many events and fêtes across France have been cancelled this Summer due to the Covid 19 epidemic and the difficulty of social distancing during such an event. Therefore it has come has a complete surprise to hear from reliable sources that Daglan will be hosting its annual fête this year.
It will be a slimmed down version to be held in the Salle de Fêtes car park. However it unfortunately seems that if the giant truck carrying the bumper cars cannot manoeuvrer into the area behind the Salle de Fêtes they will be sited once again in the Place de la Liberté at the heart of the village, which is always a problem for people living around the village centre due to the loud music which is played at full volume until two in the morning every night.
We of course will be self isolating during the fête as will so many of the local people. So no promotion or pictures of the event this year. Lets just hope that everyone follows the social distancing rules, wears a mask and that everything is disinfected after each use.
Are we right in believing that the fête should not be held this year due to the current need to keep COVID-19 under control?
If you are staying in a gite near or in Daglan you must visit Les Jardins De Picami for excellent bio vegetables fresh from the farm. Situated just outside Daglan on the D60 road leading to St Pompon. Leave Daglan and you will see the farm a hundred metres or so on the left, so drive slowly or you will miss it. The farm is only open to the public to buy the vegetables on a Thursday 4.30 to 6.30pm.
Two Signs to look out for.
After turning left at the sign there is a steep slope down to the car park, drive slowly because they have free range chickens.
A delicious variety of tomatoes. The white tomatoes have a wonderful sweet, fruity taste.
Tomato Chutney made from the farm tomatoes tastes delicious and goes particular well with home made tomato and black olive bread and a cheese of your chose.
500g mixed tomatoes
1 fresh red chilli pepper
140g brown sugar
1 Peel and finely slice the onions, roughly chop the tomatoes, de-seed and finely slice the chilli.
2 Put everything into a pan, season to taste and stir well to combine.
3 Simmer for 30-40 minutes or until jammy. Pour into well sterilised jars and leave to cool.
The chutney will keep for up to two months. Once opened one month in the fridge.
Last Sunday we had a surprise visit from the L. Rosengart France Club who were in Daglan for a short pit stop. The first thing that I noticed when I looked out from our balcony was a lot of people rushing from their renovated cars towards the fountain in the Place de la Liberté for a quick wash and a drink from the tap behind the fountain, it was a very hot afternoon with a temperature in the middle thirties.
Lucien Rosengart (1881-1976) was a talented businessman and engineer who had a successful engineering business by 1905. In the middle of the 1920’s he saw an opportunity to develop a car business which became a success under the name of Rosengart. Development continued in the 1930’s and below are just a few of the cars that he produced.
A good view of the many cars in the Place de la Liberté in Daglan one hot Sunday afternoon.
You can probably see the progressive development of the car in the above picture.
One of our favourites.
It’s simply gorgeous.
Imagine these cars racing around the race track at Le Mans or Monte-Carlo.
One from the 1920’s.
I just could not miss out the American Gangster looking car of the 1930’s.
It is always great to see a new shop being opened in Daglan and this one is no exception. If you have been to Daglan before you may have visited the hat shop in the village. Sorry to say that it closed down recently. However, we now have a brocante to take its place. Which is run by Beatrice who lives in Daglan and who you may have seen at the market selling her gorgeous Capim Dourado (golden grass) jewelry.
The Brocante is opposite the Château on the Rue de la Republique, the main road that meanders through the village.
Once inside you are greeted by Beatrice who will show you around or you can tour around the various antiques yourself. First for me was the jewelry which can be found on the left as you enter the building. Very nice indeed and at a good price.
Chairs, tables, brass ornaments and lamps are on the right.
A very unusual dancing ballerina in a bottle caught my eye.
Vintage clothes, shoes etc. are at the back of the brocante.
Plus, as an extra bonus you can order cold drinks and sit outside in the garden to enjoy.