Would Paella fit through the letter box?

Food glorious food, or rather “Promenade en Gastronomy Daglan 2017”. Our first impression of the event was the unmistakable aroma of roasting chicken and paella which permeated our home last Sunday morning. Our cat Angel sitting by the front door and licking her lips was also a sure sign that the Gastronomy Sunday was up and running.

The Paella and roast chicken stall made using our front door interesting to say the least and keeping the shutters closed reduced the temptation for our cats to go on secret raids. I had visions of Angel dragging a whole roast chicken home.

The side door was also temporarily blocked by a large white van being unloaded. No problem we waited for the lane to clear to enjoy the experience.

For Sunday lunch we could have lowered a basket from the balcony.

 
Le Place De La Liberté was packed with stalls offering various types of food and drink.

 
Long queues of locals and tourists were forming to buy the produce.

 
Tempted by truffles, these looked so good.

 
The forest materialised the day before for the truffle dog demonstration. Such a gorgeous dog who found the truffles in record time, but I think that the aroma of chicken, sausage and paella was a great distraction.

 
The Boulangerie stall selling various types of bread.

 
One simply cannot have a Gourmand Sunday without garlic.

 
Or wine, this is just one of the many stalls selling wine.

 
Perhaps a little too much wine (or beer), but it looked like great fun.

 
 
Events :-

Dominique ALLAËRT is displaying his wonderful watercolours.
See and buy them at l’Ancien Presbytère, Daglan until the 26th August.
Dominique ALLAËRT, Aquarelliste.

 
 

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Forth Bridge?

Well our equivalent here in Daglan.

We have heard that some authorities and schools in England have banned the wearing of shorts in hot weather and that school boys have taken to wearing skirts in protest, good for them, you have our support boys.

While the temperature today has dropped down to the high twenties this team are painting the balustrade of Pont Neuf over the River Céou and I’m very glad to say no such restrictions are being enforced in our village.

Shorts or trousers?
 

I was going to take a close up picture of the trumpet flowers but the house is so gorgeous that I just had it take a picture of the whole building.
 

One of my favourite petite homes in Daglan village.
 

Several artisans are to be found in the village. Love the hand made hats and birds on sticks.
 

One of the three lovely restaurants in the village, the Petite Paris.
 

Daglan art exhibition looks brilliant with paintings, sculptures etc. Unfortunately we were not allowed to take pictures inside the salle des fêtes but we did take pictures of the beautiful display of stained glass work at the Presbytery.
 
 

Inspired by Les Jardins de Cadiot

There are quite a few magnificent gardens in this area of the Perigord but the gardens of Cadiot is a hidden gem that stands out as the one that I would highly recommend.

At the very start of our visit we fell in love with the gardens as we walked through an ancient stone arch which leads to the kitchen garden, full of aromatic herbs, gorgeous.

It is not just one or two gardens either, you can walk through ten individual styles which where created by the owner in the 1980’s with a mix of artistic flare and nature.

The collection of flowers include peonies, ancient roses, hydrangeas, day lilies, etc. All grown organically and in tune with nature.

The gardens include, an apple orchard, woodland and meditation garden, Italian, French, Spanish and English gardens, plus a maze and sculptures from Zimbabwe in the wild garden.

A section of plants in the English garden.
 

My favourite, the Sphinx chamber with its mystery and calmness. Between the wild garden and the more formal Tuscan garden.
 

Entrance to the Tuscan garden.
 

Woodland, wild garden with its Roman style water feature.
 

Tranquility, a series of patios weave through the rest areas. where you can enjoy teas, coffee, soft drinks, ice cream and light lunches. They even have a day bed which I was tempted to use.

Something like the above would look brilliant over our well in the courtyard. Always one to think big, perhaps the tiles that you see on the walls at Pompeii or Herculaneum! Or those like the above, roses on tiles and perhaps a border of matching tiles going up the side of our steps to the veranda.
 

Another of the patios.
 

Topiary which leads out of the French garden.
 
 

Gardens of Cadiot are to be found near Carlux and are open everyday in the months of May to October, from ten in the morning to seven at night. The entrance fee is €7.50 per adult. Groups are by appointment only.
 
 

Brahma Rooster

Paul and I where over come at seeing this magnificent rooster a few days ago at our friends home. It is definitely the largest rooster I have ever seen and so beautiful.

Looking at the bird reminded me of my Grandfather who kept chickens, his cockerel and hens roamed around his garden. It was such a joy playing with them, my mother told me that she had once lost me and my Grandfather said “but Christine will always be found with the hens, so never be concerned”, and there I was sitting on the lawn surrounded by the hens and cockerel. I was only one at the time but may love affair with birds developed from there.

It is thought that this breed of chicken was developed in the USA from birds imported from China which were cross bred with chickens from Bangladesh. They were taken to England in 1852 when several were given as a gift to Queen Victoria. The “Dark Brahna” variety were developed from these English birds.

Isn’t he magnificent? All Brahma chickens have distinctive feathered feet.
 

The average weight for a Brahma is 5.5 kg for the rooster and 4.5 kg for the hens.
 

But we want to take your picture!…
 

Looking magnificent with the hens.
 

A big thank you to our friends for making Paul and I feel so welcome in your home and a special thank you to madam who was making the most delicious jam at the time of our visit. I came away with a pot and some good tips on jam making, which I shall use at the weekend.
 

Event:- Art Céou Expo in Daglan at the Salle des Fêtes. Starts 18th June and runs until the 2nd July.

Dominique ALLAËRT, Watercolourist
 

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

 

 

Our New Find.

Last Sunday our friend Judith took us to a Brocante near the village of Catus which is about thirty minutes drive from Daglan. Somewhat off the beaten track but my goodness what a find, there is a large building full to the brim with antiques, furniture, books, paintings etc., plus smaller out buildings and every available outdoor space covered with furniture, china, garden ornaments etc.

Judith took Paul and I into the main building first, ‘wow’ does not come close, there is such a lot of furniture, if you were hunting for that ‘something special’ there so much to look through. Paul and I will certainly need to go back and hunt for other pieces.

I told Judith that I was looking for a chair for the spare bedroom so she took us to a room packed with chairs from wall to wall, floor to ceiling, all piled higgledy-piggledy onto each other. A couple caught my eye but the above chair had the edge, luckily it was near the front but still buried under a few other chairs.

After a few contortionist style wiggle moves by Paul the chair was pulled out. It was dirty but in good condition.

This is the ‘before’ picture. Before dusting and extensive cleaning with soapy water and lots of cotton buds. After which Paul rubbed on several coats of scratch cover to hide a few wear marks at the corners. After that had dried and was buffed I returned for the final polishing.
 

Looking good, I love the carving and warmth of old wood .
 

Our new – old chair now sports the latest of my embroidered cushions, depicting two women in conversation standing in a field of fantasy red flowers with yellow stems.

My last embroidered cushion for this year will be completed in a few weeks time. It shows a central piece of trumpet flowers with the greenery, like the above, alongside the central piece and the corners.
 
 

Event:- Sarlat Chocolate Festival, this Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th.
 
 

Winter months in Daglan

A few people have asked me what we find to do in the Winter months here in Daglan. Last year we spent most of our time on renovation projects. This year we have been taking it a lot easier and we have found more time to do the things that we love. Of course the renovation is still on going but it can wait a few more weeks.

Paul has been working on a new web site for an artist who lives in Beynac, he had an exhibition here in Daglan last year. His name is Dominique Allaërt who paints in watercolours to create the most gorgeous and atmospheric paintings of the Perigord Noir.

Dominique ALLAËRTHere he is.

On our first meeting to discuss his web site he was up early in order to bake Paul and I cakes, how nice is that?

Artist at workHere is Dominique at work in the square last Summer.

So if anyone is interested in his art please check out the web site https://www.art.ourfrenchdream.com/

He will be in Daglan during the Spring Festival on March 19th exhibiting his painting at the Old Presbytery and a further exhibition at the same place in August.

If you are interested in a new web design please contact us.
 

To refresh and develop my skills in various media I have returned to my design work and have focused on embroidery in particular silk stitch and cross stitch. At first I embroidered basic flowers on a cushion, white and red roses which represents Yorkshire for me and Lancashire for Paul.

The Wars of the RosesThe Wars of the Roses

Happy with the outcome I let my imagination take hold and started to plan out the Elven King from the Hobbit films. It took quite a long time to complete but really relaxing and rewarding.

The Elven KingThe Elven King
 

Events :

Clement Bouscarel
24th February
Clement Bouscarel.
Admission 10€, children under 12 free.
Cake and Wine after the performance.

Carnival
22nd March
Carnival parade through the roads of Daglan by the schools of the Céou valley