Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel.

We are feeling in the mood for Christmas after our visit to the Noel Fête at Vitrac last Saturday afternoon, which was organised by children and staff at the local school. The workmanship of the arts and crafts on display was outstanding. Plus you could buy home made cakes, puddings and biscuits. Enjoy a cup of coffee or warming soup. Or buy a bottle of beer or whiskey to take home. All accompanied by guitar playing by one of the teachers, a brilliant way to spend an hour and to support the local school.

All hand made.
 

I think that Paul and I need to drink more wine! Wine corks were used in the making of the log houses and a few of the candle displays, superb. I was spoilt for choose on what to buy for Christmas.
 

Brilliant guitar playing, thank you for letting us take the pictures.
The hearts on display opened up for chocolates or other gifts. I was thinking of a bracelet but I can dream.
 

What we did buy was a garland made out of straw and decorated with dried flowers etc. to place on our front door. Plus almond and apple cakes, which were so delicious that I wish that we had bought a very delicious looking chocolate pudding. In truth I do not think that I could have burnt off the calories before Christmas, but it looked so good.
 
 

Event:- Sarlat : English Themed Noel Market from Wednesday 6th December to the 31st December. Forty Chalets selling arts and crafts, toys, paintings, warm woolen mittens, scarves, hats, ornaments etc. Plus a skating rink and Father Christmas.
The English Theme will also be a feature in the many shops of Sarlat along the main road and the Medieval Quarter.
 
 

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Art Exhibition in Domme

Monsieur le Maire de Domme et I’Office de la Culture de Domme have the pleasure of inviting everyone to the 7th Salon des Artistes Plasticiens at the Office de la Culture Salle de la Rode in Domme, which will be open from the 18th to the 22nd November, 2:30 to 6:30.

Paul and I were invited to the opening of the exhibition which I must say is well worth a visit.

Here are all of the artists being presented by the president of the Office de la
Culture.

And welcomed by Monsieur le Maire de Domme.

Dominique ALLAËRT and myself. I just love his oil paintings of the river which runs past Daglan.

Sorry for my face! I have a cold which is lingering longer than expected.

Jean Pierre AGRAFEIL
Slightly bias towards the cat picture. It looks like an older version of our cat Cleo.

Liliane SOLARCZYK
These would like great in our kitchen.

Odile FAUCOMPRÉ
I was so impressed with the cross stitch work. I so need to practice more.

Jacqueline VERSPIEREN
I know another cat painting but I also love the paintings on the left. You just feel like you are walking down a country lane with the wind blowing the Autumn leaves.

A brilliant opening night, well done.
 
 

We are Lumberjack’s and we’re O.K.

Today four steres of wood was being delivered for the winter months ahead. With Paul being less than two weeks out of hospital he needed help. Loading the wood into a wheel barrow, bringing the wood into the courtyard, stacking the wood would take hours to complete in very chilly temperature.

Help was at hand by our good friend Angus. Thank you so much you are a star.

Stacked and ready for Winter I can not wait for the cosy fires on a frosty morning.
 
 

Events:-
Domme, Salle de la Rode is the 7th Salon des Artistes Plasticiens Amateurs.
The exhibition will run from the 17th to the 22nd 2.30 to 6.30.
Look out for Dominique ALLAËRTs work, he is a very talented artist.

Vitrac, Noel Festival 25th and 26th November.

 
 

If you go down to the woods today

you are sure of a big surprise!

You will find the famous Josephine Baker and mushrooms!

The sign below tells us:- Josephine Baker (1906-1975) was the first black artist of international renown. A victim of racial segregation in the United Sates, she arrived in France in 1925 at the age of 19 and worked in La Black Revue.

She was a resistance fighter of the 1940’s during the Second World War, she carried secret messages during her travels abroad with her troupe. She was awarded the cross of Chevalier de la Legion d’Honour.

She also adopted twelve children from different continents to create her humanist ideal, which she called “Rainbow Tribe”.

She died at 69 years of age after being chased from her Milandes Château which she named ”World Village and Capital of the Fraternity”. Her children were taken in by Princess Grace of Monaco, who also organised her funeral.

All artistic work is by the children from the Primary School in Daglan, it is truly amazing.

She is dancing on the grass in front of her children, wearing her famous bananas.
More information about this courageous women can be found at http://www.milandes.com/

or visit Château des Milandes 
 

The display is by the still Céou river behind the Salle Des Fetes in Daglan.
 

An idyllic spot for a picnic.
 

These mushrooms were found all around the artistic work. Paul and I are unsure what type of mushroom they are. So we did not pick any. If anyone knows please tell us via our blog.
 

And more, help anyone?
 
 

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.