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

More Hidden Gems of Sarlat

It is always worth wondering around the side streets of any town in the Perigord Noir however, the Medieval Quarter in Sarlat stands out as one of the best, where you can find hidden treasures literally just around every corner. This happened to Paul a few weeks ago when he was passing the time waiting for me while I was at our hairdressers.

If you walk up the main shopping street in Sarlat, pass the chocolatiers, Burton’s Store and the store that sells knifes and guns! You will come to a small cobbled lane on the left that doubles back and rises up to take you around the bend. There, hidden around the bend on the Rue J.J. Rousseau you will find the 17th Century Chapel des Pénitents Blancs with its magnificent portico.
 

17th Century Chapel des Pénitents BlancsChapel of the White Penitents XVIIth century
 

dscn2256The beautiful baroque door is the only ornament of the Chapel of the Récollets (a reformed branch of the Franciscan order) of the White Penitents.

In 1944 the chapel was classified as an historical monument and since 1970, it has housed a museum of sacred art.
 

In the old quarter take the lane which is found on the left of the Cathedral and runs past the Lantern of the Dead.
 

twisty, narrow laneTake the first left at the antique shop and you will find a twisty, narrow lane which in turn leads you into the myriad of Medieval properties which we had never seen before.
 

A beautiful balustradeA beautiful balustrade with artisan jewellery shops on the first level of the property.

Meandering through the narrow cobbled lanes of artisans and art galleries you will come to Rue Fénelon, turn left where you will find cafes, a Thai Restaurant (which we must check out) and antique shops.
 

Tall houseOn the right, tucked in between the shops you will see another interesting 14th C property.
 

Aux Bonheurs De SopheFurther along the same lane towards Rue de la Liberté you will find on the right, ‘Aux Bonheurs De Sophe’. A Millinery shop where I could spend hours browsing and buying almost everything. It sells beautiful materials, cottons, wools and accessories, in fact everything that you need, including silk embroidery threads which I needed for my new hobby.

Past the milliners you will see the Truffle Market on the right and the magnificent Place de la Liberté with its Wednesday and Saturday markets.
 

Sculpture extraordinaire Lau. Dussol.

A work of art has been created from a dead tree which stands just outside the library opposite the church in the village. Instead of digging the tree up and taking it way the Maire and the Commune decided on a brilliant idea of transforming the tree into a work of art. M. Lau. Dussol was duly commissioned for the task.

Paul and I have taken many walks past the tree over the months and seen the transformation. Starting from the bottom up two people came into view.
 

dscn2146On this side is a lady wearing traditional dress and clogs.

 

dscn2145On the other side is a gentleman in a top hat.
Above them both are various heraldic shields, one of which is the shield of Daglan.

 

dscn2144What I love though are the gargoyles on top of the tree at the back and sides, with the dove of peace at the front.

 

Now consider the artists tools, most of the work was carried out with a chain saw which really highlights the fine skill of the artist.

He was also commissioned to create a totem pole for the Primary School in the village, brilliant.
 

dscn2203A proud Maire and I admiring the artists work.

 

Event:- See you all at Sarlat Truffle Festival on Saturday the 14th January, we will be the couple eating truffle macaroons, they are so good.

Doctor Zhivargo comes to Sarlat!

Sarlat Christmas Market.

The Christmas market in Sarlat consists of about forty chalets, all offering artisan products from Christmas decorations, toys, paintings, candy, macaroons, chocolate, scarves, hats to beer, mulled wine, snacks and more. Our first visit to the market was last Thursday but I am sure that there will be more. I love Christmas and the Christmas market in Sarlat fills me, and I am sure many others, with joy. This year the Christmas market and indeed the Medieval Quarter and the main streets all have a Russian theme, which looks brilliant.
 

Entrance to Sarlat Christrmas MarketEntrance to the market along the red carpet, which is to be found in the main car park in Sarlat. The Commune have spent over a month getting the car park transformed into a winter wonderland.
 

Russian Winter sledgeRussian Winter sledge which brought back memories of the film Doctor Zhivargo, I could just picture myself sitting wrapped up snug and warm alongside Hugh Jackman. I know he was not in the film but a girl can dream.
 

Russian dolls I love this collection of Russian dolls for sale, such vivid colours.
 

Fresh baked PretzelsFresh baked Pretzels, oh my another temptation, trying to loose a few pound before Christmas has never been so hard, I think that I will leave the diet until the New Year!
 

Artisan potteryAll hand made pots in different colours.
 

St PetersburgSt Petersburg back drop in the centre of the Market.

There is also a large ice skating rink for all ages and of course Father Christmas is to be found at the entrance. The market is open until the 30th December.

Messing around by the River.

“If we had no Winter, the Spring and Summer would not be so pleasant”, Anne Bradstreet.
 

When the nights start to draw in and the temperature starts to plummet it is good to look back to last Summer.

Paul and I love to take a walk no matter what the season and last Summer was our first full Summer here in Daglan so we made the most of the sunny days. We had just walked through the village along the main road towards Saint Cybranet and turned right at the stables to bring us to the Céou River. It was a really hot day so we stopped to have a rest and chill out a little by the old water mill.

Unsure if the man and his two dogs were fellow villagers or here on holiday, but they were great fun. He had thrown the ball into the river so that the dogs would go in, retrieve the ball and stay cool at the same time. A good plan but it did not work, neither of the dogs would go into the water. So Paul took off his sandals and paddled into the river to retrieve the ball. The water was not very deep and he soon threw the ball for the dogs waiting on dry land.

Paddling in the Céou RiverMessing around in the River
 

‘The best laid plans of mice and men’ sprung to mind when the Border Collie’s thought ‘wow, good game’ and hit the ball back into the river for Paul to retrieve. Needless to say I had to stop laughing in order to take the pictures.

Just a few more times please“Just a few more times please”.
 

How to be a great artist:-
Assuming the Poseone has to stand in a certain way!

The artist is Dominique Allaërt who held an exhibition at the Presbytère throughout the summer, he will be returning to Daglan next Summer for his second exhibition here.

By the way the painting was wonderful.
 

I hope that the above pictures warmed you a little on a cold and damp day.
 

Event:- 4th December at 3 o’clock at the Salle de Fate, Daglan. Theatre, 8€ each