The Fête de la Gastronomie was a great success. The rain clouds had rolled away and the sun was shining brightly on the vast number of people who attended the event in Daglan yesterday. Fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese, wine, bread, cakes, the list goes on. Everything that you would want to eat in the square or to take home. No need either to look for something to drink there were wine sellers, artisan beers and a bar selling wine and soft drinks. They also had cooking demonstrations and a truffle dog who always seems to be attracted to the aroma of the sausage stall.
It was an all day event which everyone enjoyed.
Not only in the Place de la Liberté, there were stalls lining the main street too.
“The bar is now open for customers”.
The aroma of French markets is wonderful. I particularly liked the spice stall.
A new masterpiece by Lou. Dussol is to be found in Daglan at the entrance to the gites just before you turn left into the village. So if you are driving from Castelenaud keep a look out for the statue of the watchman holding his lantern as you enter Daglan, it is superb.
His statues are amazing when you think that they are created from dead trees, using a chainsaw, axe and carving tools. By looking at a piece of wood, its form, contours and changing colours he can envisage the sculpture within.
The Night Watchman, waiting to guide people to their gites.
You can also find his work in the school playground, in front of the library, in the small vineyard in the square at the southern entrance to the village and in the village centre.
An Update On Fluffy.
He is very well, looking much thinner after his ordeal but improving each day that passes.
The 8 à Huit in Daglan will be closed from 6th to 8th May, reopening 9th
Unfortunately Christine cannot write a blog this week due to swelling around her eyes so this one comes from Paul. Chris has seen two doctors and had x-rays to eliminate alleges and sinus problems, she will be seeing an eye specialist next week. So we are keeping fingers crossed that normal service can be will soon be resumed and all will be well before the Daglan Spring Flower Festival and Sarlat Chocolate Festival in 2 weeks time.
Yesterday we popped into Belves, on our return we stopped for a few moments to admire the amazing sculptures at Terre Sauvage in Vaurez.
Their recycled creations are made entirely by hand from recycled metal drums, car body and refrigerator panels.
Elephants, giraffes, rhinos, boar, horses, birds and more can be found in the garden of Laurent Picherit. Here are a few examples of his wonderful work.
The menagerie including a galloping turkey and a prancing horse.
The 8 à Huit in Daglan will be closed 9th and 10th March
Spring is here,
in the air,
you can smell it coming
on the breeze.
It seems a little early but we have seen good signs that spring is just around the corner. It has been a strange February with below freezing temperatures when I get up in the mornings to feed the stray cats (have four now). However, during the course of the morning the temperature rises to 19 or 20C. So a thick sweater is wise in the morning and a light top in the afternoon. It is great getting outside to enjoy the scenery once more.
The first sign of Spring for us is always when the flower lady arrives back in Daglan for the Sunday market,
with her gorgeous array of colours.
Daffodowndilly by A.A Milne
She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,
She wore her greenest gown;
She turned to the south wind,
and curtsied up and down.
She turned to the sunlight and shook her yellow head,
and whispered to her neighbour:
“Winter is dead”.
Still quite deep and very fast flowing, the River Ceou so sparkling clean for wild life.
A gorgeous display of spring flowers in our neighbours garden.
Coccus, with their heads turned towards the sun
New for spring. Book selves have been placed into the old bus shelter. So that now we have two book exchanges. The other book swap is next to the Marie.
My favourite Festival in Sarlat will be held on 16th and 17th March.
Visit this marvelous event to watch and sample the Master Chocolatiers creations.