Rosengart Vintage Cars.

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.

Club Rosengart

A brief history.

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.
 
 

Summer In Our Village.

A few months ago when Paul and I where planting seed potatoes in pots in our courtyard I thought how good it was to live here. Spring was in the air, leaves and buds on our apple tree were starting to show themselves. The birds were singing as we walked to the the river Ceou about five minutes away. Spending our lives in a relatively small area without seeing our friends and family did not occur to me.

It all changed here due to the outbreak of Covid 19 just like England and other places around the world. One of the hardest changes was being isolated from family, friends and people in general. The French are very tactile and love to meet and greet people with a kiss on both cheeks and a hug, which we have adopted and love. Our food shopping habits had also changed, no self respecting French person would dream of buying fresh produce without looking, feeling and smelling the produce on offer. These are just a few of the simple pleasures that I have missed.

As the restrictions started to be lifted France was divide into different colour zones with the lifting of restrictions being delayed in orange zones. Perigord, being in the green zone made us very lucky indeed. Although we still had keep to social distancing guidelines, wearing of face masks and disinfecting everything in sight we were able to go outside to the newly re-opened Sunday market.

Now, my goodness we can talk to people (social distancing and masks of course) and it feels so good to just ask how they are, how have they been copying over the last few months etc.

This morning, just inside our gate, I discovered a present of lavender from our friends who recently arrived back at their Daglan home after several months in Germany. The perfume is gorgeous, thank you so much.
 

Daglan in bloom. Our new pink and white roses are next to our apple tree which looks like a good crop this year.
 

I love the courtyard of a friend of ours, it is always full of flowers of every description.
 
 

La Petit Paris is open for outside eating with the metre distancing restriction in place. So book early in order to insure a table.
 

Summer flowers adorn La Cantine, all ready to welcome you for lunchtime in the sunshine.
 

Bon appetit
 
 

Premier Prix Balcon Fleuri

It was so unexpected but it is so fantastic.

I had only arrived home from hospital after two operations a week before, and to be honest I was in a lot of pain and feeling very low, when a friend of ours asked Paul if she could enter our balcony into the annual Daglan flower competition. Paul said no thank you and explained that I could not tend to the flowers. However, when he told me it motivated me to think about the balcony, I decided that I could possibly get out there and maybe just tend to one of the containers per day it gave me a target to aim for, I could do this. Paul spoke to our friend who did enter our balcony in the competition.

It was a very slow process just a few steps and one container at a time but I made it. The impact on my mental and later physical state was just unbelievable. I needed that push and it worked.

A few days ago we were most surprised to be presented with a certificate, a bottle of champagne and a voucher for thirty euros for plants from a local fleuriste. I think that we both missed half of what was told to us, we were just in shock, but very happy and very proud to have won.

A very large thank you to our friend for putting our name forward, you made a big difference to my life. Thank you also to the Mairie and the Competition Jury.

The Champagne has the Marie on the label.
 

The balcony with hanging baskets. I particularly love the variegated ivy which hangs over the edge. The basket of yellow petunias were a present from Chris and Verginie at the 8 à Huit when I returned from hospital
 

Vibrant reds protrude through the green.
 

Love our cauldron which are very popular in this area for planters.
 
 

Events : This weekend.