Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink.

–Samuel Taylor Coleridge

We two have paddled in the stream, from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared since days of long ago.

–Robert Burns.

Parking Reserved card holders and Residents was an odd sight on a sign in what is left of a camp site in Beynac yesterday.

The swelling of the Dordogne River was at its peak yesterday morning.

The trees on the left should be on dry land.

The terrace of this restaurant was under more than a metre of water.

D53 Route Barrie to Fayrac and Milandes and also the D703 to La Roque-Gageac.

Update on the water level at Castlenaud.

The statue stands in what is usually a very pleasant picnic area which is temporarily a tranquil lake.

It does not look too good at the moment with more rain due this afternoon and for the rest of the week. However, spring is just around the corner, we have new growth in our courtyard and flowers will be bursting through soon.

Event:- Burns Night- 25th January, where haggis is eaten and whiskey is drunk to honour a brilliant Scottish poet.


Stop! You need a canoe.

We traveled to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle this morning then on to Beynac before returning home through Vitrac Port and Cenac checking out the roads and fields. Our findings were that quite a number of fields are under water and a few roads are closed.

The D53 between St Cybranet through to Cenac is closed.

The D53 from Castelnaud la Chapelle to Les Milandes is closed.

The D703 leading from Vitrac Port to Montford is closed.

The picnic area by the banks of the Dordogne river at Castelnaud la Chapelle this morning. We have never seen the Dordogne water level so high covering all of the picnic area and the embankment.

Looking at Castlenaud from across the river. The treeline in the middle of the river is usually where the banks are.

This is where we like to picnic on the shore at Beynac. Today no land was to be seen it is completely water logged.

The boats above were on dry land last week.


The Extraordinary Tour de France.

Crowds of smiling, happy people lined the streets of Perigueux last Tuesday to greet the start of stage 10 of the Tour de France through Sarlat and on to Bergerac. It was just what Paul and I needed to lighten the mood after we had just received some upsetting news. It lifted our spirits so much so that we began to focus on the positive rather than the negative.

So here are just a few of the many pictures taken last Tuesday.

Sky team bus

The amazing Sky team being presented to an appreciative audience.

Cheers for Chris Froome and the team.

TV interview with the King of the Mountains.

Riders looking relaxed and having a chat before the start of the race.

And off they go.

Second later all the riders were gone, having started on a 178km tour of one of the most beautiful parts of France

So over to our roving camera crew Sherry and Angus who took these brilliant pictures. Thank you so much.

The Caravan runs through Beynac.

Wow, brilliant


They look happy to be here, and who wouldn’t be enjoying the spectacular scenery of the Dordogne valley. Good luck guys.

“Come on Chris Froome”… Just a little bias there,

The Perigord will bring a smile to your faces too.

Event:- 14th July – Fête National, all across France.


Have you seen the fairies dance upon a Summers night?

Marqueyssac by candlelight is amazing. Illuminated by over two thousand candles the gardens at Marqueyssac are a site to see. We arrived just before dusk and took refreshments at a table with a breath-taking view across the Dordogne valley where we could see Castelnaud, Fayrac and Beynac Château’s.

As dusk slowly arrived we walked through the candle lit gardens towards the increasing sound of music and children’s laughter. I would highly recommend anyone to visit the gardens at night, every Thursday evening in July and August from seven to midnight.

Fairies on stilts, “Les Marraines Fees” by the Lilous Company.

The faces of the children as they where sprinkled with fairy dust was brilliant. The costumes and the make up are outstanding.

A magical moment that the children will never forget.

Various niches, fountains and rocks around the garden are illuminated.
This particular fountain changed from yellow to purple to red and back again.

Jazz and blues on the Esplanade by Karima and Oliver. They are brilliant.

Classical music in a circle of light by DJamano.

I am unsure what dance Judith and I were performing in the above picture but we all had a terrific time. My friend Michelle was taking a selfy as light scattered around us.

At last we saw ‘Kan’ the L’allosaure which is new to the gardens this year.

The Tour de France goes through Perigord on Tuesday, wow. 178Km from Périgueux, through Sarlat and on to Bergerac. Tour De France Stage 10

Daglan events;-



Out and About

Beynac is now open!

The main D703 road through Beynac has been closed to traffic for a few months while major construction work took place. I am so glad to say that it is now open with a new road and pedestrian walkway. Beynac is now ready for the Tour de France to pass through next month.

On our way to St Cyprian market this morning we bypassed Beynac on the other side of the river Dordogne.

Returning home we noticed the deviation signs were missing so decided to try the Beynac route.

Before our trip to the market we stopped for a breakfast picnic. There is nothing to beat fresh pastries from Maison Carré at Castelnaud-la-Chapelle enjoyed by the banks of the river Dordogne on a glorious sunny morning.

Still waters mirrored in the Dordogne river.

The water is so clean that you can watch the trout swim by.

And enjoy the terrific views. With canoes ready for the first customers.

I could not resist taking this picture of the two foals and their mothers sheltering from the sun.

– Bouzic night market is on Tuesday evenings in July and August
– St-Cyprian night market, throughout July and August on a Thursday evening,
– July and August for Saint Pompon night market on a Saturday evening.

Night markets are a great evening out where you buy hot or cold food and drinks from a variety of stall holders, sit at a handy table to enjoy the entertainment and later dance to your hearts content to live musicians or a DJ.