Fête Du Printemps in Daglan

I love this time of year “Spring is upon us”, it is still so cold but we were out this morning buying lots of gorgeous plants from the Daglan Fête Du Printemps. There was so much to choose from, with many stalls which filled the square in front of our home in the Place Du Liberty and continued all the way along the Rue de la Republique.

There were also local authors signing their books in Salon Du Livre in the Presbyter, a children’s area in the local Primary School and Poulet au Pot Farcie at the Salle Du Fête.

People were loading up their cars with plants this morning.

Paul buying a Muscat vine.

Fabrice Le Cafe, selling oysters with champagne or wine outside his restaurant this morning. Love the beard Fabrice, it suits you.

A selection of garden furniture and hand painted ornaments from Le Jardin de Rosa. Her shop is to be found at the back of the Château Beynac.

Our own château in Daglan village (I wish) with gorgeous fruit plants and shrubs at the front of the gate.

A gorgeous display of colour.

Two of our wonderful friends.

Saving the best till last, Daglan village proudly shows its two Fleuri, well done.


Peter Mayle

His memoirs took me on hour after hour of pleasure reading about his experiences in Provence, he will be greatly missed.

We have recently learned about the death of one of our favourite authors who died last month after a short illness. He was such a talented person who brought to life the “happenings” in Provence through his book “A Year in Provence”. His depiction of the various characters he came across was masterful and of course his renovation work on his 200 year old property was fascinating. By writing this book I am sure it inspired thousands of people to visit France and perhaps to move there permanently.

Peter Mayle, Image https://www.thetimes.co.uk/Peter Mayle – Image https://www.thetimes.co.uk

Sir Ridley Scott paid tribute to his friend saying,”he brilliantly captured the humorous competitiveness between the English and the French. Peter was a very kind and successful man”.

Sir Ridley Scott turned one of Peter Mayle’s books “A Good Year” into a movie starring Russell Crowe, which Paul and I still watch at least once a year.

Originally from Brighton, he moved to Menerbes in the Luberon hills in 1987 with his wife Jennie to escape the rat race in London. He met such characters while renovating the property that it inspired him to start to write a book in 1989, which has sold more than six million copies.

A thought from Peter Mayle, “Good manners make any man a pleasure to be with. Ask any women”.

Everything Truffle.

I wish that I could have a fragrance blog and then you would be able to experience the gorgeous aroma of the Truffle Festival as we walked from stall to stall in Sarlat last weekend. For anyone who has not had the experience it is a heady, earthy, dusty strong smell that permeates your scenes and it is so delicious.

Truffle sellers proudly sell their wears to the buyers. You not only buy a truffle but you get their history too.

From €800 to €950 per kilo depending on quality the truffles were selling at anything from ten to five hundred euros each.

There were stalls selling a wide variety of foods and snacks made with truffle such as pate, sausages, gourmand cakes, chocolate, macarons, desserts, cheeses, wine and oil. They also had related items such as books on how to find truffles or you could even buy your own oak tree.

I can not describe how delicious truffle macarons are, just amazing will have to do. Plus we have a truffle which is slightly bigger than last year, it is dessert spoon size. It is at this moment sitting in a dish of eggs in our pantry so that the taste permeates the egg shells for a delicious omelette which may be served with thinly sliced truffle on top. The truffle will then be placed into a jar of rice for a few days for truffle flavoured risotto or paella. Then the truffle will be cooked with a chicken at the weekend, or sliced on top of tagliatelle in a cream sauce. Superb.


This was our first visit to Recup’acteurs warehouse who are holding a craft market today and tomorrow, ten until four.

Recup’acteurs is an eco-citizen activity with the idea of reducing waste, it is an excellent recycling centre run by a none profit organisation for the Perigord Noir. If you have any goods you no longer use that could be given a second home they would be welcome. It is to be found at ZAE du Perigord Noir, Vialard, Sarlat. It is well worth a visit on any Friday or Saturday when it is open to the public from 10:00-19:00.

Recup'acteurs The various craft stalls at the entrance to the warehouse.

We were told that the lady displaying gorgeous table lamps makes the shade from Victorian linen bloomers, brilliant idea and fantastic quality.

There are refreshments of home made cakes, biscuits, coffee, soup and mulled wine, all made by the expert hand of Judith, the proprietress of Le Thé Vert. Paul had a coffee, I opted for the mulled wine, it was very warming on a cold day and delicious too.

Everything to buyThere is everything to buy including chandeliers, tableware, glassware, pottery, furniture, electrical goods, books, linen and much, much more.

Toy and Teddy And a wide selection of toys and teddy bears.

dscn2015I did buy two items of Limoges pottery, price… one euro the pair, The water jug will be on display in my bedroom and the dish will be used for storing soaps in the bathroom.

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Christmas Fair at Vitrac on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 16:00

Sarlat Christmas Fair opens on the 7th December

Strange Encounter in the Launderette!

There was a famous advert a few years ago on British television where a young man took of his jeans off to be washed in the Launderette. Why am I writing about this? Well the same thing happened at the Launderette in Cenac this morning. Replace a young man with a much older and heavier man but the actions were exactly the same.

Paul and I go to Cénac most Tuesday mornings for the market of fresh produce but this morning was slightly different due to the fact that I wanted to swap a book at the book exchange section of the village Launderette. They have a really good selection of English and a few French crime novels which you can exchange for one of your own. I had just started to browse through the available books when the gentleman walked in to do his washing. After taking off his jeans and putting them into the washer (I must point out that he was wearing boxer shorts!) he sat down to eat his breakfast and I carried on looking at the books. It did not seem such an unusual event to the owner who came out from the back of the shop and said a cheery “Bonjour”. Could anyone tell me if this is usual laundrette behaviour in France? My husband and I have not stopped laughing.

Autumn is here.

Autumn is hereThis picture was taken on the edge of Daglan on route to Cénac, very Autumnal, the changes in seasons are profound here. It is something that we missed in England where, it seems you have one season all year around and it just gets a few degrees warmer in the Summer months. Here the colour of the landscape is changing rapidly now from verdant green to brilliant red, orange and gold it is superb.

Thick Fog Thick fog which had lifted away by lunchtime to give a pleasant afternoon.

On a different note, we have a new artwork in the village which has been created by carving figures into a dead tree, brilliant.

A young women wearing clogs. A young women wearing clogs.

This was taken from the other side of the tree,

a Gentleman in a top hat.A Gentleman in a top hat.

Events : This Saturday in Daglan is the “Walk for Cancer” which starts at two o’clock at the Salle des fêtes, 3km or 7km which ever you prefer.