Carnival of Pétassou

First we heard the loud music in the quiet streets of Daglan followed by a tractor with a scarecrow type figure attached to the tailor at the back


A Medieval custom which is still carried out throughout France.

Then came the children from the local Primary school in costumes and masks.


Brilliant animal costumes of cats, pigs and I think a wolf or two.

This was the carnival of the wicked Pétassou who is the object of a thousand evils from theft to the explotation of shale gas! The procession moves up and down the main street until it arrives at the commune space outside the Salle des fetes (community hall). Where all of the children dance around the scarecrow, his judgement is recited and then the evil Pétassou is burned.


Scary masks and head adornment, terrific.

One winner for the best costume is picked, then the children gather around for snack’s which were prepared by parents of the children.


A few of the children were in full costume, like the little boy on the left.

It was a terrific sight to brighten up a cold and wet morning in Daglan.


The Pride of Daglan

Do not miss the event of the year
Fetes de la Saint Louis
from the 21rd to the 24th August.

For detail go the the Daglan Mairie website

One of the really nice aspects of our village is the pride that people take over their property and the area in which they live. It really has an excellent community spirit, where people integrate and help one another.

The supermarket next door to our home has recently been renovated. It is still the same size but the counter and shelves have been moved to accommodate more items. There are two very green signs outside which stand in front of the new plant pots. The supermarket is run by a very friendly husband and wife team, who always greet you with the welcoming “bonjour”, as you enter. This shop is the centre of the community where people come to shop and talk to the owners and other shoppers about anything that is happening in Daglan and the surrounding area.

In this picture is one of the owners proudly cleaning the side of the supermarket, his wife washes the trolleys outside later in the day.local supermarket

The old Boulangerie, which is now a home The old Boulangerie

This house is for sale and vacant, but such is the pride of the owner they still have a gardener who tends the gorgeous garden at the front of the property.gorgeous garden

I love this house, roses and lavender curl upward towards the sun. Unfortunately it is not for sale.roses and lavender

A new door and windows for the house on the left and magnificent stone work on the property on the right.magnificent stone work

There are one or two lovely properties in Daglan for sale, in and out of the village. So if you are looking for easy access to the countryside, sunshine, wine, good food and friendly polite people, look no further than Daglan.

No radiator leaks

We have returned from our renovation work on our home in Daglan France, with great news – no radiator leaks. I was ready for the annual flood of water which always starts with a small trickle and finishes with an indoor swimming pool, but no leaks, wonderful.

One of our tasks this visit was to make our home more “cat friendly”. This we completed with the help of bamboo fencing on the balcony, veranda and courtyard.

DSCN0772I plan to grow a variety of pot plants that will I hope, meander up and along the bamboo.

DSCN0804The large veranda at the back of the house is still in need of some loving care. We are hoping to replace the windows and install French door’s after our move to France.

DSCN0805More bamboo fencing? Paul relaxing in our courtyard on a gorgeous hot day.”>DSCN0806And we partitioned the chaufferie – boiler room.

With luck the more obvious cat temptations are now less tempting … but cats will be cats.

Cream paint and the turquoise section of the house.

Cream paint

If you remember in my previous “blog” from last year we had to have a new radiator installed in my bedroom due to the fact that we had a “Lake Garda” episode after we turned on the cold water. After a while I noticed that due to the lake, cutting up of the old, very heavy cast iron radiator and the installation of the new radiator my skirting board was not looking good at all. A quick coat of paint over the dingy section was needed.

We had used up all of the cream paint, so new paint was needed, yet another trip to the DIY store. The paint we bought looked like it was the same colour when I started to paint only to realise that it was a different tone of cream after the paint dried. Not one for giving up easily and armed with an almost full tin of paint, I decided that all was not lost, I needed to paint all around the room, around the door and the French windows, and needless to say this job was not going to take a morning to complete!

Master bedroom with the new “cream” paint.

Master bedroom with the new “cream” paint.

The turquoise section

On our last visit we decided to turn our attention to the “turquoise” section of our home which is through the kitchen door to a hallway which leads to a pantry, boiler room, another room which we hope to turn into an office, the downstairs toilet and utility room and eventually out the courtyard at the back of the property. A lot of work, most of which will need to wait until we move to France because we would like French windows installed from the utility room to the courtyard. We can turn our hands to a variety of DIY but not fitting of French windows, experts need to be called in.

The pantry before we started to paint:-

Gas cylinders in the turquoise pantry.

Gas cylinders in the turquoise pantry.

And after:-

The cream room.

The cream room.

When we have time I would like shelves in this room for preserves and also a chest freezer for the times when the village is cut off from the outside world due to snow and ice, which it was two years ago.

Our side door and hallway, the kitchen door is on the right.

This will be our next job, roll on 2015

This will be our next job, roll on 2015

Renovating the kitchen

The kitchen is slowly coming together, it has taken years but we are nearly there. One of our tasks on our last trip was to complete the tiling of the worktop, grout it, seal it and place a trim all the way around the top. Sounds not too bad however it was difficult due to the fact that we had to lift the cooker top and sink to a level where we could tile underneath.

The cooker top and sink were placed onto wooden blocks.

The cooker top and sink were placed onto wooden blocks.

After a few days work it was more or less complete and we were able to give up on that dreadful chore of having to go out for meals 🙂 …

The completed work, it is looking great.

The completed work, it is looking great.

The kitchen area is quite dark so our final task was to fit under shelf lighting

Lighting under the shelves.

Lighting under the shelves.

We looked at various DIY stores for cupboard doors and drawers that would fit our kitchen, no luck. So I asked at the local builders if they knew of anyone that could make them for us. They were very helpful in recommending a carpenter in the next village. Which we found and explained what we wanted, he asked for the type of wood to be used, sizes, and photographs. So armed with all of the information the carpenter required we returned the same day. One look at the photographs was enough to tell him that he knew the house. He had made the staircase etc for the previous owner. We are now waiting for a quote to complete the final stage.

This is a 3D model of our kitchen complete with the new doors. It was developed by our very talented son and is particularly useful when I want to know if our existing furniture and new furniture will fit into our home in Daglan. The basic colour scheme for the kitchen was helpful in choosing what type of wood and colour wood we needed for the doors and draws.

3D model of the kitchen

3D model of the kitchen

A birds eye view of the kitchen and part of the lounge area.

A birds eye view of the kitchen and part of the lounge area.

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