Another Week, Another Lock in.

It is very strange not seeing people, cars and normally at this time of year camper vans and tourists. Daglan is usually a bustling village but it now feels like you are living through a movie just waiting for the alien to come over the hill and walk through the deserted villages.

The supermarkets here are well stocked with fresh produce and other goods which is brilliant. On the down side we can no longer shop together and with Paul being the only driver it is inconvenient but unavoidable. Plus you can only buy produce from the nearest supermarket so Paul can only go as far as Cenac to shop at the small supermarket there. No large supermarket shopping for us which mean a limited choice of food to buy. But it is worth being more restricted if it means no virus in the village.

On a positive note we are still able to go for short walks of less than an hour duration and we must stay within a kilometer of home. A few days ago we walked down to the river Ceou which is only a few minutes away from our home.

Paul hiding his face from the camera… or waving!
 

With spring festivals cancelled and garden centres closed we cannot buy flowers to plant out but supermarkets have a plentiful supply of seeds so many homeowners are using them to bring in the spring.

Gorgeous Spring flowers in bloom.
 

Even in our shady courtyard there are flowers.
 

We have planted seeds in our hanging baskets and pots, we also planted potatoes in tubs yesterday which should be ready for eating in June and July.
 

No gardening or walks today, I hope you can see from this photograph that it is snowing and extremely cold outside.
 

Take care everyone and stay healthy.
 
 

I Am Back?

Back to blogging and now able to venture outside for short outings. It has been a long road to recovery since my operation but I am improving day by day. Last Sunday afternoon was my first trip out in the car to Castlenaud. I did not get out of the car but oh my, it felt so good to sit for a while and watch the river Dordogne flow by.

Just a few steps out of our courtyard and I was in glorious sunshine.
 

Castlenaud, underneath the duck egg blue sky.
 

Just past the bridge at Castlenaud on the road to Milandes we stopped to watch the river. It is at a very high level but not going over the bank, thank goodness.
 

Paul took another picture for me from the opposite direction. It shows how very high and fast flowing the river is.
 

The first signs of Spring, on the branches of this tree are little catkins.
 

Not a lot of green on the trees yet but tiny buds and the ivy is showing signs of growth.
 

Le place de la Liberté, Daglan basking in the sunshine.
 

My second outing was yesterday to Cenac in the car. Very unsure if I could go inside the supermarket because I get tied very quickly and my back pain has returned. Enough of my moaning, the good news is that yes I was able to go to the supermarket and help Paul with shopping, a slow walk but I made it. Another first… Brilliant.
 

Events:-

Sarlat, 15th February there will be a Cultural display at the Centre Culturel on Rue Gaubert, Sarlat.

Sarlat, 15th and 22nd February Truffle Festival

Daglan, Sunday 16th and Sunday 23rd at 11am, Daglan Truffle Market in the school yard behind the Mairie.

Daglan, March 22nd Come and Celebrate Spring with the Flower Festival.
 
 

Yummy Galette Time.

The word Galette comes from the Norman word ‘gale’ which means flat cake. It is a word used in French cuisine for various types of flat round or free form crusty cakes that are eaten during Epiphany from the 6th January, it symbolises the fertility and renewal of the earth, which is linked to the extension of sun light during the day.

In Christianity it is a symbol of the manifestation of Jesus among men and celebrates three episodes:- the arrival of the Magi, the wedding in Canna and the date of the baptisms of Christ in Jordan.

Inside the galette is a small bean or china gift which dates back to Roman times. It was white or black and was used during the Saturnalia festival to elect the king of the Feast. Today, the person who finds the gift in the galette becomes King or Queen for the day and wears the crown.

Tradition says that the galette is to be shared with guests who are also offered a glass of cider, muscat, sparkling wine or champagne. Which is very popular in South West France.

This particular fragipane filled galette was purchased at Delices De Pito Cénac, complete with the crown and flags. The flags are placed around the galette, it is cut into portions and served. The king or Queen and their guests act out what is written on each flag. For example ‘make a grimace face’, ‘recite the alphabet’ or ‘draw a mustache on your face or a guests face’. The fragipane filling originates from Marie de Medici, Henry IV’s second wife who brought the recipe to France.

If you find a special yellow bean in the galette from Pito, with the words ‘Bravo, vous avez gagne un mug’ written on the bean you take the bean back to Pito to receive a special gift a decorated yellow mug.
 
 

Events:- Truffle Festival in Sarlat this Saturday and Sunday. Also, Daglan truffle market on Sunday at eleven o’clock.
 
 

Garage Fire in Cenac.

The car body and paint workshop on the Grand Rue in Cénac was completely destroyed by fire last Monday, October 1st, the fire broke out around 19:00. Several gas and acetylene bottles exploded making firefighter’s work very difficult. Forty men were called to control the incident.

The facade of the building facing the Grand Rue is unstable and in danger of collapsing, a security perimeter has been set up reducing the road to single lane.

These pictures were taken the following morning.
 

Such a mess. I am so glad to say that no one was injured.
 
 

Event:-

Vide-Grenier – 7th October, eight am until six pm, Salle des Fêtes de St Cybranet.
 


 

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.