Good news the water level is reducing, the not so good news is that more rain is forecast for this week. But I will stick to the good news for now. Last week the river Dordogne at La Rogue-Gageac was flooded so the road was closed. We checked it out yesterday and you can now drive through. The level of water is high but it is not now over the banks. The same goes for Castlenaud, the road through Fayrac was closed but no problem at all now.
In keeping with the good news theme the River Céou is higher than I have ever seen it before but nowhere near the top of the banks.
River Céou at Daglan.
The fast flowing river over the weir would be great for a canoeist.
It is a pity that the old mill is not operational, it would be great to harness the power of the water.
Rain rain go away.
The first craft session was held last Wednesday afternoon in Daglan. It was great fun and I am looking forward to session two. If you are interested it is every Wednesday from two untill four at the Salle des Fêtes in Daglan.
Sarlat Truffle Festival next Saturday and Sunday, if you are going try the truffle macaroons they are so delicious.
Last Friday evening Paul and I joined the rest of the villagers to attend the traditional ceremony given by the Marie and the Commune. This is a lovely get together where the Marie explains what has been achieved in Daglan in 2017 and what is planned for 2018. The highlight for us was news of the award of a second flower. The Floral town/village label is awarded each year by the National Council of Towns and Villages in Bloom (Couseil National des Villages et Villages Fleuris) after the council agrees that the village/town meets certain criteria, such as landscape and plant heritage, floral displays, respect for the natural environment and living environment. Last year Daglan was awarded one flower, this year we have earned two flowers. Congratulations to all who participate and making our village so beautiful.
The above sign shows the one flower currently on the signs which are positioned at the entrances to the village.
The list below shows all of the activities that you can join in Daglan.
You will no doubt agree that it is quite impressive for a small village.
Afterwards there was an aperitif dinatoire, which is an evening buffet which unfortunately we were no able to attend.
Apologies for the quality of the pictures, they were taken on a new mobile phone camera, first time used inside. We will know next time to take along our old camera.
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 8 à Huit Supermarket started their Daglan Christmas celebrations this morning with delicious mulled wine, cakes and biscuits served to customers.
What a treat, thank you Virginie and Chris.
Gorgeous and warming on a cold Sunday morning.
Bonne Fête from our Mairie.
The Mairie windows are all decorated with parcels and candies.
The balcony at the side of the Ancient Presbytery is decorated with a cascade of presents.
Daglan Church of St. Martin looks magnificent.
The bridge over the River Céou leading into Daglan village is decorated with holly and bows.
Christmas is here, Santa and his sledge has landed in the tree outside La Petite Paris Restaurant.
What a wonderful display of light and colour illuminating the boulangerie.
“Which glittering ball should I play with first?” We have been lucky so far, Cleo has looked and bopped a few balls but has left them on the tree. Angel found the cat presents a few days ago but so far, she has left them unopened.
This will be our last blog until after Christmas, so a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Paul, myself and all of the villages in Daglan. Bonne Fête.