Why the Perigord Noir?

This question has been asked by friends, family, tourists and house hunters. The appeal to us, is that this part of the Perigord offers the most stunning landscapes as the Dordogne River cuts through the unspoiled countryside. The landscape changes at every bend in the road and there are amazing sights as you drive past the villages clinging to the rock face.

La Roque-Gageac.
 

There are four distinctive seasons from short Winters where temperatures can reach below freezing (-7 this morning) to blooming Spring and gorgeous hot Summers. Which are reflected in the seasonal produce sold in the many markets of the area.

The cuisine is rich in its diversity from duck, mushrooms, truffles, cheeses, wine, fruit and vegetables. To match this there are the amazing food festivals. this month we see the truffle market in Daglan and the Truffle Festival in Sarlat. Summertime brings the night markets where you can enjoy fresh cooked local food in pleasant surroundings.

Historical features include the many Château’s featuring pigeonniers and of course the many wonderful Beaux villages of the area.

A taster for the first time visitor to this area are Milandes, Castlenaud, Beynac, La Roque-Gageac, Domme, Daglan and Sarlat.

Medieval weekend last Summer held at Château de Castelnaud.
 

Included sword fighting demonstrations.
 

La Mairie de Daglan, Such a beautiful building.
 

Le Tour de Daglan takes a short rest in the village square.
 

Most of all it is always the people that make a place worth visiting time and again, and Daglan is no exception to this rule. You will never meet more friendly and welcoming people who are always willing to help and to make your life here a little bit better by their presence.

The weekly Craft Session.
 
 

The Season Of Mist And Mellow Horses!

Since we moved to live in France we notice the seasons far more than we did in England. We used to live in a fairly large coastal town with little in the way of nature.

Here in Daglan nature is all around us and once again the seasonal changes in and around the village are magnificent. Autumn is here in full and colourful glory and with it come the mist’s of October mornings.

Taken from the graveyard overlooking Daglan as the mist rises to greet the sun over the forest.
 
Golden trees at the rear of the graveyard are just stunning.
 

These deep reds were photographed as Paul and I walked along the lane towards the river Ceou at the side of the Château.
 

The forest in all its glory.
 

I could not believe my eyes, crocuses in bloom!
 

I Just had to stop for a chat.
 

Or two. So gentle and relaxed, magnificent horses. Just what I needed to ease a stressful day.
 

The Château grounds as the sun slowly penetrates through the trees early yesterday morning.
 
 

Event:-Sarlat 21st October, Grande Brocante d’automne. Place de la Grande Rigaudie from eight in the morning.
 
 

There and back again.

Our regular Sunday morning consists of a trip to St Cyprien market with a stop in
Castelnaud-la-Chapelle for a picnic breakfast on the banks of the River Dordogne.

Last Sunday morning the Montgolfier’s were out in force, rising like smoke over the hills.

It must be such a brilliant view across the Ceou valley from the balloons. But not for me, I’m too afraid of heights to open my eyes and admire the vista of the country side below.
 

Arriving in the car park we noticed a new sculpture being worked.
 

Can just see the dog at its masters feet in front of the figure being sculpted.
 

The Summer bunting provides a little shade.
Spots everywhere, there are over 300,000 of these rosettes covering the streets of St Cyprien.
 

On our return I could not resist a sunflower picture.
The brilliant yellow always reminds me of watching the Tour de France on TV when I lived in England.
 
 

Enjoy the sunshine.

Next blog, the Grand Gastronomie market which will be in Daglan this Sunday.
 
 

La Goutte Noire.

Sophie Arnaud is the amazing artisan who creates the most gorgeous and original jewellery. From delicate silver necklaces, matching ear rings, bracelets, to a collection of bead work jewellery, ideal if you are looking for your favourite colour or your birthstone.

Do you think that it is too early to plan for a Christmas present?
 

The difficult decision upon entering the shop is which one or two pieces do I like the most.
 

Such a large selection to choose from.
 

The artisan at work. “My dream is to buy everything Sophie”.
 

Also, do not forget to look the baby gifts which are found on the right and rear of the shop.
 

All original, expertly made and so cute.
 

La Goutte Noire is to be found in the Presbytery on Rue de la Republique in Daglan.

http://www.lagouttenoire.com/
 
 

Daglan Events:-

13th July celebrations of food, dancing and fireworks in Daglan.
To celebrate the 14th July there will be fireworks throughout France in every city, town and village. Don’t forget that that the 14th July is the National Holiday so shops may be closed all day or part of the day.

29th July Fête de la Gastronomie, in Daglan all day.

17th to the 20th August Fête de la St Louis in Daglan.

Every Sunday until the end of August, truffle market.

Now until 8th August Art’Céou expo at the Salle Des Fetes
 
 

Success for Daglan’s first Truffle Market.

Our village held its first truffle market today in the play area of the village school which is situated behind the Mairie in the centre of Daglan. We arrived to join a long queue of people who were waiting for the eleven o’clock school bell to ring which was the sign that the truffle market was open.

On sale were a variety of Summer truffles which are similar to the Burgundy Truffle which Paul and I have never tasted before. Slightly less aroma than the Winter truffle but just as tasty.

Wow amazing, this very grand truffle was on display.
 

A sample of the wares on display offered by the truffle vendors. I was so pleased that all of the truffles were from Daglan and the local area.
 

We headed towards one truffle seller in particular, because the Chief from La Petit Paris restaurant and Chris from our local 8 à Huit supermarket were buying from him, experts of the village. We also saw Fabrice buying some truffles for La Cantine which is another very good restaurant in our village.
 

Treats provided by the Mairie, very yummy truffle butter on the slices of baguette. Plus crisps and local wine.
 

Rosé wine was served by our Maire and members the council. Vin de Domme and very nice it was too.
 

Here is our truffles, a real bargain at only five euro for the three, all ready to permeate the eggs. After which they will be used in a variety of dishes. I love truffle grated over tagliatelle which as been enriched with a cream sauce.