A Praying Mantis settled on my arm!

This was a first for me, a beautiful praying mantis settled on my arm a few days ago when I was catching the last rays of summer sun in our courtyard. Startled, I think that the mantis and I just froze, then it turned its head towards me with its extremely large eyes. Of course I shouted for Paul to get the camera. Which must have unnerved it a little because it moved off my arm and onto the chair leg.

They are so much bigger than I anticipated them to be.

You can see the size of the mantis compared with the phone on the floor.

All mantis have enlarged forelegs which are adapted for catching and gripping their pray, their upright posture, while remaining stationary with folded forearms, has given them the name of “Praying Mantis”.

In the picture above you can see that our visitor tried with some success to camouflage itself.

Not so lucky on a white wall but such a gorgeous colour.

Mantis were considered at one time to have supernatural powers by the Ancient Greeks and Ancient Egyptians. They are among the insects most commonly kept as pets.

 

Events:-

15th October Saint-Vincent-De-Cosse Pink’Athlon for Cancer research.

14th to the 18th November Sarlat Film Festival.

 

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If you go down to the woods today

you are sure of a big surprise!

You will find the famous Josephine Baker and mushrooms!

The sign below tells us:- Josephine Baker (1906-1975) was the first black artist of international renown. A victim of racial segregation in the United Sates, she arrived in France in 1925 at the age of 19 and worked in La Black Revue.

She was a resistance fighter of the 1940’s during the Second World War, she carried secret messages during her travels abroad with her troupe. She was awarded the cross of Chevalier de la Legion d’Honour.

She also adopted twelve children from different continents to create her humanist ideal, which she called “Rainbow Tribe”.

She died at 69 years of age after being chased from her Milandes Château which she named ”World Village and Capital of the Fraternity”. Her children were taken in by Princess Grace of Monaco, who also organised her funeral.

All artistic work is by the children from the Primary School in Daglan, it is truly amazing.

She is dancing on the grass in front of her children, wearing her famous bananas.
More information about this courageous women can be found at http://www.milandes.com/

or visit Château des Milandes 
 

The display is by the still Céou river behind the Salle Des Fetes in Daglan.
 

An idyllic spot for a picnic.
 

These mushrooms were found all around the artistic work. Paul and I are unsure what type of mushroom they are. So we did not pick any. If anyone knows please tell us via our blog.
 

And more, help anyone?
 
 

Daglan on a hot Autumn Sunday.

It promised to be a gorgeous sunny day yesterday and as is usual on a Sunday morning it was to be a picnic breakfast by the shore of the River Dordogne near to Castelnaud. We have been known to enjoy our breakfast picnics on a winters mornings while sitting in the car with freezing conditions outside, but today I think that we are due the lovely mist which meanders its way along the valley.

Picnic all packed and ready to go. Unfortunately Cleo had other ideas. She has taken recently to protesting by sitting either on my handbag or as you can see the picnic hamper. Unsure if she is thinking “take me with you”, or “I am not letting you go”.
 

The mist raising above the trees.

While enjoying the views and the pastries from Maison Carre the sun was busy burning off the mist. Picnic over and back to Daglan where it’s twenty four degrees in the shade and counting. Autumn is coming fast but lets hang on to Summer for a day or two more.
 

Daglan in the sun. This was my second short walk this week. I pulled various muscles in my back a few weeks ago which has been extremely painful but with the help of my physiotherapist, who is brilliant, I should be back to ‘normal’ soon.
 

At the moment the water level in the River Céou is very low.
 

While returning from the river we meandered the pretty village streets, the various homes of the villagers caught my eye.
 

Gorgeous planting complements the exterior of the houses in Daglan.
 

I love the array of pots at the side of the steps leading up to the veranda.
 

I just could not resist taking a picture of my favourite motorbike parked in the village square.
 
 
Events:-
Vitrac 28th September poetic concert of Isabella Marolleau and Jean-Luc Lavergne.
Sarlat 29th September Vintage cars and motorbikes
Sarlat Movie Festival from 14th to the 18th November
 
 

Rocamadour Part Two

Rocamadour’s first important patron was Henry 11 of England, who endowed much of his treasure to Rocamadour. His eldest son, the Young King Henry Court-Mantel, stole the treasure along with the Black Madonna in 1183 to pay for his routiers in his war against his father: he even so the legion goes, replaced the Durandel with his own sword.

He had not gone very far when the Black Madonna got her revenge, striking young Henry down with a fever. Full of remorse, he asked his father to forgive him, had an alter put on his neck and laid naked in a bed of ashes and died.

The Bishop of Limoges gave him absolution for his sins due to his father promising that he would replace Rocamadour’s treasure.
 

Basilique-St-Sauveur built into the rock face during the 11th and 13th Century’s is truly stunning.
 

Over the alter hangs a painted wooden 16th Century Christ shown crucified on a tree, his right side pierced by a lance instead of the customery left side.
 

St Amadour relic, who’s bones where hacked to bits during the Wars of Religion by the Huguenot Captain Bessonies who desecrated the shrine.
 

Many of the ships on display are from the Breton Sailors who held the Black Madonna in high esteem.
 

Darkened by candle smoke the Magnificent Black Madonna still holds court today. She is carved out of walnut in the 11Century and sits quite stiffly on her throne with the Christ child balanced on her knees.
 

Outside various walls are decorated depicting various scenes from the Annunciation and Visitation. These two skeleton figures are pleading for salvation.
 

Further up an hairpin walk lined with the Stations of the Cross takes you up to the ramparts of the Château, built in the 14th Century to defend the shrines.
 

Engraved tunnel of copied tombstones, and pledges is fascinating to read.
 

In order to see Rocamadour arrive early in the morning in July and August. Better still arrive in the Spring, Autumn or Winter to avoid the tourist season.
 
 

Events:-

Sarlat : Napoleon Bonaparte, with Josephine and some of his army (complete with a cannon) will arrive for the Historic Weekend which starts tomorrow. Lets just hope for fine weather.

Daglan : The 8 à Huit Supermarket will be closed from the 21st September to the 28th September.

Scoop of the year

Winners of the Daglan Flower Competition 2017

Our intrepid roving reporters Sherry and Angus were there at the scene to record the event of the year. The prize giving ceremony for the winning entrants of the Daglan Flower Competition.

Our innovative Maire has changed the format of the annual competition to incorporate more categories than in previous years and instead of prizes of money vouchers and wine we now have delicious local wines and food hampers for category winners and champagne and wine awards for runners up. Also in previous years the prizes where handed out discreetly to the winners, but this year all of the winners and runners up were invited to a get together at the Marie’s Salle du Conseil for the presentations.

The meeting began with a picture show of the winning gardens and balconies showing the jury in their deliberations. Then our Maire, Mr Dussol gave a speech and afterwards he handed over to Mr Cabianca.

Here you see Mr Dussol (right) and Mr Cabianca ready to give out the prizes.

 


 


 


 


 

Here is a list of the winners and runners up in the various categories.

Maison Fleurie:-
1st Mr. et Mme Kroondge
2nd Mr Deslandes J. Pierre
3rd Mr Vernet J. Francois

Balcony Fleurie:-
1st Mr Van De Velde. Cornelus
2nd Mr. Salamitte Pierre

Jardin Fleuri:-
Mr. et Mme Herbault-Gruber.

Commerce Fleuri:-
1st Charlotte et Robin, Le Cafe De La Fleur
2nd Corinne et Thierry, Boulangerie Guichard

Prix Special du Jury
Mr. et Mme Sherry and Angus Cambell

Well done to everyone who took part and congratulations for the winners and runners up. I would like to add a special thanks to the Maire and Mairie for their superb work and to our brilliant reporters Sherry and Angus.

 
 

Hurry… there may still be cake!

Today the 8 à Huit in Daglan have cakes made by our very own “Wonder Woman” (real name Virginie). If I say that they are so delicious that they make your mouth water with delight, you will conjuror up an images of the perfect French cakes.

Here they are on the table in front of Chris, chocolate cake, apple cake or pear cake free to everyone, and you could also have free juice or water if you so wish.
 

Another very happy customer with Virginie.

 
Also today a fire breathing dragon appeared in the village..

To be found on the right of the Place de la Liberté.

“I see fire inside the mountain, I see fire burning the trees”, Ed Sheeran

 
 

Merci Beaucoup

What a lovely surprise. We did not come first or second in the village flower competition so we did not expect anything. But I am so proud, Monsieur Cabianca representing the Mairie called to our house and presented us with a certificate and a bottle of wine to thank us for our participation in the beautification of the village.

Thank you so much.