Deck the Halls

The ladies of our weekly Craft sessions have had a treat over the last fortnight. First we had a demonstration of garland making then this week a workshop, all under the expert eye of Carolyn Lindsey.

Boxes upon boxes of the most gorgeous decorations.
 

Carolyn giving advice and a helping hand.
 

Ribbons, ivy, lights and golden baubles are being used to make this stunning garland.
 

Brilliant Denise, I wish that I could have stayed to see the finished work.
 

My attempt. If you are in Daglan over the festive season take a look, it will be hanging on the door of our home.

Big thanks to Carolyn who will be out and about selling her decorations at various Christmas markets over the next few weeks.
 
 

Marchés de Noël
Saturday 1st December at Meyrals
Sunday 2nd December at Soirac
Sunday 9th December at Salviac
Sunday 16th December at Belves

 
 

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Armistice Day

Extract from Anthem for Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen

What passing bells for those who die as cattle?
Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.

This brief extract has always summed up for me the tragic loss of life in the First World War. We must never forget their sacrifice. This year was the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One and like the rest of France, our village of Daglan remembered those who had fought and paid the ultimate price.

At War Memorials across France on the 11th hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month the last post was sounded.
 

The names of those Daglanese who died for France was read out followed by an address by our Maire which included a message from President of France.
 

Time to pause and reflect.
 

Primary School children sang songs and recited family stories of WW1
 

Well done, so proud of you.
 

The medals of one Mort Pour La France.
 

Unveiling of the new commemorative plaque on the War Memorial, with a very poignant message by Jacques Coudon, Paysan-Poite Daglanaise.
 

A very moving ceremony then took place at the cemetery lead by the children who placed flowers on the graves and recited the name of each WW1 combatant.
 

The Marie then invited everyone for a drink and then a meal at Le Petit Paris.
 

Extract from Aftermath by Siegfried Sassoon 1919

Have you forgotten yet?
Look up, and swear by the green of the Spring that you’ll never forget.
 
 

Enter three Witches.

“When shall we three meet again.
In thunder,
lightening,
or in rain”.

A great place to meet on a Daglan Halloween was not the Heath but at the village 8 à Huit supermarket. It was a hub of life or should that be death with skeleton decorations placed around the till area, and a table set up near the entrance with drinks, cakes and candies.

The table is where I treated myself to a slice of chocolate cake, which was very yummy. There was also vanilla cake, chocolate marble cake and candies. Which were all much appreciated by the customers.

A yummy treat.
 

Getting into the spirit of things we see Virginie standing outside the supermarket.
 

We had a busy Halloween this year with nine groups of children and adults calling, all in costume and all looking amazing.

Look at these two trick or treaters, so cute.
 

There are many interesting folk legends in France, one that is less blood curdling is the Sarramauca.

A cauchemar (nightmare) was long thought to be caused by a creature that came at night and sat on the chest of the sleeping persons to stop them from breathing correctly. In the Occitan language, Sarramauca means ‘to tighten the chest/stomach” and refers to the feeling of breathlessness.

In our home the Sarramauca is our cat Angel who delights in sitting on my chest in order to wake me up in the morning for her breakfast.

Long ago many deaths were attributed to the Sarramauca and people would try remedies similar to those used to protect themselves against witchcraft. I wonder if they would work on Angel! Animal friendly ones of course.

No such remedies here, I love the eve of Halloween.
 

Where the place?
Upon the Heath.
There to meet with Macbeth.
I come, Graymalkin.
Paddock calls anon:
Fair is foul, and foul is fair,
Hover through the fog and filthy air.
(From scene 1.1 Macbeth)
 

No tricks here please just chocolate treats.
 

Awesome costumes. Thanks to everyone for stopping by, you made our night.

 

Due to illness both here and in England there will be no blog next week.

So take care and we hope to blog again the week after.
 
 

Club de I’Amite Meal At Le Tourepique.

Yesterday was the Generations Movement, Club de I’Amite Daglanaise Autumn Meal. Where we all come together to enjoy each others convivial company while appreciating delicious food which is of course accompanied by a few glasses of wine.

At Le Tournepique restaurant in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle you can enjoy excellent Perigordian or Basque food. Or a taste of both. They have set menus or a selection of à la carte foods of a wide variety to tempt everyone’s palate. The Restaurant is situated on the bridge at Castlenaud overlooking the Dordogne River, below the Medieval Château.

We have eaten at Le Tournepique often and can highly recommend it for the excellent food and service. Not forgetting the terrific views of the River Dordogne. They also cater for Vegetarian or Gluten Free eaters.

Menu
For the Meat Eaters.
Kir
Soup Maison (pumpkin and chestnut soup deliciously spiced)
Terrine De Foie Gras
Roti De Veau sauce cepes with Pommes Sautees
Coupe De Glaces Aux Pommes (et Alcool De Pommes) – very delicious.
Cafe
Vins – Rouge ou Rose

For Vegetarian
Kir
Soup – same as above
Courgette salad with a gorgeous vinaigrette and walnuts dressing.
Fish cooked in a cream and white wine sauce encased in a delicious herb omelette.
Dessert – same as above
Cafe.
Vins – Rouge ou Rose.

Paul, enjoying the conversation while waiting for his soup course.
 

Looking good but where is George Clooney!
 

Bon Appétit Ladies.
 

Our Maire in deep conversation. I love the gentleman on the left facial expression and the witches hat in the background of the picture.
 

Wonderful seeing you looking so well Roy.
 

“Yours will be on the table in one minute”. Eyes down and enjoy.
 

Enjoying the alcoholic dessert. I must say thank you so much to our friend sitting beside me for being so patient in trying to teaching Paul and I to speak French over the Spring and Summer months.
 
 

Events:-
Halloween 31st October
All Saints Day 1st November
 
 

To the Woods

Yesterday was Paul’s first mushroom foraging expedition into the forests that surround this area. Guided by two French experts off he went for a few hours.

A couple of lessons Paul leaned right at the start was, carry a stick for foraging and don’t touch the mushrooms until you are sure of what they are. There are many varieties of mushrooms in this particular area, some of which are ‘do not touch’, some are simply not edible and some are not tasty but, there are some that are delicious. So it is good to have an expert or two at your disposal to sort the good from the bad. If in doubt you can take your picked mushrooms to a pharmacy and they will tell you if they are safe to eat or not.

“Come on Paul catch up”.
 

They did not find any edible mushrooms in the forest but I am glad to say that he came home with a few field mushrooms which we will eat later today. Hopefully on the next visit he will be able to pick Girolle, Ceps or even Faux Mousseron (Fairy Ring) Champignon.
 

However, Paul did find lots of chestnuts which according to one of our foraging experts are excellent served with salmon. I must try that, it sounds delicious.