French Property News magazine.

Black Diamond.

Towards the end of last year I was asked by the editor of French Property News Magazine to write an article for them about how we found our home, the buying process, the renovation work, Daglan village and the surrounding area. At first nerves took hold and I thought no, then on reading past blogs and our experiences, who could forget the arsenic paint on our toilet door, or the shower that kept me practising Yoga every time that I used it!, I thought yes I can write the article.

The editor loved the article and our pictures and it was published in the March issue of French Property News magazine and now the April issue has been published I can show my article in our blog for you to read. I hope that you like it.

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Its so Cold

Winter

When icicles hang by the wall
And Dick the shepherd blows his nail
And Tom bears logs into the hall,
And milk comes frozen home in pail,
When Blood is nipped and ways be foul,
Then nightly sings the staring owl,
Tu-who;
Tu-whit, tu-who: a merry note,
While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.

William Shakespeare.

 

My goodness it is cold -10 a few days ago, -7 today but am I complaining well a little but you need the cold to appreciate the warmth of Spring. It is one of the many things that I love about France, you certainly notice the changing seasons – from weather to the seasonal fruit and vegetables in the markets.
 

dscn2191a“This is mine, just try to take it from me”.
 

Like all eccentric people Paul and I do not let the freezing temperatures stop us from going out, so on a -10 day we left the warmth of our home to go shopping in Sarlat. The country side did look gorgeous bathed in a frosty glow but I was observing from inside the car wrapped in a car blanket!
 

These pictures were taken later in the day near Castelnaud
dscn2226We were unsure if the Montgolfier’s were getting ready to take off or they have just landed or the owners were testing them?
 

dscn2225aUp, up and away
 

News:-
Beynac-et-Cazenac: The D703 is closed to the public until 17th February due to construction work to widen the road and pavement. Diversions are marked, and very scenic.

Domme: Major works installing new utilities – electrics, gas, water, drainage and communications, expect road and path closures. All new for the Spring season.

 

Le Domme Express + Hidden Gems

These two “express” trains offer tourists a guided tour around Domme. The tour lasts about twenty minutes with visits to Porte des Tours (templar prison) and Panorama Maison du Gouverneur or the entrance to the caves of Porte Delbos, and of course the ramparts at Porte de la Combe.
Domme ExpressThe trains stop in the large car park below the Porte des Tours. It’s well worth hopping on there to save the steep climb up to the town.

Domme Express

Hidden Gems

Flying Plant PotThis is one of the hidden gems, it was only after several visits to Domme that I spotted it and just had to take a picture. If you look closely it seems that the large plant pot is precariously balancing right on the edge of the metal sign above the café next to the car park in Domme centre.

Ancient PlanterIf you have the time take a walk off the main street to wander the charming side roads you will find this gem of a planter. The knight’s templar fighting in the holly war.

Warming Up!

The weather is warming up, skies are blue and the meadows and our neighbour’s pots are full of flowers, making the month of May a lovely time of the year to visit the Perigord. But do not forget to take into account the public holidays. France has several public holidays in May – Friday 1 May is Labour Day, Friday 8th May is WWII Victory Day, Thursday 14th May is Ascension Day and Monday 25th May is Whit Monday (note also that Sunday 31st May is Mothers Day). A popular tradition in France is to ‘faire le pont’ when a national holiday falls on a Tuesday of Thursday people often take the Monday or Friday off as well to make a nice long weekend. So that shops, restaurants and other amenities may close on these occasions.

Looking down our main street, the artist and the jewellers are on the rightLooking down Rue de la République, the artist and the jewellers are on the right

Daglan in bloom.Daglan in bloom.

Outside Fabrice Le ChefOutside Fabrice Le Chef

One of our neighbours many flowersOne of our neighbours many flowers

Local Events in May

Sarlat-16th May – Flea Market

Bergerac – 22nd to the 24th May – Jazz Festival with further Jazz Festivals in July and August.

Markets
Sarlat every Wednesday for fresh vegetables, fruit, cheese, meats, flowers etc and every Saturday for the main market, which sells just about everything, clothes, shoes, and fresh produce.

Daglan market-every Sunday

Domme and Monpazier markets every Thursday morning.

To end the year

Just a few of our favourite Perigord photographs

At this time of year I always look back on the year and reflect on our time in the Perigord. So I thought that it would be nice to end the year with a few of my favourite photographs.

Magical Domme rising above the mist

Magical Domme, rising above the mist

Musicians outside the Cathedral in Sarlat

Musicians outside Saint-Sacerdos Cathedral in Sarlat

Strictly Come Dancing in Daglan

Our home and Paul looking like he is practising for Strictly Come Dancing

Bathed in sunlight

Church of St. Martin bathed in sunlight

I know, not French but so cute

I know, not French but so cute
our Angel having a stretch and a large yawn, on the bed

I am having a break from the blog for Christmas, so a Very Happy Christmas and New Year and Thank You so much for reading and following our blog it does mean a lot. I will blog again in January.

Joyeux Noel to everyone

Hidden gems of Domme

If you turn of the main street of Domme with all of the interesting shops, market and cafes, you come across some very interesting gems. We thought that we had seen most of Domme but we had not. If you go to the top of the main street to experience the terrific views of the surrounding area, then turn left and follow the wall you will come across a lovely park were you can sit and have a picnic.

This sign is to be found just outside the park area.

This sign is to be found close to the park area.

Turn first right from the main car park you travel down the slope of ‘rue del la Porte des Tours’, towards one of the main gates, which was the prison cells for the Knights Templar who were imprisoned there by Philip the Fair in 1307 until they died in 1318. On route to the Knights Templar prison cells, you will find a stone plaque with carved symbols of the cross which the Knights used to send messages and on the wall on the right you will find the code which they used. The crosses were carved into the walls of their cells with other graffiti.

Code and the code breaker.

Code and the code breaker.

I just had to take this picture of this beautiful house with its blue shutters and grapes dripping from the vine.

grapes dripping from the vine

grapes dripping from the vine

Back to Daglan after our visit to Domme and another hidden gem, our home is on this sign bottom right.

You can see our house from here

Daglan, You can see our house from here

After a long morning enjoying our walk around Domme it was time for lunch, so we stopped at Fabrice le Chef Boutique shop, for a delicious Thai fish curry with rice. www.fabricelechef.fr

Fabrice le Chef

Fabrice le Chef
food Boutique, Thai fish curry

Clouds, music, straw and sunflowers

Just a few days to go before our third visit of the year to France and like always I have to write “a to do list”, this time it is really short:

1 Clean the property – this is not a task I welcome on our first couple of days but it is needed and check for leaks too!
2 Make the beds and fall into them.
3 Weed the garden, our courtyard is small but the weeds are tall.
4 Work on the kitchen-tiling, painting, looking for and painting cupboard doors. The DIY stores are very few and far between in the Perigord, so that the looking for part will take days. When you consider that some ‘local’ stores are so far away that it becomes a day’s event, a few stores to look at could easily take a week.
5 Paint the cupboard doors!
6 Finish painting the master bedroom.
7 Paint the large pantry, next to the kitchen.
8 Visit friends and find time for a few glasses of wine on the balcony.
9 Visit markets, always a must, prep the house for winter.
I think that is all until next year.

This picture of Domme in the clouds was taken last July. It was truly amazing; as the sun became warmer the clouds vanished slowly to revel the vista.

Above the clouds.

Above the clouds.

We stopped for a coffee at one of the local cafes and had the added bonus of the musicians close by.

Music

Music

This field is very near to our home in Daglan. The little hut is only found in the Perigord it was used for a shelter or for storing and drying the walnuts.

Straw and stone huts

Straw and stone huts

We have never been to France in July before so we always missed the sunflowers on previous visits, so we just had to take this picture.

sunflowers

sunflowers

Have a great last few weeks of Summer and I shall “blog” again on our return from France.