Water levels in and around Daglan.

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.
 
 

Events:-

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.
 
 

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Congratulations, Daglan has been awarded two flowers, brilliant.

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.

Stop! You need a canoe.

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 boats above were on dry land last week.

 
 

Gabarres at La Rogue-Gageac

It is dismal grey and pouring with rain outside so I thought that a little sunshine was needed to brighten up the day. If anyone is planning to holiday in the Perigord this Spring, Summer or early Autumn. One of the places that you need to visit is La Rogue-Gageac. What better way is there on a warm and sunny day than to travel down the Dordogne River on one of the gabarres which are moored at La Rogue-Gageac. Gabarres are traditional flat bottom boats which were used to transport merchandise down the river.

Just close your eyes and picture yourself relaxing down stream with a cool breeze in your face on a sunny day with blue sky’s above. To add to your enjoyment you can either listen to a commentary in French or use one of the supplied headsets programmed for your language. We opted for the headphones this time. The commentary is told in the form of one of the men working the gabarres in the 18C which is informative while being entertaining at the same time.

Inland water transport expanded rapidly in the 18C and to meet this demand boats were built with flat bottoms because the water level was so low in the Summer months. Traffic was so dense along the Dordogne River that by 1860 there were 571 gabarres.

You get a good view of the shops and restaurants as you pass by.

Quite a few of the gabarres on this part of the river were only one way, going down stream with their cargo and then dismantled on arrival at their destination and cut up for firewood. Thank goodness a few also came back up stream with the help of oxen, man power or both by pulling the boats against the current by rope.

Château de la Malartrie dates back to the 12th Century. It was once a hospital for lepers, then in the 19th Century the Count of Saint-Aulaire, Ambassador of France in England had the Château transformed into the renaissance style that it is today.

Just lazing around on the river. Kayaks and canoes are also available so you can see the river at your own pace.

The largest gabarres were made of oak with strengthening rails along the sides. They had three or four masts and were about twenty metres in length, they could carry about thirty tons of merchandise: coffee, sugar, and citrus fruit were favourite.
 
 

Event:- Sarlat Truffle Festival and market on the 20th and 21st of this month. Not only truffles are sold you can buy truffle macaroons and other delicious cakes, cookies etc. Plus there will be cooking demonstrations by the top Chefs from the Perigord.
 
 

What a wonderful surprise.

The people of Daglan never cease to surprise me with their friendliness. Yesterday we were given a Potjie pot by one of our neighbours. We have seen these wonderful pots on display in many antique markets here in the Perigord so we are so thrilled to be given one by Michael yesterday.

The Potjie is a traditional cast iron pot which dates back to the iron age when humans learned to cast iron into vessels of different shapes and sizes for a variety of purposes. These pots developed a sense of mystery and magic in the 1500’s when they were linked to witches and druids. They are called witches cauldrons today in many areas of England. The Potjie pot also brings to mind cannibals and the name “missionary pot.” Say no more!

Double, double toil and trouble

 

It was during this area 1500’s that the round belly three legged cooking pot developed as the ideal pot to have in the kitchen for it is perfect for use over on an open fire. In the mid 1600’s the Potjie pot was introduced to Africa by the explorers, who used the pot extensively. It was during this period that the tribal African’s saw this pot and traded it for animal hides and other commodities, replacing the clay pots for cooking. As a result the pots are used extensively in Africa today showing how the pot has stood the test of time.

Thank you so much for our Potjie pot Michael it is a real treasure.
 
 

Event:- Not to be missed. 8 à Huit Supermarketon the 17th December will be serving hot drinks, alsatian cakes and gingerbread, yummy.

Do not forget that Star Wars is now showing at the Rex cinema in Sarlat.