And The Rain Came Down.

Down the winding
roads of Daglan,
march the tattered hosts of rain,
while the wind with vagrant fife
whips their chilly ranks to life.

 

On a recent drive to Sarlat we saw the result of the heavy rainfall we have been having which has caused quite a few of the nearby fields to be flooded.

The usually tranquil River Ceou just outside Daglan.
 

More waterlogged fields flooding from the left and the right of this picture.
 

The tree line, now in water on the flooded banks of the River Dordogne at Castlenaud,

This is the spot where we normally enjoy summer breakfast picnics.
 

Extremely high but not over the banks.
 
 

Events:-


 
 

The Last Duel

Last week as we drove through Beynac there were various signs to indicate something big was happening. Bright yellow signs were posted everywhere directing to “Crew Parking”, “Technicians parking”, “Caravan parking” and the give away “Set”.

We have now learned what it was all about from The Connexion newspaper

Below is an extract from their article explaining all…
 


Hollywood movie stars come to small French town

Local restaurant La Couleverine posted a tweet thanking Matt Damon for visiting, and the actor appeared happy to pose for photos.
 

The Dordogne has welcomed Hollywood stars Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Adam Driver – plus director Ridley Scott – as they film their latest blockbuster in the small town of Sarlat-la-Canéda.

The team of 800 technicians and 800 actors are filming The Last Duel in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine town, including at the Château de Beynac. They have also been based in the 15,000m2 warehouses of tobacco company France Tabac.

This is the biggest film production to have taken place in the town, which has previously been the site of movies such as Les Visiteurs 2 and Jeanne d’Arc.

Set for release in 2021, the movie is about “the last duel” to have been organised in France, said to have been between the Carrouges Knight and a squire, in the year 1386.
 

Read more at The Connexion, the English-language website all about France.
 
 

Baynac Bypass News…

The Bordeaux appeal court has upheld a decision to stop construction of a bypass around Beynac et Cazenac that passed through an area of great natural beauty.

People have campaigned long and hard for this result, stating that it would be an environmental disaster taking a major road through one of France’s Unesco biosphere reserves.

Work was suspended a year ago following the Conseil d’Etat request for further review. Dordogne departmental council appealed but the decision was upheld with instructions that the site must be returned to its original state within a year.

This comes two years after the Dordogne prefecture approved the thirty two million bypass, half of which has already been spent. Dordogne departmental council intend to appeal to a higher court and request that the demolition of the work already done be put on hold pending further appeal.

Baynac.
 

Part of the construction already undertaken.
 

The pillars for the bridge were nearly completed when construction had to stop.
 

A lot of work is needed to return the above to its natural state. I am thinking more than a year but I could be wrong.
 
 

Marché de Noël : Daglan

Everything that you need to start the Festive season right here in Daglan.

Just a selection of the many things that will be on offer on the 8th December:-
Stalls, selling arts and crafts. I am thinking Christmas presents.
Village produce stall
Guess the weight of the Christmas Cake
Christmas Hamper to win
Tombola
Père Noëll
Face painting
Plus lots of yummy things to eat hot or cold. For example crepes, sausages outside. Mince pies, cakes etc. in the building. With hot or cold drinks.

Look out for Paul and I on the art embroidery stall.

A good day out for all of the family.

VESUNNA, Gallo-Roman Museum

Only about a ten minute walk from the centre of Perigueux is the most gorgeous Roman Villa. Encased in a glass structure you can see every detail of what is the remains of a truly outstanding Roman Villa.

The antique town of Perigueux was founded around 16 B.C, after the conquest of Gaul by Julius Caesar, the province of Aquitaine was established by Augustus, the first Roman Emperor. Originally called Vesunna, Perigueux became the capital of the Petrucores’ territory.

As with the rest of Gaul, prominent wealthy citizens, handled public matters. They personally financed the construction of monuments and owned the most beautiful villas.

After extensive digging in 1959, the ruins of a vast and richly decorated villa were uncovered. Occupied from the 1st to the 3rd Century, the layout is very typical of a large urban home.

A model of the villa at Vesunna.
 

A central garden surrounded by porticoes and colonnades.
The patio around the pond, was decorated with marine life in bright colours. There were also sculptures among the flowers which decorated the area.
 

The kitchens, reception rooms and bathrooms were heated by the hypocaust.
 

A copy of the wall frescoes which adorned the villa.
 

An example of one of the Gods, Diana. Wonderful detail.
 

Romans allowed conquered people to keep their own Gods as long as the Emperor’s Cult was practiced. This came a little fussy over time and often overlapped with the Roman Gods. A bit of both.

Symbolism was important to show the persons power and wealth.
 

Another example of the Gods. The detail is outstanding.
 

I was particularly interested in finding any signs of the slaves that kept the villa to a high stranded for such a long time. Everything of course was below ground, the kitchens, the heating and mostly with very little light in small hot and cramped conditions.

I did find evidence of two “below stairs” occupations…

… that of weaving, stone weaving weights and tools …
 

… and mending.

Gallo-Roman public figures had very good taste in clothing. The workmanship and detail of these buttons are outstanding.
 

VESUNNA, Gallo-Roman Museum, Perigueux