The Cowslip Primrose is in Bloom.

“In A Cowslip Bell I Lie”.
William Shakespeare – Tempest.

I felt very nostalgic upon seeing these gorgeous little cowslip flowers a few days ago. It reminded me of my childhood in Yorkshire, England. When the pastures and meadows were full of cowslips in the spring time.

The Cowslip Primrose is a herbaceous perennial plant from the Primrose family and can be found throughout Europe and Asia. The name could be derived from Ancient English for cow dug due to the flower being found in cow pastures. Or it could just be a name for boggy ground.

It was mentioned by Pliny the Elder for its lovely early flowering, at that time it was used as a ritual plant.

The cowslip leaves can be used as a salad or the flower for flavouring wine and vinegars.

Very rarely seen in England now.
 

Here in the Perigord the flower can be found in the woodland area’s or wet meadows.
A gorgeous little wild flower.
 
 

Easter Events:-

Sarlat, Giant Easter Egg Hunt in the medieval quarter over the Easter weekend.

Jardine de Marqueyssac, Easter Egg Hunt Easter Sunday and Monday in the afternoons.

 
 

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Did you happen to see the rabbit.

Did you happen to see the rabbit with the pink and chocolate ears?
With a hip and a hop, children don’t want the Easter fun to stop!

Look at this delicious array of Easter Rabbits at E. Leclerc in Sarlat


 
Finding the brightly coloured Easter eggs carefully hidden and lain
and eating all of the Easter goodies that someone has made.

Pâtisserie Massoulier, always a treat.


 
Row after row of Easter delights.

L’Atelier du Gourmand.


 
Did you happen to see the rabbit
with the pink and chocolate ears?
That means that Easter is finally here!
 

If you do not want rabbits, eggs, fishes or bells take a look at the pictures of some creations by La Maison Du Chocolat below.
 

Much too good to eat but I could certainly try.

Happy Easter, hope that you recieve lots of Easter goodies.
 
 

Event:- Sarlat Easter Egg Hunt through the Medieval sector to find the golden egg. Who ever finds it will get a special prize plus cinema tickets.
 

No blog next week
 
 

Children’s Carnival

The Judgement of Pétassou.

The start of Spring is always celebrated in the South West of France by the Children’s Carnival and the Judgement of Pétassou. The children of Three Schools of the Céou Valley RPI make the most cute and original costumes, then get together to parade through Daglan village with the very naughty Pétassou on the back of the tractor.

The Judgement of Pétassou dates back to Medieval Times, when he was/and still is thought to have performed many disagreeable acts from theft to large explosions, which is why he is the focus of the carnival. He is then judged by the children, found guilty and burned on a bonfire.

By the beat of the drums Pétassou is paraded through the streets of Daglan.
 

So cute the children form the Primary Schools wearing the magnificent costumes.
 

Dancing and singing by the children, teachers and parents.
 

Here he is.
 

Songs to rid the villages of Pétassou and the cold Winter months.
 

Singing the Pétassou song with actions the children of the three schools send Pétassou away, the cold of Winter is gone and the start of Spring is here.
 

The children, teachers and parents gather around the flames.
 
 

Sound the flute
Beat the drum,
Birds delight
Day and Night,
Nightingale,
Lark in the sky,
Merrily, Merrily, to welcome
in the Spring.

William Blake (1789) extract from the Songs of Innocence.
 
 

Event:- How good is this.
A Cleudo Egg Hunt at La Rogue Gageac on the 1st April. Children from 8-12 years accompanied by an adult.
Four euro per adult, two euro per child.
 
 

Easter Egg Treasure Hunt and Daglan Village

Children of all ages gathered at the local Primary School for the Easter Egg treasure hunt around Daglan village yesterday morning. Various eggs, candy and clues were hidden in and around the village but the one that the children wanted was the chocolate rabbit which found would lead to an Easter surprise.

On the hunt through and around the market.On the hunt through and around the market.
 

Hidden cluesOne clue was attached to the bush which was at the side of the supermarket. This is a smart little girl collecting all of the treats to share out later.
 

Eggs and candy's were hidden in and around our plants on the wall, but no rabbit! Eggs and candy’s were hidden in and around our plants on the wall, but no rabbit!
 

Daglan Village

Daglan MairieTaking a walk through the village this morning I could not resist taking another picture of our Mairie looking splendid in the morning sunshine.
 

Café de la Fleur Robin taking a well earned break on the balcony at Café de la Fleur.
 

flower pot men If anyone is in my age group you will remember Bill and Ben the flower pot men which was televised in the 1950’s and 1960’s in the UK.
 

the most gorgeous wisteriaThe wow factor, the most gorgeous wisteria I have ever seen is to be found next to Le Thé Vert in the village.
 

delicious chocolate cakeA special thank you to Chris and Virginie for this delicious chocolate cake. It is truly a chocoholics dream with every slice.

Happy Easter from Daglan
 

Easter Events:-

Sarlat and Marqueyssac are both holding Easter Treasure Hunts this weekend.
 
 

Not so hidden gems of Sarlat and a few of Périgueux

Sarlat

We have been visiting Sarlat since 2009 so imagine my surprise when on our way back to the car a couple of weeks ago when I noticed for the first time the not so hidden gem at the tops of the street lamps. Beautifully ornate decoration around the top of the lamp with a crown of castles. It just shows that I need to look up more often than I do.
a crown of castlesThis particular lamp is to be seen just at the entrance to the car park.
 

O.K not really new to us, however a very unusual gem of a medieval property. I particularly love the quirkiness of the building in the centre of the picture.
cut to fit It looks like it has been cut in half to make it fit into the space available.
 

Chocolate gemsChocolate gems of chickens, fish, ducks and eggs to be found in the various Chocolatiers in Sarlat.
 

Wow, just look at the owlWow, just look at the owl.
 

Pâtisserie MassoulierThis was taken inside Pâtisserie Massoulier, rows and rows of treats for Easter.

Périgueux

Our first time exploring Périgueux resulted in me finding this fabulous Chocolatier in the Medieval district.

fabulous ChocolatierPaul says that I am like a homing pigeon for linen, lace and chocolate.
 

organ grinderAn organ grinder who looked like he had just stepped out of a Dickens novel, he had a great singing voice too.
 

The town of Périgueux has been in existence since Neolithic times, and later became an important Roman centre. Like so many villages and towns in France it suffered during the Middle Ages through the Hundred Years War. Therefore a great deal of construction was needed in the 16th and 18th C.
 

La cathédrale Saint FrontResulting in a very interesting Medieval and Renaissance centre with attractive boulevards and streets which line the area around the Cathédrale Saint Front.

We only had a short visit to Périgueux but we intend to go back in the near future to explore more of the area.
 
 

Event:-

A Children’s Easter Treasure Hunt in Daglan this Sunday 9th April, 10 o’clock until 12 o’clock. You will need a reservation for there are only thirty places but it is open to all. Children under ten years must be accompanied by an adult. Phone 06 42 98 22 26 for a reservation.
Children's Easter Treasure Hunt