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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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.
 
 

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel.

We are feeling in the mood for Christmas after our visit to the Noel Fête at Vitrac last Saturday afternoon, which was organised by children and staff at the local school. The workmanship of the arts and crafts on display was outstanding. Plus you could buy home made cakes, puddings and biscuits. Enjoy a cup of coffee or warming soup. Or buy a bottle of beer or whiskey to take home. All accompanied by guitar playing by one of the teachers, a brilliant way to spend an hour and to support the local school.

All hand made.
 

I think that Paul and I need to drink more wine! Wine corks were used in the making of the log houses and a few of the candle displays, superb. I was spoilt for choose on what to buy for Christmas.
 

Brilliant guitar playing, thank you for letting us take the pictures.
The hearts on display opened up for chocolates or other gifts. I was thinking of a bracelet but I can dream.
 

What we did buy was a garland made out of straw and decorated with dried flowers etc. to place on our front door. Plus almond and apple cakes, which were so delicious that I wish that we had bought a very delicious looking chocolate pudding. In truth I do not think that I could have burnt off the calories before Christmas, but it looked so good.
 
 

Event:- Sarlat : English Themed Noel Market from Wednesday 6th December to the 31st December. Forty Chalets selling arts and crafts, toys, paintings, warm woolen mittens, scarves, hats, ornaments etc. Plus a skating rink and Father Christmas.
The English Theme will also be a feature in the many shops of Sarlat along the main road and the Medieval Quarter.
 
 

Stand by… Water, Foam, Smoke, Music… “Take Two”… Action.

Daglan Fête de la Saint-Louis – Sunday Evening.

What a transformation from a quiet village to the party capital of the Perigord. Every culture, every nationality, everyone, having a good time on the bumper cars, singing and dancing in the streets and enjoying the party.

The bumper car ride was packed from two in the afternoon until two in the morning.

 
There were two bands, Sax Banda and Bandazik, playing in the main Rue de la Napoleon in front of Le Petit Paris Restaurant.

 
Well hello sailor, Judith having a great time in the foam with a few pirates.

 
Darth Vader and one of the storm troopers are hidden underneath all of the foam. Members of the rugby club and other revellers dancing on an impromptu mobile dance floor while throwing foam onto the spectators.

 
You do not often get the opportunity to take a picture of a Star Wars storm trooper and a pirate ship together on the main road through planet Daglan!

 
Approaching Pirate Ship floating through a sea of foam.

 
At twenty past eleven everyone started to walk towards the bridge to watch the hillside come alive with a stunning firework display.

 
Wow, a brilliant Fête, well done to everyone for the organisation, planning, costumes, entertainment etc.
It truly was an amazing weekend.

 
 
Event:- St Cyprian Brocante this Saturday and Sunday.

Les Montgolfiades-Rocamadour 23rd and 24th September is the Annual two day hot air balloon festival with participants from all over Europe.

 
 

Stand by… Water, Foam, Smoke, Music… “Take One”… Action.

Daglan Fête de la Saint-Louis – Cinema Themed Parade.

Wow people certainly know how to party until the early hours of the morning in the village of Daglan. With four days of entertainment including festive meals, pétanque competitions, concerts, a parade, fireworks, and a bal musette.

The highlight for me is the parade on Sunday afternoon. Every year the parade takes on a different theme, this year it was ‘The Cinema’.

The amount of preparation and skill that goes into transforming farm tractors, trailers, old cars and even a 2 speed (stop and go fast) quad bike into flying saucers, space ships, French resistance hideaways, or pirate ships is just brilliant. The Costumes were truly amazing, Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars being my favourites.

Here are just a few of the pictures that we took yesterday so that you can get a feel of the party and celebrations.

French Resistance armed with water pistols and water bombs. Needless to say Paul and I got totally soaked.

Here you can see our intrepid cameraman Paul being shot with a stream of water.

 
The Daglan Rugby Club always know how to get the party going.

Here are a few of the guys wearing dresses.

The shouts of joy from the children could be heard over the music as they ran and played in the foam.

 
Ahoy, a pirate ship approaches with Jack Sparrow (Pascal Dussol our Maire) at the helm.

 
Brilliant, cheers guys.

 
Who you gonna call? The Ghost Busters are here.

 
In a galaxy far far away is the planet Daglan, brilliant, amazing. Yes, I am a big Star Wars fan.

 
Wow, wow and wow again.

Pictures of the evening fun will be in “take two”.

Today is the last day of the Fête de la Saint-Louis so if you are in the area come and join the party, the Bal Musette begins at 21:00 tonight.