Fête de La Saint-Louis – Daglan

Preparation have been under way for days and weeks so the stage was set for the biggest event of the year, The annual Fête de La Saint-Louis held last weekend.

The bumper cars had somehow wrapped themselves around the fountain, it amazes me how such a huge arena can fit in the Square de La Liberty. The loud-speakers were raised into place but silence reigned over the village.

My eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light.
That split the night
And touched the Sound of Silence.
And in the naked light I saw.
Ten thousand people, maybe more.

  • Simon and Garfunkel.
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    Then the noise started, the bumpers cars on their own are fine, However, when the music starts the whole of the house shakes to the rhythm of the loud thumping bass. Only once a year over four nights without sleep. We can do this.

    My moan about the bumper cars is over… The highlight of the weekend is always the carnival through the streets of Daglan which takes place on the Sunday.

    This years theme was historic inventions,

    The first float was the most important invention, a still.
     

    The invention of plastic.
     

    A brilliant air-plane (RAF).

    The amount of work that goes into creating the floats each year is amazing.

    People danced and sang along along with the band.
     

    The invention of the steam paddle boat, complete with life saving equipment and bottles of, well not sure but the passengers loved it.
     

    Laurel and Hardy (left of the picture) can be seen running to catch the train. The awesome train had first and third class compartments. First class with comfy chairs, candelabra, champagne etc. Third class I am afraid had only wooden seats. all very true of the time period.
     

    People in costumes who rode or walked beside the train.
     


    I was so pleased to see two of the nurses that have helped my recovery. I cannot thank you enough, you are brilliant.
     
     

    Events:-

    29th August.
    Musketeers of Roy. The son of the Lord of Caumont is looking for musketeers to present to the King, (Children only). Who will dress in musketeer costumes and discover fencing in complete safety. The workshop lasts about thirty minutes. Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

    7th and 8th September
    20th Dordogne-Perigord Canoe/Kayak Marathon from Saint Julien de Lampon to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
     
     

    I Made It To Castelnaud!

    It was the first time that I had been out in our car for a drive since my operation so I was a little nervous, but I made it to Castlenaud with only a little back pain. In agony on our return journey but more on that later. So to celebrate we had a delicious picnic lunch on the banks of the River Dordogne and then settled down to relax for a while and people watch.

    There was lot of action on the river.
     

    It was a hot day but not too hot so ideal for canoeing.
     

    The traditional gabarres are so relaxing for a journey down the river.
     


    All too soon it was time for the journey back home. At first I felt alright then pain hit my back in a major way. So much so that I had to lay on my bed for the rest of the day. My first thought on returning home was my goodness what do I do on Friday when we drive for about one and a half to see my consultant.

    Friday came, armed with a soft pillow, water, pain killers and cream we set off on our daunting journey. We had not gone very far, well nearly to Cenac when the extreme pain hit my back. Needless to say that it was not a pleasant journey and I was so pleased to reach the hospital. Good news, my consultant is pleased with my progress. The not so good news is that I have to continue his consultations for about a year. Back to the good news, I can come off my diet and I am now able to eat what I like… within reason. Chocolate, I bought my first bar today, I will only have a couple of pieces, I promise, just to see if my tummy will tolerate chocolate. I do hope so.
     
     

    Events:-
    Daglan, 28th July. Fête de la Gastronomie.
    Sarlat 20th July to the 5th August, Theatre Festival.
     
     

    Fête du Printemps

    You do not need to wait until May to see the flowers in bloom.

    From the moment that March begins signs of Spring are all around. From lighter mornings and evenings, to the multitude of gorgeous flowers, plants and trees emergeing into bloom as soon as the sun begins to shine.

    Our Spring delight is of course the Daglan Flower Festival. Which this morning was brimming with vivid colours and intriguingly inviting perfumes of new blooms.
     

    Lemon tree very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet,
    but the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat.

    From a song written in the 1930s by Will Holt.

    This one on sale today was magnificent.

    I love lemons:- Reminders of Lemoncello which we drank for the first time on a very hot day in Sorrento, gorgeous. Lemon flavoured cakes, puddings, main courses the list is endless.
     

    Every flower that you could possibly think of was for sale today, plus exotic trees and shrubs, herbs and honey.
     

    Hush, you can hear it?
    The rustling in the grass.
    Bringing you the welcome news that Winter’s day is long past.
    Soft, can you feel it?
    The warm caressing breeze,
    Telling you that the buds are bursting from on the trees.
    Look, can you see them?
    The primrose, daffodil and rose.
    Now you must believe it, Spring is here again.

    It Must Be Spring by May Fenn 2014.
     

    From Exotic trees and shrubs…

    … to gorgeous perfumed roses – and everything in between.
     

    All of the proceeds from this cakes, biscuits and drinks stall go to the local schools of Daglan, Castlenaud, and St Cyprian.
     

    There was also potpourri mineral, packets of seeds, ornaments, garden equipment, pots and in the Ancien Presbytere, talks and information on orchids and bee keeping.

    Not forgetting books for sale in the Salle de Fetes were you could also buy hot or cold drinks.
     
     

    Event:-

    Terre Sauvage.

    Unfortunately Christine cannot write a blog this week due to swelling around her eyes so this one comes from Paul. Chris has seen two doctors and had x-rays to eliminate alleges and sinus problems, she will be seeing an eye specialist next week. So we are keeping fingers crossed that normal service can be will soon be resumed and all will be well before the Daglan Spring Flower Festival and Sarlat Chocolate Festival in 2 weeks time.

    Yesterday we popped into Belves, on our return we stopped for a few moments to admire the amazing sculptures at Terre Sauvage in Vaurez.

    Their recycled creations are made entirely by hand from recycled metal drums, car body and refrigerator panels.

    Elephants, giraffes, rhinos, boar, horses, birds and more can be found in the garden of Laurent Picherit. Here are a few examples of his wonderful work.

    A Stag
     

    A Peacock
     

    The menagerie including a galloping turkey and a prancing horse.
     
     

    News

    The 8 à Huit in Daglan will be closed 9th and 10th March
     

    Events


     
     

    All-American Chocolate Cookies.

    American Chocolate Cookies with peanut butter.

    Ingredients to makes about 12 cookies

    300g good quality plain chocolate
    optional-add 100g milk chocolate
    100g light muscovado sugar
    85g butter, at room temperature
    100g crunchy peanut butter
    1 medium egg
    half a teaspoon vanilla extract
    100g self-raising flour
     

    Method

    1. Heat the oven to 180C/fan or gas mark 4
    2. Chop 200g of the plain chocolate into a bowl. Melt in the microwave on medium power for about one or two minutes.
    3. Stir the chocolate until completely melted then tip in the sugar, butter, peanut butter, egg and vanilla. Beat until well mixed then stir in the self-raising flour
    4. The mixture will feel quite soft and drop easily from the spoon when shaken.
    5. Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto paper lined baking sheets leaving room for the cookies to spread.
    6. Sprinkle the remaining broken bits of chocolate onto the top of the cookies.
    7. Bake for about 10 to 12 mins until the cookies are darker around the edges. They will be softer in the middle and crunchy on the outside. Cook for a few minutes longer for a crisper cookie.
    8. Leave the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for about five minutes then transfer to a wire cooling rack.
     

    They will keep for about 4 or 5 days in an airtight tin.
     

    Enjoy, they are very yummy.
     
     

    Event:-the Daglan Spring Flower Festival will be held on the 17th March.