May 8th Victoire 1945.

Victoire 1945 or V-E Day is one of the three French National Days or Fêtes National. The other two are 14th July, Bastille Day and 11th November, Armistice Day.

May 8th marks the end of WW11 with the French and their allies gaining victory over Germany. Actually, the German army surrender on the 7th May but Stalin demanded that the German Army surrender in Berlin the following day, which they did in the presence of representatives from Great Britain, France, the Soviet Union and the USA.

Unfortunately I was unable to attend the ceremony yesterday which was disappointing but my photographer was there to record the event on a very wet and cold morning. Thank you Paul.

The parade and the raising of the French flag is always an emotional moments.
 

Marie, representatives and the people of the village.
 

A few words from the Marie and the singing of the La Marseillaise.
 


The lone trumpeter, always brings a few tears to my eyes.
 
There was an aperitif afterwards at the Marie.
 
 

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Bonne Année.

Looking back over 2018 it has been an unusual year full of stress, worry and a few high notes. With the prospect of more eventful times to come with Brexit casting its dark shadow over our heads. Things are, shall we say, very uncertain.

What I thought is needed in these difficult times are a few delights and some positive thinking to bring a smile to our faces.

What could be more delightful than teddy bears, which started to appear in shops, cafes and Metro Stations across Paris not so long ago, not as a publicity stunt but just to bring a smile to peoples faces. This wonderful idea has gone nationwide and teddy bears started to appear everywhere. So it came has no surprise that they have been spotted in Sarlat.

Sarlat Tourist Office, adorned with Seasonal decorations and Teddy Bears.
 

Next to the Cathedral. Brilliant, it made me smile.
 

Another smile from an heart warming tale that I read recently. A stranger paid for the entire remaining stock of a sandwich shop so that future customers could eat for free. The man in his fifties, who wanted to remain anonymous, surprised staff at the Sandwich House in Grenoble by paying 238 euros for everything in the shop, pastries, cakes, sandwiches, pizzas and panini.
 

Who could not smile at our fury baby Cleo who was very excited on Christmas morning. “Another mouse”, and lots of crinkly paper… what a happy girl.
 

Angel, looking so gorgeous.

She is unwell at the moment but the vet gave us good news, she just has a tummy bug and she should be feeling better by Monday.
 
 

So staying with good news, the best time for truffles is here.

Daglan truffle market opens in the school playground every Sunday at eleven o’clock until the end of February.

Sarlat Truffle Festival is on the 19th and 20th January. Not only can you buyg truffles but there will be demonstrations and tasting of truffle creations by master chefs. You must try the truffle macaroons, they are gorgeous.
We tried grated truffle in creamed potato for the first time last week, so good.
 
 

What? No men in high heels!

Le Fête de la Saint-Louis is a Fantastic Carnival weekend held at the end of August each year in Daglan. It transforms the the usually quiet village of Daglan into a four day Festival. The highlight of which is always the parade on a Sunday afternoon. The costumes and floats are amazing.

I must tell you a little story of what happened a few years ago when the theme of the parade was Carnival. The Familia decided to make the most fantastic float with men and ladies costumes for which they needed high heel shoes but found they were rather expensive in France. So one of the family members was sent over to England to buy the shoes. Once inside the store the person had to try on the shoes! Which was funny to the bemused crowd of onlookers and a little embarrassing for the person and for the store assistant who insisted “they suit you sir”. Having posted the shoes to Daglan he was informed that more shoes were needed. This time he went to the store just before closing time to avoid onlookers. All well and good until his return flight when he had to explain to a customs officer about the contents of his luggage.

No high heels needed this year, the theme was Video Games.

Los Amigos lead the parade through the streets of Daglan.
 

Look I am so strong I can stop the parade with one littler finger.
 

The best floats of the parade were Street Fighterand The Ninja Turtles of the Daglan Mairie.
 

Looking awesome.
 

Super Mario.
 

Impromptu concert in the street.
 

Magnificent guys but you do need to sort out your bra.
 

Cheers Richard and Rosemary enjoying a drink at la Cantine after the parade yesterday.
 

 

Event:- this evening at nine o’clock the village is holding a Bal Musette with music by Los Amigos, entrance is free.
 
 

I Need a White Knight Upon a Mighty Steed!

The beautiful hilltop village of Belves turned back the calender yesterday and presented their Fête Médiévale and it was amazing. Shop owners wore Medieval costumes, musical entertainment in the streets, craft exhibitions, demonstrations of medieval combat, and the incredible mystical woodland sprites. All contributed in making Sunday an incredibly enjoyable day for us and the hundreds of other people that flocked to Belves.

I found my white knight all I need now is a mighty steed!
 

Stunning costume by the Desmodium players.

While the males were mischievous, the female had a pocket full of happiness that she would sprinkle onto the crowds.

The male sprite on the right is teasing people looking out of their window.

 
All of the performance was completed on stilts, up hill and down, they danced around the streets of Belves.

I could have watched them all day, magnificent.
 

The Medieval combat display with sword, knife, axe, spear and club.
Everyone from children to adults were shouting for their favourite to win.

Wow, brilliant combat in extreme heat nearly 40C. It gave you a taste of how brutal Medieval life was.
 

Soukha, music and dance with jugglers and aerial acrobat.
 

Love the detail of the Medieval peasant costume.
 
 

Event:- Daglan Fête this coming weekend.
Not too be missed is the parade on Sunday afternoon and the fireworks in the evening.

 
 

A Very Worthy Legion of Honour.

Bastille day is a big celebration across France so it is no surprise that it is celebrated in style in Daglan. With a dinner, dance and fireworks last night and today a more formal ceremony to present the greatest medal of honour in France to one of Daglan’s great heroes, M. Jacques Pasquet who has courageously given so much for his country.

Le Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur more usually known as The Legion of Honour is the highest French order of merit for military and civil merits. The Legion of Honour was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 and has been retained by all the Governments and Regimes holding power in France since.

Raising of the flag and the presenting of the flowers.
 

How proudly these veterans sing the National Anthem.
 

A tribute to these great men by our Maire, M. Pascal Dussol.
 

Colonel in Chief honoured M.Jacques Pasquet.
 

What a moment for this courageous man, proudly displaying his Legion of Honour.
 

The Maire also spoke about M. Pasquet’s cycling and formidable pétanque skills.
 

A very proud moment which was celebrated by Daglan Village.
 

To me they look so like resistance fighters.

I am so proud to have met you all today.
 

Enjoying the company of true heroes.
 

What such day would be complete without a visit from a famous supermodel. She is so gorgeous enjoying the day and of course the crisps.
 
 

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