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.
 
 

Next blog Part Two of Monbazillac
 
 

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La Goutte Noire.

Sophie Arnaud is the amazing artisan who creates the most gorgeous and original jewellery. From delicate silver necklaces, matching ear rings, bracelets, to a collection of bead work jewellery, ideal if you are looking for your favourite colour or your birthstone.

Do you think that it is too early to plan for a Christmas present?
 

The difficult decision upon entering the shop is which one or two pieces do I like the most.
 

Such a large selection to choose from.
 

The artisan at work. “My dream is to buy everything Sophie”.
 

Also, do not forget to look the baby gifts which are found on the right and rear of the shop.
 

All original, expertly made and so cute.
 

La Goutte Noire is to be found in the Presbytery on Rue de la Republique in Daglan.

http://www.lagouttenoire.com/
 
 

Daglan Events:-

13th July celebrations of food, dancing and fireworks in Daglan.
To celebrate the 14th July there will be fireworks throughout France in every city, town and village. Don’t forget that that the 14th July is the National Holiday so shops may be closed all day or part of the day.

29th July Fête de la Gastronomie, in Daglan all day.

17th to the 20th August Fête de la St Louis in Daglan.

Every Sunday until the end of August, truffle market.

Now until 8th August Art’Céou expo at the Salle Des Fetes
 
 

St Cyprien Félibrée 2018

Félibrée is a traditional Occitan Festival which takes place every year in a town or village in the Perigord. The festival has been running since 1903 and takes place over three days and involves a range of traditional events. This year it is the turn of St Cyprien to host the 99th Félibrée.

Over the last few months a great deal of planning, arranging and decorating has taken place in order to create the wonderful decorations which adorn the streets, squares and alleyways in St Cyprien. 300,000 flowers, poppies, sunflowers, wisteria and crosses have been made from paper and plastic.

This Gorgeous arcade of paper wisteria is my favourite.

 

An Occitan cross.

 

Cameras at the ready everyone, the traditional dancing is about to take place.

 

Hundreds of children from every age group from different villages came together for the dancing and the celebrations yesterday afternoon.
This group wore the traditional Occitan cross.

 

A stage had been erected in the main car park where the bands vocalist told the children the dance moves before the start of every dance, for example ‘go to the right, two to the left, to the back, then forward, turn and clap’.

 

Children in traditional French costume looked amazing under the canopy of flowers.

 

So cute this group of children were among the youngest dancers enjoying the celebrations.

 

There are lots of stalls set up along the main streets, squares, car parks and side streets. Selling hand crafted jewellery, clothes, lace, linen, wooden toys, food etc.

 
 

Events:-

Félibrée 2018, Saint Cyprien, 29th June to 1st July.

Candlelight night at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac every Thursday night from the 5th July.

National Day in France.14th July Fire work displays in every village, town and cities throughout France.
 
 

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.
 
 

Fête Du Printemps in Daglan

I love this time of year “Spring is upon us”, it is still so cold but we were out this morning buying lots of gorgeous plants from the Daglan Fête Du Printemps. There was so much to choose from, with many stalls which filled the square in front of our home in the Place Du Liberty and continued all the way along the Rue de la Republique.

There were also local authors signing their books in Salon Du Livre in the Presbyter, a children’s area in the local Primary School and Poulet au Pot Farcie at the Salle Du Fête.

People were loading up their cars with plants this morning.
 

Paul buying a Muscat vine.
 

Fabrice Le Cafe, selling oysters with champagne or wine outside his restaurant this morning. Love the beard Fabrice, it suits you.
 

A selection of garden furniture and hand painted ornaments from Le Jardin de Rosa. Her shop is to be found at the back of the Château Beynac.
 

Our own château in Daglan village (I wish) with gorgeous fruit plants and shrubs at the front of the gate.
 

A gorgeous display of colour.
 

Two of our wonderful friends.
 

Saving the best till last, Daglan village proudly shows its two Fleuri, well done.