Summer In Our Village.

A few months ago when Paul and I where planting seed potatoes in pots in our courtyard I thought how good it was to live here. Spring was in the air, leaves and buds on our apple tree were starting to show themselves. The birds were singing as we walked to the the river Ceou about five minutes away. Spending our lives in a relatively small area without seeing our friends and family did not occur to me.

It all changed here due to the outbreak of Covid 19 just like England and other places around the world. One of the hardest changes was being isolated from family, friends and people in general. The French are very tactile and love to meet and greet people with a kiss on both cheeks and a hug, which we have adopted and love. Our food shopping habits had also changed, no self respecting French person would dream of buying fresh produce without looking, feeling and smelling the produce on offer. These are just a few of the simple pleasures that I have missed.

As the restrictions started to be lifted France was divide into different colour zones with the lifting of restrictions being delayed in orange zones. Perigord, being in the green zone made us very lucky indeed. Although we still had keep to social distancing guidelines, wearing of face masks and disinfecting everything in sight we were able to go outside to the newly re-opened Sunday market.

Now, my goodness we can talk to people (social distancing and masks of course) and it feels so good to just ask how they are, how have they been copying over the last few months etc.

This morning, just inside our gate, I discovered a present of lavender from our friends who recently arrived back at their Daglan home after several months in Germany. The perfume is gorgeous, thank you so much.
 

Daglan in bloom. Our new pink and white roses are next to our apple tree which looks like a good crop this year.
 

I love the courtyard of a friend of ours, it is always full of flowers of every description.
 
 

La Petit Paris is open for outside eating with the metre distancing restriction in place. So book early in order to insure a table.
 

Summer flowers adorn La Cantine, all ready to welcome you for lunchtime in the sunshine.
 

Bon appetit
 
 

Our First Weekly Market.

Sunday May 17th will be remembered for a long time, for this was the date of our first Sunday Market following the relaxing of Covid-19 restrictions. There were certain constraints, hydroalcoholic hand gel at the entry, barriers and tape marked out a one way system around the market stalls, respecting distance. Each stall was placed four meters away from the next and with a barrier or tape to separate the stalls from the public. The planning and organisation by the Marie was excellent, well done.

The psychological impact of going outside to the market and seeing people (at a distance) was brilliant. It really improved the feel good factor.
 

Barriers and tape were used to control the flow of people safely around the market.
 

Signs were placed on the corners saying how important it was to use face masks when outside.
 

Strawberries, fresh vegetables, lovely goats cheese, flowers, wine, clothing and jewellery were all available.
 

This particular stall was very popular.
 

We had a voucher that we won at last years flower competition and have been unable to redeem it because of the lock down. The good news is that we were able to exchange the voucher for flowers which are shown in the picture above. So very happy.

I have noticed that it is the little things in life that mean such a lot.
 
 

Good News.

There is a possibility that there will be a gradual easing of the lock down in France from the 11th May. It’s not set in stone because it could change if there is an increase in people becoming ill and/or dying of the virus. But I am staying hopeful. We will of course need to remain careful, social distancing and the wearing of face masks would still be prudent.

The Marie De Daglan has placed a first order of 100 face masks from our hat maker (La Petite Minoche) in the village which will be distributed in due course. The Marie, his team and the commune have shown great support for the people of the community. Collecting shopping, medication and taking garbage for people over the age of seventy or who are having difficulty.

Stylish alternative face masks.

 

Other good news is that the town hall secretariat and the post office are now open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9 till 12. Also the hairdresser in the village reopens on the 11th May by appointment only.

The Boulangerie and the Supermarket have been brilliant throughout this lock down. Staying open with no cutting down of opening hours has been brilliant.

More good news, the restaurants in the village La Cantine and Le Petit Paris are open for take away food. Just phone and place an order.

And now… a few pictures which I hope will make you smile

A gorgeous canopy of wisteria.

 

Just one of the many blossoms on our apple tree. We only had a few apples last year but this year should be a good crop.

 

If flowers do not make you smile this picture of Angel will.

Cats are masters of relaxation.

 

You can follow the instructions to make your own masks.

 

Stay safe and healthy.
 
 

Another Week, Another Lock in.

It is very strange not seeing people, cars and normally at this time of year camper vans and tourists. Daglan is usually a bustling village but it now feels like you are living through a movie just waiting for the alien to come over the hill and walk through the deserted villages.

The supermarkets here are well stocked with fresh produce and other goods which is brilliant. On the down side we can no longer shop together and with Paul being the only driver it is inconvenient but unavoidable. Plus you can only buy produce from the nearest supermarket so Paul can only go as far as Cenac to shop at the small supermarket there. No large supermarket shopping for us which mean a limited choice of food to buy. But it is worth being more restricted if it means no virus in the village.

On a positive note we are still able to go for short walks of less than an hour duration and we must stay within a kilometer of home. A few days ago we walked down to the river Ceou which is only a few minutes away from our home.

Paul hiding his face from the camera… or waving!
 

With spring festivals cancelled and garden centres closed we cannot buy flowers to plant out but supermarkets have a plentiful supply of seeds so many homeowners are using them to bring in the spring.

Gorgeous Spring flowers in bloom.
 

Even in our shady courtyard there are flowers.
 

We have planted seeds in our hanging baskets and pots, we also planted potatoes in tubs yesterday which should be ready for eating in June and July.
 

No gardening or walks today, I hope you can see from this photograph that it is snowing and extremely cold outside.
 

Take care everyone and stay healthy.
 
 

A Dance Around The Supermarket…

…or How We Live Through A Plague Situation.

Our first outing in a week for provisions was shall we say interesting but strange. We were on route to a supermarket in Sarlat when we were stopped in Cenac by a very friendly police officer who wanted to see our form (download here). Everyone must fill one out and take a completed form with them whereever they go, chemist, supermarket, walking etc. After reading through the form the officer asked if we were shopping for food and then sent us on our way.

On we traveled through deserted villages until we reached the supermarket. Where a queue had formed outside with people standing one or two meters away from each other. By the doors stood men looking like bouncers who were letting in a few people at a time. No arguments there.

A dance around the supermarket followed. Remembering that we needed to stay one metre away from the next person was interesting, for example, we turned into the cereal isle which was occupied by another person. What to do, stay still and wait or move to another place? … But the other person has spotted us and quickly vanished around the corner.

It reminded me of a very old Movie of the Scarlet Pimpernel, “We seek him here we seek him there”.

We could still buy what we wanted from fresh to frozen, even toilet rolls, which we are told are sold out in many shops in England! Only dried yeast for bread making and alcohol based hand gel were out of stock.
 

Back in Daglan the 8 á Huit is open as normal, with the 1 metre social distancing limit. Restaurants La Cantine and La Petite Paris are offering take out meals.


 

The take away menu at La Canteen yesterday.
 
 

The take away menu at La Petite Paris yesterday.
 
A great Idea for supporting the community in these strange times
 
 

Events:-throughout France are all cancelled including the Flower Festival which was to take place in Daglan this Sunday.
 
 

Next time, How we live through cabin fever.