Spring is in the air.

Spring is here,
in the air,
you can smell it coming
on the breeze.

It seems a little early but we have seen good signs that spring is just around the corner. It has been a strange February with below freezing temperatures when I get up in the mornings to feed the stray cats (have four now). However, during the course of the morning the temperature rises to 19 or 20C. So a thick sweater is wise in the morning and a light top in the afternoon. It is great getting outside to enjoy the scenery once more.

The first sign of Spring for us is always when the flower lady arrives back in Daglan for the Sunday market,


 

with her gorgeous array of colours.


 
Daffodowndilly by A.A Milne

She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,
She wore her greenest gown;
She turned to the south wind,
and curtsied up and down.
She turned to the sunlight and shook her yellow head,
and whispered to her neighbour:
“Winter is dead”.
 

Still quite deep and very fast flowing, the River Ceou so sparkling clean for wild life.


 

A gorgeous display of spring flowers in our neighbours garden.


 

Coccus, with their heads turned towards the sun


 

New for spring. Book selves have been placed into the old bus shelter. So that now we have two book exchanges. The other book swap is next to the Marie.


 
 

Events :
My favourite Festival in Sarlat will be held on 16th and 17th March.

Visit this marvelous event to watch and sample the Master Chocolatiers creations.


 
 

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The Season Of Mist And Mellow Horses!

Since we moved to live in France we notice the seasons far more than we did in England. We used to live in a fairly large coastal town with little in the way of nature.

Here in Daglan nature is all around us and once again the seasonal changes in and around the village are magnificent. Autumn is here in full and colourful glory and with it come the mist’s of October mornings.

Taken from the graveyard overlooking Daglan as the mist rises to greet the sun over the forest.
 
Golden trees at the rear of the graveyard are just stunning.
 

These deep reds were photographed as Paul and I walked along the lane towards the river Ceou at the side of the Château.
 

The forest in all its glory.
 

I could not believe my eyes, crocuses in bloom!
 

I Just had to stop for a chat.
 

Or two. So gentle and relaxed, magnificent horses. Just what I needed to ease a stressful day.
 

The Château grounds as the sun slowly penetrates through the trees early yesterday morning.
 
 

Event:-Sarlat 21st October, Grande Brocante d’automne. Place de la Grande Rigaudie from eight in the morning.
 
 

Eyrignac Manor Garden

Not far from Sarlat are the gardens of Eyrignac Manor, where the French writer Gauthier de Costes de la Calprenede lived in the 17th Century. It is one of France’s most beautiful gardens and contains over 300 topiary sculptures and 50,000 yew, hornbeam, box and ivy plants and is well worth a visit.

Paul with our friends Hayley and Paul sitting in the shade of the Chinese Pagoda.

 

Manor d’Artaban.

 
It was Antoine de Costes de la Calprenede (1605-1689) councillor at the Presidential Court of Sarlat and appointed first Consul and defender of the town during the battles against royal power, who built the residence on the ruins of a former castle.
 

The Chapel and Dovecote.

 

Formally a smoke house for walnuts and grain.

 

The Washing Place.

 
Fed by one of the seven springs that flow through Eyrignac. It was built to accommodate six washing women. Who completed the laundry with the help from the neighbours twice a year!
 

The Florists Garden.

 
Flowers are cultivated for decoration in the Manor house.
 

Kitchen Garden with an unusual hedge of apple trees.

 

Our favourite the White Garden with its gorgeous frog fountains.

 

Superb private garden for the Manor House.

 
 

Event;- 29th July : not to be missed this Sunday, Daglan Gourmand.
 
 

Our new pet – Angus!

At first Angel sniffed, then gave it a nudge to no avail and finally sat beside it for at least an hour before walking away.

We have named our new pet Angus for reasons which will become apparent with my explanation.

Our good friends Sherry and Angus are going on a new adventure to Scotland, unfortunately a few of their belongings need to stay here in Daglan. One of which is our new pet and some of their gorgeous plants in tubs.

So firstly I need to say thank you so much for the plants, our stone pet but most of all for being our friends over the past few years. You guys have been so supportive, so uplifting when I have been down. You two are special people who will be very missed.

“Oh who are you and I do hope that you do not like cat food”!

 

Looking good with the new baskets and trees.

 

Sherry, Angus and Paul enjoying breakfast at the Boulangerie in Daglan.

 
 

Event:- Art Exhibition from the 24th June to the 8th July at the Salle des Fêtes in Daglan.

 
 

Market Day in Daglan.

Our Sunday market in Daglan is expanding as we approach Summer. Slowly at first with an extra stall or two, growing to what you can see today, with more to follow over the next few weeks.

Wine of course is year round unless the weather is pretty horrible and the vegetable stall is a regular weekly visitor.

I do love it when the flower stall appears gingerly at first with a few hardy plants. Then ‘wow’ a burst of colour which always sends me running from our home to purchase bedding plants.

Today was no exception I just had to get more plants.
 

Here is a new stall selling ladies and men’s wear. Gorgeous cotton and linen, plus t-shirts in a variety of colours.
 

Only a short blog today a larger blog to follow.