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.
     
     

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    Premier Prix Balcon Fleuri

    It was so unexpected but it is so fantastic.

    I had only arrived home from hospital after two operations a week before, and to be honest I was in a lot of pain and feeling very low, when a friend of ours asked Paul if she could enter our balcony into the annual Daglan flower competition. Paul said no thank you and explained that I could not tend to the flowers. However, when he told me it motivated me to think about the balcony, I decided that I could possibly get out there and maybe just tend to one of the containers per day it gave me a target to aim for, I could do this. Paul spoke to our friend who did enter our balcony in the competition.

    It was a very slow process just a few steps and one container at a time but I made it. The impact on my mental and later physical state was just unbelievable. I needed that push and it worked.

    A few days ago we were most surprised to be presented with a certificate, a bottle of champagne and a voucher for thirty euros for plants from a local fleuriste. I think that we both missed half of what was told to us, we were just in shock, but very happy and very proud to have won.

    A very large thank you to our friend for putting our name forward, you made a big difference to my life. Thank you also to the Mairie and the Competition Jury.

    The Champagne has the Marie on the label.
     

    The balcony with hanging baskets. I particularly love the variegated ivy which hangs over the edge. The basket of yellow petunias were a present from Chris and Verginie at the 8 à Huit when I returned from hospital
     

    Vibrant reds protrude through the green.
     

    Love our cauldron which are very popular in this area for planters.
     
     

    Events : This weekend.

     
     

    Murder at Castlenaud!

    A trilling murder mystery is to be solved in the dungeon of Castlenaud Castle. Clues will be given to who the murderer might be and of course who the victim was.

    So if you fancy investigating a dark and dastardly deed in a medieval castle why not come along and enjoy the experience.

    The mystery for investigation will be every Monday to Thursday eve 8.30 to 10.30pm until 27th August. Of course no children under the age of eight years please.
     


     
     

    Events :

     
     

    From Extreme Heat to Refreshing Rain.

    Over the last few months the temperature has been so high, in fact too high for me and far too high for our cats to tolerate. Ranging from high 30s C up to 43C every day and reaching 36C in the shade. Staying in doors was the only option
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    However, Cleo had a good idea when she found a little water at the bottom of our bucket that we keep on top of the well. Front paws were easy, now how to get the back paws into the water. Try has she might it was impossible, but so funny.
     

    The heat of the day melted our candles on the veranda.
     

    I have never been so glad to see the rain that arrived yesterday
     

    Ever resourceful our local supermarket was collecting the rain in the large bin. The rain came down so heavily that it was like having your own waterfall at the side of the supermarket. Needless to say the temperature has dropped to a very comfortable mid twenties, all ready for the Fête de la Gastronomie in Daglan tomorrow. All local produce from the area, plus the amazing truffle dog.
     
     

    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.