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.
 
 

State of the Nation

First I must appologise if this post seems rather odd to our regular readers. Chris is currently in hospital following a successful operation. Hopefully she will be back at home on Wednesday. So it is left to me to not only take the photographs (for which I also appologise) but to write about this important event.

The annual State of the Nation of Daglan speach was presented by our Maire Mr Pascal DUSSOL on Friday 10th January.

The Maire and the committee.

This is the time that people from the village and surrounding hamlets gather in the Salle des Fête for the elected officials to welcome the New Year and for the Maire to presenmt his state of Daglan speach.

Mr DUSSOL presented a very informative synopsis of the work and events held in and around the village in 2019. As is usual the hall was crowded with intent listeners.

One of the many works, (several of which I was not aware of), a new oudoor gym situated next to the tennis court. Chris wrote a blog about the new gym in May
 

And here we have the English meal.
An annual event hosted by not only British people living in the village but several other foreign nationals who have chosen to make their home here.

There were of course far too many events to report in this blog, but I will say the informative and interesting presentation continued for almost an hour.

Following the speach drinks and nibbles were offered before a tasty meal.
As you can see, there were many mouths to feed.
 

Happy New Year everyone.

Paul

 
 

Marché de Noël : Daglan

Everything that you need to start the Festive season right here in Daglan.

Just a selection of the many things that will be on offer on the 8th December:-
Stalls, selling arts and crafts. I am thinking Christmas presents.
Village produce stall
Guess the weight of the Christmas Cake
Christmas Hamper to win
Tombola
Père Noëll
Face painting
Plus lots of yummy things to eat hot or cold. For example crepes, sausages outside. Mince pies, cakes etc. in the building. With hot or cold drinks.

Look out for Paul and I on the art embroidery stall.

A good day out for all of the family.

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.
     
     

    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.