Nouveau Brocante.

It is always great to see a new shop being opened in Daglan and this one is no exception. If you have been to Daglan before you may have visited the hat shop in the village. Sorry to say that it closed down recently. However, we now have a brocante to take its place. Which is run by Beatrice who lives in Daglan and who you may have seen at the market selling her gorgeous Capim Dourado (golden grass) jewelry.

The Brocante is opposite the Château on the Rue de la Republique, the main road that meanders through the village.
 

Once inside you are greeted by Beatrice who will show you around or you can tour around the various antiques yourself. First for me was the jewelry which can be found on the left as you enter the building. Very nice indeed and at a good price.
 

Chairs, tables, brass ornaments and lamps are on the right.
 

A very unusual dancing ballerina in a bottle caught my eye.
 

Vintage clothes, shoes etc. are at the back of the brocante.

Plus, as an extra bonus you can order cold drinks and sit outside in the garden to enjoy.

Well worth a look or two.
 
 

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
 
 

Sunday Morning in Daglan.

There are no barriers at all now!

Gone are the barriers that kept people away from the produce in the Sunday market. However, we still have the social distancing rule and of course the wearing of face masks recommended to keep control of the spread of Covid-19. Although we did notice that only about half of the people were actually wearing a face mask yesterday morning which is a bit of a worry.

The easing of the lock down has seen more people attending the market and other attractions in the village. Through the week I have noticed tourists taking photographs of the various picturesque buildings that surround Le Place de la Liberté.

Not having seen many people or camper vans for such a long time it seems like odd behaviour to me now. It just shows that people can become accustomed to what is the norm in a lock down situation.

Anyway I digress, the market was excellent, the different produce, the colours, the smells of herbs, strawberries and of course cheese was a delight to the senses.

First a visit to this wonderful stall selling hand crafted jewellery made from Brazilian Capim Dourado or golden grass.
 

The Fresh fruit and vegetables look so colorful, what a great variety of delicious tomatoes.
 

Handmade cheeses are so good.
 

A new comer to the market is the pottery artisan, visit the website at Terria Potteries. Again hand made to a high quality standard and all at a reasonable price.
 

On our walk around the market we noticed a new seat at the side of the church.
It will be excellent to sit in the shade away from the sun for a few minutes contemplation.
 

Around the base of the tree plus a very interesting Tilia Tilleul bush. Which when it is in flower will produce an excellent perfume. The plant won a price in the 1930s for its use in medicine.
 

Walk just past the tree and its new seat, on the right hand side of the chemin you will see a gorgeous garden outside the library which has been planted by the commune.
 
 

Proxi Super

It has been all change at the village supermarket this week. Sadly first to go was the lovely paintings on the front windows of the 8 à Huit supermarket, which I did hope would be replaced by another outstanding masterpiece of the village. But no new artworks…

…and then a new name appeared.
 

A picture showing the work area and one of the window, now without artwork
You can just see the old 8 à Huit sign at the top right of the picture.
 

The supermarket stocks a good range of foodstuffs and domestic products including Bio items which I like to purchase for the vegetarian options and organic qualities.

New sign at the left of the door lists the services that the supermarket provide.
 

Due to corronavirud restrictions only five people are allowed into the supermarket at a time and at the entrance a table has been provided for hand sanitizer jel for use before you collect a basket or trolley. To reduce the chance of infection the handling fresh produce is off limits to shoppers so it is picked for you by Christian or Viginie. Social distancing rules are being observed and masks are recommended.

The new windows look really stylish

I must praise Christian and Virginie who arrive at the supermarket at six to half past everyday to insure that every basket, trolley, shelf etc. is cleaned before they open for customers.

Well done to you both for keeping the supermarket open and safe through this strange time that we are all living through. You two are village heroes.

Christian proudly showing the new name and opening hours signs.
 
 

Event:-don’t forget that the Daglan market is now open every Sunday morning.
 
 

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.