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.

 
 

To all Pet Owners.

I would like to thank everyone who helped Paul and I with yesterdays emergency, you are so awesome in many ways. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Like every morning I went out to feed four stray cats in the lane by our house, only to find one of the cats in a lot of pain, shaking and fitting, it was terrible. At that moment I did not know what was wrong so I ran to my husband and asked him to go for help. Which he did, to Chris and Virginie’s home. When Chris came I could see by the pain on his face what he was thinking.

Chris made a few phone calls then Paul and I rushed the cat to the emergency vet who said that she had been poisoned but would live after a lot of care. At that point my crying turned to joy, I really thought that we would hear the worse. Now we are waiting for an update today from the vet.

In better times, two of the strays and our Cleo (in the middle) posing for the camera.
 

We had not been home very long when a neighbour found another of the stray cats with the same symptoms, she was also rushed to the emergency vet and will also live after treatment and care.

Chris, Virginie, Jan and Loren, thank you so much for the offer of helping Paul and I with the vet fees. However, later in the day the local Association Pirate (cat rescue) said that they would pay all fees. At that point more crying,

Also, praise for the vets at Clinique Veternaire Des Fauvettes in Gourdon for all the amazing work that they do.

We did keep our cats house bound yesterday which was very stressful for them but they have been in the courtyard and the lane this morning. Paul washed the lane yesterday, but it is still a fear due to the fact they we do not know what it was that poisoned them.

So please be aware and let me know if any more of the precious furry friends become sick. I do not want any more to suffer in this terrible way.
 
 

Why the Perigord Noir?

This question has been asked by friends, family, tourists and house hunters. The appeal to us, is that this part of the Perigord offers the most stunning landscapes as the Dordogne River cuts through the unspoiled countryside. The landscape changes at every bend in the road and there are amazing sights as you drive past the villages clinging to the rock face.

La Roque-Gageac.
 

There are four distinctive seasons from short Winters where temperatures can reach below freezing (-7 this morning) to blooming Spring and gorgeous hot Summers. Which are reflected in the seasonal produce sold in the many markets of the area.

The cuisine is rich in its diversity from duck, mushrooms, truffles, cheeses, wine, fruit and vegetables. To match this there are the amazing food festivals. this month we see the truffle market in Daglan and the Truffle Festival in Sarlat. Summertime brings the night markets where you can enjoy fresh cooked local food in pleasant surroundings.

Historical features include the many Château’s featuring pigeonniers and of course the many wonderful Beaux villages of the area.

A taster for the first time visitor to this area are Milandes, Castlenaud, Beynac, La Roque-Gageac, Domme, Daglan and Sarlat.

Medieval weekend last Summer held at Château de Castelnaud.
 

Included sword fighting demonstrations.
 

La Mairie de Daglan, Such a beautiful building.
 

Le Tour de Daglan takes a short rest in the village square.
 

Most of all it is always the people that make a place worth visiting time and again, and Daglan is no exception to this rule. You will never meet more friendly and welcoming people who are always willing to help and to make your life here a little bit better by their presence.

The weekly Craft Session.
 
 

Preserved Tomatoes.

A couple of weeks ago we were given tomatoes by two of our friends who grow their own fruit and vegetables. Tomatoes straight from the vine smell and taste so good. So for a Winter treat I thought that I would try preserve tomatoes. Having never preserved tomatoes before I was a little apprehensive, but I can honestly say that it was quick, easy, no problem at all. So if you grow you own tomatoes or get then fresh from a farmers market buy 2kg and try it out. The taste is fabulous, much better than tinned tomatoes.

Makes 6 Jars

Time: 45 minutes, plus sterilising and cooling.

You will need:- 6 clean glass jars with lids and about 2kg of ripe tomatoes. Plus a little drizzle of olive oil.

1. Wash the tomatoes, then remove the stalks. Depending on the size of the jars, either halve or quarter the tomatoes.

2. Then start to fill the jars, intermittently adding a leaf of fresh basil. Pressing the tomatoes down with the back of a wooden spoon so that they are tightly packed.

The bulk of the preserved tomatoes were made using the above method but I also made a few the jars with slices of fresh chilli for Paul.

3. Now, make extra sure that the jars are full and packed tightly so that there are no air gaps, add a drizzle of olive oil on top. Then seal each jar tightly.

4. Submerge each jar in a large pan of gently boiling water. Then boil for about thirty minutes. To slightly cook the tomatoes and sterilise the jars.

5. Turn the heat off and leave to cool overnight in the pan of water.

These should keep for about three or four months in a cool, dark place. Once opened, keep them in the fridge and use within a week.

Trust me once you have tasted the tomatoes, they will not last for very long.

The taste of Summer for the Winter months, if you can store them that long.

They can be used in sauces, stew, casserole, chilli, pasta dishes etc.
 
 

Events:-

Organ Concert in Sarlat on the 1st September at 11am.

Flea Market in Vitrac 16th September.

15th and 16th September at Castlenaud, Tournament of Medieval Fencing.
 
 

What? No men in high heels!

Le Fête de la Saint-Louis is a Fantastic Carnival weekend held at the end of August each year in Daglan. It transforms the the usually quiet village of Daglan into a four day Festival. The highlight of which is always the parade on a Sunday afternoon. The costumes and floats are amazing.

I must tell you a little story of what happened a few years ago when the theme of the parade was Carnival. The Familia decided to make the most fantastic float with men and ladies costumes for which they needed high heel shoes but found they were rather expensive in France. So one of the family members was sent over to England to buy the shoes. Once inside the store the person had to try on the shoes! Which was funny to the bemused crowd of onlookers and a little embarrassing for the person and for the store assistant who insisted “they suit you sir”. Having posted the shoes to Daglan he was informed that more shoes were needed. This time he went to the store just before closing time to avoid onlookers. All well and good until his return flight when he had to explain to a customs officer about the contents of his luggage.

No high heels needed this year, the theme was Video Games.

Los Amigos lead the parade through the streets of Daglan.
 

Look I am so strong I can stop the parade with one littler finger.
 

The best floats of the parade were Street Fighterand The Ninja Turtles of the Daglan Mairie.
 

Looking awesome.
 

Super Mario.
 

Impromptu concert in the street.
 

Magnificent guys but you do need to sort out your bra.
 

Cheers Richard and Rosemary enjoying a drink at la Cantine after the parade yesterday.
 

 

Event:- this evening at nine o’clock the village is holding a Bal Musette with music by Los Amigos, entrance is free.