Fête Du Printemps in Daglan

I love this time of year “Spring is upon us”, it is still so cold but we were out this morning buying lots of gorgeous plants from the Daglan Fête Du Printemps. There was so much to choose from, with many stalls which filled the square in front of our home in the Place Du Liberty and continued all the way along the Rue de la Republique.

There were also local authors signing their books in Salon Du Livre in the Presbyter, a children’s area in the local Primary School and Poulet au Pot Farcie at the Salle Du Fête.

People were loading up their cars with plants this morning.

Paul buying a Muscat vine.

Fabrice Le Cafe, selling oysters with champagne or wine outside his restaurant this morning. Love the beard Fabrice, it suits you.

A selection of garden furniture and hand painted ornaments from Le Jardin de Rosa. Her shop is to be found at the back of the Château Beynac.

Our own château in Daglan village (I wish) with gorgeous fruit plants and shrubs at the front of the gate.

A gorgeous display of colour.

Two of our wonderful friends.

Saving the best till last, Daglan village proudly shows its two Fleuri, well done.


Artistic Rabbit!

Yesterday was our Le Club de I’Amitie Daglanise (Friendship Club) Annual General Meeting which was followed by a delicious meal prepared by Fabrice Le Chef.

Enjoying an aperitif before our meal.

Lovely photograph of Jan and Loren.

The service was excellent.

The first course was potage de saison, I was so engrossed in conversation that I forgot to take a photo.

Caviar d’aubergines, houmous, olives, salad de jeunes pousses et chiffonnade de jambon de pays. The vegetarian option was the same but without the jambon. With lots of Rose Red or White wine.

My vegetarian main meal risotto with salad.

The meat main meal was, tourtiere forestiere de sanglier et ses petits legumes. Paul assures me it was delicious.

Followed by fromage with salad.

Roy showing his artistic rabbit created from the dessert, moelleux aux dattes. I think that I need to enter him for next years Sarlat Chocolate Festival.

Last was coffee, delicious.

It was great catching up and enjoying a meal together we had a great time.

The next club meal will be on the first Sunday in May, a traditional English Meal. Looking forward to helping to organise the menu, meal etc.

Event:- 18th March – Daglan Spring Festival.


Craft and Social Sessions in Daglan Village

If you fancy making something new or bringing whatever you are making to the craft and social sessions it would be great to meet you. It is a good opportunity to meet the ladies of Daglan village for a chat, watch a demonstration by one of the ladies or like me to try to improve my French speaking skills while working on my embroidery.

Every Wednesday afternoon 2-4, in the craft room at the Salle des Fêtes, all are welcome.

There is an excellent sewing machine, fabrics, wool, cotton etc. that people can use.

Two expert knitters.

Coffee or tea with delicious home made gateau or biscuits every week.

I love the expertly crocheted snow flakes.

A gorgeous sweater at the front and cute Noël decorations at the back of the table.

It’s the time of year for two of my favorite events :-

Festival of Chocolate in Sarlat, I can not wait.

Also the Daglan Spring Fete Flowers Festival 18th March, wonderful, we shall be there.

Amazing People of Daglan

Firstly this week, I have had a steam of people from Daglan knocking at my door asking about Paul and giving their wishes, help and support. Help in the form of running Paul and I to the hospital, well-wishers, taking me to see him, and collecting him. Where would we be without you this week, I just do not know. Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts, you have all been truly amazing.

I need to add that Paul’s operation was a success due to his talented consultant and his team, not forgetting of course the nursing staff who tended Paul twenty four seven. I can truly say that the French Health Service is the best that we have experienced. Thank you so much for everything, you are brilliant.

Secondly, what could be better than Halloween for lifting your spirits. No pun intended. I was feeling pretty low and emotional last Tuesday, but that evening I forgot everything just for a few minutes to sample the village coming alive with ghosts, witches, vampires, zombies etc. All of whom came knocking at my door.

Since we first experienced Halloween in Daglan it has grown from a few children to, well I honestly lost count this year. Absolutely amazing costumes from the children and the parents/chaperones. It must have taken them days if not weeks to prepare. Last year the chaperones where a little shy in coming forward with the children. But this year they were very much involved with the fun and celebrations of Halloween.

These pictures where taken by a friend of ours. Thank you so much my roving reporters.

Look at the way that everyone is posing for the camera.

Trick or Treat anyone?

The following day was Toussaints (all Saints Day) when people go to a service at their local church and then to the cemetery to place chrysanthemums, (which are the flower of the dead), clean the grave stones and to be with their departed loved one

The colours are outstanding.



Armistice Day through out France on the 11th November.

Sarlat film Festival 14th to the 18th November

On Hot Summer Nights

During the months of July and August the villages in the area host their “Marches Nocturnes”, which are a brilliant way of experiencing the local produce and culture of the region. What could be better on hot Summer nights than food, wine, music, dance and most of all excellent company.

During the evening markets tables are set up around a central square or along the main road of the villages and vendors sell everything you need for a good meal, including the excellent wine of the region. There is usually live music or a DJ and dancing well into the evening. Which is what we did in St Cyprien and St Pompon.

Saint Cyprien

Not even a rain shower stopped the revelry in St Cyprien.

Sherry and Angus ready for their dinner

Brilliant musicians topped the evening.

Saint Pompon

Such a delicious choice of food.

Wow, we had to try a selection of the scrumptious desserts above.

This gentleman danced around the bottles, sang, played an instrument of four harmonica’s, plus castanets.

You meet such a lot of interesting people. The couple at the end of our table were on holiday from the North of France. We were telling them about the places of interest in the area, including Daglan of course.

Angus and I had to get up and dance YMCA, great fun.

Boogie Night for Sherry and I. We had such a good time that we are all going to St Pompon again this Saturday… see you there.

You need to arrive early for a good seat and remember to take your own cutlery.

Events :-

It is that time of year again, four nights of no sleep but boy do we have fun.