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.
 
 

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La Goutte Noire.

Sophie Arnaud is the amazing artisan who creates the most gorgeous and original jewellery. From delicate silver necklaces, matching ear rings, bracelets, to a collection of bead work jewellery, ideal if you are looking for your favourite colour or your birthstone.

Do you think that it is too early to plan for a Christmas present?
 

The difficult decision upon entering the shop is which one or two pieces do I like the most.
 

Such a large selection to choose from.
 

The artisan at work. “My dream is to buy everything Sophie”.
 

Also, do not forget to look the baby gifts which are found on the right and rear of the shop.
 

All original, expertly made and so cute.
 

La Goutte Noire is to be found in the Presbytery on Rue de la Republique in Daglan.

http://www.lagouttenoire.com/
 
 

Daglan Events:-

13th July celebrations of food, dancing and fireworks in Daglan.
To celebrate the 14th July there will be fireworks throughout France in every city, town and village. Don’t forget that that the 14th July is the National Holiday so shops may be closed all day or part of the day.

29th July Fête de la Gastronomie, in Daglan all day.

17th to the 20th August Fête de la St Louis in Daglan.

Every Sunday until the end of August, truffle market.

Now until 8th August Art’Céou expo at the Salle Des Fetes
 
 

Market Day in Daglan.

Our Sunday market in Daglan is expanding as we approach Summer. Slowly at first with an extra stall or two, growing to what you can see today, with more to follow over the next few weeks.

Wine of course is year round unless the weather is pretty horrible and the vegetable stall is a regular weekly visitor.

I do love it when the flower stall appears gingerly at first with a few hardy plants. Then ‘wow’ a burst of colour which always sends me running from our home to purchase bedding plants.

Today was no exception I just had to get more plants.
 

Here is a new stall selling ladies and men’s wear. Gorgeous cotton and linen, plus t-shirts in a variety of colours.
 

Only a short blog today a larger blog to follow.
 
 

A Major Success.

Well done to everyone who worked and helped to produce a Michelin Star quality six course meal.

The English speaking members of the Club de l’Amitie or Friendship Club of Daglan pulled out all of the stops yesterday to produce a Scottish themed six course meal for the people of Daglan.

Everything went brilliantly due to the meticulous planning, organising, shopping and preparation which all took place over many weeks before the main event.

Master Chefs at work in the Salle des Fêtes, preparing potted chicken and fish pie.
 

My main task was to prepare half of the desserts, Cranachan which is a Scottish dessert.
Thirty Cranachan with two Eaton Mess.

The oats for the Cranachan where toasted then you add the honey and whiskey and leave for a few hours so that the oats absorbed the flavours, which forms a delicious base for the raspberries, cream and mascarpone.
 

Places set and ready for our guests to arrive.
 

 

Bon appétit.
 

A brilliant get together.
 

Faire chabrot, mixing a little red wine in the remains of the soup which is drunk from the bowl is an old French custom.
 

Excellent service.
 

Our President Lydie Pasquet and Committee Members.
 

Committee members and most of the people who worked hard in order to produce a lovely six course meal.
 

Vivons Aimons Partageons to everyone.
 
 

Children’s Carnival

The Judgement of Pétassou.

The start of Spring is always celebrated in the South West of France by the Children’s Carnival and the Judgement of Pétassou. The children of Three Schools of the Céou Valley RPI make the most cute and original costumes, then get together to parade through Daglan village with the very naughty Pétassou on the back of the tractor.

The Judgement of Pétassou dates back to Medieval Times, when he was/and still is thought to have performed many disagreeable acts from theft to large explosions, which is why he is the focus of the carnival. He is then judged by the children, found guilty and burned on a bonfire.

By the beat of the drums Pétassou is paraded through the streets of Daglan.
 

So cute the children form the Primary Schools wearing the magnificent costumes.
 

Dancing and singing by the children, teachers and parents.
 

Here he is.
 

Songs to rid the villages of Pétassou and the cold Winter months.
 

Singing the Pétassou song with actions the children of the three schools send Pétassou away, the cold of Winter is gone and the start of Spring is here.
 

The children, teachers and parents gather around the flames.
 
 

Sound the flute
Beat the drum,
Birds delight
Day and Night,
Nightingale,
Lark in the sky,
Merrily, Merrily, to welcome
in the Spring.

William Blake (1789) extract from the Songs of Innocence.
 
 

Event:- How good is this.
A Cleudo Egg Hunt at La Rogue Gageac on the 1st April. Children from 8-12 years accompanied by an adult.
Four euro per adult, two euro per child.