Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way.

As you can tell by the pictures below, Daglan is getting ready for Christmas. As a super treat we have a work of art painted on the Supermarket doors which was created by Evelyne, Virginie’s Mama (Virginie and Chris run the 8 à Huit Supermarket in the village).

A superb artist at work.
 

Wow, a Christmas show stopper.
 

Inside the shop looks brilliant too with baubles and Santa to greet the shoppers.

 

We are very blessed, we have a wonderful painting at the Supermarket that we can see from our side window and a fabulous tree in the square outside our front window
 

Here is the tree being bedecked in trimmings and lights.

 
 

Event:- Sarlat Christmas Market which will start next Wednesday.
 
 

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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.
 


 
 

Events:-

Armistice Day through out France on the 11th November.

Sarlat film Festival 14th to the 18th November
 
 

The Tree of Liberty

To be found in Daglan village by the footbridge over the River Céou behind the Salle Des Fêtes. This magnificent Plane Tree was planted at the end of the French Revolution in 1789 to symbolize Liberty, and is still going strong.

It is by far the largest tree in this area and has not yet finished growing. They can grow from between twenty five to fifty five meters high and can live for up to 4000 years. What tales it could tell of the history of the village and its people.

The tree’s characteristic bark breaks into scales called rhytidomes which release yellowish areas and allow the cork to appear. The bark has a snake skin appearance which it sheds every Autumn.

Its fruit is generally hairy, usually hanging in balls that mature in Autumn, unsure if edible or not.

The tree leaf can be used as a dressing against hot and severe tumours, to reduce the swelling.

Several species are planted as urban ornamental and alignment trees along streets and roads particularly in the Perigord area.

A magnificent tree.

 

Just had to give it a hug.

 

The gorgeous mist in the early morning shrouding the hills around the village in a coat of grey. Which was transformed into brilliant sunshine later on in the day.

 

We will not be able to blog for a couple of weeks. My husband was diagnosed with prostrate cancer a few months ago. To say the least it has been a very stressful and worrying time, however he is going to have an operation on the 30th October. So all keep your fingers crossed for him.

Take care my darling, you will be home soon.

 
 

If you go down to the woods today

you are sure of a big surprise!

You will find the famous Josephine Baker and mushrooms!

The sign below tells us:- Josephine Baker (1906-1975) was the first black artist of international renown. A victim of racial segregation in the United Sates, she arrived in France in 1925 at the age of 19 and worked in La Black Revue.

She was a resistance fighter of the 1940’s during the Second World War, she carried secret messages during her travels abroad with her troupe. She was awarded the cross of Chevalier de la Legion d’Honour.

She also adopted twelve children from different continents to create her humanist ideal, which she called “Rainbow Tribe”.

She died at 69 years of age after being chased from her Milandes Château which she named ”World Village and Capital of the Fraternity”. Her children were taken in by Princess Grace of Monaco, who also organised her funeral.

All artistic work is by the children from the Primary School in Daglan, it is truly amazing.

She is dancing on the grass in front of her children, wearing her famous bananas.
More information about this courageous women can be found at http://www.milandes.com/

or visit Château des Milandes 
 

The display is by the still Céou river behind the Salle Des Fetes in Daglan.
 

An idyllic spot for a picnic.
 

These mushrooms were found all around the artistic work. Paul and I are unsure what type of mushroom they are. So we did not pick any. If anyone knows please tell us via our blog.
 

And more, help anyone?
 
 

Daglan on a hot Autumn Sunday.

It promised to be a gorgeous sunny day yesterday and as is usual on a Sunday morning it was to be a picnic breakfast by the shore of the River Dordogne near to Castelnaud. We have been known to enjoy our breakfast picnics on a winters mornings while sitting in the car with freezing conditions outside, but today I think that we are due the lovely mist which meanders its way along the valley.

Picnic all packed and ready to go. Unfortunately Cleo had other ideas. She has taken recently to protesting by sitting either on my handbag or as you can see the picnic hamper. Unsure if she is thinking “take me with you”, or “I am not letting you go”.
 

The mist raising above the trees.

While enjoying the views and the pastries from Maison Carre the sun was busy burning off the mist. Picnic over and back to Daglan where it’s twenty four degrees in the shade and counting. Autumn is coming fast but lets hang on to Summer for a day or two more.
 

Daglan in the sun. This was my second short walk this week. I pulled various muscles in my back a few weeks ago which has been extremely painful but with the help of my physiotherapist, who is brilliant, I should be back to ‘normal’ soon.
 

At the moment the water level in the River Céou is very low.
 

While returning from the river we meandered the pretty village streets, the various homes of the villagers caught my eye.
 

Gorgeous planting complements the exterior of the houses in Daglan.
 

I love the array of pots at the side of the steps leading up to the veranda.
 

I just could not resist taking a picture of my favourite motorbike parked in the village square.
 
 
Events:-
Vitrac 28th September poetic concert of Isabella Marolleau and Jean-Luc Lavergne.
Sarlat 29th September Vintage cars and motorbikes
Sarlat Movie Festival from 14th to the 18th November