A Fathers Day Breakfast with a Sparkle!

As a Fathers Day treat a Picnic breakfast was called for, to our delight the morning was full of surprises.

First a visit to Maison Carré at Castelnaud-la-Chapelle for some wonderful pastries and breakfast by the river. It was a little chilly yesterday morning but we still enjoyed the peace of the river Dordogne.

Then for our first surprise:-Vintage cars, a Brocante and Vide Grenier, who could ask for more.
This is Paul’s favourite of the morning.
He was a rally driver in his (much) younger years and his love of fast and fascinating cars still holds true today.
 

I picked the very showy Stingray, enough said I think.
 

Two more wow my goodness cars

 

and then off to the Brocante.
If you are ever in Daglan you must call in at the Brocante. The owner pictured above was present with a nice display of antiques and bric-a-brac.
I was very tempted with the vintage containers.
 

All that was needed was the sunshine to make it perfect.
 
 

Then on to the Sunday market at St Cyprien

Who needs sunshine when you have this magnificent display of colour not only along the main road in St Cyprien but the side streets and car parks as well.
 

This display was superb. Wow, paper wisteria pink and blue hanging from the sky.
 
 

We have brilliant news, Association Pirate, cat rescue now have an office in the Presbytery in Daglan. They are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 14:00 to 17:30.

A Pirate from their Facebook page


They do brilliant work rescuing unwanted cats and placing them into new homes. So if you would like a cat to adopt or foster do call in. I think that they are also happy to receive cat food and toys. They will also help if you have lost a cat in the area. Take a look at their facebook page for the latest news.
 
 

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Water levels in and around Daglan.

Good news the water level is reducing, the not so good news is that more rain is forecast for this week. But I will stick to the good news for now. Last week the river Dordogne at La Rogue-Gageac was flooded so the road was closed. We checked it out yesterday and you can now drive through. The level of water is high but it is not now over the banks. The same goes for Castlenaud, the road through Fayrac was closed but no problem at all now.

In keeping with the good news theme the River Céou is higher than I have ever seen it before but nowhere near the top of the banks.
River Céou at Daglan.
The fast flowing river over the weir would be great for a canoeist.
 

It is a pity that the old mill is not operational, it would be great to harness the power of the water.
 

Rain rain go away.
 
 

Events:-

The first craft session was held last Wednesday afternoon in Daglan. It was great fun and I am looking forward to session two. If you are interested it is every Wednesday from two untill four at the Salle des Fêtes in Daglan.

Sarlat Truffle Festival next Saturday and Sunday, if you are going try the truffle macaroons they are so delicious.
 
 

Congratulations, Daglan has been awarded two flowers, brilliant.

Last Friday evening Paul and I joined the rest of the villagers to attend the traditional ceremony given by the Marie and the Commune. This is a lovely get together where the Marie explains what has been achieved in Daglan in 2017 and what is planned for 2018. The highlight for us was news of the award of a second flower. The Floral town/village label is awarded each year by the National Council of Towns and Villages in Bloom (Couseil National des Villages et Villages Fleuris) after the council agrees that the village/town meets certain criteria, such as landscape and plant heritage, floral displays, respect for the natural environment and living environment. Last year Daglan was awarded one flower, this year we have earned two flowers. Congratulations to all who participate and making our village so beautiful.

The above sign shows the one flower currently on the signs which are positioned at the entrances to the village.
 

The list below shows all of the activities that you can join in Daglan.
You will no doubt agree that it is quite impressive for a small village.
 

Afterwards there was an aperitif dinatoire, which is an evening buffet which unfortunately we were no able to attend.
 

Apologies for the quality of the pictures, they were taken on a new mobile phone camera, first time used inside. We will know next time to take along our old camera.

Ban on UFO landing!

In Chateuneuf-du-Pape, the Mayor of the town which is traditionally famous for its wine producing area has stated that he has no plans to lift the ban on “flying over, landing, or taking off of flying saucers in the area”. The original ban was signed by the former Mayor Lucien June in 1954, when a man told the local Mayor that he had seen two figures get out of a flying saucer. The current Mayor Claude Avril announced that “it creates a harmless bit of fun for the town”.
 

angry-cartoon-alien-ufo-illustration-looking-47714920Go to Daglan

Image courtesy Dreamstime Stock Images

Other interesting French Laws are:-
It is illegal to name your pig Napoleon
Drinking alcohol at work is forbidden except if it is wine, cider or beer!
It is illegal to kiss through the window of a train while it is on the platform!

Its so Cold

Winter

When icicles hang by the wall
And Dick the shepherd blows his nail
And Tom bears logs into the hall,
And milk comes frozen home in pail,
When Blood is nipped and ways be foul,
Then nightly sings the staring owl,
Tu-who;
Tu-whit, tu-who: a merry note,
While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.

William Shakespeare.

 

My goodness it is cold -10 a few days ago, -7 today but am I complaining well a little but you need the cold to appreciate the warmth of Spring. It is one of the many things that I love about France, you certainly notice the changing seasons – from weather to the seasonal fruit and vegetables in the markets.
 

dscn2191a“This is mine, just try to take it from me”.
 

Like all eccentric people Paul and I do not let the freezing temperatures stop us from going out, so on a -10 day we left the warmth of our home to go shopping in Sarlat. The country side did look gorgeous bathed in a frosty glow but I was observing from inside the car wrapped in a car blanket!
 

These pictures were taken later in the day near Castelnaud
dscn2226We were unsure if the Montgolfier’s were getting ready to take off or they have just landed or the owners were testing them?
 

dscn2225aUp, up and away
 

News:-
Beynac-et-Cazenac: The D703 is closed to the public until 17th February due to construction work to widen the road and pavement. Diversions are marked, and very scenic.

Domme: Major works installing new utilities – electrics, gas, water, drainage and communications, expect road and path closures. All new for the Spring season.