A Dance Around The Supermarket…

…or How We Live Through A Plague Situation.

Our first outing in a week for provisions was shall we say interesting but strange. We were on route to a supermarket in Sarlat when we were stopped in Cenac by a very friendly police officer who wanted to see our form (download here). Everyone must fill one out and take a completed form with them whereever they go, chemist, supermarket, walking etc. After reading through the form the officer asked if we were shopping for food and then sent us on our way.

On we traveled through deserted villages until we reached the supermarket. Where a queue had formed outside with people standing one or two meters away from each other. By the doors stood men looking like bouncers who were letting in a few people at a time. No arguments there.

A dance around the supermarket followed. Remembering that we needed to stay one metre away from the next person was interesting, for example, we turned into the cereal isle which was occupied by another person. What to do, stay still and wait or move to another place? … But the other person has spotted us and quickly vanished around the corner.

It reminded me of a very old Movie of the Scarlet Pimpernel, “We seek him here we seek him there”.

We could still buy what we wanted from fresh to frozen, even toilet rolls, which we are told are sold out in many shops in England! Only dried yeast for bread making and alcohol based hand gel were out of stock.
 

Back in Daglan the 8 á Huit is open as normal, with the 1 metre social distancing limit. Restaurants La Cantine and La Petite Paris are offering take out meals.


 

The take away menu at La Canteen yesterday.
 
 

The take away menu at La Petite Paris yesterday.
 
A great Idea for supporting the community in these strange times
 
 

Events:-throughout France are all cancelled including the Flower Festival which was to take place in Daglan this Sunday.
 
 

Next time, How we live through cabin fever.
 
 

The Last Duel

Last week as we drove through Beynac there were various signs to indicate something big was happening. Bright yellow signs were posted everywhere directing to “Crew Parking”, “Technicians parking”, “Caravan parking” and the give away “Set”.

We have now learned what it was all about from The Connexion newspaper

Below is an extract from their article explaining all…
 


Hollywood movie stars come to small French town

Local restaurant La Couleverine posted a tweet thanking Matt Damon for visiting, and the actor appeared happy to pose for photos.
 

The Dordogne has welcomed Hollywood stars Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Adam Driver – plus director Ridley Scott – as they film their latest blockbuster in the small town of Sarlat-la-Canéda.

The team of 800 technicians and 800 actors are filming The Last Duel in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine town, including at the Château de Beynac. They have also been based in the 15,000m2 warehouses of tobacco company France Tabac.

This is the biggest film production to have taken place in the town, which has previously been the site of movies such as Les Visiteurs 2 and Jeanne d’Arc.

Set for release in 2021, the movie is about “the last duel” to have been organised in France, said to have been between the Carrouges Knight and a squire, in the year 1386.
 

Read more at The Connexion, the English-language website all about France.
 
 

Laissez vous Tenter.

Sarlat Truffle Festival 2019

They say the woods around Daglan
grow secrets in the ground,
and the Perigord Noir hide the rarest
of truffles to be found.

The truffle may be ugly,
found by pig or dog,
but everyone agrees
its flavour is to savor.

Hundreds of people were tightly packed around a marquee full of truffles in the Medieval Quarter of Sarlat last Saturday morning. After waiting a few minutes a loud sigh was heard from the gathered crowed as the side panels were removed from the marquee and each person breathed the amazing truffle aroma emanating from within.

And this is what it was for, Perigord Black Gold of every size and every price.
 

A close up. The truffles in the basket on the left were grade 1 priced at €900 per kilo.
 

There were also stalls selling delicious Street Food and with demonstrations of truffle based cuisine from Master Chefs.
 

We are very predictable, we looked for the truffle macaroons. Which are delicious. Just had to buy four, for testing purposes of course.
 

A first for us, truffle cheese. Which is rich and creamy with the distinctive flavour of truffle, I can highly recommend it.
 
 

Don’t miss Daglan’s Truffle Market which is open until February.
 
 

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.
 
 

Bonne Année.

Looking back over 2018 it has been an unusual year full of stress, worry and a few high notes. With the prospect of more eventful times to come with Brexit casting its dark shadow over our heads. Things are, shall we say, very uncertain.

What I thought is needed in these difficult times are a few delights and some positive thinking to bring a smile to our faces.

What could be more delightful than teddy bears, which started to appear in shops, cafes and Metro Stations across Paris not so long ago, not as a publicity stunt but just to bring a smile to peoples faces. This wonderful idea has gone nationwide and teddy bears started to appear everywhere. So it came has no surprise that they have been spotted in Sarlat.

Sarlat Tourist Office, adorned with Seasonal decorations and Teddy Bears.
 

Next to the Cathedral. Brilliant, it made me smile.
 

Another smile from an heart warming tale that I read recently. A stranger paid for the entire remaining stock of a sandwich shop so that future customers could eat for free. The man in his fifties, who wanted to remain anonymous, surprised staff at the Sandwich House in Grenoble by paying 238 euros for everything in the shop, pastries, cakes, sandwiches, pizzas and panini.
 

Who could not smile at our fury baby Cleo who was very excited on Christmas morning. “Another mouse”, and lots of crinkly paper… what a happy girl.
 

Angel, looking so gorgeous.

She is unwell at the moment but the vet gave us good news, she just has a tummy bug and she should be feeling better by Monday.
 
 

So staying with good news, the best time for truffles is here.

Daglan truffle market opens in the school playground every Sunday at eleven o’clock until the end of February.

Sarlat Truffle Festival is on the 19th and 20th January. Not only can you buyg truffles but there will be demonstrations and tasting of truffle creations by master chefs. You must try the truffle macaroons, they are gorgeous.
We tried grated truffle in creamed potato for the first time last week, so good.