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.
 
 

And The Rain Came Down.

Down the winding
roads of Daglan,
march the tattered hosts of rain,
while the wind with vagrant fife
whips their chilly ranks to life.

 

On a recent drive to Sarlat we saw the result of the heavy rainfall we have been having which has caused quite a few of the nearby fields to be flooded.

The usually tranquil River Ceou just outside Daglan.
 

More waterlogged fields flooding from the left and the right of this picture.
 

The tree line, now in water on the flooded banks of the River Dordogne at Castlenaud,

This is the spot where we normally enjoy summer breakfast picnics.
 

Extremely high but not over the banks.
 
 

Events:-


 
 

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.
 
 

I Am Back?

Back to blogging and now able to venture outside for short outings. It has been a long road to recovery since my operation but I am improving day by day. Last Sunday afternoon was my first trip out in the car to Castlenaud. I did not get out of the car but oh my, it felt so good to sit for a while and watch the river Dordogne flow by.

Just a few steps out of our courtyard and I was in glorious sunshine.
 

Castlenaud, underneath the duck egg blue sky.
 

Just past the bridge at Castlenaud on the road to Milandes we stopped to watch the river. It is at a very high level but not going over the bank, thank goodness.
 

Paul took another picture for me from the opposite direction. It shows how very high and fast flowing the river is.
 

The first signs of Spring, on the branches of this tree are little catkins.
 

Not a lot of green on the trees yet but tiny buds and the ivy is showing signs of growth.
 

Le place de la Liberté, Daglan basking in the sunshine.
 

My second outing was yesterday to Cenac in the car. Very unsure if I could go inside the supermarket because I get tied very quickly and my back pain has returned. Enough of my moaning, the good news is that yes I was able to go to the supermarket and help Paul with shopping, a slow walk but I made it. Another first… Brilliant.
 

Events:-

Sarlat, 15th February there will be a Cultural display at the Centre Culturel on Rue Gaubert, Sarlat.

Sarlat, 15th and 22nd February Truffle Festival

Daglan, Sunday 16th and Sunday 23rd at 11am, Daglan Truffle Market in the school yard behind the Mairie.

Daglan, March 22nd Come and Celebrate Spring with the Flower Festival.
 
 

I Made It To Castelnaud!

It was the first time that I had been out in our car for a drive since my operation so I was a little nervous, but I made it to Castlenaud with only a little back pain. In agony on our return journey but more on that later. So to celebrate we had a delicious picnic lunch on the banks of the River Dordogne and then settled down to relax for a while and people watch.

There was lot of action on the river.
 

It was a hot day but not too hot so ideal for canoeing.
 

The traditional gabarres are so relaxing for a journey down the river.
 


All too soon it was time for the journey back home. At first I felt alright then pain hit my back in a major way. So much so that I had to lay on my bed for the rest of the day. My first thought on returning home was my goodness what do I do on Friday when we drive for about one and a half to see my consultant.

Friday came, armed with a soft pillow, water, pain killers and cream we set off on our daunting journey. We had not gone very far, well nearly to Cenac when the extreme pain hit my back. Needless to say that it was not a pleasant journey and I was so pleased to reach the hospital. Good news, my consultant is pleased with my progress. The not so good news is that I have to continue his consultations for about a year. Back to the good news, I can come off my diet and I am now able to eat what I like… within reason. Chocolate, I bought my first bar today, I will only have a couple of pieces, I promise, just to see if my tummy will tolerate chocolate. I do hope so.
 
 

Events:-
Daglan, 28th July. Fête de la Gastronomie.
Sarlat 20th July to the 5th August, Theatre Festival.