Noël, Noël, Noël.

Welcome to Daglan Noël. Everything is ready, Santa is in his tree; lights are hanging from every vantage point; and we have decorations at the Supermarket and the Boulangerie. Not forgetting the highlight of the festive decorations, the Tree in le Place de la Liberté, it twinkles all night long, gorgeous.

Welcoming Santa at the 8 à Huit Supermarket.
 

A Splendid St Nicolas sits at the check out counter. Do not forget to put a few cents (or euros) into the charity tin in front of him.
 

Santa, sledge and reindeer parked in the branches of the tree. He really needs to park more carefully, this happens every year!
 

The street decorations that straddle the road were being hung carefully into place.
 

“A little more to the left please”.
 

It takes a lot of people and skill to erect the tree, it needs to be perfect.
 

The result of the hard work are worth it.
Decorated and with lights, looking superb, well done.
 

Our Mairie, decorated for the Noël period. Not sure if you can see but there are some of Santa’s elves on the door, wall and windows.

 
 

Events. Daglan winter truffle market, begins this Sunday at 11 and every Sunday until the end of February.
 
 

Next Blog:-Sarlat Marché De Noel, with, I am sure, hot mulled wine etc.
 
 

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Enter three Witches.

“When shall we three meet again.
In thunder,
lightening,
or in rain”.

A great place to meet on a Daglan Halloween was not the Heath but at the village 8 à Huit supermarket. It was a hub of life or should that be death with skeleton decorations placed around the till area, and a table set up near the entrance with drinks, cakes and candies.

The table is where I treated myself to a slice of chocolate cake, which was very yummy. There was also vanilla cake, chocolate marble cake and candies. Which were all much appreciated by the customers.

A yummy treat.
 

Getting into the spirit of things we see Virginie standing outside the supermarket.
 

We had a busy Halloween this year with nine groups of children and adults calling, all in costume and all looking amazing.

Look at these two trick or treaters, so cute.
 

There are many interesting folk legends in France, one that is less blood curdling is the Sarramauca.

A cauchemar (nightmare) was long thought to be caused by a creature that came at night and sat on the chest of the sleeping persons to stop them from breathing correctly. In the Occitan language, Sarramauca means ‘to tighten the chest/stomach” and refers to the feeling of breathlessness.

In our home the Sarramauca is our cat Angel who delights in sitting on my chest in order to wake me up in the morning for her breakfast.

Long ago many deaths were attributed to the Sarramauca and people would try remedies similar to those used to protect themselves against witchcraft. I wonder if they would work on Angel! Animal friendly ones of course.

No such remedies here, I love the eve of Halloween.
 

Where the place?
Upon the Heath.
There to meet with Macbeth.
I come, Graymalkin.
Paddock calls anon:
Fair is foul, and foul is fair,
Hover through the fog and filthy air.
(From scene 1.1 Macbeth)
 

No tricks here please just chocolate treats.
 

Awesome costumes. Thanks to everyone for stopping by, you made our night.

 

Due to illness both here and in England there will be no blog next week.

So take care and we hope to blog again the week after.
 
 

A Pomegranate Tree and ZZ Tops!

A rare combination I know, but wow, a pomegranate tree fruiting in The Place de la Liberte, I have never seen a pomegranate tree before. Yes, I really must get out more.

Looking truly delicious.
 

Sunday morning market in Daglan
Full of tempting delights. I can highly recommend the goats cheese.
 

Vide Grenier (empty attic)
I am still looking for a suitable box for my embroidery silks. The Vide Grenier in Daglan gave me a chance to continue my search, I did find one box but it was just too big, will keep on looking.
 

“Just need to tidy up then I am ready”.
 

This vendors magnificent beard reminded me of ZZ Tops. His stall displayed the most amazing coffee grinders and an antique Chinese vase.
 

We are very sorry that we could not attend the musical evening last night, hoping that everyone had a brilliant time.

The 8 à Huit Supermarket in Daglan will be closed from the 1st to the 8th October.
 
 

New Happenings in Daglan.

A few years ago you could not buy any vegetarian products in France. Well slightly not true, you could buy the freshest vegetables you have ever tasted, picked that morning to sell at the market. However, tofu or soya etc was not to be found. Even restaurants gave me a sympathetic ‘poor thing’ response when I said that I was vegetarian. With one response saying that they would “take the meat out of the soup”!

In more recent times things have changed for the better. Now you can order vegetarian meals in most restaurants and you can buy vegetarian products right here at the 8 à Huit in Daglan. Tofu and BIO foods, absolutely brilliant.
 

Here you can see more of the range of products on offer. Do come and try out a few.
 

Chris and Virginie are always there to help.
 

They also sell a good range of wines too and are open from eight in the morning to eight at night during the summer season.
 

Daglan is in full bloom and more and more planting is taking place.
 

Gorgeous, well done.
 

Last but not least a wonderful new jewellery stall has appeared in the Daglan Sunday market.

Superb jewellery made from Capim Dourado ( Brazilian for golden grass). The plant which is transformed into such gorgeous jewellery is indigenous to the central region of Cerrado in Brazil and is only harvested from the end of September to the end of November.

Capim Dourado, with its sustainable and environmentally friendly growing and harvesting is the main source of income for the Xerente ethnic group of people that live in the area.

In order to import these golden jewels a partnership was developed directly with the local artisans. So that the entire collection’s origin is certified, all of the jewellery is handmade in Jalapao to the strict regulations of the area.

The only material used in the collection is the ‘golden grass’, with gold-plated mounts in order to keep the jeweller’s quality. Which is amazing and so light. I particularly like the ear rings and the bracelets.
 
 

Events:-

Free Rock Concert on the 21st June at La Roque-Gageac from 7pm in the village.

Fête de la Music begins 21st June in Sarlat.

Sports Day from 9am, hiking, football, archery, paintball and a bouncy castle on the 24th June at Vitrac.
 
 

Success for Daglan’s first Truffle Market.

Our village held its first truffle market today in the play area of the village school which is situated behind the Mairie in the centre of Daglan. We arrived to join a long queue of people who were waiting for the eleven o’clock school bell to ring which was the sign that the truffle market was open.

On sale were a variety of Summer truffles which are similar to the Burgundy Truffle which Paul and I have never tasted before. Slightly less aroma than the Winter truffle but just as tasty.

Wow amazing, this very grand truffle was on display.
 

A sample of the wares on display offered by the truffle vendors. I was so pleased that all of the truffles were from Daglan and the local area.
 

We headed towards one truffle seller in particular, because the Chief from La Petit Paris restaurant and Chris from our local 8 à Huit supermarket were buying from him, experts of the village. We also saw Fabrice buying some truffles for La Cantine which is another very good restaurant in our village.
 

Treats provided by the Mairie, very yummy truffle butter on the slices of baguette. Plus crisps and local wine.
 

Rosé wine was served by our Maire and members the council. Vin de Domme and very nice it was too.
 

Here is our truffles, a real bargain at only five euro for the three, all ready to permeate the eggs. After which they will be used in a variety of dishes. I love truffle grated over tagliatelle which as been enriched with a cream sauce.