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.
Daglan, 28th July. Fête de la Gastronomie.
Sarlat 20th July to the 5th August, Theatre Festival.
My goodness, the sun was shining, the sky was blue and there was no rain to greet me on my visit to Blackpool last week to see our son.
Blackpool became a major tourist centre when the railway was built in the 1840’s connecting it to the industrial regions of the North West of England. One of the oldest hotels of this period is the Savoy which was built in 1899 and it was this hotel I stayed for a few days. It is situated about 3km from Blackpool centre, near to the Promenade in the North Shore area.
My room was on the left of the above picture, at the side of the hotel. It had a really nice comfy bed with a spacious bathroom, gorgeous.
The Reception and Comfortable Lounge area.
The iconic Tower is on the right of the picture. It was built in 1894 and will be 125 years old this year. It was the brainchild of Sir John Bickerstaff, a former Mayor of Blackpool who was a distant ancestral relative of my husband.
Being a big fan of Star Trek I was overjoyed to see the tableaux of Patrick Stewart advertising the new Star Trek exhibition in the centre of Blackpool. A must see for any Trekkers planning to have a holiday in the area.
It was so brilliant visiting our son and seeing the changes that have occurred in the Blackpool area, but would I return? Although I do like the improvements that have been made since we left the town the answer is a definite no, we love France too much to return to England.
Event:-Easter Weekend, events everywhere, check with you local tourist office.
Unfortunately Christine cannot write a blog this week due to swelling around her eyes so this one comes from Paul. Chris has seen two doctors and had x-rays to eliminate alleges and sinus problems, she will be seeing an eye specialist next week. So we are keeping fingers crossed that normal service can be will soon be resumed and all will be well before the Daglan Spring Flower Festival and Sarlat Chocolate Festival in 2 weeks time.
Yesterday we popped into Belves, on our return we stopped for a few moments to admire the amazing sculptures at Terre Sauvage in Vaurez.
Their recycled creations are made entirely by hand from recycled metal drums, car body and refrigerator panels.
Elephants, giraffes, rhinos, boar, horses, birds and more can be found in the garden of Laurent Picherit. Here are a few examples of his wonderful work.
The menagerie including a galloping turkey and a prancing horse.
The 8 à Huit in Daglan will be closed 9th and 10th March
300g good quality plain chocolate
optional-add 100g milk chocolate
100g light muscovado sugar
85g butter, at room temperature
100g crunchy peanut butter
1 medium egg
half a teaspoon vanilla extract
100g self-raising flour
1. Heat the oven to 180C/fan or gas mark 4
2. Chop 200g of the plain chocolate into a bowl. Melt in the microwave on medium power for about one or two minutes.
3. Stir the chocolate until completely melted then tip in the sugar, butter, peanut butter, egg and vanilla. Beat until well mixed then stir in the self-raising flour
4. The mixture will feel quite soft and drop easily from the spoon when shaken.
5. Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto paper lined baking sheets leaving room for the cookies to spread.
6. Sprinkle the remaining broken bits of chocolate onto the top of the cookies.
7. Bake for about 10 to 12 mins until the cookies are darker around the edges. They will be softer in the middle and crunchy on the outside. Cook for a few minutes longer for a crisper cookie.
8. Leave the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for about five minutes then transfer to a wire cooling rack.
They will keep for about 4 or 5 days in an airtight tin.
Enjoy, they are very yummy.
Event:-the Daglan Spring Flower Festival will be held on the 17th March.
Spring is here,
in the air,
you can smell it coming
on the breeze.
It seems a little early but we have seen good signs that spring is just around the corner. It has been a strange February with below freezing temperatures when I get up in the mornings to feed the stray cats (have four now). However, during the course of the morning the temperature rises to 19 or 20C. So a thick sweater is wise in the morning and a light top in the afternoon. It is great getting outside to enjoy the scenery once more.
The first sign of Spring for us is always when the flower lady arrives back in Daglan for the Sunday market,
with her gorgeous array of colours.
Daffodowndilly by A.A Milne
She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,
She wore her greenest gown;
She turned to the south wind,
and curtsied up and down.
She turned to the sunlight and shook her yellow head,
and whispered to her neighbour:
“Winter is dead”.
Still quite deep and very fast flowing, the River Ceou so sparkling clean for wild life.
A gorgeous display of spring flowers in our neighbours garden.
Coccus, with their heads turned towards the sun
New for spring. Book selves have been placed into the old bus shelter. So that now we have two book exchanges. The other book swap is next to the Marie.
My favourite Festival in Sarlat will be held on 16th and 17th March.
Visit this marvelous event to watch and sample the Master Chocolatiers creations.