French Property News magazine.

Black Diamond.

Towards the end of last year I was asked by the editor of French Property News Magazine to write an article for them about how we found our home, the buying process, the renovation work, Daglan village and the surrounding area. At first nerves took hold and I thought no, then on reading past blogs and our experiences, who could forget the arsenic paint on our toilet door, or the shower that kept me practising Yoga every time that I used it!, I thought yes I can write the article.

The editor loved the article and our pictures and it was published in the March issue of French Property News magazine and now the April issue has been published I can show my article in our blog for you to read. I hope that you like it.

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Its so Cold


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-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

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.


Le Domme Express + Hidden Gems

These two “express” trains offer tourists a guided tour around Domme. The tour lasts about twenty minutes with visits to Porte des Tours (templar prison) and Panorama Maison du Gouverneur or the entrance to the caves of Porte Delbos, and of course the ramparts at Porte de la Combe.
Domme ExpressThe trains stop in the large car park below the Porte des Tours. It’s well worth hopping on there to save the steep climb up to the town.

Domme Express

Hidden Gems

Flying Plant PotThis is one of the hidden gems, it was only after several visits to Domme that I spotted it and just had to take a picture. If you look closely it seems that the large plant pot is precariously balancing right on the edge of the metal sign above the café next to the car park in Domme centre.

Ancient PlanterIf you have the time take a walk off the main street to wander the charming side roads you will find this gem of a planter. The knight’s templar fighting in the holly war.

To end the year

Just a few of our favourite Perigord photographs

At this time of year I always look back on the year and reflect on our time in the Perigord. So I thought that it would be nice to end the year with a few of my favourite photographs.

Magical Domme rising above the mist

Magical Domme, rising above the mist

Musicians outside the Cathedral in Sarlat

Musicians outside Saint-Sacerdos Cathedral in Sarlat

Strictly Come Dancing in Daglan

Our home and Paul looking like he is practising for Strictly Come Dancing

Bathed in sunlight

Church of St. Martin bathed in sunlight

I know, not French but so cute

I know, not French but so cute
our Angel having a stretch and a large yawn, on the bed

I am having a break from the blog for Christmas, so a Very Happy Christmas and New Year and Thank You so much for reading and following our blog it does mean a lot. I will blog again in January.

Joyeux Noel to everyone

Hidden gems of Domme

If you turn of the main street of Domme with all of the interesting shops, market and cafes, you come across some very interesting gems. We thought that we had seen most of Domme but we had not. If you go to the top of the main street to experience the terrific views of the surrounding area, then turn left and follow the wall you will come across a lovely park were you can sit and have a picnic.

This sign is to be found just outside the park area.

This sign is to be found close to the park area.

Turn first right from the main car park you travel down the slope of ‘rue del la Porte des Tours’, towards one of the main gates, which was the prison cells for the Knights Templar who were imprisoned there by Philip the Fair in 1307 until they died in 1318. On route to the Knights Templar prison cells, you will find a stone plaque with carved symbols of the cross which the Knights used to send messages and on the wall on the right you will find the code which they used. The crosses were carved into the walls of their cells with other graffiti.

Code and the code breaker.

Code and the code breaker.

I just had to take this picture of this beautiful house with its blue shutters and grapes dripping from the vine.

grapes dripping from the vine

grapes dripping from the vine

Back to Daglan after our visit to Domme and another hidden gem, our home is on this sign bottom right.

You can see our house from here

Daglan, You can see our house from here

After a long morning enjoying our walk around Domme it was time for lunch, so we stopped at Fabrice le Chef Boutique shop, for a delicious Thai fish curry with rice.

Fabrice le Chef

Fabrice le Chef
food Boutique, Thai fish curry