Nouveau Brocante.

It is always great to see a new shop being opened in Daglan and this one is no exception. If you have been to Daglan before you may have visited the hat shop in the village. Sorry to say that it closed down recently. However, we now have a brocante to take its place. Which is run by Beatrice who lives in Daglan and who you may have seen at the market selling her gorgeous Capim Dourado (golden grass) jewelry.

The Brocante is opposite the Château on the Rue de la Republique, the main road that meanders through the village.
 

Once inside you are greeted by Beatrice who will show you around or you can tour around the various antiques yourself. First for me was the jewelry which can be found on the left as you enter the building. Very nice indeed and at a good price.
 

Chairs, tables, brass ornaments and lamps are on the right.
 

A very unusual dancing ballerina in a bottle caught my eye.
 

Vintage clothes, shoes etc. are at the back of the brocante.

Plus, as an extra bonus you can order cold drinks and sit outside in the garden to enjoy.

Well worth a look or two.
 
 

Summer In Our Village.

A few months ago when Paul and I where planting seed potatoes in pots in our courtyard I thought how good it was to live here. Spring was in the air, leaves and buds on our apple tree were starting to show themselves. The birds were singing as we walked to the the river Ceou about five minutes away. Spending our lives in a relatively small area without seeing our friends and family did not occur to me.

It all changed here due to the outbreak of Covid 19 just like England and other places around the world. One of the hardest changes was being isolated from family, friends and people in general. The French are very tactile and love to meet and greet people with a kiss on both cheeks and a hug, which we have adopted and love. Our food shopping habits had also changed, no self respecting French person would dream of buying fresh produce without looking, feeling and smelling the produce on offer. These are just a few of the simple pleasures that I have missed.

As the restrictions started to be lifted France was divide into different colour zones with the lifting of restrictions being delayed in orange zones. Perigord, being in the green zone made us very lucky indeed. Although we still had keep to social distancing guidelines, wearing of face masks and disinfecting everything in sight we were able to go outside to the newly re-opened Sunday market.

Now, my goodness we can talk to people (social distancing and masks of course) and it feels so good to just ask how they are, how have they been copying over the last few months etc.

This morning, just inside our gate, I discovered a present of lavender from our friends who recently arrived back at their Daglan home after several months in Germany. The perfume is gorgeous, thank you so much.
 

Daglan in bloom. Our new pink and white roses are next to our apple tree which looks like a good crop this year.
 

I love the courtyard of a friend of ours, it is always full of flowers of every description.
 
 

La Petit Paris is open for outside eating with the metre distancing restriction in place. So book early in order to insure a table.
 

Summer flowers adorn La Cantine, all ready to welcome you for lunchtime in the sunshine.
 

Bon appetit
 
 

Our First Weekly Market.

Sunday May 17th will be remembered for a long time, for this was the date of our first Sunday Market following the relaxing of Covid-19 restrictions. There were certain constraints, hydroalcoholic hand gel at the entry, barriers and tape marked out a one way system around the market stalls, respecting distance. Each stall was placed four meters away from the next and with a barrier or tape to separate the stalls from the public. The planning and organisation by the Marie was excellent, well done.

The psychological impact of going outside to the market and seeing people (at a distance) was brilliant. It really improved the feel good factor.
 

Barriers and tape were used to control the flow of people safely around the market.
 

Signs were placed on the corners saying how important it was to use face masks when outside.
 

Strawberries, fresh vegetables, lovely goats cheese, flowers, wine, clothing and jewellery were all available.
 

This particular stall was very popular.
 

We had a voucher that we won at last years flower competition and have been unable to redeem it because of the lock down. The good news is that we were able to exchange the voucher for flowers which are shown in the picture above. So very happy.

I have noticed that it is the little things in life that mean such a lot.
 
 

The Massive Clean Up.

or – What to do when you are in lock down.

I do not think that our home and garden have ever looked so tidy and clean. That is saying something from the person who has OCD and normally cleans for three or four hours each day. However with the threat of the virus descending upon us I felt that more cleaning and disinfecting was needed. I know, cabin fever can get people that way.

First step, everything removed from the kitchen cupboards, surfaces scrubbed and disinfected. The same treatment for the fridge and the tile floors steam cleaned.

 

In the mean time Paul first power washed the veranda, then the courtyard, the lane beside our house, then the pavement in front of our house and the Boulangerie. Constantly checking for passers by so he could give them plenty of room to pass.

Paul power washing the lane.

 

Next came the utility room. The floor definitely needed attention it had not been repainted for several years. The first problem was that DIY stores are not among the shops sanctioned to be open during the lock-down so the floor paint was ordered through Amazon. While waiting for the delivery Paul set to work cleaning and preparing the floor.

Before, scuffed and dingy looking.

 

He sectioned off the utility room from the office to paint them separately. This was a good plan due to our cat Angel who wants to investigate everything. Paw prints sounded good to me!

The paint arrived the office floor painted and the mandatory cardboard wall was erected to deter Angel. Then came the utility room.

A lot of work but it looks so good when completed.

After, The completed utility room floor looking so much better.

 

The French President has announced that the lock-down will remain in place until May 11th, following which will follow a gradual easing of the restrictions. So another month of lock, down is left to clean?

Stay safe and healthy everyone.
 
 

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.