Baynac Bypass News…

The Bordeaux appeal court has upheld a decision to stop construction of a bypass around Beynac et Cazenac that passed through an area of great natural beauty.

People have campaigned long and hard for this result, stating that it would be an environmental disaster taking a major road through one of France’s Unesco biosphere reserves.

Work was suspended a year ago following the Conseil d’Etat request for further review. Dordogne departmental council appealed but the decision was upheld with instructions that the site must be returned to its original state within a year.

This comes two years after the Dordogne prefecture approved the thirty two million bypass, half of which has already been spent. Dordogne departmental council intend to appeal to a higher court and request that the demolition of the work already done be put on hold pending further appeal.

Baynac.
 

Part of the construction already undertaken.
 

The pillars for the bridge were nearly completed when construction had to stop.
 

A lot of work is needed to return the above to its natural state. I am thinking more than a year but I could be wrong.
 
 

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.
 
 

State of the Nation

First I must appologise if this post seems rather odd to our regular readers. Chris is currently in hospital following a successful operation. Hopefully she will be back at home on Wednesday. So it is left to me to not only take the photographs (for which I also appologise) but to write about this important event.

The annual State of the Nation of Daglan speach was presented by our Maire Mr Pascal DUSSOL on Friday 10th January.

The Maire and the committee.

This is the time that people from the village and surrounding hamlets gather in the Salle des Fête for the elected officials to welcome the New Year and for the Maire to presenmt his state of Daglan speach.

Mr DUSSOL presented a very informative synopsis of the work and events held in and around the village in 2019. As is usual the hall was crowded with intent listeners.

One of the many works, (several of which I was not aware of), a new oudoor gym situated next to the tennis court. Chris wrote a blog about the new gym in May
 

And here we have the English meal.
An annual event hosted by not only British people living in the village but several other foreign nationals who have chosen to make their home here.

There were of course far too many events to report in this blog, but I will say the informative and interesting presentation continued for almost an hour.

Following the speach drinks and nibbles were offered before a tasty meal.
As you can see, there were many mouths to feed.
 

Happy New Year everyone.

Paul

 
 

Va Va Voom.

For elegance, craftsmanship and sheer pleasure you can not beat a classic car. The purring of the engine and the smell of wood and leather all combine to the uniqueness of these cars.

As you can by now understand I love old cars, classic, veteran and vintage and to have a classic car show just across the road from your home, wow, it made my year.

They arrived in ones and twos, with only a few cars at first.

Then by late afternoon, oh my, what a wonderful display.
 

Magnificent Jaguar XK 140.
 

Extremely difficult to say which one was my favourite.
 

Citroen Traction Avanti
 

Gorgeous Singer made in 1950 and still a winner. For sale if you are interested. Oops sorry Elaine, it should read Singer Car but you are a gorgeous singer.
 

Just slightly bias, to me this was the best car of the Daglan Show, A Beetle Convertible.
 

An extremely well restored Triumph Spitfire 1500.
 

This stunning Mercedes SL280 also caught my eye.
 

“Come back next year guys”, I could have spent hours just looking at each individual car, just brilliant.
 
 
Events:-

Daglan 8 a Huit Supermarket is closed 23rd to 27 September inclusive

Castlenaud-la-Chapelle 21st and the 22nd September Heritage Day. Teaching warrior customs of the late Middle Ages. Open from 10.30 on the above dates.

Sarlat, Heritage Day 21st and 22nd September, the Salamander Challenge. Canoeing, hiking, orienteering and archery.
 
 

Premier Prix Balcon Fleuri

It was so unexpected but it is so fantastic.

I had only arrived home from hospital after two operations a week before, and to be honest I was in a lot of pain and feeling very low, when a friend of ours asked Paul if she could enter our balcony into the annual Daglan flower competition. Paul said no thank you and explained that I could not tend to the flowers. However, when he told me it motivated me to think about the balcony, I decided that I could possibly get out there and maybe just tend to one of the containers per day it gave me a target to aim for, I could do this. Paul spoke to our friend who did enter our balcony in the competition.

It was a very slow process just a few steps and one container at a time but I made it. The impact on my mental and later physical state was just unbelievable. I needed that push and it worked.

A few days ago we were most surprised to be presented with a certificate, a bottle of champagne and a voucher for thirty euros for plants from a local fleuriste. I think that we both missed half of what was told to us, we were just in shock, but very happy and very proud to have won.

A very large thank you to our friend for putting our name forward, you made a big difference to my life. Thank you also to the Mairie and the Competition Jury.

The Champagne has the Marie on the label.
 

The balcony with hanging baskets. I particularly love the variegated ivy which hangs over the edge. The basket of yellow petunias were a present from Chris and Verginie at the 8 à Huit when I returned from hospital
 

Vibrant reds protrude through the green.
 

Love our cauldron which are very popular in this area for planters.
 
 

Events : This weekend.