All I need is a Château!

A Brocante in Daglan village always draws in the crowds from far and wide. Paul and I were there early in search of a bargain or two. We are still looking for a wardrobe for the guest bedroom and a chair for the veranda. But sadly we could not find what we were after. However, the following are just a few of my favourite things that I loved in this years Brocante.

Ne Pas Toucher. I just wanted to have one small touch.
 

Paul and a neighbour. “I love that painting, and the china dishes”.
 

Superb selection of just about everything was to be found over the weekend period.
 

Somehow I have a magnet that always draws me to the vintage linen stall.
 

Now these bed warmers would be handy for next Winter.
 

All I need now is a Château to go with the spinning wheels.
 

Think CSI Las Vagus and the miniature serial killer – or is it just me. Where is the miniature body? For anyone who did not see this series of CSI Las Vegas, a miniature model of the room that murder was in to be committed was cratered by the murder in such fine detail that it was an exact copy of the room were the body would be found.
 
 

Upcoming changes to the opening hours of our village 8 à Huit Supermarket. Summer is nearly here.
 
 

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A Major Success.

Well done to everyone who worked and helped to produce a Michelin Star quality six course meal.

The English speaking members of the Club de l’Amitie or Friendship Club of Daglan pulled out all of the stops yesterday to produce a Scottish themed six course meal for the people of Daglan.

Everything went brilliantly due to the meticulous planning, organising, shopping and preparation which all took place over many weeks before the main event.

Master Chefs at work in the Salle des Fêtes, preparing potted chicken and fish pie.
 

My main task was to prepare half of the desserts, Cranachan which is a Scottish dessert.
Thirty Cranachan with two Eaton Mess.

The oats for the Cranachan where toasted then you add the honey and whiskey and leave for a few hours so that the oats absorbed the flavours, which forms a delicious base for the raspberries, cream and mascarpone.
 

Places set and ready for our guests to arrive.
 

 

Bon appétit.
 

A brilliant get together.
 

Faire chabrot, mixing a little red wine in the remains of the soup which is drunk from the bowl is an old French custom.
 

Excellent service.
 

Our President Lydie Pasquet and Committee Members.
 

Committee members and most of the people who worked hard in order to produce a lovely six course meal.
 

Vivons Aimons Partageons to everyone.
 
 

Artisans of Daglan.

The sun is shining, birds are singing, flowers are blooming and the artisans are opening their doors once more. What better time is there than to focus on the various artisans of Daglan.

First of all (open all year) is our village Boulangerie situated in the place de la Liberté, who have placed tables and chairs outside the shop so that you can have a relaxing time people watching whilst enjoying a drink of coffee and a pastry.

Sherry, Angus and Paul enjoying breakfast while watching the Sunday market.
 

The Boulangerie is run by Thierry and Corinne.

Thierry is on the left of the picture. He works behind the scenes baking bread, pastries and cakes for the shop.
 

Corinne in the shop, who sells a choice of bread, pastries and cakes as well as ice creams and lollies.
 
 

Events:-27th April Belves New Orleans Jazz concert

29th April “The Fashion that Rolls”, Sarlat 3-6 Fashion show and vintage vehicles. At La Place de la Liberte.

28th April and the 19th May 10-12 St Cyprian Yoga, Meditation and Songs.
 
 

Spring in Daglan.

After the long Winter we are beginning to see the gorgeous colours of Spring. It seemed like an endless wait for Spring this year with the cold, snow, frost and rain but here it is at last. Not all of the Spring flowers are out yet but here is just a taster of the gorgeous colours that we have in Daglan at the moment.

A magnificent variety and display of tulips in a friends garden.
 

Do not know the correct name of the flowers but they are gorgeous.
 

Our own display, these only flower in the Spring Time. We have moved them from the front of our home to the courtyard at the rear were they get more light and they love it. So many flowers this year.
 

Paul sitting in our garden, I wish! This particular day it was 23C, the temperature has now reduced to about 14C with a lot of rain forecast for the next few weeks.
 

Canoe Slalom on the River Céou is all ready for people to enjoy.
 

Paul and I walked along the lane by the side of the River Céou in order to see the horses at the stables.
 

Gorgeous blossom in the lane by the side of the Château.
 
 

Children’s Carnival

The Judgement of Pétassou.

The start of Spring is always celebrated in the South West of France by the Children’s Carnival and the Judgement of Pétassou. The children of Three Schools of the Céou Valley RPI make the most cute and original costumes, then get together to parade through Daglan village with the very naughty Pétassou on the back of the tractor.

The Judgement of Pétassou dates back to Medieval Times, when he was/and still is thought to have performed many disagreeable acts from theft to large explosions, which is why he is the focus of the carnival. He is then judged by the children, found guilty and burned on a bonfire.

By the beat of the drums Pétassou is paraded through the streets of Daglan.
 

So cute the children form the Primary Schools wearing the magnificent costumes.
 

Dancing and singing by the children, teachers and parents.
 

Here he is.
 

Songs to rid the villages of Pétassou and the cold Winter months.
 

Singing the Pétassou song with actions the children of the three schools send Pétassou away, the cold of Winter is gone and the start of Spring is here.
 

The children, teachers and parents gather around the flames.
 
 

Sound the flute
Beat the drum,
Birds delight
Day and Night,
Nightingale,
Lark in the sky,
Merrily, Merrily, to welcome
in the Spring.

William Blake (1789) extract from the Songs of Innocence.
 
 

Event:- How good is this.
A Cleudo Egg Hunt at La Rogue Gageac on the 1st April. Children from 8-12 years accompanied by an adult.
Four euro per adult, two euro per child.