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.
The Fête de la Gastronomie was a great success. The rain clouds had rolled away and the sun was shining brightly on the vast number of people who attended the event in Daglan yesterday. Fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese, wine, bread, cakes, the list goes on. Everything that you would want to eat in the square or to take home. No need either to look for something to drink there were wine sellers, artisan beers and a bar selling wine and soft drinks. They also had cooking demonstrations and a truffle dog who always seems to be attracted to the aroma of the sausage stall.
It was an all day event which everyone enjoyed.
Not only in the Place de la Liberté, there were stalls lining the main street too.
“The bar is now open for customers”.
The aroma of French markets is wonderful. I particularly liked the spice stall.
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.
The outdoor gym is situated next to the tennis court behind the Salle des Fêtes in the village. So you can work out while watching a game of tennis or while taking in the gorgeous vista of the trees, plants and river of the Ceou Valley.
There is a good range of equipment which looks amazing but it is fenced off with red and white tape at the moment, so people need to be a little patience to give the grass time to grow, hence the patches on the lawn in the pictures below.
I shall have a go once it is open. Years ago I went to a gym near to were we lived in Blackpool and I could not move anything, it was as though the apparatus was in permanent lock mode. So do not expect too much.
Maybe I should stick to my Yoga and my exercise bike for now.
Then I shall start with something easy, well that is my plan, we will see.