Diamonds of Perigord.

The first black truffles of winter arrived in Daglan this morning and Paul was there ready and waiting to see the quality on display as were so many of the other villagers.

The aromatic smell and the dark brown almost black skin is amazing, they can regularly reach up to 10cm across although some can be bigger, one was found in the Perigord in 2012 with a mass of 1.277 kg.

The flesh is at first white, then dark which is flecked by white veins which turn brown with age. The best truffles are to be found in the forests of the Perigord with the help of a truffle dog or the occasional truffle pig. Pigs have the better nose for sniffing out the truffles but in recent years they are used less and less because they do enjoy eating them.

Truffles have earned the name ‘Diamonds of Perigord’.

Waiting to look and buy.
 

Catching up with friends at the truffle market.
 

I love the elderly gentleman on the right, his facial expression as he looks down proudly at his truffles.
 

Paul opted for one of these lovelies.
 

I had to be very quick taking this picture of our truffle, our cat Cleo just adores the smell. Last seen hunting the screwed up paper bag that our truffle came in, Who knows she could be the first truffle cat of the Perigord.
 

In cooking; black truffles refine the taste of meat, fish, soups, pasta, risotto etc. We love truffle eggs, truffle grated onto tagliatelle, truffle butter on fresh crusty bread or placed into a jar of rice for a few days so the magnificent aroma permeates the rice.

Daglan Truffle Market is held in the school yard behind the Mairie every Sunday at 11 o’clock until the end of February.

Pop in and buy one or two or more and enjoy.
 
 

Paul and I visited Sarlat Christmas Market yesterday, due to the Truffle market I got a little side tracked, next blog… I promise
 
 

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Good News, we can still buy French bread!

There is no milk in our supermarket in Daglan. In-fact no milk and no deliveries of most things will be arriving in any Supermarket for at least another week but local bread is still being delivered.

France’s major strike by the Gilets Jaunes (yellow vests) is having an effect on the Perigord area in which we live. The Gilets Jaunes are protesting against sharp increases in diesel and petrol prices which could come into force in January. This impacts on the overall rising costs of food etc. and therefore the fall in living standards for a lot of people.

We experienced the strike first hand this morning has we drove to Sarlat market. The roundabouts at two major junctions were very active with people wearing yellow vests, but traffic was flowing. On the way back from Sarlat we observed protesters who were stopping traffic going into Sarlat. Unsure for how long the delay was but expect some delays over the next few days.

More news, you can still buy local fresh vegetables and fruit at the markets… That is if you can get to them.
 

Excellent News for me this week. I have had my first Commission for my artisan embroidery work.

Truffles and truffle oil.
 

Walnuts in a wicker basket.
 

I am so trilled, excited and so very pleased that the person who commissioned me loves the embroidery pictures which will go into her two gites named “Walnut” and “Truffle”.

I am working towards an exhibition in Daglan next July and August. Which will cover a variety of themes and local interest, plus embroidered bags, cushions, pillow cases, lavender hearts etc.
 
 

Event:-Sarlat Marché de Noël, 5th to the 31st December. This years theme is Spain, I can not wait.
 
 

Armistice Day

Extract from Anthem for Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen

What passing bells for those who die as cattle?
Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.

This brief extract has always summed up for me the tragic loss of life in the First World War. We must never forget their sacrifice. This year was the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One and like the rest of France, our village of Daglan remembered those who had fought and paid the ultimate price.

At War Memorials across France on the 11th hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month the last post was sounded.
 

The names of those Daglanese who died for France was read out followed by an address by our Maire which included a message from President of France.
 

Time to pause and reflect.
 

Primary School children sang songs and recited family stories of WW1
 

Well done, so proud of you.
 

The medals of one Mort Pour La France.
 

Unveiling of the new commemorative plaque on the War Memorial, with a very poignant message by Jacques Coudon, Paysan-Poite Daglanaise.
 

A very moving ceremony then took place at the cemetery lead by the children who placed flowers on the graves and recited the name of each WW1 combatant.
 

The Marie then invited everyone for a drink and then a meal at Le Petit Paris.
 

Extract from Aftermath by Siegfried Sassoon 1919

Have you forgotten yet?
Look up, and swear by the green of the Spring that you’ll never forget.
 
 

The Season Of Mist And Mellow Horses!

Since we moved to live in France we notice the seasons far more than we did in England. We used to live in a fairly large coastal town with little in the way of nature.

Here in Daglan nature is all around us and once again the seasonal changes in and around the village are magnificent. Autumn is here in full and colourful glory and with it come the mist’s of October mornings.

Taken from the graveyard overlooking Daglan as the mist rises to greet the sun over the forest.
 
Golden trees at the rear of the graveyard are just stunning.
 

These deep reds were photographed as Paul and I walked along the lane towards the river Ceou at the side of the Château.
 

The forest in all its glory.
 

I could not believe my eyes, crocuses in bloom!
 

I Just had to stop for a chat.
 

Or two. So gentle and relaxed, magnificent horses. Just what I needed to ease a stressful day.
 

The Château grounds as the sun slowly penetrates through the trees early yesterday morning.
 
 

Event:-Sarlat 21st October, Grande Brocante d’automne. Place de la Grande Rigaudie from eight in the morning.
 
 

Garage Fire in Cenac.

The car body and paint workshop on the Grand Rue in Cénac was completely destroyed by fire last Monday, October 1st, the fire broke out around 19:00. Several gas and acetylene bottles exploded making firefighter’s work very difficult. Forty men were called to control the incident.

The facade of the building facing the Grand Rue is unstable and in danger of collapsing, a security perimeter has been set up reducing the road to single lane.

These pictures were taken the following morning.
 

Such a mess. I am so glad to say that no one was injured.
 
 

Event:-

Vide-Grenier – 7th October, eight am until six pm, Salle des Fêtes de St Cybranet.