Fête de La Saint-Louis – Daglan

Preparation have been under way for days and weeks so the stage was set for the biggest event of the year, The annual Fête de La Saint-Louis held last weekend.

The bumper cars had somehow wrapped themselves around the fountain, it amazes me how such a huge arena can fit in the Square de La Liberty. The loud-speakers were raised into place but silence reigned over the village.

My eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light.
That split the night
And touched the Sound of Silence.
And in the naked light I saw.
Ten thousand people, maybe more.

  • Simon and Garfunkel.
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    Then the noise started, the bumpers cars on their own are fine, However, when the music starts the whole of the house shakes to the rhythm of the loud thumping bass. Only once a year over four nights without sleep. We can do this.

    My moan about the bumper cars is over… The highlight of the weekend is always the carnival through the streets of Daglan which takes place on the Sunday.

    This years theme was historic inventions,

    The first float was the most important invention, a still.
     

    The invention of plastic.
     

    A brilliant air-plane (RAF).

    The amount of work that goes into creating the floats each year is amazing.

    People danced and sang along along with the band.
     

    The invention of the steam paddle boat, complete with life saving equipment and bottles of, well not sure but the passengers loved it.
     

    Laurel and Hardy (left of the picture) can be seen running to catch the train. The awesome train had first and third class compartments. First class with comfy chairs, candelabra, champagne etc. Third class I am afraid had only wooden seats. all very true of the time period.
     

    People in costumes who rode or walked beside the train.
     


    I was so pleased to see two of the nurses that have helped my recovery. I cannot thank you enough, you are brilliant.
     
     

    Events:-

    29th August.
    Musketeers of Roy. The son of the Lord of Caumont is looking for musketeers to present to the King, (Children only). Who will dress in musketeer costumes and discover fencing in complete safety. The workshop lasts about thirty minutes. Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

    7th and 8th September
    20th Dordogne-Perigord Canoe/Kayak Marathon from Saint Julien de Lampon to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
     
     

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    Bastille Day

    La Fête Nationale is an extremely important day celebrated through out France on July 14th.

    Unfortunately I could not attend the ceremony held at the village memorial, I was so tired after my earlier short walk around the market, but I shall be there next year. My husband took the pictures for me.

    The pride of the villages can be seen on peoples faces as they gather around the village monument.
     

    Monsieur Cabianca raising the French flag and the placing of the gorgeous flowers.
     

    The speech was given by our Mayor, Monsieur Dussol which focused onto the history of France, liberty, and cultures coming together.
     

    Following a minutes silence was the singing of the French National Anthem which always brings a few tears to my eyes due to how many lives were lost for the liberty of France.
     
     

    Events:-
    Domme, 19th July. Concert of Traditional Russian and Gypsy songs by Ensemble Chaika .
    Daglan, 28th July. Fête de la Gastronomie.

    Happy 30th Birthday French Property News.

    I have been emailed by a few people asking about properties to buy in the Perigord. It seems that Brexit has definitely given people that little extra push in the right direction to move to France on a permanent or semi permanent basis. So if I can help anyone just ask about properties, the buying process etc.

    A good place to start of course is the internet housing agents (immoblier) and look at French Property News Magazine, they are also online with a great deal of properties for sale along with advice on buying, renovating, living in France etc.

    This year marks their 30th Birthday, brilliant and of course congratulations. I was working out a few days ago how many years we have been buying the magazine, this will mark our 29th year.
     

    First a couple of pictures of the gorgeous scenery of Daglan …
    … to temp the appetite.
     

    A walk down by the river Ceou on a hot day was perfect for a morning coffee, while we sat and watched the water go by.
     

    Now two of the properties for sale in Daglan.

    Five bedroom on 2,000 m² of land with separate studio apartment, garage and swimming pool€295.000
     

    Stone house to renovate with 1115 m² of land.€45.000
     

    The next two are not for sale but I could not resist taking a picture of the insect hotel.

     

    And these gorgeous roses at the side of the presbytery with its French blue shutters.

     
     

    Events : –

     
     

    Fête du Printemps

    You do not need to wait until May to see the flowers in bloom.

    From the moment that March begins signs of Spring are all around. From lighter mornings and evenings, to the multitude of gorgeous flowers, plants and trees emergeing into bloom as soon as the sun begins to shine.

    Our Spring delight is of course the Daglan Flower Festival. Which this morning was brimming with vivid colours and intriguingly inviting perfumes of new blooms.
     

    Lemon tree very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet,
    but the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat.

    From a song written in the 1930s by Will Holt.

    This one on sale today was magnificent.

    I love lemons:- Reminders of Lemoncello which we drank for the first time on a very hot day in Sorrento, gorgeous. Lemon flavoured cakes, puddings, main courses the list is endless.
     

    Every flower that you could possibly think of was for sale today, plus exotic trees and shrubs, herbs and honey.
     

    Hush, you can hear it?
    The rustling in the grass.
    Bringing you the welcome news that Winter’s day is long past.
    Soft, can you feel it?
    The warm caressing breeze,
    Telling you that the buds are bursting from on the trees.
    Look, can you see them?
    The primrose, daffodil and rose.
    Now you must believe it, Spring is here again.

    It Must Be Spring by May Fenn 2014.
     

    From Exotic trees and shrubs…

    … to gorgeous perfumed roses – and everything in between.
     

    All of the proceeds from this cakes, biscuits and drinks stall go to the local schools of Daglan, Castlenaud, and St Cyprian.
     

    There was also potpourri mineral, packets of seeds, ornaments, garden equipment, pots and in the Ancien Presbytere, talks and information on orchids and bee keeping.

    Not forgetting books for sale in the Salle de Fetes were you could also buy hot or cold drinks.
     
     

    Event:-

    Club De L’Amitie Daglanaise.

    An excellent first meal of the year was provided after the Club AGM yesterday, created by Chef Fabrice of La Cantine which is situated in Daglan village.

    Of course it is not only the food which draws people, club business, projects, election of new committee members and it is a brilliant chance for a catch up with friends and a great opportunity to meet new people.


     

    Excellent service, company, food and wine.
     

    Bon Appetit.
     

    My main course was a delicious vegetarian option. I must try and get the recipe from Fabrice.
     

    The Three Musketeers.
     

    Congratulations Elaine for your appointment to the Committee.
     

    Presentation of flowers or a bottle of wine for Birthday celebrations.
     

    Big hugs.
     

    Gorgeous smiles. Look forward to our next meal together.
     
     

    Event:-La Chandeleur will be celebrated on the 2nd February. It originates from an ancient Latin and Pagan festival. Later becoming the Christian celebration of Candlemas, bringing hope and warmth in the midst of Winter.

    Traditionally in France It is when people make delicious crêpes for everyone to enjoy. You should hold a gold coin in one hand while flipping the crêpe in the pan with the other. If you succeed in flipping the crêpe, you will have a prosperous and fortunate year ahead.