Sunday Morning in Daglan.

There are no barriers at all now!

Gone are the barriers that kept people away from the produce in the Sunday market. However, we still have the social distancing rule and of course the wearing of face masks recommended to keep control of the spread of Covid-19. Although we did notice that only about half of the people were actually wearing a face mask yesterday morning which is a bit of a worry.

The easing of the lock down has seen more people attending the market and other attractions in the village. Through the week I have noticed tourists taking photographs of the various picturesque buildings that surround Le Place de la Liberté.

Not having seen many people or camper vans for such a long time it seems like odd behaviour to me now. It just shows that people can become accustomed to what is the norm in a lock down situation.

Anyway I digress, the market was excellent, the different produce, the colours, the smells of herbs, strawberries and of course cheese was a delight to the senses.

First a visit to this wonderful stall selling hand crafted jewellery made from Brazilian Capim Dourado or golden grass.
 

The Fresh fruit and vegetables look so colorful, what a great variety of delicious tomatoes.
 

Handmade cheeses are so good.
 

A new comer to the market is the pottery artisan, visit the website at Terria Potteries. Again hand made to a high quality standard and all at a reasonable price.
 

On our walk around the market we noticed a new seat at the side of the church.
It will be excellent to sit in the shade away from the sun for a few minutes contemplation.
 

Around the base of the tree plus a very interesting Tilia Tilleul bush. Which when it is in flower will produce an excellent perfume. The plant won a price in the 1930s for its use in medicine.
 

Walk just past the tree and its new seat, on the right hand side of the chemin you will see a gorgeous garden outside the library which has been planted by the commune.
 
 

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.
 
 

Marche de Noel

This was the best Christmas market that I have ever been to in France. Well done to the ladies from the Club de l’Amitié Daglanaise craft sessions who have been organising and planning the event for the last few months and to all those who helped prepare the Salle des Fetes for a wonderful event. There has already been interest from people for a Christmas market for next year.

Step inside the wonderland.

 

Such an array of artisan products for sale, each stall was brimming with decorations, toys, ornaments and cards for Christmas. There was also, a raffle, tombola and guess the weight of the Christmas cake. We won a DVD on the tombola which I was very pleased with.
 

Mouth watering home made cakes were on display in the market café, they had nearly sold out by the end of the day.
 

“Tea, coffee, mulled wine anyone”.
 

The village school was also represented.
 

A Very festive selection of Christmas products.
 

I loved these unusual and creative meditating cats.
 

Who could resist a bit of bling from this collection.
 

Le grotte du père Noël

There was not only the Marche de Noel held in the village last weekend but being the start of the Perigord truffle season the first weekly black truffle market was held in the village school playground, which Paul and I will be visiting next Sunday to purchase our Christmas truffles.

 
 

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.
     
     

    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.