Daglan on a hot Autumn Sunday.

It promised to be a gorgeous sunny day yesterday and as is usual on a Sunday morning it was to be a picnic breakfast by the shore of the River Dordogne near to Castelnaud. We have been known to enjoy our breakfast picnics on a winters mornings while sitting in the car with freezing conditions outside, but today I think that we are due the lovely mist which meanders its way along the valley.

Picnic all packed and ready to go. Unfortunately Cleo had other ideas. She has taken recently to protesting by sitting either on my handbag or as you can see the picnic hamper. Unsure if she is thinking “take me with you”, or “I am not letting you go”.
 

The mist raising above the trees.

While enjoying the views and the pastries from Maison Carre the sun was busy burning off the mist. Picnic over and back to Daglan where it’s twenty four degrees in the shade and counting. Autumn is coming fast but lets hang on to Summer for a day or two more.
 

Daglan in the sun. This was my second short walk this week. I pulled various muscles in my back a few weeks ago which has been extremely painful but with the help of my physiotherapist, who is brilliant, I should be back to ‘normal’ soon.
 

At the moment the water level in the River Céou is very low.
 

While returning from the river we meandered the pretty village streets, the various homes of the villagers caught my eye.
 

Gorgeous planting complements the exterior of the houses in Daglan.
 

I love the array of pots at the side of the steps leading up to the veranda.
 

I just could not resist taking a picture of my favourite motorbike parked in the village square.
 
 
Events:-
Vitrac 28th September poetic concert of Isabella Marolleau and Jean-Luc Lavergne.
Sarlat 29th September Vintage cars and motorbikes
Sarlat Movie Festival from 14th to the 18th November
 
 

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“Is this song from the Sound of Music Mummy”?

This is what I overheard from a little girl on the next table to us while we were having lunch at Café De La Fleur yesterday. I wasn’t listening in but it was so easily heard and so funny. The song was Edith Piaf, singing Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien (No Regrets). When her mother told her that it wasn’t from the Sound of Music the girl went on to ask if the song was from the Madagascar film, “it sounds Russian to me”, she said. When her mother said no that it was a French song the little girl said “Oh I had better be quiet”, and Mummy said, “Yes do”.

Café de la Fleur, I love the bar outside for the Summer drinkers to enjoy in the sun.

 
On Paul’s second Birthday we had a meal at Cafe De La Fleur, his real Birthday was the day before. So sad they had run out of fish so there was no fish and chips to enjoy, but he loved the succulent steak and the mountain of chips. Shock of all shocks, he could not finish it all.

 
The owners of Café de La Fleur are looking for new owners to adopt two most adorable kittens.

This one just needs a little bit more practice with the magic trick of pulling the table cloth from the table.

Good news from Charlotte (who runs the Café with her husband Robin), they are thinking about having their own float for next years Fête and having a band playing at the Café one night over the Fête weekend, brilliant we will be there.

Stand by… Water, Foam, Smoke, Music… “Take Two”… Action.

Daglan Fête de la Saint-Louis – Sunday Evening.

What a transformation from a quiet village to the party capital of the Perigord. Every culture, every nationality, everyone, having a good time on the bumper cars, singing and dancing in the streets and enjoying the party.

The bumper car ride was packed from two in the afternoon until two in the morning.

 
There were two bands, Sax Banda and Bandazik, playing in the main Rue de la Napoleon in front of Le Petit Paris Restaurant.

 
Well hello sailor, Judith having a great time in the foam with a few pirates.

 
Darth Vader and one of the storm troopers are hidden underneath all of the foam. Members of the rugby club and other revellers dancing on an impromptu mobile dance floor while throwing foam onto the spectators.

 
You do not often get the opportunity to take a picture of a Star Wars storm trooper and a pirate ship together on the main road through planet Daglan!

 
Approaching Pirate Ship floating through a sea of foam.

 
At twenty past eleven everyone started to walk towards the bridge to watch the hillside come alive with a stunning firework display.

 
Wow, a brilliant Fête, well done to everyone for the organisation, planning, costumes, entertainment etc.
It truly was an amazing weekend.

 
 
Event:- St Cyprian Brocante this Saturday and Sunday.

Les Montgolfiades-Rocamadour 23rd and 24th September is the Annual two day hot air balloon festival with participants from all over Europe.

 
 

Stand by… Water, Foam, Smoke, Music… “Take One”… Action.

Daglan Fête de la Saint-Louis – Cinema Themed Parade.

Wow people certainly know how to party until the early hours of the morning in the village of Daglan. With four days of entertainment including festive meals, pétanque competitions, concerts, a parade, fireworks, and a bal musette.

The highlight for me is the parade on Sunday afternoon. Every year the parade takes on a different theme, this year it was ‘The Cinema’.

The amount of preparation and skill that goes into transforming farm tractors, trailers, old cars and even a 2 speed (stop and go fast) quad bike into flying saucers, space ships, French resistance hideaways, or pirate ships is just brilliant. The Costumes were truly amazing, Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars being my favourites.

Here are just a few of the pictures that we took yesterday so that you can get a feel of the party and celebrations.

French Resistance armed with water pistols and water bombs. Needless to say Paul and I got totally soaked.

Here you can see our intrepid cameraman Paul being shot with a stream of water.

 
The Daglan Rugby Club always know how to get the party going.

Here are a few of the guys wearing dresses.

The shouts of joy from the children could be heard over the music as they ran and played in the foam.

 
Ahoy, a pirate ship approaches with Jack Sparrow (Pascal Dussol our Maire) at the helm.

 
Brilliant, cheers guys.

 
Who you gonna call? The Ghost Busters are here.

 
In a galaxy far far away is the planet Daglan, brilliant, amazing. Yes, I am a big Star Wars fan.

 
Wow, wow and wow again.

Pictures of the evening fun will be in “take two”.

Today is the last day of the Fête de la Saint-Louis so if you are in the area come and join the party, the Bal Musette begins at 21:00 tonight.

Daglan.

Preparations for Le Fête de la Saint-Louis and the Tourist Office!

The Daglan Tourist Office/Museum is one place we have not covered much in our blog. With this in mind we set out to rectify the omission. However on our walk to the Tourist Office we became a little side tracked with the preparations for the Fête de la Saint-Louis which will be held this weekend. The bunting was already in place, then came the flags showing the themes of past Fêtes.

No plants were harmed during the taking of this photograph

 
Here we have a navigation flag indicating the theme of the 2003 Fête.
 

Tourist office and museum

If you are ever visiting Daglan do pop into the Tourist Office where you can pick up lots of information about the area.

The Tourist Office/Museum is open throughout the Spring and Summer, 10 till 12.30 and 2 till 4. closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

 
At the rear of the tourist office is a vineyard where there is a display of antique farm equipment and a variety of grapes.

The children from the Primary School in Daglan harvest the grapes in the Autumn.

Grapes are rich in vitamin C and B, glucose, fructose and have many trace elements such as calcium so have many health benefits. Not forgetting of course, they are great to eat and to drink.

 
I was once a dress designer before I became a Forensic Psychologist so this display of vintage sewing machines was fascinating for me.

You will find antique household and farm implements, instructions for dry stone walling and construction of dry stone huts for which the village is famous.

You will also see pictures of Daglan , this is a vintage La Place de la Liberté. Im not sure when it was taken but looking at the car I would suggest the 1920s

Not much has changed except that the tower is missing from the house in the middle of the picture and the small Boulangerie is now closed. The new Boulangerie is to be found across the road from the Square.

Entry to the museum is free.

Another view of the place de la Liberté You can just see our home in this picture.
Picture from the Daglan Mairie.

 
 

Event:- Fête de la Saint Louis 18th to 21st August in Daglan.

 
 

On Hot Summer Nights

During the months of July and August the villages in the area host their “Marches Nocturnes”, which are a brilliant way of experiencing the local produce and culture of the region. What could be better on hot Summer nights than food, wine, music, dance and most of all excellent company.

During the evening markets tables are set up around a central square or along the main road of the villages and vendors sell everything you need for a good meal, including the excellent wine of the region. There is usually live music or a DJ and dancing well into the evening. Which is what we did in St Cyprien and St Pompon.

Saint Cyprien

Not even a rain shower stopped the revelry in St Cyprien.
 

Sherry and Angus ready for their dinner
 

Brilliant musicians topped the evening.
 

Saint Pompon

Such a delicious choice of food.
 

Wow, we had to try a selection of the scrumptious desserts above.
 

This gentleman danced around the bottles, sang, played an instrument of four harmonica’s, plus castanets.
 

You meet such a lot of interesting people. The couple at the end of our table were on holiday from the North of France. We were telling them about the places of interest in the area, including Daglan of course.
 

Angus and I had to get up and dance YMCA, great fun.
 

Boogie Night for Sherry and I. We had such a good time that we are all going to St Pompon again this Saturday… see you there.

You need to arrive early for a good seat and remember to take your own cutlery.
 
 

Events :-

It is that time of year again, four nights of no sleep but boy do we have fun.


 
 

Would Paella fit through the letter box?

Food glorious food, or rather “Promenade en Gastronomy Daglan 2017”. Our first impression of the event was the unmistakable aroma of roasting chicken and paella which permeated our home last Sunday morning. Our cat Angel sitting by the front door and licking her lips was also a sure sign that the Gastronomy Sunday was up and running.

The Paella and roast chicken stall made using our front door interesting to say the least and keeping the shutters closed reduced the temptation for our cats to go on secret raids. I had visions of Angel dragging a whole roast chicken home.

The side door was also temporarily blocked by a large white van being unloaded. No problem we waited for the lane to clear to enjoy the experience.

For Sunday lunch we could have lowered a basket from the balcony.

 
Le Place De La Liberté was packed with stalls offering various types of food and drink.

 
Long queues of locals and tourists were forming to buy the produce.

 
Tempted by truffles, these looked so good.

 
The forest materialised the day before for the truffle dog demonstration. Such a gorgeous dog who found the truffles in record time, but I think that the aroma of chicken, sausage and paella was a great distraction.

 
The Boulangerie stall selling various types of bread.

 
One simply cannot have a Gourmand Sunday without garlic.

 
Or wine, this is just one of the many stalls selling wine.

 
Perhaps a little too much wine (or beer), but it looked like great fun.

 
 
Events :-

Dominique ALLAËRT is displaying his wonderful watercolours.
See and buy them at l’Ancien Presbytère, Daglan until the 26th August.
Dominique ALLAËRT, Aquarelliste.