Joyeux Noël de Daglan.

The 8 à Huit Supermarket started their Daglan Christmas celebrations this morning with delicious mulled wine, cakes and biscuits served to customers.

What a treat, thank you Virginie and Chris.
 

Gorgeous and warming on a cold Sunday morning.
 

Bonne Fête from our Mairie.
 

The Mairie windows are all decorated with parcels and candies.
 

The balcony at the side of the Ancient Presbytery is decorated with a cascade of presents.
 

Daglan Church of St. Martin looks magnificent.
 

The bridge over the River Céou leading into Daglan village is decorated with holly and bows.
 

Christmas is here, Santa and his sledge has landed in the tree outside La Petite Paris Restaurant.
 

What a wonderful display of light and colour illuminating the boulangerie.
 

“Which glittering ball should I play with first?” We have been lucky so far, Cleo has looked and bopped a few balls but has left them on the tree. Angel found the cat presents a few days ago but so far, she has left them unopened.

 
 

This will be our last blog until after Christmas, so a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Paul, myself and all of the villages in Daglan. Bonne Fête.
 
 

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What a wonderful surprise.

The people of Daglan never cease to surprise me with their friendliness. Yesterday we were given a Potjie pot by one of our neighbours. We have seen these wonderful pots on display in many antique markets here in the Perigord so we are so thrilled to be given one by Michael yesterday.

The Potjie is a traditional cast iron pot which dates back to the iron age when humans learned to cast iron into vessels of different shapes and sizes for a variety of purposes. These pots developed a sense of mystery and magic in the 1500’s when they were linked to witches and druids. They are called witches cauldrons today in many areas of England. The Potjie pot also brings to mind cannibals and the name “missionary pot.” Say no more!

Double, double toil and trouble

 

It was during this area 1500’s that the round belly three legged cooking pot developed as the ideal pot to have in the kitchen for it is perfect for use over on an open fire. In the mid 1600’s the Potjie pot was introduced to Africa by the explorers, who used the pot extensively. It was during this period that the tribal African’s saw this pot and traded it for animal hides and other commodities, replacing the clay pots for cooking. As a result the pots are used extensively in Africa today showing how the pot has stood the test of time.

Thank you so much for our Potjie pot Michael it is a real treasure.
 
 

Event:- Not to be missed. 8 à Huit Supermarketon the 17th December will be serving hot drinks, alsatian cakes and gingerbread, yummy.

Do not forget that Star Wars is now showing at the Rex cinema in Sarlat.

An English Themed Sarlat. Part Two

Or stay calm Christmas is coming.

Along the main Rue de la République, the Medieval Quarter and in fact almost every shop window in Sarlat the flags are flying. Red, white and blue is everywhere you look, on trees, on lamp posts and on buildings. Below is just a taster which I hope that everyone will enjoy.

We loved the red telephone boxes in the window of the Tourism Office.
 

On parade, anyone for a cup of tea?
 

One of the many shops decorated for Christmas.
 

Our favourite shop for morning breakfast, Pâtisserie Massoulier decorated in the British theme.
 

Inside there are shelves crammed with Christmas delights.
 

I know I look like an elf. My wish is “one of everything please Santa”.
 
 

Event:- Château de Castelnaud, December 26 to the 30th. Medieval flavours and cooking.
 
 

An English Themed Sarlat. Part One

On a very cold morning Paul and I decided to visit the Sarlat Village de Noël, well to be honest it was my idea, I just could not wait to see the forty chalets brimming with Christmas delights.

Arts and crafts from all over France descend on Sarlat this time of year selling everything that a person would need for the Christmas season. Lovers of gastronomy are not forgotten with gourmet products to eat on the spot or to take away.

If you would like something warming there are a few taverns selling hot mulled wine and chestnuts. Plus artisan beer, macaroons, and candies. There is also a large open air skating rink and numerous entertainments for the children.
 

Entrance to the Village de Noël.
 

A London black cab and on the right is Santa’s Grotto and elf workshop.
 

Union Flags are everywhere as you walk along the red carpet.
 

Pretzels or candy anyone?
 

Me outside Buckingham Place.
 

One way to attract the attention of British visitors to their lovely honey chalet.
 

Getting ready for the ice skaters.

Sarlat Village de Noël is open until the end of December.

Part Two will be in a few days time which will focus onto the main street and the Medieval Quarter of Sarlat.
 
 

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way.

As you can tell by the pictures below, Daglan is getting ready for Christmas. As a super treat we have a work of art painted on the Supermarket doors which was created by Evelyne, Virginie’s Mama (Virginie and Chris run the 8 à Huit Supermarket in the village).

A superb artist at work.
 

Wow, a Christmas show stopper.
 

Inside the shop looks brilliant too with baubles and Santa to greet the shoppers.

 

We are very blessed, we have a wonderful painting at the Supermarket that we can see from our side window and a fabulous tree in the square outside our front window
 

Here is the tree being bedecked in trimmings and lights.

 
 

Event:- Sarlat Christmas Market which will start next Wednesday.