Fête Du Printemps in Daglan

I love this time of year “Spring is upon us”, it is still so cold but we were out this morning buying lots of gorgeous plants from the Daglan Fête Du Printemps. There was so much to choose from, with many stalls which filled the square in front of our home in the Place Du Liberty and continued all the way along the Rue de la Republique.

There were also local authors signing their books in Salon Du Livre in the Presbyter, a children’s area in the local Primary School and Poulet au Pot Farcie at the Salle Du Fête.

People were loading up their cars with plants this morning.

Paul buying a Muscat vine.

Fabrice Le Cafe, selling oysters with champagne or wine outside his restaurant this morning. Love the beard Fabrice, it suits you.

A selection of garden furniture and hand painted ornaments from Le Jardin de Rosa. Her shop is to be found at the back of the Château Beynac.

Our own château in Daglan village (I wish) with gorgeous fruit plants and shrubs at the front of the gate.

A gorgeous display of colour.

Two of our wonderful friends.

Saving the best till last, Daglan village proudly shows its two Fleuri, well done.


Peter Mayle

His memoirs took me on hour after hour of pleasure reading about his experiences in Provence, he will be greatly missed.

We have recently learned about the death of one of our favourite authors who died last month after a short illness. He was such a talented person who brought to life the “happenings” in Provence through his book “A Year in Provence”. His depiction of the various characters he came across was masterful and of course his renovation work on his 200 year old property was fascinating. By writing this book I am sure it inspired thousands of people to visit France and perhaps to move there permanently.

Peter Mayle, Image https://www.thetimes.co.uk/Peter Mayle – Image https://www.thetimes.co.uk

Sir Ridley Scott paid tribute to his friend saying,”he brilliantly captured the humorous competitiveness between the English and the French. Peter was a very kind and successful man”.

Sir Ridley Scott turned one of Peter Mayle’s books “A Good Year” into a movie starring Russell Crowe, which Paul and I still watch at least once a year.

Originally from Brighton, he moved to Menerbes in the Luberon hills in 1987 with his wife Jennie to escape the rat race in London. He met such characters while renovating the property that it inspired him to start to write a book in 1989, which has sold more than six million copies.

A thought from Peter Mayle, “Good manners make any man a pleasure to be with. Ask any women”.

Craft and Social Sessions in Daglan Village

If you fancy making something new or bringing whatever you are making to the craft and social sessions it would be great to meet you. It is a good opportunity to meet the ladies of Daglan village for a chat, watch a demonstration by one of the ladies or like me to try to improve my French speaking skills while working on my embroidery.

Every Wednesday afternoon 2-4, in the craft room at the Salle des Fêtes, all are welcome.

There is an excellent sewing machine, fabrics, wool, cotton etc. that people can use.

Two expert knitters.

Coffee or tea with delicious home made gateau or biscuits every week.

I love the expertly crocheted snow flakes.

A gorgeous sweater at the front and cute Noël decorations at the back of the table.

It’s the time of year for two of my favorite events :-

Festival of Chocolate in Sarlat, I can not wait.

Also the Daglan Spring Fete Flowers Festival 18th March, wonderful, we shall be there.

Water levels in and around Daglan.

Good news the water level is reducing, the not so good news is that more rain is forecast for this week. But I will stick to the good news for now. Last week the river Dordogne at La Rogue-Gageac was flooded so the road was closed. We checked it out yesterday and you can now drive through. The level of water is high but it is not now over the banks. The same goes for Castlenaud, the road through Fayrac was closed but no problem at all now.

In keeping with the good news theme the River Céou is higher than I have ever seen it before but nowhere near the top of the banks.
River Céou at Daglan.
The fast flowing river over the weir would be great for a canoeist.

It is a pity that the old mill is not operational, it would be great to harness the power of the water.

Rain rain go away.


The first craft session was held last Wednesday afternoon in Daglan. It was great fun and I am looking forward to session two. If you are interested it is every Wednesday from two untill four at the Salle des Fêtes in Daglan.

Sarlat Truffle Festival next Saturday and Sunday, if you are going try the truffle macaroons they are so delicious.

Congratulations, Daglan has been awarded two flowers, brilliant.

Last Friday evening Paul and I joined the rest of the villagers to attend the traditional ceremony given by the Marie and the Commune. This is a lovely get together where the Marie explains what has been achieved in Daglan in 2017 and what is planned for 2018. The highlight for us was news of the award of a second flower. The Floral town/village label is awarded each year by the National Council of Towns and Villages in Bloom (Couseil National des Villages et Villages Fleuris) after the council agrees that the village/town meets certain criteria, such as landscape and plant heritage, floral displays, respect for the natural environment and living environment. Last year Daglan was awarded one flower, this year we have earned two flowers. Congratulations to all who participate and making our village so beautiful.

The above sign shows the one flower currently on the signs which are positioned at the entrances to the village.

The list below shows all of the activities that you can join in Daglan.
You will no doubt agree that it is quite impressive for a small village.

Afterwards there was an aperitif dinatoire, which is an evening buffet which unfortunately we were no able to attend.

Apologies for the quality of the pictures, they were taken on a new mobile phone camera, first time used inside. We will know next time to take along our old camera.