Les Jardins De Picami.

If you are staying in a gite near or in Daglan you must visit Les Jardins De Picami for excellent bio vegetables fresh from the farm. Situated just outside Daglan on the D60 road leading to St Pompon. Leave Daglan and you will see the farm a hundred metres or so on the left, so drive slowly or you will miss it. The farm is only open to the public to buy the vegetables on a Thursday 4.30 to 6.30pm.

Two Signs to look out for.
 

After turning left at the sign there is a steep slope down to the car park, drive slowly because they have free range chickens.
 

A delicious variety of tomatoes. The white tomatoes have a wonderful sweet, fruity taste.
 

All organically grown on the farm.
 

Les Jardins De Picami.
 
 

Tomato Chutney made from the farm tomatoes tastes delicious and goes particular well with home made tomato and black olive bread and a cheese of your chose.

250g onions.
500g mixed tomatoes
1 fresh red chilli pepper
140g brown sugar
 

Method
1 Peel and finely slice the onions, roughly chop the tomatoes, de-seed and finely slice the chilli.
2 Put everything into a pan, season to taste and stir well to combine.
3 Simmer for 30-40 minutes or until jammy. Pour into well sterilised jars and leave to cool.
 

The chutney will keep for up to two months. Once opened one month in the fridge.
 
 

Rosengart Vintage Cars.

Last Sunday we had a surprise visit from the L. Rosengart France Club who were in Daglan for a short pit stop. The first thing that I noticed when I looked out from our balcony was a lot of people rushing from their renovated cars towards the fountain in the Place de la Liberté for a quick wash and a drink from the tap behind the fountain, it was a very hot afternoon with a temperature in the middle thirties.

Club Rosengart

A brief history.

Lucien Rosengart (1881-1976) was a talented businessman and engineer who had a successful engineering business by 1905. In the middle of the 1920’s he saw an opportunity to develop a car business which became a success under the name of Rosengart. Development continued in the 1930’s and below are just a few of the cars that he produced.

A good view of the many cars in the Place de la Liberté in Daglan one hot Sunday afternoon.
 

You can probably see the progressive development of the car in the above picture.
 

One of our favourites.
 

It’s simply gorgeous.
 

Imagine these cars racing around the race track at Le Mans or Monte-Carlo.
 

One from the 1920’s.
 

I just could not miss out the American Gangster looking car of the 1930’s.
 
 

Nouveau Brocante.

It is always great to see a new shop being opened in Daglan and this one is no exception. If you have been to Daglan before you may have visited the hat shop in the village. Sorry to say that it closed down recently. However, we now have a brocante to take its place. Which is run by Beatrice who lives in Daglan and who you may have seen at the market selling her gorgeous Capim Dourado (golden grass) jewelry.

The Brocante is opposite the Château on the Rue de la Republique, the main road that meanders through the village.
 

Once inside you are greeted by Beatrice who will show you around or you can tour around the various antiques yourself. First for me was the jewelry which can be found on the left as you enter the building. Very nice indeed and at a good price.
 

Chairs, tables, brass ornaments and lamps are on the right.
 

A very unusual dancing ballerina in a bottle caught my eye.
 

Vintage clothes, shoes etc. are at the back of the brocante.

Plus, as an extra bonus you can order cold drinks and sit outside in the garden to enjoy.

Well worth a look or two.
 
 

Summer In Our Village.

A few months ago when Paul and I where planting seed potatoes in pots in our courtyard I thought how good it was to live here. Spring was in the air, leaves and buds on our apple tree were starting to show themselves. The birds were singing as we walked to the the river Ceou about five minutes away. Spending our lives in a relatively small area without seeing our friends and family did not occur to me.

It all changed here due to the outbreak of Covid 19 just like England and other places around the world. One of the hardest changes was being isolated from family, friends and people in general. The French are very tactile and love to meet and greet people with a kiss on both cheeks and a hug, which we have adopted and love. Our food shopping habits had also changed, no self respecting French person would dream of buying fresh produce without looking, feeling and smelling the produce on offer. These are just a few of the simple pleasures that I have missed.

As the restrictions started to be lifted France was divide into different colour zones with the lifting of restrictions being delayed in orange zones. Perigord, being in the green zone made us very lucky indeed. Although we still had keep to social distancing guidelines, wearing of face masks and disinfecting everything in sight we were able to go outside to the newly re-opened Sunday market.

Now, my goodness we can talk to people (social distancing and masks of course) and it feels so good to just ask how they are, how have they been copying over the last few months etc.

This morning, just inside our gate, I discovered a present of lavender from our friends who recently arrived back at their Daglan home after several months in Germany. The perfume is gorgeous, thank you so much.
 

Daglan in bloom. Our new pink and white roses are next to our apple tree which looks like a good crop this year.
 

I love the courtyard of a friend of ours, it is always full of flowers of every description.
 
 

La Petit Paris is open for outside eating with the metre distancing restriction in place. So book early in order to insure a table.
 

Summer flowers adorn La Cantine, all ready to welcome you for lunchtime in the sunshine.
 

Bon appetit
 
 

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.