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.
     
     

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    Premier Prix Balcon Fleuri

    It was so unexpected but it is so fantastic.

    I had only arrived home from hospital after two operations a week before, and to be honest I was in a lot of pain and feeling very low, when a friend of ours asked Paul if she could enter our balcony into the annual Daglan flower competition. Paul said no thank you and explained that I could not tend to the flowers. However, when he told me it motivated me to think about the balcony, I decided that I could possibly get out there and maybe just tend to one of the containers per day it gave me a target to aim for, I could do this. Paul spoke to our friend who did enter our balcony in the competition.

    It was a very slow process just a few steps and one container at a time but I made it. The impact on my mental and later physical state was just unbelievable. I needed that push and it worked.

    A few days ago we were most surprised to be presented with a certificate, a bottle of champagne and a voucher for thirty euros for plants from a local fleuriste. I think that we both missed half of what was told to us, we were just in shock, but very happy and very proud to have won.

    A very large thank you to our friend for putting our name forward, you made a big difference to my life. Thank you also to the Mairie and the Competition Jury.

    The Champagne has the Marie on the label.
     

    The balcony with hanging baskets. I particularly love the variegated ivy which hangs over the edge. The basket of yellow petunias were a present from Chris and Verginie at the 8 à Huit when I returned from hospital
     

    Vibrant reds protrude through the green.
     

    Love our cauldron which are very popular in this area for planters.
     
     

    Events : This weekend.

     
     

    Food Food Glorious Food.

    The Fête de la Gastronomie was a great success. The rain clouds had rolled away and the sun was shining brightly on the vast number of people who attended the event in Daglan yesterday. Fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese, wine, bread, cakes, the list goes on. Everything that you would want to eat in the square or to take home. No need either to look for something to drink there were wine sellers, artisan beers and a bar selling wine and soft drinks. They also had cooking demonstrations and a truffle dog who always seems to be attracted to the aroma of the sausage stall.

    It was an all day event which everyone enjoyed.
     

    Not only in the Place de la Liberté, there were stalls lining the main street too.
     

    “The bar is now open for customers”.
     

    The aroma of French markets is wonderful. I particularly liked the spice stall.
     

    Bunches of garlic for sale.
     

    An excellent selection of cheeses.
     

    Who would say no to a bottle or two.
     
     
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    From Extreme Heat to Refreshing Rain.

    Over the last few months the temperature has been so high, in fact too high for me and far too high for our cats to tolerate. Ranging from high 30s C up to 43C every day and reaching 36C in the shade. Staying in doors was the only option
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    However, Cleo had a good idea when she found a little water at the bottom of our bucket that we keep on top of the well. Front paws were easy, now how to get the back paws into the water. Try has she might it was impossible, but so funny.
     

    The heat of the day melted our candles on the veranda.
     

    I have never been so glad to see the rain that arrived yesterday
     

    Ever resourceful our local supermarket was collecting the rain in the large bin. The rain came down so heavily that it was like having your own waterfall at the side of the supermarket. Needless to say the temperature has dropped to a very comfortable mid twenties, all ready for the Fête de la Gastronomie in Daglan tomorrow. All local produce from the area, plus the amazing truffle dog.
     
     

    On Another Level!

    After weeks of staying on the upper level of our home, I am now able to go downstairs, in fact today is my third descent into the lower level of the house this week. It feels so good when I manage to reach the bottom of the staircase. I should have rope, pick axe and a welcoming St Bernard dog with a barrel of brandy at the bottom.

    Recovery from a major operation takes time, my nurse says it could be up to three months, so I am always taking baby steps and plenty of rest. Which gives me a good opportunity to watch Wimbledon.

    However, I can now make it to the office so I can start blogging again. Paul will need to be my roving reporter and camera man for a while longer. I must say a big thank you to him he has been great looking after me, our cats and the home.

    Also, a very large thank you for the nursing staff who who have attended me every day since my return from hospital, they are marvellous.

    Views from our balcony.
    Busy Sunday Market.
     

    Everyone goes towards the wine seller
     

    This morning I made it to the market for the first time in five weeks. Just picture firecrackers and balloons going up at this moment. Very tied afterwards but so wonderful to take the short walk outside. I bought a few plants to replace the ones that have died in the heatwave and some strawberies. Shopping again, more balloons.

    We could not miss the strawberry lady. She grows and sells her own produce and they are so delicious.
     
     

    Events:-

    Centenary of the Rugby Club Daglananis, 13th July.

    Fête de la Gastronomie, in Daglan on the 28th July.

    Fête de la St Louis in Daglan 16th to the 19th August.