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.

Smoke on the Water!

Paul and I think of this song and sing it every time we see the mist rising like smoke from the Dordogne river, a truly gorgeous site. Minus six degrees a few days ago and minus four yesterday but we are not complaining. Well sometimes, but not that often.

Excitement was raised when the snow started to fall but it was gone by the morning. I still love throwing snow balls so I shall just have to be patient a while longer. The last heavy snow fall was about five years ago, so maybe we are overdue for another one.

Breakfast picnic in the warmth of the car at Castlenaud, so cold outside that the river steamed.
 

Mist rising up over the bridge at Castlenaud.
 

This is the first time that we have seen icicles in this area. Time to return home to the fire I think.
 
 

Event:- Sarlat Christmas Market will be open from this Wednesday and throughout December, brilliant.
 
 

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.
 
 

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel.

We are feeling in the mood for Christmas after our visit to the Noel Fête at Vitrac last Saturday afternoon, which was organised by children and staff at the local school. The workmanship of the arts and crafts on display was outstanding. Plus you could buy home made cakes, puddings and biscuits. Enjoy a cup of coffee or warming soup. Or buy a bottle of beer or whiskey to take home. All accompanied by guitar playing by one of the teachers, a brilliant way to spend an hour and to support the local school.

All hand made.
 

I think that Paul and I need to drink more wine! Wine corks were used in the making of the log houses and a few of the candle displays, superb. I was spoilt for choose on what to buy for Christmas.
 

Brilliant guitar playing, thank you for letting us take the pictures.
The hearts on display opened up for chocolates or other gifts. I was thinking of a bracelet but I can dream.
 

What we did buy was a garland made out of straw and decorated with dried flowers etc. to place on our front door. Plus almond and apple cakes, which were so delicious that I wish that we had bought a very delicious looking chocolate pudding. In truth I do not think that I could have burnt off the calories before Christmas, but it looked so good.
 
 

Event:- Sarlat : English Themed Noel Market from Wednesday 6th December to the 31st December. Forty Chalets selling arts and crafts, toys, paintings, warm woolen mittens, scarves, hats, ornaments etc. Plus a skating rink and Father Christmas.
The English Theme will also be a feature in the many shops of Sarlat along the main road and the Medieval Quarter.