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.
 
 

Laissez vous Tenter.

Sarlat Truffle Festival 2019

They say the woods around Daglan
grow secrets in the ground,
and the Perigord Noir hide the rarest
of truffles to be found.

The truffle may be ugly,
found by pig or dog,
but everyone agrees
its flavour is to savor.

Hundreds of people were tightly packed around a marquee full of truffles in the Medieval Quarter of Sarlat last Saturday morning. After waiting a few minutes a loud sigh was heard from the gathered crowed as the side panels were removed from the marquee and each person breathed the amazing truffle aroma emanating from within.

And this is what it was for, Perigord Black Gold of every size and every price.
 

A close up. The truffles in the basket on the left were grade 1 priced at €900 per kilo.
 

There were also stalls selling delicious Street Food and with demonstrations of truffle based cuisine from Master Chefs.
 

We are very predictable, we looked for the truffle macaroons. Which are delicious. Just had to buy four, for testing purposes of course.
 

A first for us, truffle cheese. Which is rich and creamy with the distinctive flavour of truffle, I can highly recommend it.
 
 

Don’t miss Daglan’s Truffle Market which is open until February.
 
 

‘Tis the Season to be Jolly

Over recent weeks Sarlat has been transformed from a beautiful medieval town to a wonderful Christmas village. The highlight being Sarlat Christmas Market (this year with a Spanish theme) and outdoor skating rink. Open until the end of December, with up to forty wooden chalets selling traditional arts and crafts, mulled wine, cakes, hot roasted chestnuts and caviar! But I saw no tapas on our morning visit!

Snow flakes flutter down in this tableau scene at the entrance to the Christmas Market.
 

I particular like the traditional Christmas tree ornaments for sale in quite a few of the chalets. Glass baubles, wooden hearts, and lots of red bows that are very popular in this area of France.

Incidentally, many French Christmas traditions originate from Alsace and it was in the town of Selestat that Christmas trees first appeared in the 11th Century. People used to decorate their trees with real fruit but one year the harvest was poor and a local glass blower from Goetzenbruck in Moselle tried to replicate the fruit by creating glass balls to hang on the branches. However, I have heard of a few more places that have been named for the origination of glass ornaments! Wherever they came from, they are gorgeous.

Facade of a Spanish Finca welcomes visitors to the market.
 

I do love this little donkey standing outside the chalet of the Donkey Sanctuary where you can buy gorgeous soap, aprons, tea towels etc. The profit goes to the upkeep of the Sanctuary.
 

New to the Christmas Market is a chalet selling Neuvic Caviar.
 

Spanish Flamenco dancers or matadors decorate many of the chalets.
 

Prints of Salvador Dali paintings hang from the trees. This painting is a particular favourite of mine.
 

Paul admiring the traditional wooden Christmas tree decorations in this chalet.
 
 

Event:-Daglan Truffle Market every Sunday from 11am until February.

26th to 30th December Merlin at Château de Castelnaud-la-Chapelle. This is a narrative show for young children in sound, shadows and light. Shows are at 11 o’clock, 2.30 and 3.30.

Sarlat Truffle Festival 19th and 20th January.