Forth Bridge?

Well our equivalent here in Daglan.

We have heard that some authorities and schools in England have banned the wearing of shorts in hot weather and that school boys have taken to wearing skirts in protest, good for them, you have our support boys.

While the temperature today has dropped down to the high twenties this team are painting the balustrade of Pont Neuf over the River Céou and I’m very glad to say no such restrictions are being enforced in our village.

Shorts or trousers?
 

I was going to take a close up picture of the trumpet flowers but the house is so gorgeous that I just had it take a picture of the whole building.
 

One of my favourite petite homes in Daglan village.
 

Several artisans are to be found in the village. Love the hand made hats and birds on sticks.
 

One of the three lovely restaurants in the village, the Petite Paris.
 

Daglan art exhibition looks brilliant with paintings, sculptures etc. Unfortunately we were not allowed to take pictures inside the salle des fêtes but we did take pictures of the beautiful display of stained glass work at the Presbytery.
 
 

New to the Village of Daglan

Last year a prized flower was awarded to our village for enhancement to the commune and the environment that has improved the quality of life for all. From insects and plants to humans.

Successful communes are awarded one to four flowers which are awarded under strict criteria with a special and extremely rare ‘Fleur d’Or’ or golden flower which can be awarded to a small number of communes.

Although it has been nearly a year since we were awarded the flower the official signs have only recently arrived.

So proud seeing the new Village Fleuri sign for the first time.
 

Paul just ‘hanging around’, his joke not mine! Fitting our new hanging baskets at the front of our home.
 

Daglan has a new seat, the old wooden bench in the Place de la Liberté has been replace with a very comfortable metal bench with a lovely design but the seat does get hot in the current heat wave of over 35C
 

Not new but still gorgeous, What can be more refreshing than the river Céou sparkling in the sun.
 

Just taking a few minutes to relax and meditate
 
 

Event:- Not to be missed, Daglan art exhibition from this weekend
 
 

Brahma Rooster

Paul and I where over come at seeing this magnificent rooster a few days ago at our friends home. It is definitely the largest rooster I have ever seen and so beautiful.

Looking at the bird reminded me of my Grandfather who kept chickens, his cockerel and hens roamed around his garden. It was such a joy playing with them, my mother told me that she had once lost me and my Grandfather said “but Christine will always be found with the hens, so never be concerned”, and there I was sitting on the lawn surrounded by the hens and cockerel. I was only one at the time but may love affair with birds developed from there.

It is thought that this breed of chicken was developed in the USA from birds imported from China which were cross bred with chickens from Bangladesh. They were taken to England in 1852 when several were given as a gift to Queen Victoria. The “Dark Brahna” variety were developed from these English birds.

Isn’t he magnificent? All Brahma chickens have distinctive feathered feet.
 

The average weight for a Brahma is 5.5 kg for the rooster and 4.5 kg for the hens.
 

But we want to take your picture!…
 

Looking magnificent with the hens.
 

A big thank you to our friends for making Paul and I feel so welcome in your home and a special thank you to madam who was making the most delicious jam at the time of our visit. I came away with a pot and some good tips on jam making, which I shall use at the weekend.
 

Event:- Art Céou Expo in Daglan at the Salle des Fêtes. Starts 18th June and runs until the 2nd July.

Dominique ALLAËRT, Watercolourist
 

A Sgt. Pepper moment!

On our arrival at the Brocante in Sarlat last Saturday morning the first thing that I noticed was a Sgt. Pepper’s costume and wow it did bring back fond memories of the Beatles brilliant album and the area of “flower power”.

I remember my parents not letting me get a ticket to go to a Beatles concert because they thought that they were a bad influence! So I stood outside the concert hall with hundreds of other fans waiting for the Beatles to come out, I was a few inches for Paul.

It is fifty years since Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band was released.
 

Another wonderful memory recalled from seeing this peddle car.

A boy that lived on the same road as my family had a red peddle car for his Birthday that I fell in love with. I was only five or six.
 

This is one of the brilliant things about Brocantes, the memories, whether it is your own memories or other peoples memories. For example; when I look at linen pillow cases that have been embroidered with the initials of the persons name and I wonder who the person was and what history do they have?
 

Wonderful copper pans gleaming in the sun.
 

We found a chair for the veranda and it is so comfy. Unfortunately only one chair so Paul and I are on a “time share”, one hour me, one hour Paul, it works until we find another chair, perhaps at the Daglan Brocante this weekend, 3rd and 4th.
 
 

Eco Friendly, Visitor Powered Caves.

One of the many tourist attractions in the Perigord are the caves at Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac which now invites visitors to participate in producing electricity to help power the amazing Cathedral of Crystal. Pedalling on a “Velwatte” bike-generator before or after their visit to the Caves for an average of ten minutes will produce around 8 watts of power.

The eco friendly bikes form part of the site’s commitment to lowering its environmental impact for which it received the NF Environment Eco label in 2016.
 

The “Cathedral of Crystal”, with its stunning light effects are open everyday.

Discovered in 1907 and opened to the public in 1924, it is the largest cave in the Perigord and listed as a “site of picturesque interest” since 1991. In the Summer it will be holding a concert by Jean Claude Borelly in the heart of the Cathedral of Crystal.
 
 

Events :-

Brocante, Sarlat this Saturday the 27th May
Brocante, Daglan 3rd and 4th June at the Salle des Fêtes
 
 

Operation Percy Pink

We had never heard about Operation Percy Pink until we visited Saint Cyprien market a week ago. We had just finished buying our produce and were on our way back to the car when we spotted a vintage car parked at the end of the main road.
Operation Percy Pink

We soon found out that Operation Percy Pink was the code name that was used by US Special Forces to parachute thirteen men into German occupied France in August 1944 to aid the local ‘Maquis’ resistance fighters in the Perigord Noir. These commandos were the first allied troops to be dropped into the Perigord Noir, their task was to prevent the Germans moving North for as long as possible to aid the D-Day landings. This they did for several weeks which helped shorten WW2.

To honour their bravery a documentary is being produced aimed at teaching students of all ages about these men and the French Resistance in the Perigord Noir. In the documentary you can see veterans of the Resistance fighters telling their story.

Percy Pink PosterBrave men indeed,
who punched holes in petrol tanks so that the Germans would not get the fuel, blow up railway bridges so troop trains fell in the river, set fire to and destroyed what they could and used what they found to help the local people in their resistance.
 

Percy Pink WitnessA witness in 1944 who saw the US parachute team in Cadouin.
 

US Special forces, Percy Pink CommandosThe US Commandos who took part in Operation Percy Pink.
 
Operation Percy Pink Trailer on YouTube

 
Events: 30 April, Cenac Flower Festival.

Not so hidden gems of Sarlat and a few of Périgueux

Sarlat

We have been visiting Sarlat since 2009 so imagine my surprise when on our way back to the car a couple of weeks ago when I noticed for the first time the not so hidden gem at the tops of the street lamps. Beautifully ornate decoration around the top of the lamp with a crown of castles. It just shows that I need to look up more often than I do.
a crown of castlesThis particular lamp is to be seen just at the entrance to the car park.
 

O.K not really new to us, however a very unusual gem of a medieval property. I particularly love the quirkiness of the building in the centre of the picture.
cut to fit It looks like it has been cut in half to make it fit into the space available.
 

Chocolate gemsChocolate gems of chickens, fish, ducks and eggs to be found in the various Chocolatiers in Sarlat.
 

Wow, just look at the owlWow, just look at the owl.
 

Pâtisserie MassoulierThis was taken inside Pâtisserie Massoulier, rows and rows of treats for Easter.

Périgueux

Our first time exploring Périgueux resulted in me finding this fabulous Chocolatier in the Medieval district.

fabulous ChocolatierPaul says that I am like a homing pigeon for linen, lace and chocolate.
 

organ grinderAn organ grinder who looked like he had just stepped out of a Dickens novel, he had a great singing voice too.
 

The town of Périgueux has been in existence since Neolithic times, and later became an important Roman centre. Like so many villages and towns in France it suffered during the Middle Ages through the Hundred Years War. Therefore a great deal of construction was needed in the 16th and 18th C.
 

La cathédrale Saint FrontResulting in a very interesting Medieval and Renaissance centre with attractive boulevards and streets which line the area around the Cathédrale Saint Front.

We only had a short visit to Périgueux but we intend to go back in the near future to explore more of the area.
 
 

Event:-

A Children’s Easter Treasure Hunt in Daglan this Sunday 9th April, 10 o’clock until 12 o’clock. You will need a reservation for there are only thirty places but it is open to all. Children under ten years must be accompanied by an adult. Phone 06 42 98 22 26 for a reservation.
Children's Easter Treasure Hunt