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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An English Themed Sarlat. Part One

On a very cold morning Paul and I decided to visit the Sarlat Village de Noël, well to be honest it was my idea, I just could not wait to see the forty chalets brimming with Christmas delights.

Arts and crafts from all over France descend on Sarlat this time of year selling everything that a person would need for the Christmas season. Lovers of gastronomy are not forgotten with gourmet products to eat on the spot or to take away.

If you would like something warming there are a few taverns selling hot mulled wine and chestnuts. Plus artisan beer, macaroons, and candies. There is also a large open air skating rink and numerous entertainments for the children.
 

Entrance to the Village de Noël.
 

A London black cab and on the right is Santa’s Grotto and elf workshop.
 

Union Flags are everywhere as you walk along the red carpet.
 

Pretzels or candy anyone?
 

Me outside Buckingham Place.
 

One way to attract the attention of British visitors to their lovely honey chalet.
 

Getting ready for the ice skaters.

Sarlat Village de Noël is open until the end of December.

Part Two will be in a few days time which will focus onto the main street and the Medieval Quarter of Sarlat.
 
 

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.
 
 

Amazing People of Daglan

Firstly this week, I have had a steam of people from Daglan knocking at my door asking about Paul and giving their wishes, help and support. Help in the form of running Paul and I to the hospital, well-wishers, taking me to see him, and collecting him. Where would we be without you this week, I just do not know. Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts, you have all been truly amazing.

I need to add that Paul’s operation was a success due to his talented consultant and his team, not forgetting of course the nursing staff who tended Paul twenty four seven. I can truly say that the French Health Service is the best that we have experienced. Thank you so much for everything, you are brilliant.
 

Secondly, what could be better than Halloween for lifting your spirits. No pun intended. I was feeling pretty low and emotional last Tuesday, but that evening I forgot everything just for a few minutes to sample the village coming alive with ghosts, witches, vampires, zombies etc. All of whom came knocking at my door.

Since we first experienced Halloween in Daglan it has grown from a few children to, well I honestly lost count this year. Absolutely amazing costumes from the children and the parents/chaperones. It must have taken them days if not weeks to prepare. Last year the chaperones where a little shy in coming forward with the children. But this year they were very much involved with the fun and celebrations of Halloween.

These pictures where taken by a friend of ours. Thank you so much my roving reporters.

Look at the way that everyone is posing for the camera.
 

Trick or Treat anyone?
 
 

The following day was Toussaints (all Saints Day) when people go to a service at their local church and then to the cemetery to place chrysanthemums, (which are the flower of the dead), clean the grave stones and to be with their departed loved one

The colours are outstanding.
 


 
 

Events:-

Armistice Day through out France on the 11th November.

Sarlat film Festival 14th to the 18th November
 
 

What could be better than hot chocolate for breakfast?

Hot chocolate and pain au raisin of course.

We often have breakfast at Pâtisserie Massoulier on our morning visits to Sarlat. It was so cold and foggy last Saturday that a hot chocolate drink was especially needed to warm us up a little, it was such a welcome treat before we set off to slowly roam around in the market.

Totally delicious.
 

We usually see Glinglin directing traffic around Sarlat centre.
 

Today however, he was directing people around the market with a traffic cone loud speaker. He is such a joy to see and so funny.
 

The covers were up on the market stalls to protect against the Autumn chill of the morning. Which thankfully did not last too long before the sun came out and reached a temperature of 22C.
 

I can never resist taking a picture of “Le Badaud” the relaxed onlooker gazing out across Sarlat Medieval Quarter. The sculpture by Gérard Auliac and can be seen looking out over the Place de la  Liberté.
 

Installation of Julien Lombardi at Sainte-Marie Fountain.
Paul saw an animal painting on the back wall but I saw a landscape scene! Whatever it is the light really helped to illuminate the painting.

Carried out within the framework of the Residences of Art, Sarlat – October 2017
This installation is based on an exploration scene of the Cuze underground canals passing under Sarlat.

JULIAN LOMBARDI
The Imaginary Museum
October 7 to November 19,2017
Hotel Plamon – rue des Consuls and Fontaine Sainte-Marie
SARLAT LA CANEDAEDA
Free entrance from Monday to Sunday from 10am to 7pm
Information
and group reservations
Heritage Service – City of Sarlat
05 53 29 82 98 / 05 53 29 86 68