Daglan on a hot Autumn Sunday.

It promised to be a gorgeous sunny day yesterday and as is usual on a Sunday morning it was to be a picnic breakfast by the shore of the River Dordogne near to Castelnaud. We have been known to enjoy our breakfast picnics on a winters mornings while sitting in the car with freezing conditions outside, but today I think that we are due the lovely mist which meanders its way along the valley.

Picnic all packed and ready to go. Unfortunately Cleo had other ideas. She has taken recently to protesting by sitting either on my handbag or as you can see the picnic hamper. Unsure if she is thinking “take me with you”, or “I am not letting you go”.
 

The mist raising above the trees.

While enjoying the views and the pastries from Maison Carre the sun was busy burning off the mist. Picnic over and back to Daglan where it’s twenty four degrees in the shade and counting. Autumn is coming fast but lets hang on to Summer for a day or two more.
 

Daglan in the sun. This was my second short walk this week. I pulled various muscles in my back a few weeks ago which has been extremely painful but with the help of my physiotherapist, who is brilliant, I should be back to ‘normal’ soon.
 

At the moment the water level in the River Céou is very low.
 

While returning from the river we meandered the pretty village streets, the various homes of the villagers caught my eye.
 

Gorgeous planting complements the exterior of the houses in Daglan.
 

I love the array of pots at the side of the steps leading up to the veranda.
 

I just could not resist taking a picture of my favourite motorbike parked in the village square.
 
 
Events:-
Vitrac 28th September poetic concert of Isabella Marolleau and Jean-Luc Lavergne.
Sarlat 29th September Vintage cars and motorbikes
Sarlat Movie Festival from 14th to the 18th November
 
 

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Rocamadour Part Two

Rocamadour’s first important patron was Henry 11 of England, who endowed much of his treasure to Rocamadour. His eldest son, the Young King Henry Court-Mantel, stole the treasure along with the Black Madonna in 1183 to pay for his routiers in his war against his father: he even so the legion goes, replaced the Durandel with his own sword.

He had not gone very far when the Black Madonna got her revenge, striking young Henry down with a fever. Full of remorse, he asked his father to forgive him, had an alter put on his neck and laid naked in a bed of ashes and died.

The Bishop of Limoges gave him absolution for his sins due to his father promising that he would replace Rocamadour’s treasure.
 

Basilique-St-Sauveur built into the rock face during the 11th and 13th Century’s is truly stunning.
 

Over the alter hangs a painted wooden 16th Century Christ shown crucified on a tree, his right side pierced by a lance instead of the customery left side.
 

St Amadour relic, who’s bones where hacked to bits during the Wars of Religion by the Huguenot Captain Bessonies who desecrated the shrine.
 

Many of the ships on display are from the Breton Sailors who held the Black Madonna in high esteem.
 

Darkened by candle smoke the Magnificent Black Madonna still holds court today. She is carved out of walnut in the 11Century and sits quite stiffly on her throne with the Christ child balanced on her knees.
 

Outside various walls are decorated depicting various scenes from the Annunciation and Visitation. These two skeleton figures are pleading for salvation.
 

Further up an hairpin walk lined with the Stations of the Cross takes you up to the ramparts of the Château, built in the 14th Century to defend the shrines.
 

Engraved tunnel of copied tombstones, and pledges is fascinating to read.
 

In order to see Rocamadour arrive early in the morning in July and August. Better still arrive in the Spring, Autumn or Winter to avoid the tourist season.
 
 

Events:-

Sarlat : Napoleon Bonaparte, with Josephine and some of his army (complete with a cannon) will arrive for the Historic Weekend which starts tomorrow. Lets just hope for fine weather.

Daglan : The 8 à Huit Supermarket will be closed from the 21st September to the 28th September.

Rocamadour Part One

Voted “the most favourite village in France 2016” it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built dramatically into an overhanging cliff high above the gorge of the Alzou in the Lot Department. It owes its fame and fortune to the late 11th Century cult of the Black Madonna, whose shrine was promoted by the Benedictines at Tulle and who built an hospital next to Rocamadour for the passing pilgrims.

In 1166 a man’s body was found near to the alter. This the Benedictines announced was St Zaccheous, who was the publican who climbed the tree to see Jesus. After the crucifixion he fled with his wife and settled in Limoges. When his wife died he went to live as an hermit and built the first sanctuary in the cliff face. The local people called him”the lover”, or Amator for his devotion, hence Roc-Amadour, the rock of the lover or lover of rock.

The pilgrim road enters Rocamadour by way of the 13thC Porte du Figuier, which is one of four gates that defended the villages.
 

Once through the gate you walk past the various shops and souvenir stands. Selling everything from postcards, ornaments, gorgeous linen tablecloths to ice cream and cakes.
 

To get to the Basilique St-Sauveur you will need to climb the 223 steps or use the lift. In the days of pardon, pilgrims and criminals would climb the steps on their knees in order to be forgiven for their sins. They were bound in chains and led to the Black Madonna where they would pray and then the priest would strike of the chains and give them a lead metal with a picture of the Black Madonna to take back to their village as proof of absolution.
 


 

Another attraction is the Durandal, the famous sword of Roland; the legendary paladin of Charlemagne. Just before he died at Roncesvalles, Roland confined his blade to St Michael.

The Archangel hurled the sword from the Pyrenees straight into Rocamadour’s cliff where the sword sits high above supported by a chain.
 

The workmanship is outstanding.
 

A close up of one of the towers.
 

 

Les Montgolfiades-Rocamadour


23rd and 24th September is the Annual two day hot air balloon festival with participants from all over Europe.

 
 

Scoop of the year

Winners of the Daglan Flower Competition 2017

Our intrepid roving reporters Sherry and Angus were there at the scene to record the event of the year. The prize giving ceremony for the winning entrants of the Daglan Flower Competition.

Our innovative Maire has changed the format of the annual competition to incorporate more categories than in previous years and instead of prizes of money vouchers and wine we now have delicious local wines and food hampers for category winners and champagne and wine awards for runners up. Also in previous years the prizes where handed out discreetly to the winners, but this year all of the winners and runners up were invited to a get together at the Marie’s Salle du Conseil for the presentations.

The meeting began with a picture show of the winning gardens and balconies showing the jury in their deliberations. Then our Maire, Mr Dussol gave a speech and afterwards he handed over to Mr Cabianca.

Here you see Mr Dussol (right) and Mr Cabianca ready to give out the prizes.

 


 


 


 


 

Here is a list of the winners and runners up in the various categories.

Maison Fleurie:-
1st Mr. et Mme Kroondge
2nd Mr Deslandes J. Pierre
3rd Mr Vernet J. Francois

Balcony Fleurie:-
1st Mr Van De Velde. Cornelus
2nd Mr. Salamitte Pierre

Jardin Fleuri:-
Mr. et Mme Herbault-Gruber.

Commerce Fleuri:-
1st Charlotte et Robin, Le Cafe De La Fleur
2nd Corinne et Thierry, Boulangerie Guichard

Prix Special du Jury
Mr. et Mme Sherry and Angus Cambell

Well done to everyone who took part and congratulations for the winners and runners up. I would like to add a special thanks to the Maire and Mairie for their superb work and to our brilliant reporters Sherry and Angus.

 
 

“Is this song from the Sound of Music Mummy”?

This is what I overheard from a little girl on the next table to us while we were having lunch at Café De La Fleur yesterday. I wasn’t listening in but it was so easily heard and so funny. The song was Edith Piaf, singing Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien (No Regrets). When her mother told her that it wasn’t from the Sound of Music the girl went on to ask if the song was from the Madagascar film, “it sounds Russian to me”, she said. When her mother said no that it was a French song the little girl said “Oh I had better be quiet”, and Mummy said, “Yes do”.

Café de la Fleur, I love the bar outside for the Summer drinkers to enjoy in the sun.

 
On Paul’s second Birthday we had a meal at Cafe De La Fleur, his real Birthday was the day before. So sad they had run out of fish so there was no fish and chips to enjoy, but he loved the succulent steak and the mountain of chips. Shock of all shocks, he could not finish it all.

 
The owners of Café de La Fleur are looking for new owners to adopt two most adorable kittens.

This one just needs a little bit more practice with the magic trick of pulling the table cloth from the table.

Good news from Charlotte (who runs the Café with her husband Robin), they are thinking about having their own float for next years Fête and having a band playing at the Café one night over the Fête weekend, brilliant we will be there.

Stand by… Water, Foam, Smoke, Music… “Take Two”… Action.

Daglan Fête de la Saint-Louis – Sunday Evening.

What a transformation from a quiet village to the party capital of the Perigord. Every culture, every nationality, everyone, having a good time on the bumper cars, singing and dancing in the streets and enjoying the party.

The bumper car ride was packed from two in the afternoon until two in the morning.

 
There were two bands, Sax Banda and Bandazik, playing in the main Rue de la Napoleon in front of Le Petit Paris Restaurant.

 
Well hello sailor, Judith having a great time in the foam with a few pirates.

 
Darth Vader and one of the storm troopers are hidden underneath all of the foam. Members of the rugby club and other revellers dancing on an impromptu mobile dance floor while throwing foam onto the spectators.

 
You do not often get the opportunity to take a picture of a Star Wars storm trooper and a pirate ship together on the main road through planet Daglan!

 
Approaching Pirate Ship floating through a sea of foam.

 
At twenty past eleven everyone started to walk towards the bridge to watch the hillside come alive with a stunning firework display.

 
Wow, a brilliant Fête, well done to everyone for the organisation, planning, costumes, entertainment etc.
It truly was an amazing weekend.

 
 
Event:- St Cyprian Brocante this Saturday and Sunday.

Les Montgolfiades-Rocamadour 23rd and 24th September is the Annual two day hot air balloon festival with participants from all over Europe.

 
 

Stand by… Water, Foam, Smoke, Music… “Take One”… Action.

Daglan Fête de la Saint-Louis – Cinema Themed Parade.

Wow people certainly know how to party until the early hours of the morning in the village of Daglan. With four days of entertainment including festive meals, pétanque competitions, concerts, a parade, fireworks, and a bal musette.

The highlight for me is the parade on Sunday afternoon. Every year the parade takes on a different theme, this year it was ‘The Cinema’.

The amount of preparation and skill that goes into transforming farm tractors, trailers, old cars and even a 2 speed (stop and go fast) quad bike into flying saucers, space ships, French resistance hideaways, or pirate ships is just brilliant. The Costumes were truly amazing, Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars being my favourites.

Here are just a few of the pictures that we took yesterday so that you can get a feel of the party and celebrations.

French Resistance armed with water pistols and water bombs. Needless to say Paul and I got totally soaked.

Here you can see our intrepid cameraman Paul being shot with a stream of water.

 
The Daglan Rugby Club always know how to get the party going.

Here are a few of the guys wearing dresses.

The shouts of joy from the children could be heard over the music as they ran and played in the foam.

 
Ahoy, a pirate ship approaches with Jack Sparrow (Pascal Dussol our Maire) at the helm.

 
Brilliant, cheers guys.

 
Who you gonna call? The Ghost Busters are here.

 
In a galaxy far far away is the planet Daglan, brilliant, amazing. Yes, I am a big Star Wars fan.

 
Wow, wow and wow again.

Pictures of the evening fun will be in “take two”.

Today is the last day of the Fête de la Saint-Louis so if you are in the area come and join the party, the Bal Musette begins at 21:00 tonight.