For us, Daglan’s first-ever Fête du Printemps, or Spring Festival, began at 7 o’clock this morning. That’s when vans and cars began arriving in the courtyard called La Fontaine, right next to our bedroom window, and flower merchants began setting up their stalls.
There was a lot of opening and closing and clanking and chatting, but it seems it was worth the noise. Despite a gray day, the festival seems to have been a success, attracting not only a large number of merchants but, more importantly, visitors and shoppers.
Let’s have a look, starting with the stalls set up in La Fontaine:
In our village’s main square, La Place de la Liberté, the weekly market would usually be taking place on a Sunday morning — with vendors selling vegetables, wine, sausages, honey, and other local products. Instead, today’s market was all about plants:
Looking towards the village church, you can see more racks of flowers and plants, as well as a ride for small children:
One vendor was specializing in a wide variety of small trees and shrubs:
In the centre of the square, just in front of the village bakery, there was a vast spread of colourful flowers for sale:
Included in the mix was this row of particularly sunny-looking flowers:
The flower stalls were distributed all through the village. Here’s the view looking along Daglan’s main street from the central square, and in the background you can see more stalls near the mayor’s office:
But for us, one vendor stood out above all the rest — it was the young man selling the season’s first strawberries. This selection of gariguette strawberries comes from the nearby village of St. Martial de Nabirat:
Checking out gariguettes on the Internet, I learned that they can be ready to eat as early as May. Hah! We’re having some for breakfast tomorrow.