Monsieur Bongo and the two Bongo sons work away all day. Two more workmen and a large white truck join them in the late afternoon . Bob and Sophie sit in their pen on the front lawn and watch the comings and goings in engrossed silence . At seven in the evening Monsieur Bongo appears in the downstairs kitchen and announces " M'Ongoose. We've got problems ". Why is it that workmen always preface good news with ' I ' and bad ( ie expensive ) news with ' we ' ? Monsieur Bongo and his team will be coming back again today and tomorrow.
Madame Bay is away visiting her sister in Paris. She phones to find out if the basement is still gently filling with water . Sandrine, Madame Bay's hairdresser daughter, has bought her mother a mobile phone with extra large buttons and a tariff that allows her to make 1000 minutes a month of calls for free. ' The font ' describes the situation to our saintly septaguenarian. After many ' oh la la's ' and the occasional ' Mon Dieu ! ' Madame Bay finally announces '' We''ll you should be thankful you don't live in a tiny apartment ". With that less than subtle dig at her sister she rings off.
Bob and Sophie are simply delighted with the arrival of the workmen. Their socialization proceeds apace. Sophie continues to dig and Bob discovers that a plastic Badoit bottle makes the most intriguing sounds.