Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Never believe in mirrors or newspapers.





The wind blows, the trees sway, the rain comes pelting down. The PON duo dig. The drier runs 24/7. 

Mid-morning. Madame Bay arrives in the 'Wild Child' voiturette. She is wrapped up against the wind in a voluminous black and red striped padded coat, a bright red scarf and a paisley patterned turban. Her exotic hornet outfit. Sophie gets a Lily of the Valley scented kiss, Bob disappears into the library where he hides under a table. '' M'Ongoose, M'Ongoose. I'm so glad you're home ". It seems the Retired Gendarmes Association are off on their annual pre-Christmas shopping bonanza. This year they're going to Boston. '' We've got a wonderful deal ". 

Madame Bay is worried that Boston will be cold. Not just cold but arctic cold with icebergs in the harbour and snow drifting along Boylston. Everything the retired gendarmes  know about their destination has been gleaned from a television programme about a Boston law firm. She leaves reassured. '' We're flying Air France. A little more expensive but you can always count on the food being good " says our septuagenarian globe trotter as she leaves.




19 comments:

  1. I find the idea of retired gendarmes from deepest France Profonde going to Boston for a holiday in November rather strange, almost unsettling.

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    1. They have also done Manhattan , Croatia and Madrid. That 'value for money' gap in the airlines calendar.

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  2. One senses that Madame Bay is a survivor. She will be fine in Boston.

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  3. I wonder if Madame Bay will follow her New York tradition and have her hair done while in Boston?

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    1. Is the red dyed Sinead O'Connor look back in fashion ?

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  4. I flew Air France for the first time last month and was very pleasantly surprised, didn't see any of the bizarre seats or political advisors on my trip, you have much more interesting flights Angus.
    Two very muddy PONs today, does a day go past without a PON bath ?

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  5. Rest assured there aren't any icebergs here in the harbor. . . no snow and no arctic temps. . . in fact our forecast high today is 59° F - downright tropical!

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  6. The font deserves a medal for the heroic PON washing. Bob and Sophie's delight must make it worth it.

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  7. Am I seeing some serious muddy paw prints on the kitchen floor? These two are a full-time job for "The Font" to keep up with! After reading these antics, I will probably never get another puppy, you are a very brave couple!
    Karen and Kelly Rathje
    Iowa USA

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    1. If you see a large group of seventy something French folk eating hamburgers and asking ' ow much zat cos ? ' , you've found them.

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  9. Perhaps I should take a drive into Boston this week to see if I can spot a 'snappy' dresser, wrapped in chiffon, and wearing a Lily of the Valley scented turban. No icebergs, but sometimes the wind coming off the harbor can rip the hat right off your head!

    The photo of the bedraggled dogs on the muddy tile floor made me laugh out loud. Poor Font!

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  10. I enjoy traveling Air France ( hangs head in shame).

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  11. I do hope she stops by Faneuil Hall while she's in Boston. It's one of my favorite places to go.

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  12. Oh my goodness! Madame Bay and company are about to invade Boston. To be a fly on the wall, where ever they happen to be!!

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  13. I'll advise my family in my hometown to look out for Madame Bay and the retired gendarmes. Wish I were going, too...could use a visit "home". Your muddy boy and girl are very familiar to us...we have a very muddy pair these days, too, but in our pil of rubble it doesn't matter too much!

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  14. I hope Madame Bay enjoys her trip to cold frigid Boston.....smile.

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  15. LOOK OUT BOSTON !! Hey, if Boston can survive the Red Coats, the Red Sox and duck tours, Boston can survive a group of French retired gendarmes !!! I should warn the family--the French are coming, the French are coming !!!

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