Monday, December 9, 2013

The only normal people you know are the ones you don't know very well.






The meringues have gone from the bakers window. They've been replaced by a seasonal display of polar animals. Incongruously, a small yellow and brown bird livens up the foreground. Is this tiny burst of colour artistic license or a sign of an iconoclastic spirit at work ?

The Old Farmer spends his day working outside. The Christmas Star is being refurbished, its framework stripped down to the bare metal,  rusty patches sanded down and repainted. By dusk three rows of multi-coloured flashing lights have been strung across the front of his balcony between the tobacco plants. The reconditioned star, replete with sixty new lightbulbs, will rise on Wednesday.

Bob and Sophie spend their day barking at pilgrims. Bob displays his terrifying ( he hopes ) overbite. The pilgrims laugh. Some stop to ask what sort of dog he is. A reminder that you can never be alone in France when you have canine companions.




9 comments:

  1. I was wondering briefly if it was a meringue polar bear. Now that would be a challenge for the patissier.

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  2. The rising of the Old Farmer's star on Wednesday should be a sight to see!!!

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  3. People always stop to see us....SHE is invisible.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

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  4. Sorry Bob, not frightened, still just want to cuddle and fuss! Oh, alright then, you as well Sophie................

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  5. I have a feeling the star will be displayed even more prominently this year than it has been before! Good luck looking scary, Bob!

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  6. I think the display In the baker's window is delightful. He's going for joy here rather than polar accuracy.
    Bob's bark may be fierce, but his soft, lovely eyes and sweet smile will insure his place in the pilgrim's happy memories.
    Sixty bulbs.......!

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  7. Those are rather sweet little reindeer, with their so-trendy antler studs. Hoping they're purely decorative and not something meant to be eaten.

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  8. Love Bob's "terrifying" overbite. Yes Bob, you can indeed be absolutely terrifying when the mood strikes you. Pay no attention to those who say otherwise, they are just trying very hard to be brave.

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  9. Dear Angus, Les Compagnons de la Chanson and Edith Piaf. Les Trois Cloches. One of my all time heart-breaking favorites. A record played so many times it wore itself out as I complemented my school French lessons by listening to Edith Piaf. Every once in a while I'll hear Roy Orbison sing about Jimmy Brown, and eyes will leak again.

    xxx Joan

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