Tuesday, July 1, 2014

We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.






Back from their morning walk Bob and Sophie head for the recently excavated puddle. Why drink tap water when you can drink mud ? The puddle may be around for some time as the irrigation man is on an extended 'World Cup' holiday. One of those '' don't know when I can get there, Mate. I'm busy " type conversations. '' I'll do my best '' he adds, cheerily but non-commitally.

Six in the evening. France play Nigeria. The village square is a heaving mass of humanity, or as close as sixty seven French villagers can make it. Madame Bay can be seen, a pair of barbecue tongs in one hand,a grandchild in the other, dancing a jig while flipping sausages. France win. There is much cheering. Later that night excited Shia LaBeouf type noises can be heard floating down from the German billionaires chateau. Germany have beaten Algeria. The last villager packs up at 2.23 am. Germany now play France on Friday night. I wonder if we shall all be invited up to the chateau to watch ?

Bob and Sophie spend their evening standing at the gate watching the barbecues. You'd think they'd soon tire . They don't. Where sausages are concerned hope springs eternal.

And here is Dolly Parton at Glastonbury. An hour without a break. I saw her in concert in Atlanta nearly forty years ago. In the interim one of has slowed down. It's not her. Where does she get the energy ?

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  1. The village football/barbecue evening sounds wonderful. Can't wait for the report on France/Germany.
    I think I can see some of Sophie's curves in that photo of her in the car boot. (Although Bertie claims it is probably just PON fluff!)
    Cheers,
    Gail.

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  2. Were we at the same show?
    Fox Theatre?
    I was four. :)

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    1. Yes. The Fox theatre. Winter 1977. Emory was a very different place then.

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  3. Algeria and Germany was a brilliant match. If you're invited to the chateau, will the Bob and Sophie come along? Good bet for sausage there.

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    1. IF we're invited they'll be there.

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  4. Fields and fields of sunflowers. Incredible!

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  5. In case you didn't know Angus, the muddy water is a special blend that surpasses Perrier and Evian in the PON's eyes.
    My house was filled with groans and loud claps and cheers yesterday as my daughter watched the France/Nigeria match...poor Brownie found himself a quiet place to nod under my desk.
    Most folks here are at work but not really working but watching the matches on their phones at their desks or viewing on the office tv in the lunchroom during their extended lunch hours. Some others like your irrigation guy have taken either holiday or sick leave to make the most of the World Cup frenzy.
    Dolly has a large fan club which from the look of the crowd will never wane....will watch the full show later.

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  6. Are the PONs suffering with the oohs and ahhs of Andy Murray as well as the football ?

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  7. Never thought I would say this... but I have gotten into the "futbol" craze and am really enjoying the matches. I don't understand all the rules yet but that doesn't seem to affect my enjoyment. I do wonder though how people from so many countries communicate -- and what language do the referees use? Angus?,

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  8. The BBC says "no" to showing me the link. Maybe a locational thing.

    I saw Tina Turner in concert about 20 years ago, at a point when she should have been slowing down. She exploded onto the stage and went non-stop for two hours. Incredible.

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    1. They seem to have taken it down since it was posted.

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  9. The sunflowers warm my heart - as do the photos of Sophie and Bob. Paws crossed for the US but I'm not up to speed - perhaps they already lost.

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  10. Betting Dolly's energy comes from her hyperactive brain and the audience!

    Jo in MN

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  11. I suspect that watching from the chateau would be an interesting experience!

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  12. We who don't follow the World Cup, heard the news. Congrats to France. Should be an interesting experience. Somehow have a mental picture of storming the Chateau by torchlight should France not win.

    XXXOOO Bella Roxy & Dui who all think muddy water is best.

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    1. The guillotine might come out of storage if France doesn't win !

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