Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A ray of sunshine.


The builders arrive and start using a pneumatic drill to chip away the concrete on the terrace. Bob and Sophie contentedly trample sand through the house. It pours with rain. Caroline, the unhappy cleaning lady, arrives. She tries to get the builders to move their vans so she can park in her usual spot by the barn. ' No way darling' they reply and suggest she parks out on the lane. This does not go down well. As the sounds of heated discussion fill the air Angus and the PONs decide to head off for a coffee. Caroline has now parked her car in the middle of the drive . We can't squeeze by and have to go back inside and ask her to move it. This adds fuel to the raging unhappiness. There is much muttering and a slamming of doors.


The cafe under the arcades has started to sell a new line - adult ice lolly's made with alcohol. The lady in the blue dressing gown and red pom-pom slippers is having a Mojito flavoured Solero with her first beer of the morning. It must be good; she makes loud slurping noises and wipes her mouth with her sleeve. Angus thinks it best to ignore her kind offer of a 'nibble'. Sophie by contrast is intrigued and wanders over to see if there's any of it left for her.


Home. Bob and Sophie are oblivious to the torrential rain, the sound of the pneumatic drill and the less than positive spirit that Caroline is exuding. They are ready for fun and head upstairs to play touch rugby in the hallway. 


Usually, twenty minutes of touch rugby and they're exhausted. Today it takes thirty five minutes before they head downstairs for a nap. The drilling gets louder, the house shakes, the rain gets heavier, Caroline's mood fails to lighten. She revs her engine, Waco biker gang style, when leaving. 


Before the builders go they play 'throw the furry fox' . Bob and Sophie go to bed having had a simply wonderful day.

Another week. Another strike. This time it's the teachers. 
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-32782179

14 comments:

  1. Does Caroline belong to a union?

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    1. Only if you count the wimmins cooperative as a union.

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  2. Duke and Petite-Chose at 2GMay 20, 2015 at 7:57 AM

    Oh dear, it seems a recipe for disaster - the morose builders lads and Caroline the even unhappier cleaning lady. Madame Bay would never had trouble with workmen - she knew how to put them in their place!
    Not surprising that Bob and Sophie had a simply wonderful day - all that sand everywhere. The poor furry fox must have quite a headache by now....

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    1. Furry fox is holding up quite well - if you consider losing two legs as holding up well.

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  3. We hope the trailer doesn't sink again.

    Also, there may be a Waco-style engagement with the morose lads and Caroline in the near future.

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    1. Waco would be nothing in comparison with the bloodshed Caroline could cause.

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  4. Let me get this strait, a woman of a certain age in a blue dressing gown and pom-pom slippers drinking a beer and eating a frozen lolly? Defies even imagination!

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  5. I fully approve of a Mojito flavoured ice-lolly.
    Guess who's travelling to London by train from Cornwall on the 26th; wish me luck.
    Caroline is not a happy soul. If two PON's can't put a smile on her face, then I worry for her.
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    1. Good luck with the train journey. If Merlins with you keep an eye out for anyone with sandwiches - the way to a PON boys heart.

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    2. Grandma bought him a pie from the pie and mash shop this morning; his devotion to her is limitless.

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  6. I love the contrast, the PONs having the best day ever and yours...maybe no quite as serene?

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  7. We concur, sounds like the best day ever! Willow and Tucker think we should start a furry "duck" game here....

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  8. You should have bought Caroline a mojito lolly!

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