Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The perils of deck chairs.


The Square in the little market town is still set up for tourists. Why all the tables and umbrellas are put out when the visitors and second home owners have headed back to Paris remains a mystery. It will stay like this for another two weeks. 

Bob, Sophie and their master watch a middle aged man buy a coffee and walk with it to one of the deck chairs in the middle of the Square. Settling in deck chairs can be a tricky experience at the best of times. Doubly so with a cup of coffee in one hand. The man suddenly slumps down into the deck chair. So does his coffee.


Back at The Rickety Old Farmhouse Madame Bay is continuing to interview potential cleaning ladies. '' Too flighty " - her take on one applicant. The applicant was fifty seven and to anyone other than Madame Bay would appear eminently sensible.


The PONs continue to radiate happiness. They have their fringes trimmed. Experience has taught us that PONs that can see what's coming towards them are friendly PONs. Sophie, we think, is slightly cross eyed.

In the afternoon Angus finishes off an interesting little book by a man who worked as a speechwriter for the former governor of South Carolina. A gentlemanly hatchet job. One of those books that's really a long essay. To say it's been padded out to make it book length is perhaps a tad too unkind. Entertaining and at times amusing. The authors name alone worth the price of entry.


15 comments:

  1. I do love being able to see Bob and Sophie's eyes !!!

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  2. I trust Bob and Sophie are part of the cleaning lady selection panel?

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    1. Not to begin with. The applicants have to be asked if they like dogs before we go any further in the process.

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  3. Perhaps the umbrellas and chairs are an attempt to hang on to summer.... We think Bertie and Gail have a good idea.

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    1. Trying to hold onto summer seems as good a reason as any.

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  4. Er...did you laugh at the coffee spillage?

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    1. Some disasters you can see well ahead of them actually happening.

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  5. Are you sure about Madame Bay interviewing cleaning ladies? Didn't she find Caroline?

    I've heard the book is a "fun and interesting" peek behind the curtain.

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    1. Fun and interesting is a good description. Not sure the ex-Governor would think so.

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  6. I'm glad that Madame Bay is helping with the selection process for the cleaning lady...God knows we don't want another Caroline.

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    1. Another Caroline would be .... challenging.

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  7. It will be interesting to hear who Madame Bay eventually comes up with, after Bob and Sophie have given their approval of course.
    How far down the list of "musts" does being a good cleaner come ? Presume one of the essentials is to be able to deal with the morose builders' lads.

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    1. We'd settle for being able to cope with enthusiastic dogs.

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  8. That zoom at your eyes is just so priceless!

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