Friday, June 3, 2016
Just in case.
The PONs sit in the long grass. A day for recovering from their trauma. Bob rescues the heavily chewed starfish from its secret hiding place. Sophie dozes under an olive tree. Bob looks thin. Sophie doesn't. Methinks she's used her well honed ' Have you seen that Wolf ? ' routine to distract him and then steal his kibbles.
The mayor stops by. He is such a nice man. The Belgian lady and the horse farm are at daggers drawn - again. The misunderstanding with the fire cracker has escalated and the gendarmes have been called. The Beautiful Bye Ways Committee have narrowed the choice of wallpapers for the church porch down to two. One looks good in sunshine. The other in shade. A decision will be made next week.
In the little 24/7 greengrocer ( this being France it's actually an 8/5 ) a new addition to the 'exotic' foods display. Cheddar Cheese. I buy two packs of the mature. '' Oh La La '' says the lady at the till. '' That's powerful stuff ".
For some reason there are two small pots of Clafoutis in a wicker basket by the sliding doors. They have been set up as a special display on a bed of wood shavings. Were there more of them at seven o'clock and they've all gone by ten past ? Or, as is more likely, has the supermarket owner agreed to take two and see if they'll sell ?
I ask for four croissants at the bakers. He gives me eight. It's two for one day he says with a smile. It seems he's made double his usual batch. ''What if I'd asked for two ?" ' I'd still have given you eight ' . We both laugh loudly. The PONs are delighted.
Bob sits on his stump seat watching a large group of foreign pilgrims progress along the lane towards Compostella. They wave at him and say happy, if impenetrable, Slavic things . There are a lot of pilgrims today. It must be a national holiday in some small cheerful Balkan state. Bob does his best to look ferocious.
The Air France pilots go on a four day strike next week. The air traffic controllers will join them. Today the electricity was unilaterally cut of in St.Nazaire , a town of 200,000 people. Shops , restaurants, schools - everything had to close. How long before the staff at our local nuclear power plant decide to follow suit ?