Monday, July 25, 2016

Canoodling.


A group of a dozen or so teenagers arrive on the village green around nine at night. They have a picnic. Three of them have guitars. Two have bongo drums. The girls have something of the 'flowers in their hair' look of 60's era Berkeley students. They sing. Then they 'canoodle'. Being French they sing and 'canoodle' all through the night. 

It's darker, if not cooler, in the mornings now. The sun just peeping over the crest of the ridge as Bob and his master set off on their six o'clock walk. At the Y junction we stop and look at the fields of blue corn flowers. Bob is told, as he's told every morning that this is his country. He greets this information with a lick of my ear. We start to discuss Hillary's hacked e-mails but uncertain what to make of the affair we head home.

As we return home we notice that the' young people ' have fallen asleep on the grass.


Bobs sister, who has stayed behind to clean out 'The Fonts' yogurt carton, is loaded into the back of the car. Getting Sophie in the car first prevents any potential ' Bobs in my space' crises .


Seems as if everyone in France is away on holiday. The traffic unusually light as we head towards the bakers. 


Bob and Sophie get a chance to run along the river bank where the pollarded lime trees provide deep shade. They also get croissant crumbs.


The guitar players on the village green bestir themselves in the late afternoon. Another picnic magically appears. Wine bottles are opened. It looks as if they intend spending another noisy night outside our windows. 


25 comments:

  1. Oh, I think young people of any and every nationality have been known to canoodle all through the night. Perhaps not on the village green...

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    1. You're right. French canoodling is however of a world class standard.

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  2. No wonder France is empty ! Judging by the number of French registered cars we see parked outside almost every villa, on our morning dog walk, they are all down here in Spain ! It's not yet August, so will the rest of the population find it's way down here next month?

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    1. The French are not known for skimping on holidays. We reckon most take a month off. Our tradesmen take six.

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  3. Maybe Bob and Sophie should be cncouraged to "sing" along with the late night revelers....

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    1. Doesn't take much encouragement.

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  4. As you've probably heard, there is yet another e-mail scandal from the DNC. Dare I ask what will come next?

    I hope your village doesn't have to worry about what will come next, and it's a quiet night on the village green.

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    1. Their second night of 'canoodling ' was undertaken in near silence. The bongo drums - thankfully - had gone.

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  5. The ones who aren't in Spain are here. I'll know it's the rentrée when I see mostly 11 license plates again. For now, the roads are clogged with cars from other departments, either driving like maniacs (me thinking, you're going to regret it, there's a big pothole around the bend) or driving extremely slowly and unsettlingly sinuously, while holding maps and phones/GPS and trying to figure out where they're going.

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    1. Thankfully, we are in the least populous and least known department so non-local vehicles remain in a minority.

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  6. Next is the NYT front page report regarding Putin & Trump & who is behind getting those hacked emails. Just when you think it can't get any worse, it is. Another day, another mess. I want to go back to bed!
    Thank goodness for tales of Bob and Sophie & strong coffee. God bless the USA.
    Angus, if you and the Font & the PONs join the canoodlers with a loud boom box tuned to something dry and boring like a speech, they may decide that the party is over. Maybe some neighbors can join you as well. :-) Pam in NH

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    1. The story of the Russian hacking - a couple of months ago - of the DNC database now makes sense.

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  7. I too noticed the sunrise a wee bit later as I arose at 0530 this morning. Soon it will be very, very noticeable. Hopefully the canoodlers will depart as the sun goes down.

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    1. With the street lights turned off there may be a lot more 'canoodling ' going on.

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  8. Barely light here, at 6:30 a.m., when we start out on our morning dog walk. Soon we'll be able to have a lie-in !

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    1. A lie-in ? Not a concept PONs understand.

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  9. I think there should be a charge per hour for canoodling on the village green! Fund raising could be easier than I first thought!

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    1. This being France you could be right.

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  10. Are those last photos of "the little market town?"

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    1. We have three nearby - this one is 20 minutes away.

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  11. I'm thinking that Bob and Sophie (especially Sophie, in 'Diva Moment' mode), could be deployed on the village green to keep the revellers awake during the day, and that way they'll be too tired at night?
    OK,it's a vain hope, I admit.
    Cheers! Gail.

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    1. They'd lose their picnic if Sophie was let out to see them.

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  12. Perhaps Bob and Sophie could be let out for a bit of canoodling....

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    1. That would clear the village green quickly.

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  13. What is it with girls and yogurt?
    Edward, and The Songwriter, could really care less.
    But Apple and I have some everyday.

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