Out at first light to water the garden. I attach a hosepipe to the tap by the front door. Even though it's not yet six Bob is keen to play under the water jet. His sister is initially less keen but is soon frolicking alongside him. Why waste an opportunity for fun ? Bob darts through the spray quietly. Sophie makes a noise like a squealing pig. For her happiness and silence just don't go together..
Rather than let two dripping dogs into the house they are taken for an hours walk down to the little waterfall.
We've put up linen curtains at the front door. These keep the sun and bees out of the house while allowing Bob to monitor who's passing by along the lane. Not a perfect solution but a functioning one.
A meeting about the painting of the porch. It's due to start at 9.30 but finally gets underway at 10.30. The decorator from the nearby village has a flat battery. While waiting I have a long chat with the mayor. What a nice man he is. The battle between the Belgian lady and the neighbouring horse farm continues. The horse farms wire fence has been cut in three places. The Belgian lady is blamed. She denies it. The police have been called. They've made fifteen visits to the village since the dispute started. The mayor sighs.
When everyone is gathered we remeasure the porch, twice. The paint and wallpaper are examined. '' It's foreign " says the decorator. He then pauses and adds '' I suppose it will do ". Nothing more is said but the clear inference is that French products would have been better.
On the right hand edge of the mural that commemorates the village boys killed at the battle of Verdun, almost invisible, is a ruined church. Closer inspection shows it to be the village church. Slipped in as a joke. Or as a warning ? The mayor and the would be decorators are all amazed when this is pointed out to them.
Sophie deals with the heat by lying on the cool gravel in the courtyard. She is oblivious to the fact that her demeanour is less than princess like. Somedays it's just too hot to care.
This is interesting. If you like cats. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/s-wda070616.php