Thursday, July 21, 2016

Laughter at breakfast.


The PONs hear me come downstairs and open the kitchen door. Two seconds later they're out of their beds and making it clear they're ready to start a new day. 

There's something about the PON stare that makes me laugh.


This morning is no exception.


Bob does a high speed tour of the garden with 'Lamb'.


Sophie quietly reflects on the meaning of life with a 'Lamb' stealing brother.

Here in The Rickety Old Farmhouse :

1) The water has been cut off twice. An unsupervised teenage tractor driver using a new plough severs the village water main. He does this in the morning and again in the late afternoon. This being France 24 bottles of drinking water are delivered by the water company to each inhabitant.

2) The repair team sent to mend the water main drive their truck into a telephone pole. This severs the internet connection .

3) The new septic tank system doesn't seem to like a) extreme heat or b) interrupted water supplies. It again trumpets its disapproval in the small hours of the morning.

4) The Old Farmer has been working on his venerable silver Mercedes. He informs me that Poland now requires all vehicles crossing its territory to have daytime running lights. He's paid 75 Euros for a kit . The kit includes strips of lights that go under each of his headlights and matching eighteen inch strips that go on the side of the front doors. This gives the vehicle something of the air of a mobile discotheque. Polish motorists will certainly be aware of his presence.

Two pieces of music from the Orkneys for a hot Thursday morning. The first ( a charming piece written by the man playing the pipes )  I'm betting will be a feature at christenings in the US and New Zealand within a year. Try as I might I cannot work out what tempo he's tapping out with his foot as he plays. 



The second one is strangely out of time and place. The singer, his clothing, his hair and the sound have something of the innocence of the 1920's to them. It's sung with a wonderful and unmistakably Scots burr.




16 comments:

  1. Somehow the rhyme 'the house that Jack built' comes to mind.

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  2. More and more, your life in deepest France profonde has that unmistakeable "Carry On" air to it ! Are you sure you're not all auditioning for a part?

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    1. Amazing how much happens on a day when you think nothing happened.

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  3. I don't recall, in all my life, having had water cut off in any of the places I've lived....until I moved to France. It happens with unsettling frequency and sometimes without warning--construction, floods, lots of "oops" moments.
    Can you install rainwater cisterns or dig a well? Maybe the Bozos have the know-how.

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    1. It happened in Italy but that was because thieves would come along an steal the water. Large trucks would then appear to sell the water they'd stolen.

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  4. Another amusing breakfast read. Seems as if you live in a comedy tempered by sombre music.

    Sharon Canada

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  5. The PON stare has a sense of eagerness. Knowing nothing of music, except from ballet, could the first musical selection ( which is gorgeous ), be a 1-2 count? Aside from the extreme heat, all of you must rise before the sun to discover what has taken place, when everyone should be sleeping! Perhaps an early morning ' town crier ' is in order!!!

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    1. In this heat five am starts are becoming the norm. Problem is it's starting to get light later now.

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  6. Bob has a charming just-got-out-of-bed rumpled look.

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    1. Well, it's certainly a just-got-out-of-bed look.

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  7. This post really made my day!! From the stares to the quiet kitchen reflection to the pipers! Just lovely! I had a piper at my wedding - he played Mairi's Wedding.

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    1. Pipers at weddings are a wonderful Celtic link to generations that went before and are still to come.

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  8. I'll take that PON stare, and the two pieces of music over what I'm listening to and watching now -- Donald Trump speaking and the RNC

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    1. Yes, there are somethings that make bagpipe dirges seem fun in comparison ! Interesting to hear so many of the same phrases and ideas used in your elections as were used in the UK referendum., Enough similarities to make you think the same K Street consultants used the UK as a dry run for Ohio and Pennsylvania and those other rust belt states with lots of electoral votes.

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