Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Effrontery.


PONs have two sorts of days. Happy Days and Exceptionally Happy Days. Otherwise known as HD's and EHD's. 

Today is clearly an EHD.


Sophie gets groomed. Sophie  enjoys being groomed . For a full twenty minutes she, and she alone, is the centre of attention.


Her wet nose continues to rank as one of the seven wonders of the world.


After wards a tour of the village.


Then with the Americans to the cheese shop.


The Americans want to know whether it's correct to eat the rind on the cheese or to cut it off.


The cheesemongers answer to this question is neither clear cut nor brief. The answer may best be summarized as ' With some you do. With others you don't '.

Mid afternoon three women in shell suits arrive at the garden gate. A brief discussion is had with 'The Font '. The youngest is getting married in the town hall on Saturday and wants to use our garden for aperitifs afterwards. This would be fine by us were it not for the fact that we've never seen any of them before and they seem to view the use of The Rickety Old Farmhouse as an inalienable right . The bride to be informs ' The Font ' that '' There shouldn't be more than eighty or so guests and we should be gone by six ". The words ' may we ? ' or ' would it be possible ? ' are not used. The three women are despatched with a very Lutheran and definitive 'Non !'. This is a bizarre example of the effrontery of strangers. 



20 comments:

  1. Make sure Bob is mounting guard on Saturday, or the aperitif might migrate your way like it or not!
    An aperitif that ends at 6? Ha!

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    1. Will they make another approach through someone else in the village? The bride to be claimed to be 'of the village ' although we've never seen her in the 7 or so years we've been here.

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  2. One wonders if the women were hoping Angus might supply the eighty or so guests with champagne too…

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    1. That old French country tradition of nothing chanced nothing gained .

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  3. The power of positive thinking meets strong Lutheran resolve.
    Send them to the German's.

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    1. Yes. Castle Gloom may be just the spot for a reception!

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    2. Only if the wedding attire is heavy on toggles.

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  4. A swarm of insolent strangers celebrating in your garden? What could possibly go wrong?

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  5. Women wearing shell suits - that says it all - I think not ! The very cheek of it, and when has a wedding drinks party ever ended that early in the day? Having been around in France on similar occasions, they tend to turn into a very noisy marathon. Castle Gloom - what a brilliant idea !

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    1. The presence of the swimming pool , alcohol and wedding guests summons up a subconscious vision of higher insurance premiums.

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  6. The word for this jaw-dropping request doesn't come from the Lutherans...here in the States we'd call it
    chutzpah.

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    1. There are Scottish ways of describing it too. This is however a family blog.

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  7. Now, that is just a strange request...

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    1. Perhaps if we knew who they were?

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  8. What are shell suits? I had a vision of mermaids walking.
    And yes, Castle Gloom is just the spot for them. Bless their hearts, as they say in the South.

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    1. Shell suits are shiny acrylic track suits. In this case all three were in matching turquoise and white. A sure sign the proposed gathering on our lawn would be a stylish affair ?

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  9. THEY see IT... "I don't know why I can't have what I want !?!?" The entitled ones never cease to amaze me. They come in all age groups! These are usually the same people that have two sets of rules: one set for them, and one set for you. And the icing on the cake is, They have the audacity to be angry when you do not honour their request! I am slowly climbing down from my soap box. Thank You.

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    1. They will get their own back by parking in front of both sets of gates on Saturday !

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