A once a decade storm. 105 km/h winds. Trees sway, shutters slam, doors creak. The PONs think it's great fun. Falling branches pull down power and phone lines. Sometimes we have light, sometimes we have phone, sometimes we have both and sometimes we have neither.
Nothing like the sheltered wooden grooming table on a morning when the elements are howling round you. Bob springs up, Sophie is lifted up. We're at the ' Why can't I do it ? ' stage.
'The Font' heads off to Spain to see an aging relative. One of those drop what you're doing trips.The large group of Spanish teenagers on the aircraft scream in unison and cross themselves every time the plane sways and lurches into the gale. Marbella in February proves to be the centre of the storm and as a result a very wet and windy place.
Scotland lose to France in the Sunday afternoon rugby match. We catch snippets of it in between power cuts. This morning the PONs get a trip in the the little black Up! with the white roof to the bakers. Sophie lies on the back seat, Bob sits bolt upright. Slivers of croissant are gratefully received. Sophie has not had an illicit croissant sliver in five months. Her joy is audible and visible. For her it's already shaping up to be the best day ever.