The heat rising. The PONs are harnessed up and ready for their walk at 6:30. They head off across the garden to bark at the collared doves and make sure there have been no c-a-t incursions.
We return from our walk to discover there's a scandal in the village. It seems the plumber visited the German billionaires chateau, unannounced, to repair a security light. A thirty something woman was swimming 'topless' in the pool. The woman seemed unperturbed by the plumbers arrival. The morose lads were,momentarily, less morose. Madame Bay ( who has heard the story from the good for nothing son-in-law Hugo, the husband of her hairdresser daughter Sandrine ) helps herself to a mug of coffee and a Madeleine and recounts the story to 'The Font' . Madame Bay is of the opinion that '' That sort of things probably alright where they come from ( ie Germany ) but it's not done around here '. She then adds primly '' I suppose it's the modern way '.
So starts an unexpectedly sultry Saturday morning in deepest, deepest France profonde.
After Madame Bay goes Sophie is taken for a stroll round the village. This turns into a leisurely 'sniff every flower, bark at every bird' affair.
Bob looks amazed when I tell him Callista Gingrich is to be the new U.S ambassador to the Holy See.
The winds have flattened the rose border.
These are the largest garden fountains in the world - the jets reach 175 feet - and they reopen after a $90 million renovation later this month. https://longwoodgardens.org/