Saturday, August 3, 2013

A misty morning may have a fine day.

The day of the village pottery fair. The reproduction sixteenth century kiln all ready to be fired up. This year someone has sensibly removed the roof tiles that cover the chimney. 

It's barely seven but the very old farmer is sitting by the village pond ,a bottle of home made wine on a fold up table in front of him. He's wearing a blue smock and a black beret tilted at a jaunty angle.  '' Keeping an eye on things " he announces as I wander by. He repeats himself, tickles Sophie and offers me a plastic tumbler full of wine. 

On our way back home we see that the local council has dropped off twenty or so crowd control barriers in the car park by the war memorial. Crowd control barriers are an unusual sight in our little village of 67 souls. The word incongruous springs to  mind.

Another hot morning. Bob and Sophie settle down in the shade of the courtyard. For them there's a busy day ahead. Seventeen potters and ceramicists to be barked at. Who knows ? There may be vast crowds to control.


  1. Based on the past experiences, it does seem a good idea to prevent as many people as possible from approaching the fired up kiln?

  2. We agree with Gail....especially if they're marinated in alcohol.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  3. Marinated, lightly toasted locals at the towns volcanic attraction and two hot dogs at home.

    A warm welcome awaits in your little corner of paradise.

    Have fun X

  4. It sounds like today might be the first real test of your PONs herding skills. Will Bob and Sophie have you and “the Font” back beside the farmer (with his wine served in plastic), by the kiln (seeing what can be achieved in France 500 plus years on), amongst the monument (or is that monumental) crowds or kept safely home? We look forward to finding out what happened when you post your blog tomorrow!

  5. Crowd control may be needed if what's happened previous times when the firing up of the kiln has spread beyond your village.

  6. I was wondering about the crowd control barriers when I saw the photo.....kinda funny really.
    Have fun at the village pottery fair, and remember that you hardly have any space left for storing more purchases that you really don't need....wink, wink.

  7. Well, I know I'm looking forward to hearing about how today's events unfolded! It would be a shame if the crowds got out of control...

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