Sunday, November 10, 2013
The best advice is this : Don't take advice and don't give it.
A little yellow van with flashing orange lights stops on the village green. Two men in multi-coloured striped boiler suits get out and put up half a dozen posters ." John Fratellini's Circus. Come and visit our zoo ". They're back in the van and gone within two minutes.
Angus would have liked to have asked them whether the circus is coming to the village or whether the villagers will have to travel to some undisclosed location to visit the animals. Why would a circus come to a place with 67 inhabitants ? Doubtless all will soon be revealed. Am I alone in thinking there is something slightly unsettling about the clowns face . The smile too forced, the eyes too hard ? The front and back doors will be double locked at night.
Bob and Sophie spend much of their day digging. In the late morning a brisk walk along the lane. The fields on either side freshly ploughed. In the afternoon a trip to the dog store. '' Are those indestructible ? " I ask the young lady behind the check out counter pointing to a collection of orange and red animals. She assures me they are. ' But of course ! They're the highest quality monsieur '. She then repeats this to make sure I've understood.
Bob has the trunk and legs off the orange elephant within two minutes. Sophie curls up with her red dinosaur and soon falls asleep. From time to time she wakes up briefly and growls. Expending just enough energy to make sure Bob doesn't attempt to steal her toy.