Monday, February 9, 2015

In optimism there is magic. In pessimism there is nothing.

It's getting noticeably lighter in the mornings. Shortly after eight the sky already aglow . The village cats don't seem to be aware that the protective cloak of darkness is slipping. A particularly audacious individual attracts Bobs attention as it saunters across the church lawn. Bob watches in silence. Sophie howls.  

Mid-morning a walk down to the stream. It's too good a day to be indoors and the duo are only to happy to accompany me . A host of blue tits and chaffinches - two hundred of them at least - squabbling over something in the hedgerows. Spilled corn ? A stash of sunflower seeds ? They scatter as we pass but are back, arguing, within ten seconds of our passing. Sophie stops and gives them her " I could have you " look. She's ignored.

The Salle des Fetes being tidied by the mayors wife. Last week the Deputy Prefect handed out prizes to the winners of the best kept garden competition. Mrs.Mayors dried root vegetable tableaux the highlight of the event. The Deputy, a Parisian , had a look on his face that hinted at deep culture shock. Angus couldn't help but notice that he fled as soon as decency permitted. Perhaps it was the plastic tumbler full of the Old Farmers home made wine ? Or perhaps the fact that the wine was stored in the tea urn ? Bob christens the Old Farmers vines every morning; sometimes twice. A PON tradition. Something the Prefect didn't need to know.


  1. That wine sounds jolly good stuff to me. Subtle notes of PON pee mingled with a metallic overtone of ancient tea urn. These Parisians have simply no idea.
    Toodle pip!

  2. Duke and Petite-Chose at 2GFebruary 9, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Angus - next year perhaps a photo of Mme Mayor's dried root vegetable tableaux - surely worthy of recording if they are the highlight of the event? With added PON flavour, that tea urn must be well scoured! We take it that you and 'The Font' have your calendar proudly displayed for all to see.
    What mischief are the cheeky duo plotting for today - they both have that "who us?" look on their faces

  3. PON pee Pinot Gris, now that's going to keep me amused all day

  4. Photo #3…….can it be? SOPHIE with sparkling clean front legs and paws! We suggest that you install a full length mirror for her…… that she can see how really attractive she can be……..devoid of mud. We must save this photo for posterity. With thanks, from the Westcoast of Canada!

  5. I agree, that root vegetable tableau needs to be preserved in this testimony to life in deepest france profonde!