A heat advisory in place. The village hall open and the air conditioning turned on. Those old folk who want to can spend their days there in the cool. Madame Bay and her friend Renee, both sprightly octogenarians, distribute water and prepare salads.
To avoid the heat the builders start work at six and finish at noon. The morose lad ( who has now put down a deposit on the ancient Golf convertible ) also does a couple of hours overtime in the evening. The PONs are delighted with this arrangement. They can play throw the furry fox first thing, nap in the heat of the day, and then pester the morose lad for an end of day bout of fox throwing.
This morning they greet the workmen from their perch on the wooden table. Sophie checks their rucksacks for evidence of 'goodies'.