The PONs are saddled up and ready to head off on their morning walk. Both have tell tale signs of yogurt under their chins. Our departure has to wait while Sophie checks, no less than five times, to see if her yogurt pot has refilled itself. The family diva knows 'The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately'.
The PONs watch while I load the car with duvets. We drive down to the dry cleaners. Since our last visit the entrepreneurial owner has branched out. It is now a dry cleaners / Salon de The. It's a beautiful day outside. Sunshine and the gentlest of breezes. The air fresh and crisp. Inside eight old folks sitting at tables, sipping coffees and putting the world to rights while inhaling dry cleaning fumes.
In the local 24/7 store ( in reality it's an 8 / 6 store ) avocados at E4.99 apiece .
It seems the Californian and Mexican avocado harvests have been poor this year. Something to do with the heavy rain in California and a stressed crop in Mexico. Californian production is down 60% and Mexican 20%. The price of Haas avocados has doubled. America is sourcing its avocados from Peru and the rest of the avocado loving world is having to adjust to higher prices and different varieties. The shortage is made worse by the fact the Chinese are for the first time taking to guacamole in a big way.
Here in deepest France profonde the fat and expensive Brazilian variety is not flying off the shelves.