We're up at five thirty to avoid the heat. The PONs are asleep when I wander downstairs. After a quick tour of the garden they disappear back into the house. They can be found in the downstairs hall. Bob gives me his 'Don't you know what time it is ?' look. Sophie ignores me in the hope I'll go away.
We set off on our morning constitutional. The PONs sit and wait while the village teenagers are collected by the 6:20 school bus. The teenagers are too grown up and cool to say 'Bonjour' to Bob and Sophie. They do however wave.
Out past the donkey field. We head down to the stream and the waterfall. A late returning owl lands on a tree and looks at us. The PONs 'fish' for minnows.
When we return for breakfast the sun is up and the donkeys out and about.
The camera on the i-Phone is showing its age. The zoom barely shows up the new donkey. Time to buy a new phone with a better zoom lens ?
By the church Sophie stops to glare up at the pigeons nesting in the belfry. Bob is more interested in a vole that scurries quickly away from where he's started to sniff.
In the afternoon the special needs home holds a 'disco' on the village green. The staff park their cars and minivans in front of the church. The 'boom box' is set up on the village hall porch facing The Rickety Old Farmhouse. The volume dial is turned all the way to the right. Who would have thought the countryside could be so lively ?
The staff and children are surprised to see a large bus of pilgrims draw up. The pilgrims clamber down and walk over to the ' swaying Jesus'. Some of the children follow them. Good natured chaos ensues.
Is there anywhere quite like a French village ? Bob and Sophie are intrigued. Completely intrigued.
This song is played five time in a row. Then there is a break for lemonade. Then it starts over. The kids enthusiasm never flags and their carers concern never wavers - which makes me smile : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FM7MFYoylVs
And this has made its way onto the Eurostar train to Paris from London. Not bad for a word that's barely a day old : https://twitter.com/EurostarJustinp/status/869904091690020864