The PONs have two attitudes to wet weather. The '' You must be joking ! I'm not going out in that '' attitude and the '' Isn't this wonderful. Let's stay out in this downpour for two hours '' attitude. Today, the PONs demonstrate the second of these approaches to life.
Back home they are given a lengthy toweling dry and are then shepherded into the kitchen. They choose not to lie on the warm blankets, preferring instead the bracing embrace of the cold floor tiles.
The ladies of the Women's Cooperative were due to start work redecorating the drawing room a month ago. When they didn't show 'The Font' chased them up only to be told ''We've got an outbreak of finger arthritis. We couldn't possibly start until November ". That surely ranks along with 'the dog ate my homework' for creativeness. It is with some surprise that Angus and the PONs observe a blue Peugeot van with ladders strapped to its roof come slowly down the drive. Four dungaree wearing members of the Women's Cooperative - the decorating team - have shown up ; unannounced. There is presumably some logic to their time keeping but Angus has yet to determine what it is.
The lady scaffolder, who is very thin, wears a flat cap and has an addiction to chewing tobacco, looks at the furniture in the drawing room and says '' this will need to be moved''. She then glares at Angus in a way that tells me she's not going to do it. Aude, the bi-polar decaratrice trills happily away to herself. The sofas and armchairs are pushed by the homeowner into the centre of the room, the rest is carried out into the hall . ' I'll just have to work around those sofas " says the scaffolding lady with grim determination.
It's going to be a fun week. The PONs check on the visitors every half an hour or so. Where there's paint there's an inquisitive PON. Angus steers well clear of the decorating team.
Angus has three glasses of wine with dinner. 'The Font' reassures me that the women of the Women's Cooperative are brusque with all men - not just me.
This is computer generated but an Afghan swimming underwater would be a never to be forgotten sight : https://twitter.com/planetepics/status/913071392043782144