Monday, December 11, 2017


Sunday night. An unexpected mountain storm scatters the watering cans and buckets stored in the barn. Bob and Angus go out to set matters straight. Bob is amazed, as he's always amazed, that the security lights come on. Sophie opts to stay inside and guard the house.

When we get home from our Monday morning walk ' The Font' informs me that a bird has flown into the upstairs kitchen. Sure enough there's a robin sitting patiently on the cooker hood. It watches as I open the windows. Then, without going through the manic wall and window banging antics trapped birds usually follow, he's gone. The first thing it does is fly back to the terrace doors it just came in. I'd like to know more about robins and their bravado. 

To the market for some Baron d'Agneau with young garlic

and some namesake steak for Angus.

We order our Christmas Turkey. Bob and Sophie get given some roast potatoes. This marks today out as definitely the best day ever.

The heating remains broken. Angus sets up a shopping trip for 'The Font' to London. Cold showers in mid winter are not everyones idea of fun. The plumber says he'll be here on Wednesday. ' It's an emergency " I say. ' It always is ' he replies. Heavy snow and strong winds in London make the departure of the Monday lunchtime flight from Toulouse to Heathrow improbable. I tell 'The Font' cold showers are character forming. ' Only two more mornings before it gets fixed' I add cheerfully. This is met with a stoic '' I'll survive ".

Did these people make our Christmas tree ? :


WFT Nobby said...

Did you get a photo of the robin?
Cheers, Gail (still snowed in, but at least we have heating and hot water....)

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

The first photo is very artistic!

Angus said...

The new phone will actually take pictures in dark and shade !

Taste of France said...

Nothing is worse than cold showers. You come out clean but with every muscle in your body so clenched it takes all day to relax them.

Sheila said...

You can always get warm chopping wood...lots of it.

Coppa's girl said...

That Robin had the right idea, and found a warm place to stay. It only flew off when it heard about the cold showers !

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari om
On the other hand, boiling the mettle and filling a bucket means warm bathing... take from one wno also still awaits the gas engineer! YAM xx