Thursday, May 17, 2018

A reflective PON.


A morning spent on the phone to men in dark suits. Mr. Kushners two-state plan for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian dispute is due to be announced at the end of June. Angus suggests some delay may be anticipated. Bob listens as I talk, puts his head on my foot and falls asleep. Sophie prowls the house in search of yogurt pots.

There is progress in Scotland. Parcels are delivered. There is only one breakage - a small table. Mid-morning we discover the replacement sofa is stranded in Malmo. The department store in Stockholm is called. It's pointed out that it's now more than six months since the order was placed. '' You could make a baby in that time " says 'The Font' employing a piece of Swedish logic that might have gained , or lost, something in translation. It seems to work.  The sofa will be shipped from Malmo to Goteborg today for delivery on Friday. A miracle if it happens

The television aerial men arrive. They are what 'The Font' describes as a '' Cheery bunch". This doesn't auger well. They mistakenly take down our neighbours aerial and replace it with a new one. They only discover the mistake when the reception in the wee house is tested. There is none.  The neighbour is delighted and offers to pay. '' My pictures absolutely perfect ". We can hardly expect an old retired academic lady to pay for our mistake. The aerial company are unhelpful.

The roses are looking battered by the weather. All  of them are supposed to be pink but three have reverted to white. When I speak to the fancy English rose company about this they tell me '' You must be mistaken ". Angus could argue but having spent the last month talking to furniture companies he doesn't have the energy to open up another battleground.


Some strange alien things have started to sprout on the lawn. There are three of them. They certainly haven't been planted by us. Has the long wet spell woken them from dormancy ? I shall make sure Loic steers well clear of them when he drives the lawn tractor. They look exotic but could just as easily be a weed. They have that look that says they may grow into something really tall.


Wet weather means mud. Mud means mucky PON jaws. Sophie's beard is matted in a stylish Lenin like tuft.


Bobs nose and muzzle hint that there may have been some mole digging.


Across the generations we've always had one PON who sits alone listening to things that human ears can't hear and watching things no human eye can see. With this generation it's Sophie. She sits alone on the gravel , lost in thought, until the light fades and its time to come in. Two dogs , such different characters. Guess this makes Sophie a reflective PON.



Who knew making an airline map could be so difficult  ?:https://somethingaboutmaps.wordpress.com/2018/05/15/on-airline-mapping/

13 comments:

  1. Hari OM
    Well, I wouldn't have put any form of cartography in the 'easy' basket - that was an interesting insight!
    The flower (I refuse the term 'weed') looks somewhat lily-form or some form of orchid, based on the stem and floral formation? Pyramidal Orchids require a fungus in the ground to force blooming - which may have happened with your wetter weather of late... I love that Sophie contemplates... YAM xx

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  2. The new mystery plants are Pyramidal Orchids Anacamptis pyramidalis (Fr. Orchis pyramidal). They are flowering in my orchard now too and having a good year. They self-seed quite readily. They are a protected species, so technically it is illegal to disturb them in any way unless in the course of routine agricultural practice. In fact they are expanding their range northwards, carried along on motorway eddies and gusts.

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    1. Thank you . How wonderful. I think we may also have different types of wild orchids in the grass verges outside along the lane. I noticed them when walking Bob and Sophie this morning. When the fog lifts I shall go out and photograph them and post a picture on tomorrows blog.

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  3. The Font has an interesting way of linking the different meanings of "delivery."

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    1. Indeed ! We wait to see if the delivery will happen tomorrow or whether our hopes are premature.

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  4. The incompetence grows and grows.

    I was having problems with my television signal. The aerial man came over and tested everything and helped to figure out it was my freeview recorder that needed replacing. He was on time and very helpful. The following week, when I still had problems, he came back -- helped me fix the signal and didn't charge anything. He also emailed the following week to check if things were still ok. Makes me think that we get some excellent service people here.

    Julie Q

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    1. A different experience from ours !

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  5. Seen from hot and dry central Texas, your garden looks like a lush paradise. The orchids are lovely and 'The Font's' favorite color judging by the roses she chose.
    If I'm not mistaken, the tenants are due one week from today. Sounds like all's going to be in order.

    Something tells me you are going to be on the phone with the men in dark suits quite frequently during June.

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    1. Thankfully the kind folk at Baylor have delayed until the end of June so that we can get everything done.

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  6. Remember that thing from the past, customer service? It has gone by the wayside...

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    1. It exists but its the luck of the draw whether you find it. Working in large call centres can't be conducive to good service.

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  7. Never mind the Lenin muddy beard ....Sophie looks so happy ! Has she finally discovered the secret of re-fillable yoghurt pots?

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