We are all up early to wave goodbye to 'The Font' who is heading off to Scotland ( again ) to take delivery of the long lost Danish chairs and the delayed Swedish sofa and oversee the hanging of the curtains.
'The Font' will also try to hurry Phil, the heavily face furnitured joiner, along. He supposedly started work on the 2nd of February. After various delays he promised to have the built in wardrobes done by the 10th of this month. This has now slipped to the 24th and there is little faith that this new date will be any more final. '' Don't worry. It's just the one bedroom I'll be working in. The tenants can move in and I'll just work around them. There'll no be much dust " he informs us in a way that causes an equal measure of irritated disbelief and admiration for his amazing other worldliness. Phil is a sensitive soul so there is a diplomatic balance to be found between hurrying him along and having him downing tools and stopping work under the 'pressure'.
'The Font' will also be interviewing new gardeners. The one who showed up while I was there last week looked at the hellebore's and bluebells, tutted loudly and suggested that the best thing to do was cover the whole area with polythene sheet and then put gravel on top. '' That'll make looking after it easier and you'll nae have weeds. I'll cut down the clematis while I'm at it ". A candidate who likes gardens and gardening might be a better choice.
Sophie's post breakfast attitude changes from feisty defiance to horror as she recognizes that the standard of cuisine at The Rickety Old Farmhouse is about to take a turn for the worse.
She soon perks up. On our morning trip to the supermarket we discover Indian Curry .....
....... and Cheeseburger flavour crisps.
Green tomatoes make an appearance in the greengrocers.
For Angus it's a day for getting the pool opened and ready for the summer. The temperature has of course fallen today and the last thing anyone would want to do is go in the pool.
For the PONs it will be a day for exploring for 'exciting' things in the roadside verges and stalking C-A-T-S in shady places. The fact that there are never any C-A-T-S in the shady places does nothing to diminish the PONs sense of purpose. A more stealthy approach to stalking might improve their chances.
Tonight Angus, Bob and Sophie will settle in the snug to watch rugby. One of them will drink beer, eat pizza and try Indian Curry flavoured crisps. In the way of the world some pizza and crisps may also find there way to the angelic duo.
These are back in the garden. The PONs noses may come face to face with them : http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2016/04/what-do-hedgehogs-eat/