Sunday, November 25, 2018
An edginess to it.
The demonstrations continue. It's been more than a week now. Everywhere we go blockades. Tyres laid out ready to be set alight on the roundabout by the bakers.
With the road we usually take blockaded Angus and the PONs head off in search of another bakers and a reviving morning croissant. We soon come across a second roundabout closed by demonstrators. A twenty minutes hold up while they dance a never ending conga round it. They wave French flags and blow whistles. Sophie isn't sure about the whistles. Finally, the conga gets larger and splits into three. One arm heads off to the forecourt of the Peugeot garage while a second spins away into the garden centre. The third continues with the roundabout conga.
It's at this point the people manning the roadblock get diverted by someone lighting firecrackers and throwing them at a police van that's belatedly shown up. While they're distracted we take the opportunity to scoot past the car in front , swing through the car park on the right and onto the road on the other side. Our morning croissant run, which usually takes an hour, takes three . We find a croissant at a bread shop but it isn't a very good one and the dogs aren't welcome inside.
Back home there are reassuring ear scrunches.
Then it's time to hurtle round the garden at high speed.
Let's hope these demonstrations come to an end soon. There was an unmistakable 'edge' to today's confrontations.
On a cheerier note this is essence of dog :
This catchy little number was playing on the radio while we waited at the last blockade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QN7YA4FO7TY