Everyday life in a rickety old Scottish farmhouse with a very happy Polish Lowland Sheepdog. A record of those unimportant little things that are too important to be forgotten.
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
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...and as a result, our Sunday morning read from the ROF was much less relaxed! YAM xx
Protesters near us were well behaved with a strong gendarme presence watching over them, but just waiting to hear that some frustrated motorist has run over protesters. Can't be long now.
Not at all a good start to the day. Let's hope the issue is resolved before the 'edge' develops further.
Three hours? Even the catchy little song could not brighten what was going on around you. How do you feel about toast and jam in your peaceful home, for a while?. I think Bob and Sophie would go for that, as long as they got the corners of the toast !
For those who take some solace in the so-far more sensible approach of the older countries, where it seems that grown-ups are in charge, this is not encouraging. Plus it gets close to zero news coverage over here, although I gather it has to do with fuel taxes. ??
Toast and jam sounds quite sensible.
The demonstrations made the evening news here. Stay safe on your bakery runs!
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