Friday, December 21, 2018
Chocolatine or Pain au Chocolat ?
Sophie has laid claim to her new bed. She makes it quite clear to her oaf of a brother that this is her territory. After a busy morning digging up mole hills she decides there is nothing better than a quick nap in the lap of luxury.
A bright start to the day. The Rickety Old Farmhouse catches the suns rays. Angus has been up early talking to men in dark suits about Kurdistan and resignations. ( Men in dark suits may not talk much about honour but they need it to conduct business and notice if its absent or leaving ). The mayor stops at the gate to tell us he's got his stomach diagnosis from the hospital. Seems he has kidney stones. He'd been fretting that it was something altogether more serious. He laughs and tells me he's probably the only man in France who thinks kidney stones are a great Christmas present.
We park outside the market. Some crab for lunch. The PONs get some squid. This they love as in '' this is the best thing I've ever tasted ". Angus shudders involuntarily at the thought of eating raw squid at breakfast time.
Outside a silver metal tree has appeared by the children's carousel. Bob ' dethreats ' it. He is hurried along.
We hurry along the street towards the bakers. Outside the Ladies Exotique Lingerie store two five foot high lamp posts make a seasonal debut. They have signs on them saying 'Let it Snow'. In the glass enclosure where the lantern should be there's a small Christmas tree and snow that is blown by a small fan . The artificial snow does a pretty good job of representing a blizzard. This year the design staff at Chengdu Christmas Decoration Factory #21 have surpassed themselves.
No croissants this morning but the girl behind the counter brings me a freshly baked chocolatine and two slices of baguette for the PONs.
Squid and baguette. How's that for a great start to the day ?
Christmas song #18 comes from Australia :