Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Lilac metallic cheeriness.
Cold and drizzly and grey. It's also windy.
What the Scots would call a 'dreech' morning.
The PONs think the weather is wonderful. In fact they think everything about today is wonderful.
We take 'The Font' to the airport. On the way back Angus pops into the supermarket near the terminal. They have four bottles of a hard to find Pomerol on the shelves. These seem to have been mispriced - to the buyers advantage. I ask a stern looking lady with an i-Pad ( a sure sign of a senior position in retail management ) if the price is right. '' Of course it is " she says before adding an unnecessary '' We know what we're doing ". Difficult to say whether she says this to everyone who talks to her or whether it's first day back at work grumpiness.
The supermarket is full of remaindered chocolate at 50% off. The French must have shunned chocolate in a big way over Christmas. Angus wonders what happens to unsold chocolate bears. Do they get melted down and recycled ?
'The Fonts' flight from Frankfurt to Edinburgh has to battle strong headwinds sweeping down from Norway. The fasten seat belt signs are on for the duration. Then an hours drive up the motorway in what passes for bright sunshine in Scotland. The sun low in the sky this far North. The rental car company has provided a Mokka X in lilac metallic. '' You'll love it ! It's so cheery ! " trills the young lady at the desk. 'The Font' has no difficulty in finding it in the car park. In St.Andrews the Wee House has developed a lived in look but the heating works, the sofas have survived and the curtains are still in place. All the furniture has moved and has to be rearranged by two handymen. Today, 'The Font' will supervise the cleaning team and then head back south to the airport. An invite by a friendly neighbour to a lecture on volcanic and magmatic studies may or may not be accepted.
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