Saturday, January 19, 2019
There is a half hearted attempt at snow but the scudding clouds soon pass and the sun comes out. Loic arrives to blow leaves. He tells me a long story which is completely incomprehensible. I say 'Mon Dieu' and whistle. This response seems to keep him happy. He is allowed to drive the lawn tractor. At this point the PONs are 'encouraged' indoors. Loics directional skills are prone to rapid changes.
The Polish builders have moved their sleeping bags from the van into the house. There's now a partially functioning hot water system. There's also power and a working tap in the kitchen. As we pass we can see the four of them sitting around a primus stove under a solitary light bulb. They seem to brew endless cups of tea. We are invited in but thank them and move quickly along. Sophie hasn't had her breakfast and is in no mood for small talk with strangers.
Angus and the PONs do their tour of the village. Goats, horses, hens and cows are all checked. The donkeys have wandered down towards the bottom of their field but they lift their heads and look back up towards us . Sophie stops and sniffs the air. Donkey smells can waft quite some distance.
This morning we are torn between a Dome plein fruit ....
... and a lemon tart. Bob and Sophie shuffle impatiently while waiting for the croissant to come out of the bakers oven. The curvy corner are still piping hot. Life just keeps on getting better and better.
So starts another day with two lively and enthusiastic Polish Lowland Sheepdogs.
What an awful idea. KFC in the sky ? : http://www.astronomy.com/news/2019/01/billboards-in-space
And if you read nothing else today read this story of serendipity and redemption : https://www.ft.com/content/b3372a66-191c-11e9-b93e-f4351a53f1c3