Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Proudly goes.

According to the weather forecast this is likely to be the first day of the year that's going to be hot rather than warm.

It's the 20th birthday of The Old Farmers grand daughter. She lives in Toulouse. He's up at first light to buy her some flowers and then drive down to give them to her before she heads off to college. The much adored Mercedes has been lovingly waxed and polished for this special occasion. He waves at the PONs as he heads off proudly down the lane. The grand daughter has arranged lunch for her grandfather and a dozen or so of her friends. He has been looking forward to it for a week.

Workmen show up to fit the new security system. Brexit means that we can no longer use the insurance company in the UK that we've used for the last 30 years. The new insurer insists we have an updated alarm system installed. The PONs are desperately keen to help the electricians with the wiring. They are encouraged outside for a long walk - much to the relief of the man trying to put up new sensors.

This morning Bob and Angus discuss the differing ways in which Turkey, India and China have responded to tighter oil sanctions on Iran. China will do what it wants and India and Turkey will pretend to obey the rules. Bob thinks coercive diplomatic behaviour often leads to unexpected consequences. For example a treat always gets him into the back of the car whereas a firm tone can bring on clinical deafness. At this point the young garagiste races by, beeps his horn and waves. This causes master and dog to look up and lose the thread of their conversation.

A bizarre list :- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKuN7rnKtE0

The kayak, the seal and the octopus : https://twitter.com/Huk06/status/1121122238898561024


WFT Nobby said...

Hope all goes well wth the new security system wiring.
I feel great sympathy for the ordinary Iranian, having met several highly likeable, intelligent and hard working folk from that country in the course of my work. (Likewise Venezuelans).
Cheers, Gail.

Taste of France said...

Cruelty is trending as favored policy tool. The idea is that if the people are miserable, they will rise up and topple their governments. The suffering of actual humans is just collateral damage, the cost of implementing policy.
We were very happy with Groupama insurance until somebody plowed into our gate, causing a few thousand euros of damage (the motor got pulled off). It wasn't a break-in, as the house wasn't touched. It wasn't vandalism. It was a hit and run. So it wasn't covered. We realized we had never made a claim with Groupama and so our contentment was out of ignorance. Now we're with Maif.
I am worried about heat. It's dry as a bone around here, ironic after the historic floods of October (which proved that Maif is good insurance). The ice saints have yet to come.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
I was inclined to thing the man's wife was right to query the veracity of his tale... then that video... bwwahahaha. YAM xx

Sheila said...

After all is signed and sealed on a trade deal between China and the US, one has to wonder if "China will do what it wants" anyway.
Bob's whiskers looking just right. In that last photo, Sophie's fluffy tail has disappeared...between her legs I trust.

Bailey Bob Southern Dog said...

Today I will be thinking of the Old Farmer as he travels to Toulouse to be with his grand daughter. How sweet of her to invite friends to share in her Birthday lunch with them. Speaking of lunch, I am going to try the tuna and corn sandwich recommend from the London List! May the installation of your alarm system go well. Oh, the joys of bad weather and an alarm system, my you never experience them! ! !

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

Love the image of your PON sensors having to be removed for artificial sensors to be installed.

Emm said...

I hope the OF had a lovely lunch with his granddaughter.
Wondering if you can measure the efficiency of PON sensors vs. electronic sensors, and how that might be done.

Poppy Q said...

Beautiful photos today. We sense summer is on its way to you.

What a lovely grandfather. His grand daughter is kind to invite him to lunch. You have to treasure your grandparents, as they are gone all too soon.