Sunday, May 5, 2019

An uncomplaining companion.


Sophie is in one of her ' I will not be hurried ! ' moods.  This means every blade of grass is carefully sniffed and examined. Progress is slow.

Bob is keen to head off to the cafe for his croissant. He sprints back down the lane and  is waiting in the back of the car when his sister returns. I won't say he's looking impatient but he is.


The plastic poly tunnels have started to creep up the hill towards the road. What I'd hoped would be  a large but isolated field is going to be part of a larger design.  The Senegalese farm workers look up and wave as we drive by.


Bob joins me as I head off for a hair cut in the town down the motorway. In the 20's it must have been a thriving place with some 'big city' architecture. When we arrive the barber is sitting behind his desk watching the small wall mounted television. He gets up and shakes my hand. Bob looks at him then settles down under the aspidistra , sighs and closes his eyes. The barber tells me that 1) there have been floods in Quebec 2) the yellow jackets are thinking of blockading roundabouts again  3) he took eleven days holiday last year and went down with the flu on the first day and only recovered as he was heading home and 4) the carburettor on a Ducatti motor bike is extremely difficult to access. After that he snips away in silence ... which is a blessed relief.


As a reward for being such an excellent and uncomplaining companion Bob is taken to the buffet at the station. A small shaggy dog greets him with a shrill yap. Bob is more interested in croissant ends and ignores it. The small shaggy thing retreats. 


And one very brave lady : https://twitter.com/GermanyDiplo/status/1124387860839313408



8 comments:

  1. Hari OM
    OOoh, did you pop in for some fresh jeera and haldi and panch poran when you passed New Delhi??? &*> YAM xx

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  2. Can't believe you were not interested in the accessibility of the Ducatti carburettor... Or that the barber didn't ask where you were going on holiday this summer. (Or is that one just a female hairdresser question?)

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    1. Is falling asleep in the chair solely the preserve of males of the species ?

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  3. The poly tunnels are a frightful sight. I understand that a few companies in the US are developing plant-based materials which decompose and can be tilled into the soil at the end of the growing season with beneficial effects on the soil.
    Glad to hear the barber's aspidistra carries on.

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    1. Despite the cigarette butts the aspidistra not only carries on but thrives.

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  4. Those polytunnels are horrible, but so are many other aspects of industrial agriculture that we never see.
    I think of Sophie as "thorough" rather than "slow". And all major respect and honor to Frau Lafrenz. We need more like her today.

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  5. Bailey Bob Southern DogMay 6, 2019 at 7:08 AM

    Love the picture of Bob waiting in the trunk of the car!

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