Sunday, August 9, 2020
Starved of water.
Storms are forecast for Tuesday night. They can't come a moment too soon. The well water at The Rickety Old Farmhouse has almost run dry. This means the irrigation system for the garden is starved of water. Thankfully, the village has three large lakes which keep the house supplied.
Sophie and her master have a forty minute walk across country. Then its off to the cafe for a shared croissant. We go with the car windows all the way down. Todays coffee is good. The croissant less so. Much less so. It tastes like a supermarket sliced white loaf. Sophie thinks its marvellous.
A fluffy creamy thing attracts my attention. A good thing to have on a hot summer Sunday lunch ?
We finally decide on a millefeuille for me and a strawberry tart for 'The Font'. Then it's back home with the VW's aircon cranked up as far as it will go, In the little market town the volunteers are setting up for the old folks weekly 'summer get together' lunch on the square. This is peak holiday season and many families have headed off on vacation leaving grandma or grandpa behind. The lunch is a chance for the more elderly residents to mingle and have a chat. 3 courses and a glass or two of wine - courtesy of the local council. I count ten closely packed tables. Each table has a dozen chairs arranged around it. There is an element of ' we've always done it this way and we're not going to change now' in this layout. France reported nearly 2300 new cases on Friday. Can a second lockdown be far away ?
A sign of the times or too little too late ? :https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/germany-plans-to-dim-lights-at-night-to-save-insects/ar-BB17BlkR
I would like to see this but fear that our next trip to DC in September is unlikely to take place : https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/the-new-eisenhower-memorial-is-stunning-especially-at-night-but-is-this-the-last-of-the-great-man-memorials/2020/08/05/100eb90a-d665-11ea-aff6-220dd3a14741_story.html
I sense he's hiding his impatience :