Tuesday, August 25, 2020
One of those French village days in high summer when the sun beats down, the sunflowers droop, dogs doze in the shade and little else happens.
The Old Mayor and the Old Deputy Mayor hold their atelier on scarecrow design in the Salle de Fetes. This is an excuse for the two of them to open a bottle of wine and sit out on the petanque court under the shade of a plane tree. They read the local newspaper aloud to each other. The scarecrow design element of their day seems to have been forgotten. In the afternoon Monsieur Bay and his friends from the retired gendarmes association join them. More wine is consumed and more memories of their national service in Algeria during the ' late unpleasantness' resurface. An accordion appears and they venture into song. As the afternoon progresses the melodies slow to reflect a wistful mix of memories, old age and slightly more wine more than is prudent . Visits to the village hall WC are frequent. They disperse when wives/ daughters/ grand daughters arrive to tell them it's dinner time.
The New Mayor has set up a directory of ' Nouveaux acteurs economiques'. This is a list of all the village tradespeople and a description of what they can do. A useful tool for those who don't want to venture into the market town during the pandemic. The lady at the crossroads has set herself up as a 'Coiffure a domicile' while the man who empties septic tanks will also do floor and kitchen tiling during these ' conditions particulieres'. The New Mayor informs me that he's decided that there won't be an increase in property taxes this year. As the Chateau and The Rickety Old Farmhouse seem to bear the brunt of local taxes I'm delighted with this news.
Sophie and Angus take a walk down the hill to the waterfall first thing in the morning ... and last thing at night. By the time we get home from our evening walk it's getting dark. Autumn is almost knocking at the door.
We used to have a flat in Edinburgh next to the Castle. It's good to know the Festival is still going on - albeit virtually :