Thursday, September 3, 2020
Dog and master make it to the war memorial just as the school bus heads off. It is a day of complete cloudlessness.
In the neighbouring village the local architect has done a good job of converting an old shop with two large ground floor windows into something that looks as if its always been a house. Commercial to residential conversions rarely work well.
Our croissant this morning a sad affair. A fall in the rankings to a 5.2/10. Angus finds little to recommend it - think of supermarket sliced white - but Sophie thinks its wonderful. A Tesla with British plates draws up at the bakers. A man gets out, wanders in and orders six croissants. He says neither Good morning on entering nor thank you on leaving. The French find this Anglo Saxon brusqueness vulgar. There again you try going down the local High Street in the UK wishing shop owners Good Morning and see the looks you'd get.
Angus and Sophie stop outside the Vietnamese restaurant. This is the seventh or eighth incarnation as a restaurant since we've been here. Last year it was a deeply unfashionable Salon de The. Dog and master discover that there are such things as Vietnamese pizzas - Khumer netwok - as the menu informs us. It is unlikely that Angus, having read the list of toppings, will be popping out for any of these exotic offerings.
Last night, late, the old Parisian lady came to the gate. She's just heard that her daughter, the daughters husband and their child are all in ICU. Someone coming down the motorway in the wrong direction ran into them. They are in three separate hospitals around Cannes. To make things worse the old lady's husband is at home with an eye infection after a cataract operation. We discuss her options. Too late to do anything this late at night. Today, 'The Font' is up at five to book flights, arrange transport and make sure Madame Bay and the ladies of the Beautiful ByeWays Committee are on hand to help look after the eye invalid.
So starts another day of unexpected events in a small village in deept, deepest France profonde.