Tuesday, April 6, 2021


The lockdown, our third, now firmly in place. Even Sophie finds it quiet. The cars have largely gone but half a dozen tractors pass along the lane during the course of the day. She rushes to the gate to greet each one. She also rediscovers the joys of rolling in the freshly cut grass along the ox track. This is a trick that can be repeated again and again ... and again.

Having had our first Pfizer jab we receive a text calling us in for our second dose on May 4th. It seems that the government has recognized that its priority is vaccinating folk no matter what it takes. It also seems to have recognized that the over 60 age group is large and turns out en masse  to vote. The Presidential elections are just over a year away.

Even more amazingly Angus gets an e-mail inviting him in to renew his residency permit. Brexit means that new 'alien' documents have to be issued, This requires a trip to the departmental capital to have finger prints taken and documentation checked - again. The thought of having to spend a morning in a low ceilinged , poorly ventilated office is unenticing but is now , thanks to the vaccine, a manageable danger. The first appointment available is in May so there is plenty of time.


Lisa in France said...

Every once in a while you post a photo that calls out for a painting, and somehow today's bottom shot of Sophie is one of those. Very atmospheric, captures the feeling of "Lockdown in France Profunde 2021". Today, the Japanese government promised that enough vaccine to provide at least a first shot to the over-65 set will be secured by the end of June. Meanwhile, 80,000 people are expected to be arriving from overseas for the Olympics, which start on July 23. What could possibly go wrong?

Angus said...

Indeed. What could go wrong ?

WFT Nobby said...

The Putin house (if that is indeed what it is) is stunning. And somehow appropriate.
I note that, despite all the noise about how brilliantly the UK's vaccine programme is going, it now looks like you in France profonde will be fully, two dose vaccinated, before this 62 year old in Scotland.
Cheers, Gail (still waiting for a date for the second 'jag').

Taste of France said...

So impressed with the French bureaucracy! I applied for citizenship almost a year ago, and I don't know whether the combination of pandemic and Brexit means the process will be faster, slower or unchanged from the usual 18-month wait. I have an appointment in June to change the address on my carte de séjour (I moved last August). I expect to be vaccinated by then.
The New Yorker has a great article about Bellingcat.
Your peonies are gorgeous.

Coppa's girl said...

What fun to be able to roll in the freshly cut grass! Lucky Sophie, perhaps she's practising for the next time Loic comes to use the ride-on mower?
It must be my age, but looking at the photos of Putin's house, my first thought was - what happens if the lift breaks down! I assume that it's the only way to get to the living quarters (shades of Stalin and Lenin's paranoia?)! Can't see a stairlift being much use as an alternative!!
At some stage all existing expat residents here will have to change residency cards for a piece of plastic that resembles a credit card or driving licence - they are just a small green thin card or a piece of A4 green paper now. The Foreigner's Offices have been so inundated with requests from non-residents for legal documentation, that our renewals are put on hold for the moment. We all hope that there will be local offices to deal with them, by the time they have dealt with all the incomers.
Next week I have to phone the local health centre to make an appointment for my second vaccination.

The Life of Riley said...

Inertesting design. I'm guessing there is enough space on the roof for a helipad.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
I hope Angus won't mind if I correct some thinking.... that building, design name, "The Putin House", is in concept stage only. It does not actually exist and neither does it belong to VP.

I'm with Lisa - and have often thought photos from the ROF would render well in oils! YAMxx