The pool man phones to say the grey liner has been delivered and that he'll be here to fit it ' when the weather improves '. This is one of those gloriously vague promises that village workmen trot out. Perhaps they all go to a special college where they're taught to speak like this ? I try to get him to be more precise but all he'll add is that ' the temperature has got to be right for the glue to dry'. This leaves me none the wiser as to when he'll be here. It's possible he said something else but by the time I'd translated this unexpected and complicated sentence he had ended the call.
Loic the heavily bifocaled gardener shows up. There are no leaves to blow but he's keen to take the lawn tractor out for a spin. I learn from him that the Russian owners of the 80 bedroom chateau down by the river have not been seen for a year. There has been some sort of dispute with the chateaus caretaker over salary payments, the caretaker has now disappeared, the grounds are becoming overgrown and the mayor has become involved over non-payment of property taxes. This is Loics take on things - the reality may of course be quite different. As one of Gods ' happy people' Loic is quite unburdened by the need to provide details .... or facts.
Still struggling through this book on China. A very interesting and very detailed history of the Cultural Revolution. The problem is its full of Chinese politicians that appear with little , if any, explanation of who they are or what they're doing. At one point Wu Han from Wuhan enters the story before quickly disappearing. I'm managing ten pages a night . At this rate I'll not finish it off until the end of June. A very ' worthy' read.
No idea where this map came from but for anyone who's been in Louisville in August the line ' air made of hot soup' is a gem :