Today, we take the little Volvo down to Toulouse to find out why the aircon isn't working. Yesterday was the first hot, muggy day we've had since we bought the thing and the first time we've needed the aircon. Goes without saying it didn't work - as in 'stone cold dead' didn't work. Not even a puff of restorative cold air. The relationship with a certain Swedish car manufacturer is not proving to be a happy one.
Before I head off there's time for a quick tour of the village with Sophie. The village is quiet at six am . We are surprised to find that the second builder ( tasked with laying the stone around the pool ) is up and about in his large electric van . What is it with builders and crack of dawn working hours ? He parks outside the gate which is an improvement over yesterdays builder who left his truck and trailer in the courtyard all day. Sophie stops and stares at two morose lads who emerge onto the lane and stand and do nothing. She eyes them warily as they light up their first cigarette of the day. She is encouraged along before she makes her displeasure known.
With two sets of builders around the family diva has a day of intense home guarding ahead of her. Best to settle down at the front door for a quick nap.
Vegan burgers have gone mainstream in London. They are much in demand from the 20 somethings at the little AI company :https://haloburger.co.uk/ I'm told ( but don't believe ) they taste almost like the real thing.