Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Sophie positions herself on the wooden garden table. From here she can observe all corners of the garden and make sure we're free of C-A-T-S.
She's still there when the post lady drives up and informs me there's a parcel to collect. 'There's duty to be paid on it ' she adds. Turns out it's Sophie's dog bed. She's never had a fancy bed of her own before but we thought it time she had somewhere warm and padded for coming winter nights. Duty of E61 is levied on it together with E15 for 'processing'. The costs of Brexit.
A little later anger management man appears at the door with a large tray of wild mushrooms. He's been up since dawn foraging in the woodland and has picked rather too many. 'Would we like some ?'. I thank him profusely. He informs me that his eldest boy is grounded. 'He should be studying not fooling around'. Grounding a teenage male and telling him he can't see his girlfriend is sure to work out well. I keep this thought to myself.
Amidst this whirl of activity Sophie opts to do what any sensible PON diva would do - catch up on her sleep. She studiously ignores the new bed.
Should it be pronounced Missouri or Missoura ? :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwL9r7C1CM0
Monday, June 28, 2021
I'd never heard of this place :https://twitter.com/xruiztru/status/1408674051187425284
Sunday, June 27, 2021
Saturday, June 26, 2021
Stonehenge sounds .... https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/listening-stonehenge-180977956/
Friday, June 25, 2021
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
To the bakers for a raspberry tart for lunch. It is an unusual size - not quite enough for two portions but definitely more than one. This works out well. The Font will take one, possibly two mouthfuls, mutter ' Delicious !' and then push the rest across the table for Angus to finish. Sophie may get a tiny sliver of the pastry.
Having consumed our coffee, croissant ends and ( in Sophie's case ) a bowl of water we head down to the river. At this time of the morning the place is deserted and we have the entire waterside to ourselves. Tonight we shall be heading off for a three hour trip across country to the seaside hotel. The reservation team ( I think it's not so much a team as one technology indifferent lady ) finally confirmed the reservation last night.
The storms have brought down a lot of branches. These bob around in the water and bang against the wooden jetty. Sophie finds the sound to be intriguing. Every four or five yards she stops to see where the noise might be coming from. At one point I pick up my pace as she sticks her head through the fence and considers leaping into the water . Thankfully, something distracts her and she thinks better of it.
According to the front page of the local paper the Pentagon is about to release a report on UFO's. This can't come a moment too soon for some of the village residents who remain convinced that our little corner of paradise is a tourism hotspot for visiting aliens. In the departmental capital there is a bookstore that sells cheaply bound paperbacks describing inexplicable lights and shapes hovering over the provincial French countryside. Cynics might attribute these sightings to the locals penchant for excessive wine drinking. Madame Bay, who long time followers will remember as a frequent visitor to the The Rickety Old Farmhouse before her arthritis became too severe, is convinced that aliens make a bee line for her orchard. Quite why this should be the case when they could, for example, go to Paris is treated with a shrug of the shoulders. ' I've seen the lights M'Ongoose! I've seen the lights ! ' Madame Bay has been instructed to stop driving by the young doctor in the medical centre. She is now driven round by her long suffering hairdresser daughter Sandrine. They bicker constantly. You can hear them before you see them.
Monday, June 21, 2021
Angus wonders if the low turnout might have had something to do with the 2020 football tournament. It's called Euro 2020 even though , thanks to the pandemic, it's being played a year late. The popularity of the tournament is enough for the baker to have made some ' Football Donut's ' for keen soccer fans ie eight year old boys heading off to school.
Sunday, June 20, 2021
Saturday, June 19, 2021
This seems like common sense :https://news.yale.edu/2021/06/14/heat-humidity-and-uv-rays-linked-covid-19-spread-ysph-finds
Friday, June 18, 2021
There has been a thunderstorm over night. One of those storms that decides to park itself directly above The Rickety Old Farmhouse and rumble and grumble until it gets light. Its as if we've had the tympanum section of an orchestra practising in the attic. Sophie is quite unperturbed by thunder which is remarkable as the sound of pigeons cooing can drive her into paroxysms of fury.
City of subdued excitement :https://reasonstobecheerful.world/affordable-housing-boarding-houses-city-rent/
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Hot and heavy and humid. Not quite Louisiana weather but not far off. Sophie deals with the clamminess by enjoying a pre-walk nap on the stoop. The German billionaires builder stops his van for a chat. Surprise, surprise he complains, at length, about the man with anger management issues. ' He's psychotic. Of course the cocaine doesn't help' I'm told. At moments like this Angus reverts to his ' Me a little bit simple and no speakee the French so good' routine. This politically impartial stance requires making guttural noises in the back of the throat while carefully avoiding any opinion that could be misconstrued ... or indeed understood. 'The Font' thinks Angus is a natural for this role. I take this as a compliment.
It's the European soccer championships. This is the tournaments theme song. It is being played everywhere after France beat Germany 1-0 in an opening match. I mean everywhere. This morning it's our radio accompaniment to a windows down, hair blowing drive home in the courtesy Volvo :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGT73GcwhCU
I'd have to say the answer to this question, based on the evidence provided, is no :https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/06/are-advertisers-coming-your-dreams