Angus is up at five to talk to folks in Palo Alto. The G7 meeting is over. Everyone will call it a triumph but quite how the leading democracies could fail to come up with a suitably strong condemnation of the Uyghur genocide is less than reassuring.
Conversation over Sophie arrives in the kitchen. She would say hello but this morning she's wondering if there's anything on the kitchen counter that might be edible . In particular she'd like to know what's happened to last nights roast chicken. She makes it quite clear where my attention should be focused.
We have a start of day croissant and coffee in the drive thru bakers car park. It's already 18 degrees and its only six am. I park the big Volvo in the shade and quickly pop into the greengrocers. At the cheese counter a plaster model of a lamb is advertising a special on sheeps cheese. Sadly, the plaster lamb has lost an ear which gives it a doleful air. The plaster lambs coat is really quite spectacular and is worthy of a work of art. What a wonderful piece of advertising . Beauty and mundanity combined.
Todays pineapple selection comes from Togo, Benin, Kenya, Ghana and La Reunion. The La Reunion ' Queen Victoria' pineapples are delicious but are half the size and double the price of the others. The problem is once you've tasted this variety anything else is just a pineapple.
Down in the valley a group of onion pickers are up and about. Usually at this time of the year the fields are solid with agricultural workers from Senegal and Morocco. This year, for the second season in a row, they are notable by their pandemic induced absence. The full ramifications of this disease , economically and politically, have not yet been felt.
A new bird feeder for the sparrows in the garden :https://www.twentytwentyone.com/products/silo-bird-feeder-2020