Root canal treatment done Angus is instructed to go to a shop in search of garden trugs. The shop can't ship to France but suggest I contact the manufacturer direct. Our trugs must be at least thirty years old and have finally succumbed to wear and tear. Communicating with novocaine jaw while also wearing a mask is a skill set that requires some getting used to.
Then to the wallpaper shop. They too won't ship to France . The post Brexit requirement to fill out customs forms is something that many ( most ) retailers won't do. "You'll have to arrange your own courier to France" the standard , but entirely useless response.
The fish and chip shop off Marylebone High Street has been closed for a while but has reopened with new tables and chairs. All the restaurants are not just busy but humming. With the weather getting cooler there is a migration of diners from outside into the warmth. The hotel claims to be full but on checkout the girl behind the counter lets slip that only 30% of the staff are working and that most of the rooms are closed for 'refurbishment'.
A man on the plane back coughs and sneezes constantly. He seems unaware of the looks from his fellow passengers. Thankfully, he's across the aisle and there are two empty seats between me and him but I turn on the air vents to maximum and point them in his direction to channel away any droplets that might float over. What would Miss Manners have done ?
Back at Toulouse airport there is an 'emotional' reunion with the family sheepdog. At the Rickety Old Farmhouse I am led indoors with a determination and purpose that makes it clear I'm not going to be allowed to wander free any time soon.