The early morning sky crisscrossed with vapour trails. Seems that the ports are so blocked up that importers are chartering passenger planes to bring in goods from China. Booking an empty Airbus would have run $400k for a return trip to Shanghai this time last year. Now the airlines can charge $2m for the same trip. They fill the belly of the aircraft with cargo and then stack boxes on the passenger seats and fill the overhead bins. Toy retailers are especially keen on this solution to 'Christmas' demand. It goes without saying the airlines are only too delighted to help out.
Supply chain disruption and inflation are subjects that Sophie has absolutely zero interest in discussing. She's up , out and along the lane at break neck speed. There are village C-A-T-S to be chased.
Two moments spice up our start of day tour of the village. We meet the retired professor from Toulouse who weekends in the Old School House. Despite having had two jabs earlier in the year he has had Covid, felt 'drained' for ten days, and is now fully recovered. ' M'Ongoose , You cannot begin to understand how tired I felt '. He self isolated and his wife remains Covid free. They have made the decision to stay in the village and avoid the centre of Toulouse until after Christmas.
Our second morning moment was the passage, at high speed, of a combine harvester along the lane. The farmer at the far end of the valley is only now getting round to cutting his sunflower fields. This is a sure sign that the countryside is being put to bed and that winter is just round the corner.
We are thinking of installing a heat pump but had some concerns over the noise. This video answers all my questions. The intro is wonderful. It is the sort of video that is 'priceless' on so many levels . Jason is out of central casting in terms of accent, clothes and delivery . He could be every builder we've ever used in England it also seems that heat pumps aren't at all noisy :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKDF5a47eJk
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