Friday, January 21, 2022

One to take away.


So much for the electrician showing up at four. He arrives at quarter to six. Angus was just opening a bottle of wine to let it breath before dinner when he arrives in the kitchen.  I could grumble but the man has clearly made an effort to see us before clocking off for the day. He also wears his mask - mouth and nose covered -  without being asked. As he goes he is thanked profusely.

Friday dawns grey and damp. There's a biting wind blowing in from the Bay of Biscay. On our morning walk the weather can't decide whether it wants to rain or sleet. We do our tour of the village briskly in an attempt to keep warm. It goes without saying that the family diva relishes these conditions. She is keen to explore the flashing Christmas lights strung between the wooden reindeers but is harnessed up and  'encouraged' home. Will the decorations come down this week or will they still be flashing away in February ?

We go to the drive through bakers. The young lady behind the window informs me they have a special on Galette des Rois.  We order one to take away. Sophie and her companion sit in the car park, watch the electrical store staff arrive for work and share a croissant. This is hardly the chic French lifestyle that most people dream about but it works for us on a dreech pandemic Friday morning in January.

Back at The Rickety Old Farmhouse the wind has picked up and the palm tree outside the front door is shaking its fronds like a thing possessed. Sophie takes an executive decision. She settles down in her bed and is soon sound asleep with her harness still on.


 

8 comments:

Tigger said...

Public festive season decorations still up here in Piraeus too.

WFT Nobby said...

A couple of houses on a street near us seem to have decided their outdoor Christmas lights are a year round thing. They've been brightening the pre- bedtime stroll around the block since early December 2020.

Angus said...

Year round Christmas lights are not what you'd expect in Aberdeen !

Coppa's girl said...

How sad the decorations look now, and a misty morning doesn't add to their charm. Somewhat rickety might be a good description!
Sophie has the right idea - she looks so comfortable curled up in her bed.

Lisa in Tokyo said...

I think electricians are probably at the higher end of the scale of alertness to risk. My father was an electrician. I always wondered why he did not wear a wedding ring, until he explained to me that electricians never do because of the risk they might touch a live wire. On the other hand, he devoted inordinate efforts trying to avoid mandatory seatbelt rules so maybe not . . .

WFT Nobby said...

No indeed. Very extravagant!

Fay said...

Une Galette des Rois et un croissant, what could be more French? Very nice portraits of the Diva.

Travel said...

Wise dogie, a nap is the perfect action on a morning like that