Sophie starts each day in the unshakeable belief that Angus is going to go into the kitchen and unload the contents of the refrigerator on the floor. Each day she is disappointed. This in no way impacts on her optimism that tomorrow will see her dreams fulfilled.
This morning, as recompense, there is a shared croissant. Angus gives it a 7.8/10 ranking. Sophie, who is an adherent to the quantity over quality school of croissant judging, gives it a 11/10. It would get 15/10 if only there was more of it.
The road through the village has opened up again. This may only be a temporary reprieve. The new mayor stops to tell me that there is subsidence in the valley and this keeps on disturbing the new fibre optic cabling. Stabilization works may be required.
On our early morning tour of the village we not only see the new mayor but we also chat to the farmer at the crossroads who is up early with a trailer to start harvesting his garlic crop. ' I'll drop some off at the gate when I'm done ' he says cheerily.