The PONette and Angus set out on our early morning walk. Despite the early hour we meet - 1) a young village mother with a teething seven month old boy strapped to her back. She hasn't had a wink of sleep since the wee hours and is hoping the fresh air will get him to nod off. It seems, temporarily, to have worked - 2) the secretary of the local council who is collecting kelp for her raspberry patch and pushing a wheelbarrow and - 3) the lecturer in ancient history at the university who has discovered a pre-Christian burial site in the field where the skuas congregate. 'Lots of bones but no treasure' she tells me in a tone of voice that combines enthusiasm with a half warning that I shouldn't go nosing around until everything has been documented.
Town busy. Another sunny morning. Despite the low temperatures people are sitting outside enjoying what little warmth there is before the long winter darkness arrives. This sort of behaviour did not exist in the Scotland of my youth. Angus orders an espresso which is so strong it's border line undrinkable. Sophie is brought a bowl of water. A croissant is considered but rejected on the basis that it's a white batch loaf masquerading as something fancier. It screams false pretences. Sophie gets half a digestive biscuit from the young man behind the till who also calls her ' My beauty '.
In the fancy art gallery a fine ceramic hare. I usually don't get ceramic animals but this one has the face just right. Would 'The Font' like a ceramic hare for Christmas I wonder ? There again having been through the process of downsizing why start adding again ?
The whole of the UK now in a strange place with another three full days to go before the state funeral. 'The queue' the lead story on this mornings radio news. The village hall will be opened on Monday so that all the residents can congregate together to watch the funeral on a 'wide screen ' television. On the invitation the words ' wide screen television ' are in bold. This suggests some technical wizardry but I fear it refers to the local potato farmers Samsung 60" entertainment system set up on a table in front of the stage.
'The Font' saw this. Angus was looking for wine in the garage and missed it : https://www.scotsman.com/news/weather/huge-meteor-seen-in-scotland-crashed-with-a-bang-what-was-it-where-did-it-land-is-it-a-meteor-or-space-junk-3844162