- The beds are in a snowbound van somewhere on the M20 en route to the ferry at Dover - chances of getting here by the 25th: nil. Granny does however have a bed of her own.
- The Fortnums hamper with the cake and the pudding is lost in a parallel universe where delivery drivers can't read maps or phone the number provided for directions- chances of delivery 50%. Helpfulness of Fortnums and their agents : nil. It's really uplifting when someone advises you that your village doesn't exist and therefore 'you must have put the address down incorrectly'. Sigh.
- The DHL parcels with the presents posted from London .These are in the same parallel DHL universe populated by the same non-map reading drivers - chances of delivery 50%.
This morning the happy,always smiling,plumber unexpectedly arrived. He brought with him a huge, jazzily coloured , blue and yellow panthecnicon and three of the local rugby team to deliver the replacement boiler. As he's here I've got him to replace the valves on the radiators that unhelpfully decided to stop functioning on Sunday . The surprises old houses spring on you. In the midst of all this activity the florist appeared with two replacement garlands for the front gates. Some sort of Emmaus road experience seems to have taken place since our last meeting. The surliness of yesterday has been replaced by a host of smiles and a charming admission that the previous garlands weren't quite right.
'The font' has come across a marvellous little guide to 'Important dates in the history of France'. Under the entry for 6th June 1944 it informs us that 'the 2nd French division under General Leclerc disembarked with its associated allies ( the Americans,Canadians and English) on the beaches of Normandy'. I guess it's all in the emphasis.