Friday, June 11, 2010

A very French evening.





A very French evening. By seven o'clock the little village church was full to the rafters . Some people had reserved , others hadn't , while yet others had fallen through Madame mayors unique memory based reservation system. All was taken in good grace.To free up space for the late arrivals the village five and six year olds were shepherded forwards to be settled down , cross legged and squirming, on the floor at the front by the altar. Literally a full house. The old farmers dog sat patiently waiting for his master at the door of the church while to the delight of the attendees the church bat made occasional gymnastic pirouettes into the nave from its roost in the organ loft to ascertain what was disturbing its tranquility.

This was the first time the church had been used for anything other than a funeral in thirty years. The Haydn and Mozart were appreciated , the more esoteric Dittersdorf and Eler less so , but every piece was greeted by thunderous applause. Undoubtedly the favoured piece was the finale -Figaro's Aria from The Barber of Seville - which had the village folks feet tapping and fingers drumming.

For the post concert refreshments the permanently squabbling village committees had excelled themselves. The tables in the village hall were weighted down with Vol au vents ( floral village ) and Foie Gras blinis ( beautiful byeways). The mayor asked where Wilf was and he was duly walked across the village green from the rickety old farmhouse by Madame Bay to share in the excitement. He wandered contentedly around having his hair tousled and his chin tickled to the sound of ' Bonjour Veelfie". His face had that look on it which seemed to say ' and all of this just for me ? '.

Tonight France play Uruguay in the World Cup. Pictures of the village festivities ( a wide screen television is being set up on the village green) and the ingredients fpr one of Madame Bay's high cholestorol celebratory recipes tomorrow. Max's blog in South Africa has all the details.


17 comments:

  1. So glad it went so well:) love the memory booking!

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  2. A Wilfie smile... thats so sweet.

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  3. All's well that end's well. And now for the next event.

    Is the new kiln in use yet?

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

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  4. Wilf, what a guy, all for him! such a smart dog!
    xoxo

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  5. What a beautiful church Angus!! I'm so glad that "Wilf's concert" went so well and everyone had an enjoyable evening!

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  6. Delightful - looking forward to Madame Bay's recipe.

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  7. Woof! Woof! Sweet. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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  8. Oh Veelfie!(Love that)such a wonderful evening for all. Angus, I longed to be there in the church as you discribed the event. Bravo!
    Yankee Gal

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  9. Oh how you tease, still no photo of Mme Bay who no doubt was at her sartorial best for the concert. Did you raise enough to fix the church bells?

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  10. Wilf has the entire village trained - putting on a concert and reception "just for him"! Seriously, I'm glad to hear that the festivities went smoothly and were enjoyed by all. Your photo did make the church look absolutely FULL!

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  11. The whole thing sounds sort of like it took place in the past...what with a farmer's dog waiting for his master and a bat flying down from the rafters!

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  12. How wonderful! It sounds like a truly lovely evening. Especially with a bat in attendance. And I can see from the photographs that the weather was perfect. I'm so glad!

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  13. How will Wilf feel if they ever forget to have a celebration for him? No doubt he'll be quite put out!

    The whole affair sound really lovely! You outdid yourself, M'Ongoose!

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  14. Just Wow!!! I feel like I was there!!!

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  15. I love how Wilf seemed to think that the whole celebration just for him! My bigger chihuahua would think just exactly that! He seriously thinks the entire world revolves around just him.

    Glad the concert went well. That's a beautiful church.

    Can't wait for the high cholestorol celebratory recipes tomorrow. High cholestorol ones are the best!

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  16. i'm glad the concert went off without a hitch! the church is beautiful. it's a shame it has gone unused save for funerals.
    oh, wilf. that celebration really was all for you. you know you have quite a fan club! :)

    the booker man and asa's mama

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