Thursday, July 15, 2010

World class frostiness.

Starting next week we have friends and family coming to stay in the rickety old farmhouse. Time for my gradualist DIY approach to renovation to be replaced by 'the fonts' more hands on HAP ( hire a pro ) style. Despite it being a national holiday the electrician showed up in response to the urgency of the situation. With Wilf there to supervise he spent the afternoon installing power sockets and hanging ceiling lights. Now, if only the joiners would come back to put the glass panes in the new doors.

The two mutually loathing village associations are still arguing over the reconstructed sixteenth century pottery kiln.You may remember that some bright spark erected a tiled roof over the kiln to protect it from the elements. What it took them some time to realise is that the roof would prevent the smoke from the kilns chimney escaping. Two weeks to the August 1st unveiling and disagreements remain over where the hole should be cut in the roof. 'The font' informs me that voices were raised at the last village meeting. 'The font' ever diplomatic steered the conversation onto more positive ground and as a result we have apparently agreed to buy four of the first 'authentic' pieces to come off the production line. Watch this space.

Breakfast time was enlivened by the news that Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston are to marry. How chic of the young couple to announce it to their families in 'Us' magazine. The response from the Palin family was world class in its brevity and frostiness : " We obviously want the best for our children. Bristol believes in redemption and forgiveness to a degree most of us struggle to put into practice in our daily lives". Brilliant! Oh to be a fly on the wall at that redemptive and forgiving family reunion.


  1. Happy families!

    Love Wilf's tongue roll.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

  2. Wondering how long the engagement will last. Do you know this was not covered on our local news? Reading this on your blog is the first I heard of it.

  3. The LJ ATM rolls you think there'll be a detailed pre-nup?

  4. Count me in for that meeting as well!!!

    Gill in Canada

  5. hilarious indeed! (the Palin fam)
    so you spent some time in wis? yes, the drinking age was back to 21...
    hope they figure where to put the hole!?

  6. I'm sure the news of the engagement was made easier for the Palin's because Levi and Bristol are reported to be practicing "abstinence" before their marriage--Yes, you just have to love families. Come to think of it, the two mutually loathing village associations are kind of like one, aren't they? I'm so glad my family is perfect and everyone gets along!

  7. HAP - I'll remember that one - sounds like an upmarket version of my favoured approach of GMI (get men in)
    Cheers, Gail.

  8. Luvs the picture of Wilf rolling his tongue.
    Enjoy the time with family and friends.

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

  9. I have milk in my fridge that will last longer than that marriage!

  10. Ah, what a jolt to find our morning visit to France profonde -- a favorite way to start the day -- included the latest Palin family disturbance. To paraphrase the catch phrase from an old radio show: "They're everywhere! They're everywhere!" (But hopefully never you know where...)

    Loved that roll of the tongue. How clever Vilfee is.

    xx Joan

  11. Now I'm terribly curious about what they'll fire up in the kiln! It won't be pottery made by the same group who was in the art class earlier, will it? That could be some interesting pottery!

    Poor Bristol Palin! No matter what she does, she can't seem to get booted out of that family!

  12. Ah yes, quite the frustrating scenario for Palin who is so strong on abstinence.....I do wonder how long the marriage will really last!

  13. My husband has been chuckling over that Palin family quote all morning. Whilst I admit they never cease to amaze, I do so wish they were some other country's entertainment and not ours.

    I cannot wait to see your new pottery!

  14. Maybe it's just the picture but that kiln looks awfully small!?

    How funny that the Bristol Palin/Levi Johnston engagement news made it all the way to France but Ina in Alaska says it wasn't news there!

    Love that tongue roll!

  15. Yes, I hope that redemption and forgiveness are in their wedding vows - IF they get married that is.

  16. I hadn't heard of the Bristol-Levi news either! Thanks goodness for you keep us abreast of world affairs. That family is too much.

    I hope that the kiln committees can reach a compromise of some sort! Your village has very complicated politics!

  17. The kiln roof design brings new meaning to the term kiln dried timber. From thousands of miles away, it appears to me, that a time will come when the well smoked timber above the kiln (that supports the roof) dries sufficiently to ignite with the heat, tiles will fall and there will be ventilation. The issue will be resolved naturally without any disagreement about the bright spark’s design!

  18. the first picture of wilf is too funny! he really has the longest tongue. :)
    i hope everyone can soon agree on where to place the hole in the roof. who knew it was such a problematic decision??
    i'm looking forward to seeing those first 4 pieces of pottery. hopefully, they won't be pieces inspired by the fertility bonfire. haha.
    hooray for more bristol palin/levi johnston news. *sarcasm* :)

  19. The Palins. Now there's a story. NOT. Where to begin...

    We'd much rather be in France with you. Kiln or no kiln.

    Roo, Stuart

  20. Hmmm...that's a very nice shed roof. I can see why there is a fuss over cutting some kinda hole in it for smoke.

    Not having invested time or money into making it, I'd still like to offer a possible solution. Move this whole shed cover over to the side and use it as a market stand to display pottery that comes out of the kiln. Then build a new roof over the kiln with a proper chimeny hole.

    It would make a nice picnic shelter too.
    Just saying.


  21. Hahaha! Ever since you lost your sweet little Digby, I've been quietly reading and enjoying each of your delightful posts without responding with a comment. However, the Bristol Palin-Levi Johnson breakfast conversation cracked me up! I'm sure many a bookie is taking bets on how long this redemptive and forgiving union will last! The whole world will be watching.

    Liz (aka Ninny)

  22. been stressful in my world, so i am happy to catch up with Wilf!!! and THAT TOUNGE!!!!