Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A Potemkin village .









No coconut ice cream in the supermarket . Chocolate , Creme Brulee , Pecan , Stawberry. You name it . Every flavour under the sun bar coconut . A hasty retreat to the 24 hour store under the arcades for the family fellows favourite treat . While Wilf settles down under the table with a bowl of water , yours truly observes the sudden burst of construction activity at the old pilgrim hostel on the corner of the square . The two old ladies who wanted central Paris prices for the building have decided to renovate the place . Two new shutters have appeared at ground level while modern double glazing peers insensitively out from the top floor .

It rained on Saturday . Faced with inclement weather the judges for the ' most beautiful village ' competition have delayed their visit . Yesterday, the mayor and the old farmer were to be found using the extra time to further beautify the village green . Several large tubs of nicotina now enliven the path to the front door of the church while a trail of geranium laden troughs are perched perilously on the old widows garden wall . Voila ! A potemkin village of clashing colours . ' The font ' helpfully observes that eleven of the twelve geraniums so expertly planted outside our gates are the same colour .



18 comments:

  1. No coconut ice cream?? What is this? Luxembourg? :)

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  2. That 'font'! Always so observant!

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  3. Still trying to work out if the eleven out of twelve comment was praise or criticism!
    We here are just wondering if Wilf might also like Creme Brulee ice cream too?

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  4. No coconut ice cream!! Don't panic, Mr Mainwaring!! I hope the 24 hour place was able to help.

    So are you going to remove the random 1 or replace a whole group of same colour geraniums?

    x (for Wilf!)

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  5. No coconut ice cream ! that explains the dreamy expression of Wilf's face today ! That's just a pity ! I can recommand strawberry ice cream, with tiny bits of strawberry in it...yummy, but i am not sure Wilf will appreciate. May be more croissant today !
    Enjoy this Tuesday sweet boy, i send you lots of bisous.
    Amitiés to you Angus, and the Font. Hope she will find a solution for the geraniums, why not white ?

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  6. I am with Joanna - just replace the one. Then you will have more time to contemplate the really important things, like alternative ice cream for Wilf - he looks like he is really feeling the need today.

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  7. Yummmmm coconut ice cream! I must taste it!

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  8. If Madame Bay happens to notice the geranium, offer her some ice cream to get her mind off of it!

    Hope Wilf had a quiet night!

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  9. I suggest replacing that one geranium right away! I sense hell to pay if you don't... At least the ice cream crisis has been averted!

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  10. I think you should speak to the mayor about the lack of coconut ice-cream- he seems to be totally involved in everything else!

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  11. I had forgotten about those Potemkin villages -- even though I majored in Russian area studies at Barnard. A bit of research on Google showed that the term is still used -- about Dubai on April 18, 2011, about sham protests here in the US in May 2010, etc.

    And then the name evoked the amazing Battleship Potemkin film.

    Anything to take my mind off the lack of coconut ice cream and Wilf's disappointment... Has he tried the others and demonstrated his preference?

    And has his need for nighttime strolls diminished?

    Continuing thoughts and prayers for his -- and your -- well being.

    xxx Joan

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  12. Between geraniums and coconut ice cream - there is Wilf and his very best flock of family ...
    Love the stories from Southern France -
    Wilffan-Club from Southern Italy Susanne Daisy and Foxiie

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  13. By the way, is that the building you were considering purchasing which we all fantasized was destined to become a dog-blog hostel??

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  14. A Potemkin village? Oh Angus, you're being a bit hard. Your village is always lovely. But if one geranium of a slightly different different colour is going to make that much difference......

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  15. Dear Wilf,

    We would love to send you our old ice cream maker for those days when the village holds no coconut ice cream. Then your dear owners could whip you up a batch in no time flat!! Sounds like a grand idea, no? Keep going darling Wilf, enjoy every minute!

    With love your Canadian pals,
    Dianna along with Tor, Willow and Tucker

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  16. I'm sad the store didn't have Wilf's flavor of ice cream. I hope you complained loudly to anyone who would listen. Wilf deserves his ice cream!

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  17. Eleven out of twelve isn't bad. As we say in Oz 'near enough is good enough'.

    Maybe you need a trip to the 'Mutant'.

    XXXOOO Daisy, kendra & Bella

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  18. why is it that the "critical eye" always belongs to the one who didn't do the planting?

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