Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Christmas comes early .
For the next four weeks life as we know it comes to a complete halt here in France Profonde . The Rugby World Cup starts in New Zealand this weekend, and all eyes , in this rugby crazy part of the world, are on Les Bleus. Sitting reading the local paper at the cafe it seems that coverage of anything and everything else has been dropped for the duration . Crisis in the Euro ? Forget it .
Much to Wilfs delight the under five and under eight squads have entered into the spirit of things by setting out a team of rugby playing scarecrows on the village green . Their fathers , aided by copious quantities of lager , have been installing a large flat screen tv in the salle de fetes in readiness for the first match . Wilf has done his bit by carefully christening each of the straw figures.
Angus has also been preparing . A trip down to the wine merchants in Toulouse with Wilf. A special deal on end of summer wines . Domaine d'Ott , the Queen of roses , and Chateau la Calisse , a light Provencal white . A couple of cases of champagne just in case Scotland wins a match . Wilf happily settles down on the floor to talk to the shop staff and enjoy a hair tousling while Angus saunters round the wine racks . Both equally happy .
This morning , returning from our walk , we stop to chat to the old farmer . He's clambering up a ladder towards his balcony with length of electrical cable in his hand. '' More rewiring ? " I ask by way of polite conversation . ' Christmas lights ' he replies .