Tuesday, December 27, 2011
The implausible statement .
The village gently eases back into its post-Christmas routine . Eleven in the morning . Amid a crashing of gears the old farmer returns from visiting his daughter in Bordeaux. He's driven there in the ancient motor home with non-matching chintz curtains . " Nothing beats it for comfort " he says . Angus decides not to comment on the implausibility of this statement.
Four in the afternoon .The old widow appears at the gate in flood of tears. Kelly the hover dog has gone missing . ' The font ' makes a cup of tea while search parties head off in search of Kelly . An hour and a quarter later she's found waiting patiently at her mistresses front door . A quizical ' where have you been ? ' look on her face. The old widow celebrates by having another mince pie .
Just as the champagne is about to be opened the white van from the womens cooperative turns into the drive . The last of the re-upholstered cushion covers for the dining chairs are delivered. They were supposed to be here for Christmas but ' at least you'll have them for the New Year ' says Aude's shaven headed friend cheerfully. Gascon timing.
Wilf follows all of this activity with great interest . PON as family guardian . Old sheepdogs know that ' patience and time do more than strength or passion '.