Sunday, January 15, 2012
Eiffel Tower or Pottery Kiln ?
Another sunny , country morning . Off with Wilf for our daily tour of inspection. We cross the green, stop to christen the fire hydant, then turn right past the church. There we find the mayor, the very old farmer and Oustric , the head of the ' floral village ' committee .They're standing , talking animatedly, by the reconstructed sixteenth century pottery kiln . '' Bonjour M'Ongoose " they chime in unison . The mayor is wearing his Harris Tweed pork pie hat . Wilf looks up briefly . '' We're waiting for a table " says the mayor cheerfully . Angus decides he must have misheard, so says nothing.
It seems the floral village committee have great plans for our little community. This morning a wheelchair accessible picnic table is being delivered . This will enable any passing tourists to sit and eat while simultaneously enjoying the sight of the kiln . The old farmer adds that there are also plans to install solar panels on the roof of the kiln so that it can be floodlit. " Like the Eiffel Tower ? " I ask . They look at me in silence .
After ten minutes Angus and Wilf bid farewell and zig zag, slowly, homewards. Angus keeps to himself the thought that the roof tiles get blown off the kiln every time they fire it up . What will happen if they install solar panels on the roof , and then fire it up, may be more interesting than anyone imagines.