Friday, September 2, 2011

Batwoman .

The small hours of Friday morning . ' The font ' wakes me to ask " what in heavens name is that ? " . Sure enough, the rickety old farmhouse has developed a new noise . A ' gloop gloop gloop ' sound not unlike air being blown through a straw into thick yoghurt . If , as Madame Bay believes , we have ' a presence ' then it suffers from flatulence .

This morning I bump into the plumber at the bar and explain the problem . He makes a call and a friend promises to come out and look at the blockage in the septic tank later today . '' Don't worry M'Ongoose. We'll get it fixed . My friends a specialist " . A specialist in gloop . That sounds promising . And expensive .

Over breakfast ' the font ' finds a double page article in the local paper about bats . " Vivre avec les chauve - souris " . It seems that on Saturday the village hall is to be the scene of a departmental conference on bats . There will be a slide show on bats , the showing of a documentary film about bats , a talk about bats , dinner, and at eleven at night a walk round the lake to look at bats. The countrys leading expert on bats, a Madame Sauvage , is coming from Lyons to speak . The local paper somewhat optimistically says that this will be a day that captivates the entire family . Wilf and yours truly are dying to see what the batwoman looks like .


  1. I love it that you bumped into your plumber in a bar.

    And I love that smile of WIlf's.

  2. Life in Southern France is fascinating - or better - your writing makes it fascinating!
    Cuddles to best looking polar bear - hope honey and cheese are on your menu today - love Suanne, daisy and Foxiie

  3. Further evidence that everyone in your corner of France is bats?

  4. Aren't you the resident expert on bats?

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

  5. Wonderful pictures of you Wilfie. Enjoy your weekend!

    Julie and Poppy Q

  6. Great pictures to start my day, Angus! I hope that 'gloop' problem is resolved!

    I'm wondering if those attending the conference on bats are fans of the 'Twilight' series?

  7. I like the idea of a flatulent ghost...

  8. A specialist in gloop? We have those here in the states too, they're called politicians. :)

    Blessings and Love,
    Janelle and Maggie Mae

  9. Chronic septic problems are enough to drive one batty. Wilf is looking so very charming this morning.

  10. Now you're going to tease us with a Batwoman that we'll never see pictures of? Oh, M'Ongoose! Enjoy learning about bats!

    I'm sure it wasn't a ghost making that noise. It was probably the aliens! *grin*

  11. And we can't wait to hear about batwoman! Is your village a center for bats or something? Why a whole conference about them?

    I can't wait to hear what Madame Bay thinks of your ghost having flatulence.

  12. Oh Angus! We hope that your experience doesnt end up as the punch line of those "A man walks into a bar" jokes.
    Bats are highly beneficial but poorly understood animals. I think you will see them differently when you learn more about them. Highly beneficial to farmers and crops as well for insect control. It's so sad when people dislike them because they don't understand them.
    Wilf always looks so happy and ready for fun, doesn't he? I hope he feels up to seeing the bat lady; new people to amuse and entertain him.

  13. This village has lots of excitement doesn't it? Let's hope the noises disappear and the bat woman is entertaining, or informative!! Keep on going Wilf, handsome boy!!

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

  14. a plumber in a bar... a tooting ghost...
    a laughing wee polar bear... and a night on the town (with dinner even!) on the mysterious and wondrous bat!
    doesn't get much better in southwest france.
    love and hugs
    and a special tummy rub from tammy j. he knows.

  15. If she has pointed ears and dresses in black I would forgo the night time walk around the lake....just a thought!

  16. Count this city femme as one who is not a batophile; but it is intriguing that the village is opening its heart to a better understanding of these creatures,aka blind mice.

    And how apt that Batwoman is named Mrs. Wild.

    Woofs to Wilf!!!

    xxx Joan

  17. I am fascinated by the adventures of your small town and of course Wilf. As the owner of a sick dog I know exactly what you are talking about, everyday something changes and each day becomes a new normal.

    Wilf, you are so, so cute! I love all of your photos, they make me smile.