Sunday, December 18, 2011

Four metres !

Madame Bay calls . She has spoken to the greengrocer . He will cut down a four metre tree and deliver it to the house at eleven on Saturday morning . Madame Bay, Monsieur Bay , Sandrine , a gaggle of baby Bays and the good for nothing son-in-law Hugo are all waiting when it arrives . A wonderful , beautifully shaped , Christmas fir . The tree firmly strapped to the top of the greengrocers small white Citroen van . Madame Bay beams . The baby Bays gurgle. A most perfect tree .

One tiny problem . The height. It's at least five metres tall . While Sandrine and the children head to the warmth of the kitchen Madame Bay reprimands the greengrocer - '' Quatre metres Monsieur ! Quatre " . Amid much arm waving and huffing blame is firmly apportioned . The greengrocer shrugs his shoulders. Monsieur Bay is sent to retrieve a saw from the boot of the car . Then under the ever watchful eye of our saintly septaguenarian Hugo cuts half a metre from the top and half a metre from the bottom . Height problem solved .

Finally a rope is carefully knotted around the lower branches . The other end thrown up to a first floor window . Five minutes of tugging by Angus , pushing by Hugo , a few intemperate words from Madame Bay , a maelstrom of pine needles and swaying branches and voila the tree is safely ensconced in its stand . Christmas one step nearer.

Wilf sits by the fire listening . The second Christmas he can't see what's going on . He never complains . Old PON's instinctively know that " well done is better than well said ".


  1. Pretty tree! Exciting arrival! Will Santa's arrival be equally dramatic?

  2. Angus - Those pictures of Wilfee in font of the tree are simply divine .

  3. Love it! I can see it in my mind as I read about it.
    I think I will go get our Christmas tree today or tomorrow morning. It is our second Christmas in our own house and I got a permission to choose a tree from our neighbour's forest.
    Your Christmas tree is so beautiful and Wilf is adorable.

  4. Oh those are just the best 'dog in front of a Christmas tree' pictures that we've seen this year. Dear Wilf, we so adore you.
    Toodle pip!
    Bertie (and Gail).

  5. Hurrah for the Christmas tree ! Even if Wilf cannot see it, i am pretty sure, he understands what is happening.
    Lovely photos of him behind the Christmas tree. So precious !
    You are now waiting for the second step of Christmas, the arrival of your family, i imagine. Many happy dances for Wilfee in perspective.
    Have a peaceful Sunday Angus and Lady Font. Bisous to my beloved Wilfee.

  6. It's like street theatre.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  7. 'Well done' to Madame Bay, for finding you a lovely and perfect tree--And to Hugo as well, who was there to help and was 'good for something!'

  8. I can't tell you how much I enjoy IT ALL! Thank you. All the best of the Seaon.

  9. Where is his father Christmas outfit - most gorgeous polar bear - Wilf Christmas is around the corner with lots of gourmet treats --- and all your family flock coming together - going to be fantastic...waiting for my favourite people too - chickensoup makes the new "tiger"puppy a clone of Hercules, Schwarzenegger and Rambo - good times are coming --- hugs from Southern Italy Susanne, Daisy and Foxiie

  10. Ah, the tree problem solved by your saintly Madame Bay. Wonderful. The big question is - Has Wilf christened it yet?

  11. A beautiful tree, well worth waiting for!
    Hugs for Wilf.

    Blessings and Love,
    Janelle, Maggie Mae and Max

  12. The tree is beautiful! I love the second picture of Wilf in front of it, too. He looks like he has a halo of evergreen branches about his head. I'm glad it all worked out and you got a great tree!

  13. Merry Tree to you all. Wilf looks wonderful beside the artfully cut and re-cut tree.

  14. Ah, can you you believe we have him for another Christmas?! How blessed you are Angus! And ... a most lovely tree indeed.

  15. Wilf looks exceptionally adorable in front of the tree. Merry Christmas Angus, the Font, Wilf and Co.

  16. Well done is better than well said.

    A gem.

  17. You got lovely photos by the Xmas tree, Wilf! We are so happy to see you enjoy Christmas with us once more. We embrace each moment with you an we hope that you found the tree for this year's holidays!

    Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Max, Wai-Pai, Forgie

  18. That is one booti-ful tree and Wilf my mate, you look so dashing posing next to it!

    Oh la la... Cest magnifique!

    Au revoir

    PS: Pardon my crappy French but I think I'm better off speaking Geordie. Why aye man!

  19. How wonderful of the Bay's to help you prepare your tree. Could you imagine tackling such a task yourself! The tree is lovely and will certainly be enjoyed by all the family. And Wilf is here to celebrate another Christmas with his flock. It is a blessed Christmas, indeed!

  20. The first picture would make a beautiful Christmas card! What a lovely tree and what a lovely PON! Keep on going Wilf, handsome boy!

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