Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Two bakers.

No snow but rain . Lots and lots of rain . So much that it glides in sheets down the hill like a second layer of tarmac . While I go to get the croissants Wilf takes the executive decision to stay curled up in the warmth of the car . A '' you must be joking " look on his face when he hears the word ' walk '.

' The font ' heads off to London at first light to check on ' Granny font ' and talk to the agents about re-letting the flat . The previous tenant , the difficult Australian woman with the floral suit and OCD, has decided to return to Sydney . England dismissed as ' just too dull '. A three year let suddenly reduced to one .

Madame Bay arrives mid-morning . She parks the metallic gold '' Wild Child " voiturette by the church . A dent has appeared on the front right wing . Perhaps this is why she chooses not to navigate through the stone gate piers into the courtyard ? She cuddles Wilf, makes a large cup of coffee , sits at the head of the breakfast table and asks " is there anything I can do ? " .

Looming conflict in the little market town . Two thirty year old brothers have opened up a new bakery on the market square . The existing baker is not pleased . Madame Bay says he has lost ninety percent of his business. Madame Bay also says that the new bakers have ' lovely hair ' . A town council meeting has been called.

Four o'clock . Rain gone. Skies once again blue. Warm .The family fellow follows me out onto the lane for his afternoon constitutional . We don't go far . His arthritic back legs stiff . We go maybe twenty yards. Wilf then settles down, turns on his back, and is soon blissfully asleep . We're doing a lot of sleeping at the moment . As old PON's know : "Exude happiness and you will feel it back a thousand times " .


  1. It's been warm this January in Los Angeles. 80's many days. Some cold rain. The other day I was in a store and a woman was saying to the clerk, "I feel the pain in my knee exactly two days before it rains..." Wilf, perhaps has the same sensitivity? Aren't we expecting snow in France Profounde? Has Wilf been speaking to the weather people?

  2. Hard to get past the first photo today.

    But we think you're well rid of the OCD Aussie lady.

  3. Love that photo of you on your back Wilfster. Dogs sure are funny creatures.

    Julie and Poppy Q

  4. Maybe Wilf will benefit from a Croissant War!!!

    Sydney is having a cold, extremely wet summer. Can't imagine London being dull....unless one never goes out.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  5. Glad the rain stopped, I hope that helps the arthritis. Lots of massage for Wilf maybe?

  6. Lovely picture of Wilf asleep. As for the bakers - the town's people should be glad they're not in the UK - over here it would be a Tesco, with the intention of wiping out all other businesses. That's what happened in the small town where I work 20 years ago and now it's happened in the smaller town where I live - which I now call Tescotown.

  7. Wilfie on his back...a sight to behold!

  8. You mean Madame Bay didn't tell you the story about how the aliens caused a dent in the car? I was hoping for a fabulous tale about how it appeared.

    At the town council meeting, what will they do? Will they decide the new bakers just have to go? I love that they would call a meeting over the issue!

  9. Love and hugs to my favourite polar bear Susanne, Daisy, Foxiie and Kiri

  10. i think more like samuel johnson,"if a man grows tired of london, that man has grown tired of life."
    maybe that doesn't apply to ladies from australia.
    i love wilf's quote today... and he exudes happiness for me just seeing him! adorable in every way.
    happy sweet days in france profonde. i hope granny font is doing well. i only wish i could lease your flat. i'd be a perfect tenant. 'course you would have to pay half the rent. :)
    tammy j

  11. Obviously, having "lovely hair" is a pre-requisite for good bakers.

  12. He looks like a toy.

  13. Love that picture of Wilf on his back! I wish I could just lie down and sleep like that, not a care in the world! Sweet boy! Keep on going Wilf!

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

  14. Nothing like bake shop drama! Your weather sounds frightful but Wilf looks perfectly delightful in the first picture of the post. What an adorable dog!

  15. Goodness! It's the bakery that has been challenged not the patisserie that creates those wonderful works of art you occasionally feature. Have you had any baked goods from the new fellows yet? Delicious offerings or just novelty?

    That Australian woman is obviously mad!

    Love to all.

  16. Ah, for the gift to be able to fall asleep anytime, anywhere. Just like being a puppy again.

    Hope you get a better tenant this time for the London flat.

    Sounds like capitalism is not an unalloyed hit in the village. Do all of the gorgeous pastries you show so often come from the established baker who is now feeling threatened? If so, surely his customers will be back once the novelty wears off.

    Jed & Abby