Monday, March 19, 2012

Animation .

The first of the new seasons strawberries in the greengrocers. €2.50 for a small punnet. The two ladies ahead of me in the queue tut loudly. '' Outrageous prices. Quite outrageous ". ' Local and picked this very morning Mesdames ' comes the response. They each buy a cauliflower. ' Picked this very morning? ' . Angus wonders how many strawberry pickers start work at four am . He keeps this thought to himself.

Off to the cafe under the arcades . Wilf settles down with his bowl of water . He's soon enjoying his illicit half croissant . As a matter of course the waitress stoops down, tears the dough into small, bite sized , pieces, and feeds them to him . He takes them gently. She chats away to him . He falls aleep. Angus reads the paper . This morning the beer and absinthe set are arguing animatedly . The French Presidential elections seem to be stirring deep passions . This is the first time I've seen them animated about anything. Even the man on the motability scooter is waving his arms . Perhaps the tax on alcohol is going up ?
A sunny Monday morning with a small , trusting, happy , polar bear snoring at my feet .


  1. Wilf looks so sprightly, lovely to see. His coat is looking really good too, not that he ever looks anything but handsome. Hope you all have a great day x

  2. Cauliflower with cream for dessert?

  3. The best thing about being an ex-pat is just observing and not having to get involved.

    Glad the wild conversation didn't disturb our boy.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  4. Life in deepest France Profonde~~Enjoy the rest of your day!

  5. oh what a lovely scene this morning!
    i don't know if i've ever mentioned it...
    i have no blog. i have no idea the work involved in writing it and taking pictures and placing just the right ones (there are no wrong ones with wilfee on it) every single day. but i know it's work and a daily effort.
    i so appreciate your doing it!
    thank you angus!!!
    i think i could do without my morning coffee before doing without this blog. wonder if i'd get withdrawal headaches! towsel that little head for me.
    tammy j

  6. Hugs to the polar bear - croissant boy - love from Susanne, Daisy, Foxiie and Kiri

  7. The strawberries sound really good to me. It sounds like the beginning of another idyllic day!

  8. I don't have a blog either but I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy reading about Wilf and your neighbors. I admire the loving care both you and the Font give to him and aspire to do as well by my furry children as they face the trials and tribulations of age and illness.

  9. Is this the Croissant Cure? With whatever meds our Wilf gets could it be his breakfast and sweet talk from his waitress that keeps him going?

    Here is to you and the Font for your tender loving care of Wilf (and he probably thinks HE takes care of you!)

    Jo, Stella and Zkhat

  10. Mmmm...strawberries. Wilf's waitress is worth her weight in gold.

  11. I suspect that we shall see prices rise for just about everything this year. I am hoping mine survived our strangely mild winter and that we get a lovely crop this year. Fingers crossed! Sounds like a rather amusing but delightful day for you both! Keep on going Wilf!

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

  12. Sounds like a lovely morning. I think the healthy croissant regime has something to do with the waitress feeding him and chatting.

  13. Ah yes! I believe they call that diplomacy Angus!! Something I have yet to learn. And beleive me I am not a spring chicken!!!

    Regards from your Canadian fans,
    Marlene, Sable & Tiki

  14. Wilf seems to have resumed his normal routine after his stroke. All is right with our world.