Friday, April 20, 2012

The dustmen vote .

It's just getting light . Wilf and Angus head off to the bakers . The mayor is already in the village hall setting up tables and chairs for Sundays voting . '' Busy day coming " he shouts out . '' It's the Presidential elections ". He pauses and then repeats this , slowly, in case we might be unaware of it . Unable to think of anything else to say Angus replies ' Ah , Oui '.

The local dustmen are holding some form of union meeting at the cafe under the arcades. A sea of day-glo yellow jackets . Raised voices and arm waving . Very Gallic. They seem unperturbed by the arrival of a fluffy dog and its bobble hatted owner in their midst .The beer and absinthe crowd , relegated to the inside of the cafe , sit in glum silence. They are clearly unhappy with this change to their daily routine. Wilf still gets his half croissant and a hair tousle. The dustmen are still there, voting on something, when we leave .

A poster in the bar window. The locals have discovered that an American company has got the rights to explore for shale gas. An anti-fracking movement developing . Angus makes a mental note to find out where they plan to drill .

A walk with Wilf along the roman road. The old fellow ploughs ahead . Head high . Amazing how he's learnt to cope with blindness . Truth in that saying : ' All things are difficult before they are easy ' .


  1. We've got Chinese companies ready to frack here. Hope the French have more luck with candidates than we have here.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  2. Oh, i really have to remember this sentence "all things are difficult before they are easy", so true !
    Love the photo with the wind in Wilf's hair, it remind me of a portrait, of the french romantic writer, Chateaubriand !
    I wish you three, a peaceful Friday.
    Bisous and hair tousle to the beloved miniature polar bear.

  3. I, too, like Wilf's windblown look today. How great that he proceeds, in spite of all, with head held high. Fracking is dangerous business...hope those "enterprising" souls from my home country aren't allowed to get away with that.

  4. A lot happening in your village, I'm envious that the French elections will be over on Sunday!

    All the best to you and Wilf from chilly Virginia!

  5. Sounds like a lot of turmoil brewing in your little corner of the world today! I hope you have a good weekend!

  6. ah yes. what we do best. frack. and with a little change in the vowel...
    well you get the picture.
    and what an adorable little fellow in those pictures. could he be any more beautiful? inside or out? non!
    kisses on your beloved nose little bear! and a hug for your lad,
    tammy j

  7. I think Wilf sees plenty in his mind's eye. :) Happy the dog on a walk with the person he trusts most in the world, accompanied by the scents and sounds on a peaceful Roman road. Such lovely memories you're creating, Angus -- for you, and for sweet Wilf.

    Purple Magpie and Mitzi the Dog

  8. Love the Justin Bieber hairdo! Looking handsome as ever, Mr. Wilf!

  9. No truer words spoken! It looks rather windy in your part of France Profounde today! A sideways wind.....

    I think that's a good idea to see where these people plan on drilling.

    Pictures today are delightful! Keep on going Wilf!

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