Monday, October 29, 2012

Execrable.






Winter arrives. The skies clear but chill. The heating switches itself on automatically. The first time since February the temperatures have dropped below 5 degrees. The Electricite de France workmen arrive early with two more reels of cable. They unload them on the village green and then disappear. Perhaps it's too cold to lay cabling.

Down in the little market town the locals have switched into winter mode. Fur trimmed, quilted  jackets much in evidence.  At the bar all the outside tables empty. The beer and absinthe crowd clustered inside by the radiator enjoying a pre-breakfast libation.

The new plastic chairs bought by the bar owner three months ago have all been broken. They've been replaced by plastic wicker style chairs in day glo pink . These seem to go with the new tables with their out of focus gardenia pattern. There's no other word for them : Execrable.

Off to the airport later today. ' The font ' flying to Delhi to see a saintly lady who looks after stray dogs and then, after a few days, onto a home for blind girls. Angus heading off to Moscow and Beijing to see folk in dark suits and talk about hanging chads and fiscal cliffs.  We'll meet up in India later in the week. Back on the 9th. Until then stay safe .

 

24 comments:

  1. I'd like to think that the 'execrable' new chairs are the bar owner's subversive challenge to the preconceptions of the male drinking population of a French small town regarding the meaning of the colour pink. And not just a cheap deal.
    Happy travels,
    Gail.

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  2. Perhaps it is the pink chairs that caused the pre-breakfast lot to go inside - not the weather!

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  3. Angus and 'the font' - you are doing all the things you said youd do at the end of the Wilf blog. Please, please, please post pictures if you can of the sainted dog lady and the blind girls school. Bless you all. Terri and Bobbi in Fairfax . xxx

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  4. They should introduce those lime green pashminas to go with them.

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  5. Love what I am reading - Lady Font and Ongoose stay safe - hoping you bring some Indians home - two- or fourlegged... love from Southern Italy Susanne, Daisy, Foxiie and Kiri

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  6. Just as you predicted, those pink plastic chairs lasted no longer than a cold Coke in the desert..haha.
    Let's hope the electricity upgrade will be all finished by the time you return.
    Angus and Font enjoy your travels and stay safe.
    I am looking forward to Delhi, Moscow and Beijing.....will be fun to see them through your eyes.

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  7. Safe travels to both you and 'the font!' I'll look forward to the photos and reading about your adventures!!

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  8. Those tables and chairs are a hard sight to take first thing in the morning! Your adjective is well-chosen.
    Bon voyage, safe travels!

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  9. Enjoy India! That's a place I would really love to visit! Safe travels to you and 'the font'!

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  10. Happy trails and safe travels to you both. We'll miss you!

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  11. Hope your missions are successful and you return home safely.

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  12. That is VERY pink. Enjoy your travels.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

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  13. Well this post caused me to look something up, no not execrable, pretty sure I know what that means (and looking at the table and chairs makes me positive I know what it means) but I certainly had to look up "fiscal cliff" I don't move in financial circles or even think (very clearly) along those lines (and THAT is a Classic British Understatement) but oh my goodness, this fiscal cliff thing is quite a concern, isn't it!

    Wishing you safe, interesting and happy travels.

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  14. I have to agree about execrable. Have a great trip!

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  15. Wishing you a wonderful time.
    In spite of the men in dark suits.
    India will have more colour.
    xo,
    p

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  16. Hello Angus! This is the day you were to return home, and I hope that all is well upon your return, and you had an enjoyable trip! Your package arrived on Monday--What a very thoughtful and pleasant surprise and the most perfect gift! Many, many thanks for your kindness!!

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  17. N grande El detalle de los ejes es agradable, pero con el hombre perfecto que se revis?
    A fake vagina is always wet.

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