Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Unexpected .

Christmas Day . Late afternoon. The bell at the front gate rings. It's the gutter repairman in his little white Peugeot van. '' Bonjour M'Ongoose. I knew you'd be at home ". He was stopping by to let us know he'd almost certainly be cleaning out the gutters the first week in January. '' First week, maybe the second " . ' What an unexpected Christmas present ' says ' the font ' .

In a neighbouring village the fountain in the square decorated with lights, most of them flashing festively away under the water. The whole thing powered by an electrical cable taped to the pavement. The wire starts in the town hall, then traces its way across the Place de la Revolution before coming to a halt in a junction box by the fountain. Wires disappear into the water. Water and electricity. How unexpected.  Health and safety France profonde style.


  1. I can't help wondering if the gutter repairman had heard that on festive days, champagne is often on offer chez Angus....

  2. I don't know about you, but I have written those tentative dates for the cleaning of the gutters in my diary...first week, maybe second week of January.
    Maybe the gutter repairman was just passing by, and decided to stop in with that news. I can not believe he would leave home to visit you with that news...your phone still works doesn't it?
    That electrical setup of the fountain lights looks VERY dangerous.

  3. Don't get too close to that fountain! Yikes! Glad to hear that the gutters will get some attention!

  4. Many people dine at an earlier hour on Christmas. I suspect, after a bit of calculation, the repairman felt confident that there would be a lovely bottle of wine awaiting him at a certain rickety farmhouse.

  5. Perhaps the gutter repairman thought some champagne would be offered if he "dropped by" on Christmas Day?

  6. Hmmm, could be a very electrifying experience ;o)

  7. Good grief, stay away from that fountain. That was a crazy idea...who came up with that, surely not the minimalist Madame Mayor?

  8. I wonder if it was wired up by the same electrical genius that put the electricity fuse box in our bathroom?

    Although, to be fair, someone pointed out that it looks like the fuse box was there first and the bathroom was built around it. So that's ok !!

  9. P.S. No trouble finding your dirk this year?

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