Monday, December 3, 2012

You think it can't get any odder. Then ....




You think that it can't get any odder. Then it does.

Sunday lunchtime. The bell at the gate rings. It's the Very Old Farmer accompanied by a very tall, bearded young man in a herringbone coat.

The Very Old Farmer only has his top teeth in. This makes understanding what he says somewhat difficult . It seems the tall young man is an artist and is having an exhibition of his latest work in a neighbouring town.

The tall young man, who has a full set of teeth and is therefore easier to understand, hands me an invitation. '' I make heads out of hair ". He turns the invitation over and points to a photograph of a head made out of hair. Angus is lost for words.

'' Will we see you at the opening ? " asks the tall bearded young man . ' You can be almost sure of it ' I reply , untruthfully. '' My mate here will be coming " says the young man pointing with his left thumb at the Very Old Farmer. The thought of the Very Old Farmer visiting any art gallery strains the bounds of credulity. I smile. They wander off down the lane. What an unusual friendship. How did they meet ?

'Who was that at the door ?' says ' the font '. '' Just a man who makes heads out of hair ".

Down into town for the morning croissants. The children scurrying off to school. A snowman in green wellington boots says hello to me outside the fruit shop.

Life in France profonde.




21 comments:

  1. Ewwwwwwwww! The snowman is happy he doesn't have any hair!

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  2. Well I think that is quite a touching friendship. Two oddballs broadening each other's horizons perhaps.

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  3. I hardly dare ask...but where does he get the hair?
    Something he pulled out of the shower drain...perhaps?

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  4. Teena & Merlin pretty much hit the nail on the head. We'd assumed someone had cleaned their drain and was playing around with the dregs for some weird reason. Is this helpful old farmer the same one who wasn't feeding or watering his cows last summer? If so, sounds like a friendship of kindred spirits. The wellie wearing snowman, however, is just charmingly eccentric by comparison.

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  5. sorry, that art is just spooky....looks like something from a forensic show.

    XXXOOO daisy, bella & Roxy

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  6. Spooky, eerie, ewww and ugh! ;)

    B&L,
    Janelle, Maggie Mae and Max

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  7. You have amused me greatly by simply describing a morning in France. I love your observations and there seems never a dull moment.

    Let us know about the art opening and your acquisitions.

    Helen xx

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  8. *wipes away tears of mirth* I really think you should go to the art exhibit and share some photos!

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  9. Has the old farmer modelled for him? Maybe he's one of his hair suppliers?

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  10. As a supporter of the local arts, I suppose you'll be expected to buy one of there noisome objects. And don't think for a minute you can escape by going abroad. They'll be at the door as soon as you return. The heads have a primitive, tribal look about them rather than that of congested shower drains of France profunde.
    That snowman has a creepy air about him too, the way that clowns frequently do.
    Again we say you couldn't make this stuff up.

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  11. Ugh, I was having my breakfast toast whilst viewing the hirsute head! If I was a child I am sure I would run away screaming from that Snowman!

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  12. I'm not certain which is scarier.
    The hairy head or the David Lynchy snowman.

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  13. I've been watching episodes of "Bones" on Netflix; the juxtaposition of the skeletons on that show and the artist's heads of hair is rather creepy. The Old Farmer - really?

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  14. those heads are just too freaky!! ugh..

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  15. That's some "head" of hair!

    And that snowman is interesting....

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  16. Ina beat me to it. I was going to say I've always wanted a full head of hair.

    But I won't. :)

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  17. As my grandmother would have said, "I thought I'd seen it all..."

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  18. That was some day wasn't it? How odd and unique! If I am honest, the snowman is just a little creepy. I think it might be the cartoon hands....

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  19. Oh that hair thing is so nasty. And the snowman bothers me, I have the feeling he wants to grab someone! Perhaps the hair thing has just made me grumpy and negative and colored my perception of everything . . .

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  20. What will they think of next in the name of art? Those hairy heads remind me of preserved mummies. Gotta give it to the artist for originality though.
    If ever there was an Odd Couple, it would be the old farmer and this artist. What are the two of them really up to?
    If you do go to the art gallery and purchase a head, you can just store it in the cellar with the other "objets d'art" that you have acquired over the years. You can have a garage sale in the spring!!
    As for the snowman, I have no words.....

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