New season lines in the menswear store. A display of expensive sports / leisure apparel in the window. On closer examination its apparent the clothing comes from that special place where they have an English dictionary but don't speak the English language. ' Original Golf Rugby Competition. Only for Professional Rugby Golfers ' .
The flower shop gamely displaying a lemon tree outside its front door. The hyacinths and hostas flourishing in the bracing morning air. The lemon tree altogether less happy.
Five o'clock. The bell at the gate rings. It's the Chairman of the Floral Village Committee. Blue hat, blue shirt, blue coat, blue trousers. All in all very blue. The nemesis of the Beautiful Byeways Committee. A courtesy call to remind us that it's the village New Year gathering on Saturday night. The ladies of the association preparing a six course dinner. '' Six courses ! M'Ongoose ". He repeats this startling fact and to be doubly sure I've understood hands me a photocopied flyer.
Beef and potatoes
Music by Jean-Luc and his singing accordian.
'' Eight o'clock in the Salle de Fetes. You'll be there ? ". Angus makes a non-committal grunting noise. This seems to satisfy him.