Thursday, November 15, 2012

Beaujolais nouveau.

A miracle. Barring a two hour lunch break the gardener is here for a full day. He and the four morose lads lay turf around the palm tree in the courtyard , prune the limes  and reseed the lawn they planted a year ago. At five on the dot they load up their equipment  and go. They promise to come back next week to lay more turf  and plant the roses. '' It'll be either Monday or Tuesday. Maybe Thursday " says the gardener with studied imprecision. ' I'll put it in the diary ' says Angus. The gardener looks back blankly.

The post lady delivers a large bundle of Christmas catalogues. Seasonal bargains on ear defenders  , a fitted kitchen for €299, Father Christmas decorations ( Angus points out to 'the font' that the Father Christmas in the catalogue is a dead ringer for the Old Farmer across the lane ) and a reminder that the 2012 Beaujolais Nouveau is for sale in the local supermarket.

'' Oh " says ' the font ' . '' I've got tickets for tonights Beaujolais nouveau dinner at the restaurant in town". Angus grimaces. " You'll enjoy it once you're there. We don't want people to think we're recluses ". Between champagne drinking villagers and a stream of unscheduled French workmen Angus wonders how anyone could ever think we're reclusive. A chance would be a fine thing.


  1. When I first saw the photo of the work clothes catalogue I thought for a moment you were going to announce that, fed up of the local workmen, you had decided on a change in strategy from GMI* to DIY. But of course that would be unthinkable, half your blog material would be gone at a click of the 'buy ear defenders' button.
    Enjoy the Beaujolais Nouveau evening.
    Cheers, Gail.
    *GMI = Get Men In.

  2. It's supposed to be good this year...let us know

  3. At least the gardeners have made some progress....YEAH!
    Chin up, my "non-recluse" friend...enjoy the company of The Font at the Beaujolais Nouveau dinner.
    On another note, I wonder what the old farmer is up to these days? Seems rather quiet, probably planning another scheme.

  4. Is it true that you can go to jail if you sell Beaujolais Nouveau before its official release? I agree with the 'the font' on this, since it only happens once a year, recluse or not, and you certainly are not, you have to attend! Enjoy your evening!!

  5. Let us know about the beaujolais nouveau please. Will it complement our dindon (turkey)?

    Have you ever read Art Buchwald's explanation of Thanksgiving to his French readers? Starting with Kilometres Deboutish...

    Joan and the Barkies

  6. That's some serious equipment! Are you planning on going into Search and Rescue with your next PON? You must have a very jolly neighbor. I hope 'the font' was right about dinner! lol

  7. I'd say that's rather cheap for a fitted kitchen. Almost IKEA-esque. That jolly old man looks like he's having troubles climbing the white ladder! Enjoy your dinner. Fingers crossed there will be a post about it!

  8. Oh if only BV was that inexpensive in the U.S.!

  9. Enjoy your night out.

  10. Good luck with the dinner. Hopefully the gardener meant Monday, Tuesday or Thursday of THIS year.

  11. Grin and bear it!

    We paid over $6000 for our kitchen and that was just the cupboards....Sheesh! Probably the same quality.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  12. I wonder, if you purchased the Father Christmas decoration and displayed it outside your home, would the old farmer recognize himself?
    Better keep some burlap on hand to cover the new plantings if you get a freezing spell.
    Enjoy you dinner. Our love to you.