The first committee meeting of the year to discuss the pottery fair. 8 o'clock sharp in the village hall. Everyone is there. The lady with the beehive hairdo, the red faced farmer with his Yorkie, the man in the yellow luminescent jacket who does ' interventions ' , the mayors wife with her errant hearing aid. Proceedings start at 8.40. The old farmer shows up at 9.00.
This year they plan to have two day pottery event. Meals will be provided for the visiting potters. An hour and a half is then spent deciding what should be served. No final decision is made. The Chairman of the Village Fleuri Association reminds everyone that ' they ' are preparing a six course dinner for tomorrow nights New Year gathering.He repeats the words ' six courses ' for effect.
While the villagers discuss the pros and cons of paella, Monsieur Bay tells 'the font' about a crime in the small market town 10 kilometres away. Three years ago an old lady passed away at the age of 94. Her four daughters were supposed to divide the property amongst themselves. However,this proved impossible. A family feud of the '' Mother intended me to have that vase . You never knew her like I knew her " variety. The case becomes mired in the courts.
Friday morning. The Police and Pompiers are called to a fire in the centre of town.The old ladies house has been broken into,' objects of value ' stolen and the house then professionally torched. One of the sisters is reported 'allegedly' to have been seen with her husband and sons leaving the scene of the crime at high speed. This morning the story is on the front page of the local newspaper.