>Well….the ‘Curry Night’ with a bevvy of Brits was okay. The food was good, including (or especially) the home-made Samozas, made by Jean, Frank’s wife. Jack was hounded relentlessly by Frank’s six month old Jack Russel pup, Louis, while their cocker, Penny, largely kept out of sight. No doubt, welcoming the brief respite from Louis’ puupyish attacks.
One guy there was a collector and restorer of Stationary Engines – a decidedly British sort of eccentricity/obsession, I’d think. He’d just bought five – yes five – at a brocante/junk dealer’s fair in a neighbouring town on Thursday! These things are seriously heavy bits of kit, with one of his recent acquisitions weighing in at 1.5 tonnes. He actually has a part-ownership in one of 8.5 tonnes, back in Sussex! He assured us that there were real bargains to be had here in France on the stationary engine front! I don’t think he managed to convince either of us and I certainly can’t see us rushing out to grab a rusting lump of old metal machinery in the near future. Whatever the price!
Another arrived in an old, chrome-bumper MGB. It was in superb condition and obviously his pride and joy. Ideal for the conditions here, where he can roar around with the hood down attracting admiring glances from the locals:
Up in Sweden, they adore old American cars. Most small towns and villages will have at least one lurking somewhere, and in summer they cruise back and forth, up and down, along and….you get the drift. In Fun City, they used to come out and play on the day of the annual country/rock music event, when maybe a dozen or so brightly coloured, chromed Yank tanks would take to the streets and drive the mile or so from one side to the other of the town, with music blaring from their radios, of course. It made for an unexpected and unusual spectacle, though I’ve never been able to figure out just where this abject love of fuel gobbling cars fits into the Swede’s so-called environmentalism.
Our Hens have returned to the two-a-day method of egg production, so all is well with them, save for the effect of the heat which has them searching out what shade they can find and visibly panting at times, which I’m sure can’t be pleasant or good for them. Today we had about 28 degrees by 13:00. So pretty hot, then!
I found an unusual caterpillar making its way, slowly-slowly, down the garden towards the gate this morning: