Reasons to be cheerful -
|There's been a church on this spot since the late Roman era - vines too, probably|
|Wayside rock roses the size of peonies.|
|Vive La Republique!|
We declare the outdoor kitchen - a success!
|Title: Bewildered man, wine bottle and orange bucket...|
Shopping trips are not a chore...
|Down the via verde, through the vineysrds|
|along the road by the Etang de Thau|
|Meze central square|
|Deux noisettes wth a harbour view|
|savour the blue day - leading to...|
The rosé glow of contentment...
|The road to Spain - where's the sun? (Madonna in head - quite annoying)|
|Slow going near the border - the motorway is being upgraded to three lanes.|
|Beautifying a 'rond-point'' near Peripgnan - it's a contender|
For example, why is it that every Thursday our local Morrisons becomes inexplicably busy with customers on mobility scooters, the seriously bewildered, and the visually impaired? There can be only one explanation, the local Social Services have declared Thursday as 'Community Inclusion Day' but overlooked to tell the public. Similarly, as we all know there comes a point sometime in the third week of February when, despite Met Office warnings of the imminent arrival of the next ice age, a certain type of chunky British male decides to swagger about in voluminous checked shorts. This only makes sense once you understand that it's first day of the British Chilblain Society's sponsored Shorts-wearing Month, and that only through an unfortunate co-incidence does this worthy event partially overlap with Dagenham Cleavage Week.
Last week Gill discovered what we had taken as a particularly infantile private joke is in fact much closer to the truth than we imagined.. Always keen to find entertaining reading matter for her Kindle, she downloaded a free book written by George Mahood called 'Everyday is A Holiday' . George too had become intrigued by the strange world of 'special days'. However, instead of fantasising about them he conducted serious research into the phenomena. Judging by the resultant sniggers and guffaws his serious research had turned up hilarious findings. Bubble Wrap Appreciation Week, National Curmudgeon Day (one for me), Inane Answering Machine Message Day, really do exist, all officially approved by Chase's Calendar of Events. the American publication which has been tracking and recording named days on a worldwide basis since 1958.
George decided he wanted a day of his own. As an insomniac he felt that night was underrepresented in this international almanac of days, so he set about to create 'Stay Up All Night Day.' I understand his attempt to have it approved by Chase's Calendar did succeed. Sadly, any attempt to seek official sanction for Jonquera's Prostitution Wednesday is doomed to failure, as everyday is, it would seem hereabouts.