Peut-Être just ‘Max’ to his owners, anyway I’ve missed him on 3 occasions, and I’m not sure where to begin the story…
So firstly the name change… Maximillian is the name the character played by Russel Crowe is called by his late Uncle Henry played by Albert Finney in one of our favorite dreamy french life movies directed and produced by Ridley Scott ‘ A Good Year’ which was based loosely on a book by the same name by Peter Mayle that why we have refered to him with his Sunday best.
Next who he is and why I’ve been waiting to see him. OK well he belongs to Colin & Stephanie who are also the owners of Le Clot Chambres D’Hotes (Bed and Breakfast) which is 4.4km away from where we are staying. However he is also the Boyfriend of the beautiful Fidget I introduced you to at the beginning of Octobre.
The reason I say I’ve missed him on several occasions is two-fold, firstly let me tell you he is old and deaf, yet he escapes, when he has not seen Fidget for a while and travels the 4.4 km to arrive at Fidgets door somewhat exhausted, that is long way and some steep hills at his age, Fidget Sulks when he arrives as he has no energy left to play or entertain her and needs to rest by which time his owners have been informed and they come to collect him. However its a two-way street, Fidget does the same journey to go visit him when it suits her, what a love story!
Let me tell you how disappointed I was when he arrived to finally get some love story shots of him and her together having arrived by car so not worn out and only a day since being apart from Fidget, she had a weeks holiday with him and Colin, and they were coming for a thank you Sunday Pork Roast Dinner with Yorkshire Puddings to our voisins… Lucky Colin. So I missed him on the occasions when he turned up unexpectedly and i missed him when he arrived on several shots as it turns out he is camera-shy … so this is the only shot i got of him under our table, Fidget close by in the background.
So while quietly catching up avec ma mère via Skype on Sunday as everything closes here in France, however it is anything but dull and boring…Through the gate and over the pebbles came Mandy (‘I’m so handy'(Martins cheeky name) pourla voisine du bas de la ruelle) avec sa ménagerie…
From à gauche: Polkadot led by Emily, Fleur hiding Sarah the smaller fair-haired twin, and Hannah the taller dark-haired twin of Julie and Andy leading the way with Spirit the pony. and La is Mandy ‘Im so handy’ accompanied by Dan the dog.
Hannah recording Spirit
Fleur carrying Sarah
Polkadot with Emily
As you see all is calme but it did not last for very long. Fidget who seemed très uncomfortable with all these animals on HER land ran off unusually, to a passing car in the hamlet only just missing under the wheels, she was reprimanded and put in the house. Mandy ‘I’m so handy’ encouraged the girls to mount the barefoot unbridled horses despite being bareback. Sensibly the twins changed footwear and got their helmets on had already given the horses a good groom. Emily being the lightest defaulted to Spirit, mounting by receiving a leg up from Jim, Mandy ‘Im so handy’s partner, who immediately bucked her off, Spirit that is, not Jim, into the seated audience which quickly dispersed out of immediate danger also to shut the gates as Spirt bolted and the other horses became spooked.Thankfully no one was seriously hurt maybe just a bit of dented pride by brave Emily who dealt with the unfortunate dismount Spirit gave her amongst us strangers, remarkably well. Tranquillité was soon restored et ils se trottent maison à leur champ voisin.
Andy our landlord and Fidget
Dan the dermatitus Dawg
Aerial the special needs dog
Above is Andy our equally handy landlord he does renovations for a living, with his 4th girl Fidget, in his full length combats and layered upper corps wrapped up in a nice Weird Fish pull, however can you see the silly English man (with his barbe) in short sleeves & shorts, spot those anglais a mile off… but I do like his shirt ;-).
That is his name, after the french minister with the similar tummy! He is so very timid however Martin managed to get him to come close enough to nibble the ends of his fingers, before he jumped and ran off mirroring Martin! HAHA!
His owner Michelle does not speak a word of english nonetheless we managed to converse with my little french and the international language of hand signals.
So here we have the pet Pot Bellied Minature pig le cochon, it belongs to Michelle(I met her aujourd’hui and she gave me troi baisers) & Marcel our neighbours across the lane. I’ve yet to find out its name, however it was very funny to watch, although very nervous yet inquisitive – like all young.
They also have sheep, lambs, black and brown laying hens living harmoniously together in the field, round the corner are the ducks !
Spirit belongs to Mandy – our down the lane neighbour (I’ve heard she makes fantastic cakes (thats sounds like it needs to be page of its own feature), teaches & translates amongst other things) then she has just acquired Polkadot & Fleur more on them later as they are still unpacking and settling in…
Meet le plus récent member to our famille–Bienvenue to Fidget.Elle is une petite batarde or a mongrel to us mainly made up of Griffon & Berger. I’m no Crufts judge but she dont look much like that to me. She was rescued from the farmers unwanted litter by her real parents Julie and Andy. She is huit ans (8yrs of age) so like us rapidly approching her 50’s, however slighly more nimble and agile than me! She could be Dolly’s longer legged sister with Cassie’s temperament. She likes Martin, he turns into a big clumsy puppy around tous les chiens, and longs for the jour when he can have his very own Brian ( a dog!) and Shaun ( a chat not a mouton) Although he would also like rear his own Mintsauce & Redcurrant and maybe even a bit of Applesauce & Sage. Along with our very own Henrietta’s. But first we need to trouver notre forever home…