Sunday, 10 June 2007

An unfortunate accident chez Loufoque

There has been a rather unfortunate incident Chez Nous. In an effort to liven up poor middle child’s spirits, he still feeling a little unwell, Madame Grognonne and Jacques arranged a small entertainment in the form of a target shooting competition. Youngest being the marksman and Jacques the moving target. It was all terribly well thought out. Jacques was to leap up from behind strategically placed objects dans le jardin wearing a flowerpot strapped to his head. The idea being that youngest would then try and shoot the rabbit whose head and shoulders were protruding gaily from the pot.

Middle was propped up in bed by the nursery window surveying all like some diminutive Pasha and all was going splendidly well until youngest accidentally miss fired and the shot ricocheted off the water butt and hit Loic, who was of course standing inside his tent, rendered immobile by the sound of the shots. Unfortuantly as a result he fell foward into the asparagus bed causing untold damamge to the vegetable plot.

It took some time to disentangle Loic from the canvas but when they eventually extracted him it was to find his leg had been blown clean off. Luckily it was his wooden leg and he does have a spare, manufactured from an old garden hoe, which he can use until a replacement is made.

It did however at least cheer middle child up a trifle and put a bit of colour in his cheeks.

Still no sign of either wiggets, flanges, sprokets or my titanium white paint but no sign of donuts either, so one must thankful for small blessings.


The painting today is The Sick Child by J. Bond Francisco. Yet again despite my valiant efforts to find a suitable illustration Art history has failed me abysmally. I would not think it too much surely for a woman to expect at least one renowned artist to have accomplished even a small pencil sketch of a groom sporting a terracotta flowerpot on his head in which a rabbit is hiding. Obviously far too everyday an image for great painters to waste their valuable time on, of course if I had wanted something like the rape of the cyrenian womenthey would have been ten a penny.


Pondside said...

The activity chez vous is unbelievable! What will you do for a hoe while Loic waits for a replacement leg? Did the asparagus bed survive? Mon Dieu, there is always something!
Glad to see that the story continues - the second blog site had me worried!

snailbeachshepherdess said...

OOOOOOOH No! My hero.....Is he alright ..shall I be sending calf's foot jelly and goosegrease in a paper bag......poor poor Loic...I'm sure he would be better in my asparagus bed than yours ...oops hang on a mo ...we haven't got one......can he tend peonies instead?

snailbeachshepherdess said...

aww! Spoilsport! He just seems my kinda fella .....needs looking after!!!!!!!!!!

LittleBrownDog said...

Never mind the hoe, whatever is the Loufoque family going to do for asparagus? We're right in the midst of the season, too - oh, my poor dear girl - my heart goes out to you!

WesterWitch/Headmistress said...

You will need tosend away for a new hoe too - to make a replacement, replacement leg from teh now old hoe which you will need to replace. . . . or something.

muddyboots said...

o's. o's or hose or hoes. Reminds me of the 2 Ronnie's sketch!! sorry about the rain! chin up! Chop Chop!

Cait O'Connor said...

I've yet to read your blog but good news! I have found La Mer by Charles Trenet and added it to our list. There are some others by him on there. Send me any other French titles (by anyone) and I'll look them up. I will read your blog now.

sally's chateau said...

What in heavens name is the man doing with a rabbit in a flowerpot on his head ? crazy household !!

CAMILLA said...

Oh no, glad it was a wooden leg.
Other french song - No Regrets by Edith Piaff? mai qui..
Un Peau, I do believe the little ANGEL is carved out of wood. You can check other ANGELS out on the website. WWW.WILLOWTREEGIFTCOLLECTION.

Cait O'Connor said...

I can't find Sympatique or the Pink Martinis, sorry. Any other requests?

Exmoorjane said...

God, that's awful. Hope the asparagus is recovered. Such a short season.