I am now on my second reading of Marcel Pagnol's book about his childhood. The second go at it is even more enthralling than the first - the way in which he paints pictures of his idyllic childhood in words is stunning. Every chapter is an incident from childhood which is so vivid and yet it all fits together into a whole. Of course he did become a well known film maker so there is no question about his talent but he ends up with a couple of chapters about when he is an adult - a couple of chapters which are astonishing, sad, unexpected - but make his reason for writing the book in the first place so understandable.
I don't enjoy books which are almost all conversations - I need both picture painting and talking - and here we have both.
I watched The Duke of Edinburgh's funeral today - at least I watched the build up - not the service. As I have no religious faith I wasn't really interested in that part but I do love to see the pageantry with which they organise these things. Nothing went wrong - or if it did it was covered up well. I listened to a Warrant Officer who was resposible once the troops were in position for making sure they were all equally spaced out. He said it was easy. He knew his stride was 75 centimetres and he wanted the men and women to be 225 centimetres apart so that was three of his strides and easy for him to estimate. I watched him get them all in order and it was impressive. I thought having The Duke's carriage pulled by his two Fell Ponies was a lovely idea - and having his cap on the front seat was a lovely touch. And the way the two men leading the two ponies kept them happy and still by constantly stroking them and presumably talking quietly to them. And as usual, HM The Queen behaved impeccably and the cameras kindly kept off her as much as possibly. All in all an occasion for everyone involved in its preparation to be proud of.
It is another lovely day here. Each day the weather gets just slightly warmer here as befits Spring. We do desperately need a day's rain but at least my pots on the back patio have had a good drink and look much happier today.
Sleep well. See you tomorrow.....