A week ago I was at the airport, learning that my flight had been delayed and starting the slow return to London after a break in the country where I had been surrounded by fields with cows and fat lambs; wild flowers in the hedgerow; skies that changed from grey to blue and back again; farm buildings and farm machinery a part of the landscape; and greens of all the shades they say make up Ireland.
But hold on a minute, for I am again surrounded by fields, by sheep and cows and hens; there are farm buildings and farm machinery; this morning’s pale skies have become a radiant blue; the hedgerows buzz with bees enjoying the wild flowers; the countryside is swathed in her summer greens. The internet connection is just as erratic as at Cousin’s.
I’m sure Philip Green somewhere in the Med on his million pound yacht, firing off threats to Frank Field, would think this poor sport. Somehow I can’t see him happy with a second hand twenty-five foot inland cruiser that was built in 1980, and he probably has never seen as simple a marina as this one. But I wouldn’t swap my boat for his for all the coffee in Brazil, or this marina for any upmarket mooring on the Côte d’Azur. I may be wrong, but his boat and where he sails it seems to be a message about status and power, showing how he belongs to an exclusive club, the club of the very rich who don’t live by the same rules as the rest of us.
Although when I first came here I expected people with cut glass accents drinking gin on the poop deck when the sun had passed the yard arm, that is very far indeed to how it is. MasterB and I had a short perambulation when we first arrived. He stopped by the place where the abandoned boat used to be. I looked at the ground where I saw what looked just like a cow pat. But the cows were in the field beside the marina, and there’s a fence that stops them coming in. Odd. Later I saw Jax and Ian who came over to continue working on their boat. Did you see the new wire? asked Jax. I looked blank. The cows had trampled down the fence and come to enjoy the greener grass on the other side. Hence the newly fertilised marina and improved fortifications.
I bet that doesn’t happen at Cannes.