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how to keep a minx

July 11, 2007

There was a surprise waiting for me when I returned from my visit to the UK on Thursday evening. At first I thought I had been burgled as two doors that I always keep closed had been left open. But then I realised that my ‘burglar’ was of a very unusual kind: he had left two rose plants, one each on either side of the mantelpiece and a very nice bottle of Bordeaux on the kitchen table. He had also hidden chocolates in the mirrored chest of drawers in the bedroom and left A4 size pictures of a recent trip to the coast dotted around the house - presumably, so that I don’t forget what he looks like as I haven’t seen that much of The Man lately.

Our paths keep crossing somewhere under or over the Channel. He drove back to the UK for work assignments on Thursday morning, just as I was heading to Shabsted to fly back to France. He returns here next week just as I take off for Paris. Et voila. But he emails from the UK to say that he is compiling a guide entitled ‘How To Keep A Minx.’ '[The Man hails from a family of Gloucestershire gamekeepers and one of the things I like about him is that he knows a lot about wildlife and game].

'A minx is a fun and gregarious creature though it can be quite scary... ’ he writes. I type back: ‘Rule no 1 of minx-keeping: do not leave a minx at home on its own in France for too long.’

comments (10)

1. Posted by sidney on July 11, 2007 8:18 PM

The man is trying his hardest. But a minx is a very special and cunning type of animal. One that is full of surprises.

2. Posted by froggywoogie on July 11, 2007 8:18 PM

Even not a chance for a domestic argument. It's no fun

3. Posted by Dave B on July 11, 2007 10:30 PM

Mimi the minx - give the guy a break! It sounds like he is making a big effort. It's not his fault he has to go back to the UK for work.

4. Posted by tippitybit on July 12, 2007 9:14 AM

So what are the other rules of keeping a minx??

5. Posted by Mr Rocket on July 12, 2007 3:02 PM

I quite fancy keeping a minx myself. Any ideas where I can get one?

6. Posted by Ford43 on July 12, 2007 4:13 PM

loving this posting! Lucky you...

7. Posted by supertrooper on July 13, 2007 7:52 PM

Wow. Sounds like you are really missing him. But I'm sure you are not sitting alone at home pininig!

8. Posted by jeannie on July 15, 2007 9:00 PM

For a moment there I thought you'd been 'burgled' by the Milk Tray Man. I do like a beau who leaves choccies in the chest of drawers!

9. Posted by belier on July 15, 2007 10:27 PM

So what does a minx do when left home alone for too long?

10. Posted by sidney on July 21, 2008 3:26 PM


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