Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Noli timere *






A quiet night. Apart from a conversation with a barn owl the pups sleep all the way through . The conversation with the barn owl brought to an end by a shouted request that they  be quiet - or words to that effect. No sign, yet, that the hedgehog has returned.

This morning one of the old farmers cats can be seen sauntering across the lawn. By the time Bob and Sophie have picked up the scent it's over the wall and long gone. Not that this prevents the two angels from charging around the garden like two turbo charged bundles of fluff. Over breakfast I ask ' the font ' if any of our earlier dogs were as hyperactive at eight months. '' Is hyperactive a polite way of saying demonic ? " comes the chuckled reply.

An Indian summer. The temperatures back up into the nineties. It's always like this when the schools reopen.The sunflowers wilting , the walnuts close to ripening. The last of the tourists heading home. A sign on the town hall noticeboard advertising the end of the month '' Miss Nut  " pageant in the little market town. Life in deepest France profonde getting back to normal. 

* The Latin deathbed words  of Irish poet Seamus Heaney. Texted to his wife minutes before passing on.  '' Don't be afraid ".

14 comments:

  1. Bob and Sophie having conversations with other animals during the night is disturbing a good night's rest, but still kinda cute, nonetheless.
    I've always wondered if animals all speak one universal language, but yet still have their own kind of language for each species.
    Dogs chatting with owls, hedgehogs and cats is all part of the equation I guess.
    Noli timere....very comforting words.

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  2. Owl: "Hey guys did you see Spike? - someone's painted his nails"
    Pups: "Yep - that was our Dad did that"
    Owl: "Well he's very upset....that Pink just doesn't match his lipstick"
    Pups & Owl: *fall about laughing*

    Have fun x

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  3. Miss Nut pageant.... Can't wait to hear about their talents!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

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  4. Looking forward to the walnuts. The plumbs here are almost ready too. Stuart will be looking at me, with eyes asking 'is it soon time for some type of crumble'?

    What a generous thing the say in your last moments. He must have been quite a man. I must find out more.

    Have a great day.

    x

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  5. School starts today here--"Terrible traffic Tuesday" it's called, and that's back to normal for us.

    I hope your day is an enjoyable one, and the night finally becomes one without interruption.

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  6. One of these days, that cat will get their memo! lol Those sunflowers are such a beautiful sight.

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    1. Bob and Sophie would certainly like to think that they're fast enough to catch the cat. Others of us are less certain !

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  7. How much longer will the PON's continue to grow? They seem to change before our very eyes.
    Walnuts fresh from the tree: lots of work but so wonderful....((sigh).

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  8. Couldn't figure out noli timere. Like nolo contendere
    maybe? Thanks for the translation.

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  9. Thank you for the last words -- very touching.

    Shelby in Tiburon

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  10. Ah yes, Miss Nut. I remember this from last year.....

    Aren't the teenage years a joy?

    RIP Seamus...beautiful words.

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  12. Hurrah for the Indian summer (better than the Indian economy...)!

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