Bob and Sophie stand at the far gate watching pilgrims saunter by on their way to the shrine at Compostella. All pilgrims, irrespective of age or gender, are barked at. Some get the '' we're the worlds most ferocious guard dogs '' bark, others the " we're starving orphan dogs and have never, ever, been fed " yelp. How they determine who should get which form of greeting a canine mystery.
By the gate an old cherry tree. Years ago it had a run in with a lawn tractor which removed a section of bark. In between howling at innocent passers by the PON duo lick and slurp away at the damaged tree trunk. They can do this for fifteen minutes at a time. There is something in the sap that they find completely irresistible. What can it be ?
In the early evening a trip with the grande dame of stage and screen to the local abbey for a concert of Spanish music by Albeniz . A virtuoso performance by a heavily sequined lady castanet player brings the grande dame to her feet . '' Wonderful, wonderful, simply wonderful ". Here's a link to the smile inducing music.