Eerily still this morning. Not a sound to be heard. Even the owls are quiet. 80 mph winds forecast for later today. This must be the proverbial calm before the storm.We've closed all the shutters on the sides of the house that will face the gales.The PON duo found the opening and latching of windows to be wildly exciting. Bob bounding from one room to an other, tail 'thwack,thwack, thwacking' against doors and furniture.
We're back from the cafe under the arcades in time to walk along the top of the ridge and watch the sunrise turn the mountain snows red. The days suddenly lengthening now. Light by seven thirty. Bob and Sophie stop to study a young male calf unconcernedly wallowing in a pond. The young calf , and his protective mother, stare back.
Things I learnt today. The local paper says an 83 year old flamingo has died in Adelaide zoo. The longevity of some species of animals a surprise.
The date of Mary Queen of Scots execution in 1587 just passed. I glance at her funeral picture on an upstairs wall . After the execution, when the embalmers were stripping her body, they found a small terrier curled up between her clasped hands and her skirts. The dog would not be moved . It alone remained loyal to its mistress . Dog owners will find something recognizably charming in that story.