February 18th. The Old Farmer finally starts to dismantle his Christmas Star. Bob and Sophie lend him loud and frequent encouragement from their vantage point in the garden.
At lunchtime the mayor arrives at the garden gate. He has three spare ' 2014 - Seasonal Scenes from the Churchyard ' Calendars. '' Perhaps you could send them to friends in Scotland ? ". He says this in a tone of voice that implies autumnal churchyard scenes might be a subject that Presbyterians would particularly enjoy.
To the fish market for Sea Bass. Bob and Sophie are kept in the back of the car. The smell of fresh fish enhances their already unbridled enthusiasm for life.
Amid the chaos of events in Kiev this video of a piper stands out :