A thick hoar frost on the grass and trees. The PON's love it. Sophie is so happy she throws her head back and lets out a shriek of delight as we turn out of the gate.
The angelic duo head off down the hill towards the stream. When they get there they find a thick layer of ice coating the small waterfall. Inadvertently they discover they can ice skate. Or, to be more precise they discover that ice is extremely slippery . Four legs moving in different directions. Sophie quickly seeks the safety of the bank. Bob tarries a little longer. He doesn't get the hang of it. The old horse gets given a carrot.
As we pass the chateau two sleek red sports cars turn out of the drive. The supermarket billionaires have bought their sons expensive Italian Christmas presents. Angus is not amused. Buying college boys fast, costly cars is just plain wrong. How will they ever understand the value of money ? What sort of friends will they make ? What will happen to their grades ? How wise is it to give testosterone primed boys something that can accelerate to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds ? I guess once a Calvinist always a Calvinist. The teenage sons almost certainly have a different view.
A leisurely walk home through the village and back into the garden. After breakfast Sophie gets groomed. She doesn't look like this for long.
Here's an interesting dog article : http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/dog-spies/2014/12/31/its-not-you-its-me-if-a-dog-wont-play-with-you-it-could-be-your-fault/?print=true