While Angus checks the post Bob takes up position on his stump seat. Sophie lends encouragement from below. Both dogs exude that happy assurance that comes from knowing they contribute mightily to the smooth running of the household. Their owners may disagree with this assessment. Satisfied there are no intruders Bob clambers down, wanders into the hallway and points at his harness. Sophie saunters, hopefully, into the kitchen.
Mid-morning the red trousered kitchen designer arrives to drop off the stools we ordered two months ago. ''Just the right amount of colour. Not too much and not too little " he opines. He then, somewhat theatrically, claps his hands as if he's clanging cymbals together.
The red trousered man has brought a sheaf of invoices, some anticipated, others not. '' Could you give me a cheque for the whole amount ? I'm closing for the holidays tomorrow and won't be back until mid-September ". Angus can't help but notice that Monsieur pantalon rouge is now driving a new very large and very shiny Mercedes van.