Friday, August 21, 2015

For how long ?


One of those mornings when it's not too hot and not too chill. The sort of day when you could walk and walk and walk. And that's exactly what the PONs do.


Bob sniffs, but doesn't eat, the low hanging wild peaches and windfall plums.


Sophie has no such inhibitions and munches happily away on both. Where food is concerned she's a 'don't look a gift horse in the mouth' girl.


The oil man is delivering when we get home. Down to €0.65 a litre. Last year it was double that. We've ordered enough to get us through to next spring.  Bob finds the delivery man down on his hands and knees opening the underground tanks filler cap. Faced with an enthusiastic PON the oil delivery man doesn't stay like that for long.


Two rather prim Dutch ladies sitting outside the Le Sunbeam cafe. They try to appear indifferent to the sight of a gentleman and two shaggy dogs approaching them. Angus says ' Bonjour '. They manage a wan smile. Bob and Sophie make sure the women aren't a threat and then turn on their backs to let the sun warm the parts that rarely get warmed. Angus informs Sophie this is indecorous behaviour. The two Dutch ladies decide anyone who talks to their dogs is clearly as mad as a hatter. They finish their coffees and head off without saying 'au revoir'. Neither Bob nor Sophie bother to acknowledge their departure.


I wish I remembered where we'd bought Furry Fox. There are, or were, two of them. One has now lost all it's limbs and exists as a a sort of headless furry torso. The other drool infused example retains three limbs and a de-stuffed head, but for how long ?


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  1. Wild peaches?!! I get wild plums that make delicious jams and stewed deserts but no peaches. Rose hips and blackberries will have to suffice. My mum's dog has a furry emu with long legs and whenever I see it I think of Bob.

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    1. When I say wild I mean old orchard peach trees that have over the centuries rooted and grown wild. Not the size of shop bought peaches but Sophie likes them.

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  2. Isn't this a Kong Wubba fox toy?

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    1. Thank you. You are a star ! Yes, it is. There is a portion of a small lable attached to one of the feet and the nam Kong, Golden, China can just be made out. Onto the computer for replacements.

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  3. Your PONS seems to enjoy it so much, and it seems to have such durability, that I actually tried to search online for something similar (Googled "dog toy furry fox". None of them looked quite right. There was one that looks quite nice but maybe a little too realistic (shades of Cecil the lion): http://www.groomers-online.com/product.php/1803/woodlands-furry-friends-fox-toy-
    We bought Cherry a couple of new toys while we were in the US this summer (not many PON-size dog toys in Tokyo), but she remains passionately attached to a shredded red dragon we brought back last year. Good luck in your search!

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    1. Thanks. We'll keep a look out for red dragon to go with furry fox.

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  4. http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-Stuffing-Free-Furry-Dog-Puppy-20-Toys-w-Squeakers-Raccoon-Rabbit-Fox-Skunk-/130860107962
    ?

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  5. I hope you find new furry foxes.
    If you still have your credit card statements/receipts they may remind you where you bought them originally. Your blog post when you introduced furry fox to us would give you a rough date to check back from.
    I was sure Madame Font would remember.
    Best of Luck!

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    1. Some of us are so disorganized we lose credit card receipts within seconds.

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  6. The search for Furry Foxes....this could become a saga!

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    1. Finding them is one thing. Getting someone to parcel them up and ship overseas another.

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  7. Petey has the exact furry fox toy. My mom bought it for him, so it should be easy to find on the Internet.

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    1. Petey clearly has excellent taste. Easy to find in the UK, less so here. Although, we must have bought them here. Lesson - make a note of where you buy dog toys. You never know when a repeat order will be needed !

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  8. One has to wonder whether your fuel price next fall will be even lower, especially
    given the fact that Iran may be selling oil on the worldwide market by then..

    And I see that the UK is about to re-establish diplomatic ties in Tehran. Wouldn't
    Tom Fletcher to whom you introduced us (me at least), make an excellent
    ambassador in that post.

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    1. Don't know about the price of oil but this link shows what historic demand growth looks like
      http://i.imgur.com/oPvb6Ah.png

      And yes you are quite right , Tom Fletcher would make an excellent candidate for Tehran if 4 years in Lebanon hasn't worn him out !
      Who knows ? There may be other candidates with even better credentials particularly if China sells 150 jet fighters to them. .

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  9. Are the mass murderers gone? Are Bob and Sophie exhausted? Have new habits been learned, which can not be broken, Bob?

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    1. Weetabix and late night games of throw the furry fox are habits Bob might not wish to break !

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  11. Found a link for the Kong™ Wubba Woodland Friends Dog Toy Item # 55782

    https://theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/store/ars/item/55782/Kong-Wubba-Woodland-Friends-Dog-Toy-Fox/92283?origin=ARS_GPLA_55782&gclid=CPnC5urSuscCFYSQHwod4LILyw

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    1. Thank you so much. That's really kind.

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  12. Glad the International PON Fan Club has found so many furry fox-resources.
    Your first picture today is quite beautiful, lovely light and composition.

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    1. If you need an answer ask the PONosphere. It never fails !

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  13. We'll have to chase up a furry fox for this establishment too ! They seem such good fun, though we suspect it will soon end up headless, legless and body-less.
    Oh Sophie, our one Lab. lies on her back too, and we tell her it isn't ladylike, but she takes no notice either. Do you get tummy tickles too?

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  14. Fruit anything is a wonderfully accepted treat here - raspberries are considered high up on the list here but are doled out in small amounts. Our Willow's constitution is a bit wobbly with those in vast quantities. I believe the term is called roaching - both ours do that without a care in the world. I wish I could do that without a care in the world...

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