We light the first fire of the winter. A strong chill wind blows in from the Bay of Biscay. The sort of frigid weather dogs love, dog owners less so.
The Old Farmer returns from Strasbourg. He's driven overnight. Later today we'll find out how his court case went.
On our morning walk the PONs follow the old Roman road that runs in a straight line across the fields. Twenty minutes walk out. Thirty minutes back. Going out is always undertaken at supercharged pace. Coming back is less frantic. Time to re-examine all those exciting scents that were given a cursory sniff on the way out. At the crossroads Sophie remembers that breakfast is waiting in the kitchen. The speed picks up again - dramatically.
A day for keeping watch at the gate. The angelic duo can sit like this for hours oblivious to the cold.
An afternoon for racing round the garden. The moles are back so there is much digging.
From this weeks Economist. An ordinary man remembered at the end of an extraordinary week. Somehow a charming and inclusive gesture for the magazine to write about real people. http://www.economist.com/news/obituary/21678737-c-dric-mauduit-management-consultant-and-civil-servant-was-one-129-people-killed