Sunday, July 31, 2016

It'll soon shake your windows.


Thunder growls around in the small hours. Hail pounds against the windows. Bob and Sophie sleep through it all. By the time they set off on their morning walk the sky is cloudless, the earth is drying out and the growing heat is pointing to it being a barnstormer of a day.


We wander down the lane stopping as we go to look at the horses, the donkeys, and the cows in the fields by the stream. Each of them is examined- carefully and with an element of surprise - for fifteen seconds. Then, as if satisfied that these strange creatures present no threat, the PONs hurry on. This ' stop and stare' routine is followed every morning so there must be some canine logic to it.


Sophie has been bumping into things. The thick fringe of hair over her eyes is trimmed so she can see. This has left her with a long at the sides hair style that will hopefully 'grow out'.


Bob also benefits from a haircut but manages to emerge from the experience looking exactly the same as he always does.


The mountains on the far side of the plain are shrouded in heat haze. PONs and owner sit on the drainage ditch and look towards where they should be. Bob and Angus chat. Sophie hunts for lizards. The passing builder and the young 'garagiste' wave.


The local newspaper informs us that we've got important visitors in the neighbourhood. It's certainly the place to come to if you want a quiet vacation.


And here's some Sunday morning music. Performed fifty years ago, it's as relevant today :




11 comments:

  1. Sophie has a classic bob. But it seems to look more medieval monkish than 1930's starlet. If the bottom of her ears are trimmed a little, tapered in towards her face as Bob's are, rather that cut bluntly straight across it will be a more flattering style.:-)

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    1. That is exactly what I said . Sophie has a bob!

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  2. Kate and William! My, my! But I doubt they'll be shopping at the greengrocer or standing in line for foie gras macarons at the patissier.

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    1. They may stop in with the Mayor for a glass of champagne, though...

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    2. With Kate, you never know. She may have heard all about the foie gras macaroons at the patisserie, and be keen to try them.

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    3. Or give her Royal nod to the most beautiful village!

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  3. Nice pose there from Bob and Sophie.
    Will Kate and William bring their ice cream loving spaniel Lupo on holiday, I wonder?

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  4. Something in the PON herding instinct must trigger Bob and Sophie's stop and stare behaviour.
    A visit from Lupo! Wouldn't that be delightful.

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  5. Better still if "The Royals" drop in at ROF for a glass or two of champers. Sophie and Bob will be delighted to teach Lupo how to bark at passing threats....

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  6. Scotties also 'stop and stare' all the time.

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  7. I would be stopping and staring at the sunflowers!

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