Wednesday, September 28, 2016

When innocence trembles, it condemns the judge.


Bob is out at the front gate at first light looking for his sister. He's frustrated that we don't seem to understand she's gone missing.

On the others side of the lane the presence of the veritable Ford Transit motor home would indicate that the Old Farmer and the Belgian lady have returned from their trip to Belarus. 


The gardeners show up at 7:30 to lay the turf. This activity absorbs Bobs attention for all of five minutes. After that he's back into his Mr.Glum mood. The three morose lads are blind to his attempts to have them Throw the Furry Fox. Bob is not impressed.


Long walks and chats with the donkeys, horses and cows relieve some of the anxiety.


We await the return of the family diva. The surgeon phoned in the afternoon to say the op was over and she was sound asleep in the recovery room. The Font has just this very minute headed off in the Volvo to pick her up.The night staff have asked that we be there 'early'.

Yesterday, when Sophie saw the surgeon she turned on her back, waved her front paws in the air and squealed with delight. Another adoring fan. I fear that she won't be so calm the next time we take her in. Innocence lost is the way of the world although I'd have preferred this little dog to have kept her belief in the goodness of strangers just a little longer.

Those little things too unimportant to be written in a diary but too much part of life to go completely unrecorded. 



23 comments:

  1. A great relief to have her home. I imagine Bob on guard, nose pressed against her pen today. Hope all is calm and well.

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    1. He'd better not have his nose too close !

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  2. Hope the Diva's recovery goes smoothly and quietly. Bob will be so relieved to see her. One big family again. May the Diva be strong!

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    1. A missing part of his flock and Bobs worried herder hormones kick in.

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  3. Oh what a relief it will be for all - especially Bob - to have the family diva home. We trust she will be returned with a plentiful supply of medication...

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    1. What sort of day is it if you can't be growled at by your sister ?

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  4. So glad the op went well. Sounds like everyone will be very happy to have her home again.

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  5. How lucky Sophie is to have such a caring brother, he'll be keeping watch over her once she's home.
    What miseries those morose gardener's lads are - no time for even a few games of Throw the Furry Fox - but then time is of the essence, and they must get the diva's lawn laid, so that she can begin her recuperation.

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    1. How interesting to see Bob out of synh without his sister. Somehow, this morning, he already knows that she's on the way home.

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  6. You will be relieved to have her home. We're all awaiting the next report with hope - a successful outcome to the surgery and a compliant patient.

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    1. The compliant patient part I already know the answer to !

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  7. Now comes the long, recuperation. Good luck.

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    1. At the hospital this morning the surgeon used the word 'feisty ' to describe her.

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  8. I am reminded of the cartoon where one dog is in the car, enthusiastically bragging to a dog on the sidewalk, "I'm going to get tutored!"
    There is something about this blog that I like so much, and reading the New York Times article about "A Prairie Home Companion" made me realize that this blog is a South of France version of that radio show. You should consider this a high compliment. When I was living in the bush in Africa in the '80s, I had my mother record "A Prairie Home Companion" on cassette tapes that she mailed to me. I listened to them on my little battery-powered cassette player until I knew every episode by heart.

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  9. So happy to hear the operation was a success! It's very stressful to have a fur kid in the hospital.

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  10. Angus, I am sure you are very preoccupied, but please feel free, if you get a minute, to update us. We are all worried with you

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    1. Will post from the i-Pad where she can see me.

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  11. Prayers were answered.
    Please would love updates when you have a few minutes.
    Give Sophie a pet and a hug for me.

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