The PONs head out of the front door. Today is a day for howling. Yesterday was a pretty good day but today is going to be a hundred times better. Bob throws his head back and starts which is the cue for his sister to join in. The famous ululating PON howl. How the villagers must love us.
Both PONs have now had their second summer buzz cut.
There was a retired farmer on the island where Angus was brought up. A tall, gentle, cultivated man who knew the tides and could read the sky. An expert on Scotlands ancient vitrified hill forts. Mysterious structures made from granite blocks that had been melted and turned to glass ( in a process long lost and today technologically impossible ). After his wife died his daily routine changed. He would visit the pub for a wee dram or two then walk the clifftops accompanied by his trusty black Labrador. Whatever the weather he and the dog would sit and stare out to sea oblivious to everything bar each others alongside warmth. The old man spoke with that soft whispering island accent bordering on the Icelandic. He told an eight year old Angus to never forget that dogs have ears ' that can hear the flowers sing as they open '. The knowledge of the Gael. Sophie is the sort of dog that lives in that magical place. She'll sit for hours, lost in her own world, following invisible things in the sky and listening to sounds no human ear could ever hope to capture. She revels in natures greenness. Bob by contrast is not prone to reflection. He guards 24/7 or 6/7 when adjusted for naps, walks, tickles and meals. Brother and sister but such different characters
The Judas tree on the village green now out in full bloom.
At the market the colourfully dressed gentleman from Togo wonders if I'd be interested in a turquoise hat . '' It suit you very much Mister ! " he says before adding " Make you look younger !! ". Angus ignores the inference and promises to think about it. Sophie wonders if it might be edible.
Point #5 is intriguing but I don't think I've ever seen, let alone been in, a Cracker Barrel Old Country Store : http://cookpolitical.com/story/10201