Saturday, August 16, 2014

Wonder is involuntary praise.

It's darker in the mornings. That point in the years third quarter where autumn gets ready to show its hand. Not that Bob and Sophie notice or care. For them every morning is a wonderful adventure. This morning there are young deer everywhere, peering out at us from the safety of the sunflower fields. Brother and sister stay on their leads.

Madame Bay comes by to give us some of her home grown cherry tomatoes and update us on the state of the village. The Parisian business man who was found by his wife  'entertaining' his secretary at home has put the house by the church up for sale. Madame Bay says it's in bad shape inside after all the pipes burst in the cold snap two years ago. Rather more sadly the Very Old Farmer has gone into hospital for a cancer operation. Why a man in his 90's should be scheduled for such invasive surgery a mystery. The operation will be sometime on Monday. His son didn't come from Toulouse to take him into the hospital so Monsieur Bay drove him there instead.

In the evening we chat to an Austrian couple on their way to the pilgrims hostel in the valley. They tell us about this


Anonymous said...

I can't say that I have immediately warmed to the structure, but I am sure it affords very nice views.
How sad that the son couldn't make the effort for his father. I was having a conversation yesterday about how many of our old folk appear to be abandoned by their families when seemingly at their most vulnerable and how different our culture seems to be in this respect compared to others.
Having no children and almost fifty, I begin to wonder what my fate might be. On that note, I am off to my yoga class!
Have a great day to all.
Teena & Merlin

WFT Nobby said...

Oh dear, surely it is better to just try to keep the old man comfortable rather than have him go through the trauma and stress of an operation. Near the end of my 92 year old Dad's life a scan revealed that he had a 'mass' in his intestines, but wise counsel prevailed and no surgery or even further invasive investigation was recommended. (Well done NHS!)
Cheers, Gail.

Emm said...

How kind of Monsieur Bay, and best wishes to the Very Old Farmer for . . . if not total healing, then the absence of suffering.

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

Perhaps the Old Farmer made that choice. Sometimes the options are set out and the patient decides. We with him luck.

Love that muddy PON nose. It's slowly getting light earlier here.

Kari said...

Tough decision, the surgery. Perhaps it is being done to relieve pain or because something is obstructed ( a bladder outlet obstruction due to prostate cancer). Very kind of M. Bay. We 'll keep our opinion of the son to ourselves. The old farmers animals, who will care for them? And wasn't he feeding a cat? Sad to come home a have no company at all.

Whispering Walls said...

Sophie looks much bigger than Bob in that photo.

VirginiaC said...

Thank goodness for Monsieur Bay to be there for The Very Old Farmer....I hope the VOF will be okay.
The more I read and learn about the pilgrim's way, the more I'm interested in taking part.....thanks for posting.
Bob always has such wise them.