Monday, May 11, 2015

The gentle scent.

Hot. Up into the 30's. For non-metric readers that's 90 degrees plus. The PON's doze, chase pigeons and then doze some more. The morning trip to the cafe under the arcades now undertaken at seven when the air is still cool. 

Bob is keen to take his squeaky toy with him to the afternoon rugby match. I explain that this may not project a suitably 'rugby playing' image. He settles for a carrot from the chiller compartment of the fridge. 

The roses this year growing rampant. After five years of investment there's now more than a hundred of them. On a still evening the gentle scent wafts into the house. Roses and Ceanothus seem to love the thick clay soil that The Rickety Old Farmhouse is built on. Everything else seems to wither. This makes the choice of what to plant straightforward.

Sophie , for some reason best known only to her, avoids the sun by sleeping under the car. Bob comes indoors.

And so another lazy almost summer day comes to an end in deepest, deepest France profonde.

At the end of the VE Day service at Westminster Abbey the bells are 'fired' . Instead of peeling they all strike at the same time. A procedure that is more complex than it sounds due to the length of ropes and the duration of the chime. The sound quite remarkable - not least for the fact that this is the first time I've ever heard it. 'Firing' is presumably only used for very special occasions.


  1. Oh, the scent of roses. My absolute favourite. I wish I could smell them from here.
    I am wondering what would be the perfect rugby match accessory for a PON.
    Cheers, Gail.

  2. Duke and Petite-Chose at 2GMay 11, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    Bob's idea of the perfect PON rugby match accessory would surely be a whole hotdog for himself, and his sister's would be two whole hotdogs all to herself!
    Sophie is sleeping under the car so that she can try creeping up on that cat next time it pees in the woodshed...she's sure she'll catch it one day!

  3. Roses love heat to be sure. Send some heat our way. We are down to the negatives despite the last couple of weeks of high heat in the mid to high 20's. Carrots are the favorite choice of treat around here too!

  4. Your wisteria seems to love the het as well!

  5. Coppa's girlMay 11, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    Mmmm the scent of roses on the evening air - what could be more perfect .......

  6. One hundred rose bushes! A dream! A friend of mine had a series of small, round patios each of different stone. He planted collections of various roses around each of them. He and his life partner loved to sit among the roses and it seemed, with his knowledgeable planting, they always had a patio in bloom.
    How do the PON's tolerate such terrible temperatures with their thick coats?