Last Sunday morning the little market square was full of tables occupied by tourists and late running clubbers. This Sunday morning its table less and deserted apart from the Haagen-Dazs shop which is serving large bowls of ice cream to fathers with young children. This is the universal " OK! You can have a breakfast ice cream as long as you promise to be quiet for ten minutes and don't tell your mother ". Bribery - the universal male parenting technique.
We were supposed to be in Stratford on Avon to go to the RSC this week and in DC for the night of the US Presidential election. Both trips are cancelled. Such are the priorities in a house with an ill 'diva'. A young lady from the Park Hyatt phones back to wish ' your dog a speedy recovery' . This is either kind or peculiar. We opt for kind.
Bob and Angus go to the afternoon rugby match. One out of shape group of farmers saunter up the pitch. Shortly after another group of out of shape farmers saunter down the pitch. The young Sapeur Pompier wanders over and asks after the family and learns about Sophie. '' That's a bummer '' he says. Bob gets a scratch on his head.
Outside The Rickety Old Farmhouse a small metal cage has been set up facing the front door. We hope this will be a suitable spot for Sophie to settle and keep tracks on what is going on. Let's hope an opening for surgery appears before a week on Tuesday. She is quite oblivious to her damaged leg and would charge after rabbits given half a chance. We are quite aware that the character of this particular dog will make the quest for 'immobility' difficult.