Saturday, December 10, 2016

Lesson #5 of dog ownership : If you don't clear something away the dogs will find it.

The gardeners arrive to finish off what they were supposed to have finished yesterday. To show them who's boss Bob christens the new lavender plants they've brought. He also christens the tyres on their flat bed truck.

Loic , the heavily bifocaled leaf blower, blows leaves into piles. Bob follows along behind pouncing in the piles and sending the leaves flying. Loic remains oblivious to the chaos unfolding behind him.

Sophie makes it quite clear that she should be with her brother and doesn't need to be house bound for another six weeks.

Off with Bob to the little market town. He trots along happily. Drooly but happy.
We buy some Olivet - a bit like cinder coated Camembert.
The cheese monger asks me what the English for cindre is.
"Ash ".
'Like the drug' he says.
"No, that's hash" I reply.
The other shoppers wait while he practises saying ash and hash.
Bob gets a little Poivre d'Ane which he likes.

Home to unload the car and then head out along the ridge while Sophie and 'The Font' have breakfast. Every morning Angus sits on the cover of the storm drain, the male PON beside him. Every morning Bob is told this is his country and has his ears scratched. This morning is no different.

Down at the little waterfall he stares at the minnows and does his best at fishing.  He finally gives up and has a long drink.

Back at The Rickety Old Farmhouse the gardeners have left a bucket on the terrace. Bob finds some water in the bottom and drains it. Old water in a bucket is always tastier than fresh water in a bowl. Lesson #5 of dog ownership : If you don't clear something away the dogs will find it.

Those happy routines too unimportant for a diary but too important not to be completely forgotten.


Coppa's girl said...

Sounds as though things are almost back to normal at ROF. Thank goodness for that, but I'd beware letting Bob drink from anything other than his normal water bowl - just in case....
I wonder, how do you choose which cheese to buy? Totally confusing with such a wonderful selection, I know I'd need to keep a note - perhaps start on the left and work through to the right?

Heda said...

So pleased that all sounds as well or even better than expected. Sophie has had two strong repairs and is recovering slowly but surely under watchful eyes and is happily minus a collar or two. Loved the pic of her lying on her back. As for Bob, I feel a sense of relief about him because of the not negative specialist report combined with the news he is just his normal, delightful self despite a bit of facial paralysis. He's been in my thoughts for the last several days. Thank you for sharing their progress.

WFT Nobby said...

The cheesemonger's English vocabulary hints at an interesting hinterland!
There's something so reassuring in your report of everyday pleasures with Bob, drool or no drool.

Anonymous said...

Good to see Bob enjoying his routine and sampling the cheese. Clearly he is still top of his game. Dash good to see. Mlle Sophie seems to be progressing as only a Diva could do. Have a great weekend and fingers crossed for good results for Mr Bob.

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

Perhaps one can find Hash-covered Camembert in Colorado now.

Taste of France said...

I spy Maroilles. Probably can smell it all the way over here.
I'm sure Sophie is eager to catch up on her share of cheese and croissant samples.

Kari said...

How heavenly to have access to cheese that doesn't come in a plastic shrink wrap. The stream water issue has been on my mind since a poster mentioned it yesterday. There are still known pollutants/ contaminants being used against regulations In agricultural settings. Coppa's girl's suggestion of using a bowl sounds like a good idea.
Is there a taste of cheese for Sophie when you get home?

Swan said...


Swan said...

I'm sure you know to treasure these moments.

rottrover said...

Love Sophie's swirling hairdo this morning!

Emm said...

So happy that things are getting back to normal at the ROF.
All those cheeses! I'd be there for days, just trying to decide.
What are the green leaves atop the rounds of Quercy? Wondering if it's seasonal decoration or something integral to the cheese itself.

Angus said...

Will ask about the leaves next week and report back.

BaileyBobSouthernDog said...

I love to watch leaf pouncing dogs! It makes me want to do the same thing.

Jake of Florida said...

Sounds like a delicious day... for all concerned. Oh those cheeses!!!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Reading your posts in between patients or waiting in traffic has become the best way to pass time these days. I was anxious to read about Bob's trip to the specialist, and was disappointed, as I know you were that the MRI could not be done. You and 'the Font' are truly an example of dedicated dog-owners, and there is no doubt that they are both in the best of hands both at home and from those you're trusting with their care.