Friday, December 2, 2016

The Christmas tableau.

Nature is being kind to us. Another sunny morning. Who would believe we're into December ?

Trumpet of Death mushrooms in the greengrocers. We pass them by. Further along the aisles fresh oranges from Spain. I guess they're fresh as they still have the leaves attached.

To the hardware store for some grease for the garden gate. The Christmas tableau at the checkout is of the Psycho House of Horrors variety. You know it's a Christmas tableau because someone has attached a gold and silver bow to a petrol powered leaf blower. The mannequin is not the sort of thing you'd want to meet on a dark night. 

On our Way home we pass a group of farmers at the side of the road. Two or three times a week a group of them gather and head off slowly, line abreast, down the motorway towing trailers full of old tyres and fresh cow dung. At the turn off for the airport they stop, unload their cargo, set fire to the tyres and spread the ordure across the motorway. We think it's something to do with milk subsidies... or the lack of them.The French travelling public seems to take this disruption in their stride.

Sophie continues to make great progress. She gets taken on lots of little walks - front door to the front gate to look at the school bus - to build up her strength. The marvellous two handled harness means that her rear end is always supported so that there's no weight on the recovering leg. The best part of her day, apart from meal times, is watching the play schoolers head off. Nothing like a chorus of '' Bonjour Sophie " to perk a girl up.

Bob, as can be seen from his chin, remains drooly but happy.

So starts another Friday in deepest, deepest France profonde.


Pamela Terry and Edward said...

So happy she's doing so well.
That X-ray is impressive!

Coppa's girl said...

Good to know that Sophie is making great progress, and that Bob is happy, in spite of the drooling. Perhaps that will go once he's had his first few games of savage my sister.
The view on the first photo is beautiful Angus, thank you for showing us. In an uncertain world, it calms the spirit.

WFT Nobby said...

Great news that Sophie is doing so well.
I love the mushroom display - are they found locally?
Cheers, Gail.

Taste of France said...

The hardware display made me spit out my coffee from laughing.
Isn't it funny how southern France turns green in winter and brown in summer?
If you ever see orange "lactaire" mushrooms (also called "roussillous"), buy them! They are delicious. The season is just a few weeks in the fall.

Heda said...

How sweet that the pre-schoolers greet Sophie each morning.

Kari said...

I'm so happy for Sophie! Excellent and reassuring news. It's been a long process. She has inner strength, certainly. . Once Bob sees her well again , hopefully things will improve for him.
Gorgeous oranges! Visions of homemade marmalade are dancing in my head.

Swan said...

Is that hardware store in France or the Southern United States? Scary. It's lovely to see how animal lovers all over the world are rooting for Bob and Sophie❤️

BaileyBobSouthernDog said...

The weather does look wonderful. Just the thing for Bob & Sophie to bask in!

Anonymous said...

Glad to read about Sophie's continued recovery! The leaf-blower display reminds me of a "Fargo" meets "Night of the Living Dead"/zombies tableau! Good stuff you post:) God bless.

Emm said...

That hardware store mannequin looks a bit, er, intense. Scary!
So glad Sophie is doing well.

Unknown said...

If only Sophie could hear the chorus of "Bonjour, Sophie!" that goes up around the world, she would be much cheered. And dear Bob, happiness unhampered by a bit of drooling. As for the Christmas tableau, it looks positively sinister. The bow only adds another eerie touch.

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

Glad that mannequin isn't holding a chainsaw!

Liz Van Buren said...

YAAAAAYYY! Such good news today, Angus. So happy!