Monday, July 10, 2017


This morning Sophie, who has made a remarkable and almost complete recovery from her run in with the bees , makes it quite clear that she expects to join her brother on todays pre-breakfast walk.

Angus and 'The Font' are currently recipients of Sophie's guilt inducing ( and carrot generating ) ' How could you let that happen to me ? ' look. 

We walk out of the village and  then back along the lane towards the church. Angus doesn't let Sophie out of his sight. This is called dog owners post trauma neurosis.

A notice appears on the village hall doorway. The rugby club is organizing a lunch next Sunday. Wally, the depressive physiotherapist, is providing his giant paella dish. Angus is surprised to see that lunch ends not with coffee but with a ' girls surprise '. 

The Economist magazines obituary writer always ends with a surprising and usually memorable last sentence :


  1. It's just amazing and wonderful seeing Sophie looking healthy while getting some sun with Bob at home.

    1. She looks a little green at the gills but yes, her recovery is remarkable.

  2. Given Sophie's record of getting herself into all sorts of trouble, I would consider what you call "post trauma neurosis" to be quite understandable and rational concern!
    Cheers, Gail.

  3. She is quite a quick mend is Mlle Sophie. Must have something to do with being a Diva. Thank you for the link to the obituary on that amazing lady.

  4. Hari OM
    Sturdy stock, the Polish... and females of any species... YAM xx

  5. When these kinds of dinners occur in our village, there's a line on the sign advising people to "amener vos couverts"--bring your own dishes and cutlery. It's a smart idea.
    There's a wonderful book about obituaries (seriously!): The Last Word: The New York Times Book of Obituaries and Farewells.

  6. Post trauma neurosis is something we dog owners know only too well !
    Will Sophie have learned her lesson, and not put her nose where it shouldn't go? She should take a leaf out of her brother's book, and approach everything with caution.

  7. Thank you for the link. What an amazing woman she was.

  8. Isn't it amazing how quickly dogs bounce back after an event that would take weeks for a human to recover from.
    Our trauma neurosis is over grass seeds and is still going strong two years later

  9. Sophie looks wonderful. I was stung by a wasp last week and I'm still whining about it. Thank you for the link. What a remarkable woman and yes, the last sentence made me weep. Humans can be so fragile and yet some manage to rise above and become splendid tempered steel.

  10. I'm so relieved Sophie is doing so well. She really has an expressive face 😊.

  11. Beautifully written obit from The Economist. Thank you for the link. I have to think that the writer has been observing not only old-order Frenchmen but more recents across the water: "censorious, hypocritical, male."
    I'm glad Sophie is recovering so quickly.

  12. Goodness gracious me Sophie-Pon, poor girl! I've been absent for 6 days and have just caught up.
    So relieved that she is recovering. Angus and Mme Font, you must be drained.
    Wishing you all the very best.

  13. Whatever you do--don't criticise the paella!

  14. I must confess Sophie does have an excellent guilt inducing look. Very thankful she is doing so well.