This morning Sophie comes into the office and presents me with a dead vole. When I try to take it away from her she swallows it. Her satisfaction at this turn of events is obvious.
Three horses wander over to the side of the field in the pre-dawn light. Bob has been sniffing something malodorous in the drainage ditch and nearly jumps out of his skin when he sees them looming over him. Sophie stands behind my legs ready to intervene if she has to.
The political posters gone from the municipal notice board - replaced by adverts for summer fetes in neighbouring villages. Village fetes always involve a petanque competition and a dinner. The menus are of the steak and chips / veal chop and chips / lamb and chips variety. There is without fail a 'Grand Bal Disco ' after the dinner with music supplied by a local DJ. 'The Fever of Saturday Night' run by Wally the depressive physiotherapist has had a monopoly position but now ( possibly because he hasn't changed his repertoire of songs since 2014 ) he faces competition from two newcomers. The newcomers are gentleman in their mid-50's who smile and demonstrate a zest for life that is alien to Wally's rather more disinterested stage persona. They also have rotating glitter balls that provide an alluring hint of Studio 54 and big city life.
Changing world : http://www.visualcapitalist.com/animated-map-worlds-populous-cities-2100/