Friday, August 11, 2017

Enthusiasm undimmed.

5:51 am. Bob comes to wake me up and tell me its rained overnight. A cold wet nose is positioned in my ear. Satisfied I'm awake he retreats from the ( strictly out of bounds ) bedroom and settles down on a rug in the hallway. His tail thwack-thwack-thwacks against the floor tiles. This morning, for no apparent reason, he also emits an almost inaudible high pitched whistle. When I venture out of the door he stands up, does his soft shoe shuffle, trips over his legs and falls over with excitement. All our dogs have been happy dogs but Bob is something special. Can't be all bad to be four and a half years old and start each day in the sure and certain knowledge that it's going to be the best day ever. Enthusiasm undimmed.

After a high speed tour of the garden in search of c-a-t-s or s-q-u-i-r-r-e-l-s there's time for a brief pause in the days excitement. Sophie glares at the collared doves who have the audacity to treat the garden as if they own it.

On Sunday we are going to a restaurant that serves lampreys. They are a specialty of the region and 'The Font' is keen to try them. Angus will have the trout. These locals catch them in the river :


  1. Who knew fishing for lampreys could be such good fun!

    1. Copious amounts of alcohol seem to help.

    2. That was my observation from the video. the recipe calls for many bottles of both white and red wine. Hmmm. That sounds good :-).

  2. Hari OM
    Henry the 1st might now agree that trout would be a good option... tail waggles from me to Bob!!! YAM xx

  3. I'm going to follow Bobs attitude on life, "Each day is the best day ever"" A wise Soul❤️

  4. Trout for me too - the muddy water in the saucepans looks revolting. However, I look forward to hearing 'The Font's' opinion.
    Just add sausages and croissant slivers to the chase for c-a-t-s and s-q-u-i-r-r-e-l-s and this surely is the best day of best days ever !

  5. my sophistication is not up to par.
    half fish half blood sucking snake-like parasites boiled alive? ewww... sorry.
    I'm with angus and his trout!
    I love the way bob is your alarm clock. he's just a very dear little guy!

  6. No question that there is something exceptional about Bob. His heart is very big.

  7. Wow, and I thought cooking lobster was a bit dicey. The Font seems to have an exceptional level of culinary courageousness.