Tuesday, August 8, 2017


One of those hot, humid, airless French summer days when nothing stirs. The younger village residents have headed off to the coast with their families while the older ones have closed their shutters against the sun.  A fleet of large white shiny Mercedes cars are parked, baking, under the sun on the road up to the chateau. The German billionaires must have visitors but if the silence is anything to go by they are late risers.

Sophie rouses herself and sets off on a mid-morning tour of the village. A chance to make sure no c-a-t-s have taken up residence. The village tour is followed by a long drink from the old zinc bath that doubles as a water trough. She slurps noisily. Water always tastes better from an old zinc bath. 

Then home and a beeline for the kitchen where it's cool and there's the possibility of roast salmon.

After that time for a long restorative nap .

Sophie's August routine.

This seasonal ditty is playing on on Radio Nostalgie this morning : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hQ1HQh9_JM


  1. Ah, eau de old zinc bath - right up there with the very best champagne - what could taste better?

  2. Hari Om
    Roast salmon??? My word Sophie, every dog should be as fortunate as to have a village to patrol, a zinc-infused water supply and roast salmon... indeed, even a human critter would be fortunate for such! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  3. Roast salmon sounds delicious, but all our cooking happens outdoors when it gets hot. The oven, above all, is off limits.
    I'm surprised Sophie didn't try to get right in the water.

  4. Sophie, this looks to be the best morning ever!

  5. A mid-morning tour in the heat....how adventurous.