6.00 am. Sophie joins me in the kitchen. I could say something about her appearance but don't.
Her big brother looks more 'presentable'.
Over the years we've always had male PONs. Sophie is our first female. The males have , in their own way, been essence of dog. Patient, affable, humorous, great listeners, always ready for a tickle, displaying as much energy as robust teenagers. Sophie by contrast is a law unto herself. Her motto : '' You want me to do what ? ". One very strong willed, fiercely independent and very smart lady. An iconoclast or perhaps more aptly an iconoPON. Both brother and sister, in their very different ways, make us laugh constantly.
After our morning walk there is 'paw' evidence that someone has been digging up bulbs.
The nearby Galeries Lafayette is closing. The local version of Macy's. What will they do with these huge 19th century buildings when they shut ? If they had any sense they'd put a restaurant in on the ground floor and turn the rest into loft apartments. There again loft apartments might come as a shock in this part of deepest deepest France profonde. 40 staff gone here, another 40 there.
The owner of this Chinese hotel saved eight thousand 1000 year old trees and scores of 500 year old buildings and shipped them 500 miles to Shanghai. Remarkable. https://www.aman.com/resorts/amanyangyun/the-story