The winter solstice behind us Sophie is ready for longer days and more time outdoors.
Bob is put on his lead. Yesterday he lost his footing on the frosty grass and slipped,nose first,into the small pond. Of all the places in the world Bob could possibly drink from the pond by the horse field is his absolute favourite.
After her walk Sophie slumps into deep sleep on the upstairs hallway floor. She keeps her back turned on the 'remarkable Christmas tree and its 600 flashing lights. It can't be a threat if you can't see it.
An unexciting display at the bakers. We pick up some quiches for tonights first gathering of the villagers at The Rickety Old Farmhouse. The PONs get some pastry which is enthusiastically received.
The hardware store has a seasonal special on food blenders.
We check out the local restaurants lunch menu. Pigs ear and snail starters give it an unmistakeably French flavour.
Italian television is very keen on broadcasts like this. Non -Italians might find a number of things interesting not least the near universal use of mobile phones. Why bother seeing the Pope when you can catch him on camera ? The security men seem remarkably relaxed about aggressive 'snappers'. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMh7x8d0usE&t=13s