A dog owners morning routine. Bob has his harness put on and is told to go outside. He opts for lying in the doorway so that cold air can sweep through the house. Sophie flips on her back for a quick nap on the gravel in the courtyard.
There is a brief but intense moment of panic while both PONs look for Furry Fox. Non-dog owners won't understand the relief that sweeps through the cosmos when the angelic duo and Furry Fox are reunited.
Finally, we're all in our allotted places in the car. This morning the greengrocer has Jicamas from Mexico. We look at them but haven't got the faintest idea whether they're savoury or sweet or neither.
Longanes from Vietnam also make an appearance. The label says that they're related to lychees.
The delicatessen has a foreign cheese week. There is one British cheese - Old Leicester. Red Leicester I'd heard of but Old Leicester is a surprise. It proves to be dry and unappetizing. In this case it really is old Leicester. Now we know where British cheese goes to die. Bob and Sophie think it's delicious.
Back at The Rickety Old Farmhouse the not quite two metres artificial Christmas tree with 600 integral lights continues to glow away like Coney Island at Thanksgiving. It doesn't just glow. The Shenzen Christmas Tree Factory #5 has programmed it so that it periodically performs a light show. It switches itself off, then 50 lights at a time it comes back to life. When all 600 lights are on they flash orgiastically . '' Goodness '' says ' The Font' when observing this for the first time. Sophie is of the view that the artificial Christmas tree is related to the vacuum cleaner. She believes both of them to be Spawns of the Devil ! Best left well alone. Bob has discovered the seasonal joy of biffing the decorations with his nose.
St.Cecilias Day coming up. Here's a group of Swedish children with lots of naked lights. Being Swedish they are quite unimpressed by the singers black nail varnish : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wIRw0m0xrk
Good to see Jack the Dog centre stage : https://twitter.com/SMcDonaldFCO/status/938454561181896704