Boy is it cold. The sky is bright but the air has that shimmering refractive quality that tells you it's way below freezing. The PONs are supercharged. The frigid temperatures triggering deep DNA memories of herding sheep in Bydgocsz. Sophie finds a half eaten vole in a drainage ditch - presumably discarded by an absent minded owl. For her it's already shaping up to be the best day ever.
The couple with their special needs son push him slowly along the lane. Bob and Sophie are uncharacteristically calm with the boy. They sniff his wheelchair and Sophie licks his hand. Being excellent judges of character both treat him as a fellow friend in gladness. The PONs have 'issues' with some people, others they display an amazing gentleness with, others they reserve judgement on and maintain an aloof distance. The parents are delighted that the boy can meet two shaggy dogs. Maybe it's a sign of age but I'm left in awe by the simplicity of their devotion .
Back in Scotland it's also bright but even colder. 'The Font' goes to the little cafe on the corner with steamed up windows ( much frequented by tourists as the place where Kate and William met ) for coffee and the free WiFi. The carpets come from Sweden. Delivered by four affable young Vikings who efficiently shift furniture, unroll rugs , tidy up and take away the packaging. ' The Font' has decided to decorate the house in a Swedish style and let it out to an American university for post graduates with young children. Children are usually a red rag to a bull when it comes to letting but why shouldn't the parents enjoy a touch of comfort and style ? Angus is less sure of the practicalities ( and economics ) of this but knows better than to argue.
At sunset the view from the front door is bright and sunny. Shortly after sunset the heavy, heavy snow arrives : https://www.scotsman.com/news/do-not-travel-warns-minister-scotland-on-verge-of-risk-to-life-warning-upgrade-1-4697611
'The Font' is due back tomorrow but is under strict instructions not to drive to the airport if the weather is as bad as its forecast to be. Never schedule travel in February - there will be 'surprises'.