Friday, August 3, 2018
'I am an optimist. It doesn't seem too much use being anything else'.
The Spanish south coast may register Europe's hottest ever day on Saturday. Some forecasters are saying it will reach 49 ( 120 in American money ). Here we're expected to be in the high 30's, possibly nudging 40. Not ideal for long haired dogs. They're allowed out in the morning and then ( barring comfort breaks ) in the evening. The tarmac too hot for sensitive paws. https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-45048914
Thank you for those loyal blog readers who suggested frozen yogurt cubes. An ice cube dropped in a pot an eighth full of yogurt also works wonders.
Angus goes to London to talk to men in dark suits. They choose what turns out to be an unairconditioned restaurant on Jermyn Street for dinner . In the heat this is not ideal. Everyone is getting ready to strap themselves in for an 'exciting' ride through to the November midterms. We chuckle at the words of Winston Churchill - 'I am an optimist. It doesn't seem too much use being anything else '. No one knows what an ostrich jacket is.
An afternoon in the National Gallery with Michigan Godson en route to Ann Arbor.
We agree there's a great book to be written on dogs in art. As we go through the galleries Chinese tourists crowd round us wondering what we're looking at. From the 13th century to the 17th there are a surprising number of canine companions worked into the corner of pictures.
Angus thinks this dog looking upwards is well painted. Michigan thinks the neck is too long and belongs to a giraffe. The dog has a kind face.
Some artists seem never to have seen a dog and are painting what they imagine one might look like. There again they may just be bad at painting dogs.
The flight back is delayed and delayed and delayed. It finally lands at Toulouse at one thirty in the morning. By this stage passengers and cabin crew are all hot and tired and veering towards being uniformly crotchety. Angus spends the night at an airport hotel before being picked up at nine. Sophie is delighted I've returned. She knows she can twist Angus round her paw. 'The Font' is altogether less susceptible to slipping her treats when the family diva tries on her 'orphan dog that's never eaten' routine. Bob celebrates with twenty minutes of mano a mano touch rugby along the full length of the upstairs hall floor. 'The Font' wonders if canine touch rugby should be renamed 'Dogby' or perhaps more correctly ' Noisy Dogby'.
This is a hidden but architecturally stunning new museum in London : https://www.westminster-abbey.org/visit-us/plan-your-visit/the-queens-diamond-jubilee-galleries/