Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Darting kestrels.


Sophie starts the day in one of her 'lively' moods.

On our morning walk she has to be harnessed up. The family diva has seen a ginger cat and is keen to give chase. Bob hasn't noticed it.


Off the lead Sophie has a long and muzzle drenching drink from the old zinc bathtub by the village pond.


We sit on the top of the ridge and watch the kestrels dart across the skyline. Sophie has found an apple in the Very Old Farmers orchard. This she jealously guards while taking leisurely bites out of it. She chews noisily to let her brother know that she is in possession of something delectable. As Angus describes the vexed topic of a Palestinian parliament in East Jerusalem, Bob falls asleep. Jared Kushners peace plan will have to wait.


An almost perfect croissant. 9.8/10. The crust ever so slightly burnt but the dough tender and buttery.




Meant to post this last week but still worth listening to. An historical oddity recording the sudden silence at 11am on November 11th 1918.  Aural history. Quite remarkable : https://videos.metro.co.uk/video/met/2018/11/07/5965684548800394248/640x360_MP4_5965684548800394248.mp4

Korean refrigerator onomatopoeia is a truly unusual subject :  http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=40661







13 comments:

Poppy Q said...

Sophie had quite the adventure today - lovely photos of your miss.

We had listened to the guns falling silent at the weekend, gosh the men must have felt relieve to have it all end. No wonder they came home shell shocked from that constant barrage. It is hard for us in our modern lives to fathom and I hope in this lifetime we never have to.

OJN said...

Thank you for sharing that recording ... the birds chirping again after 11 A.M. was like a quiet hymn of thanksgiving

Taste of France said...

It is not every day that practically perfect croissants, Palestinians, apples and onomatopoeia (Korean, no less) turn up in a single, tightly written blog post.
Merci!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
Silence can be so loud. Yay for the rhythm of morning walks and croissants. YAM xx

Unknown said...

I'm glad to have heard that recording, as people had spoken of it. Quite emotional...and hearing the singing of the birds after is amazing. One would have imagined they would have been frightened away by the guns.

Sheila said...

We have a Samsung refrigerator. Their instruction pamphlet contains assurances that one need not be concerned about the peculiar noises it makes on occasion. We've become used to it's burps and clicks.
I suspect that more than Jared's peace plan will have to wait. With the White House in turmoil and everyone busy contending with Trump's bad humour, who knows what will be accomplished.
I notice that Sophie's blanket travels outside with her. Our Lily loves her various blankets, especially this morning as it's minus 5 or so celcius.

Emm said...

I, too, have a Samsung fridge. Glad to know mine isn't the only chatty one.
Hopeful that soon Jarvanka will have much more than international meddling to worry about. Good thoughts for Mr. M.

Unknown said...

That recording is amazing. What soldiers had to endure is so awful. I too was shocked to hear the birds. I thought they would have fled all the noise.

Angus said...

The sound of the birds is quite literally amazing.

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

Recently watched a program about all the young men who died AFTER the armistice.....so sad.

BaileyBobSouthernDog said...

The first picture, of Sophie in the doorway encouraging everyone to join her is endearing. Was there barking involved in her encouragement?

Angus said...

Yes, a lot of 'vocalisation '.

Kittypup said...

Almost burnt = flavour
Burnt = bitter
:-) rating based on experience