Wednesday, December 25, 2019

A new and glorious morn .

Christmas Day dawns bright and fair. A faint hint of warmth in the air. The French countryside enveloped in that deep silence that you only get at Christmas. No aircraft, no traffic, just the distant lowing of the cattle at the farm in the valley. Something calming and unchanging about this one special morning. The antidote to fire and fury.

Sophie is given a post walk grooming. She flips onto her back and pretends to be asleep but keeps one eye open in case wise men arrive bearing Jaffa Cakes. She looks as though she's never been near a brush or comb in her life.

Her cold wet nose is truly one of the seven wonders of the canine world.

Even an old Calvinist has to say its difficult to upstage this. Christmas song 22 :

A wonderful Christmas to one and all from everyone at The Rickety Old Farmhouse. And some innocent Christmas Day viewing :


  1. A Very Merry Christmas to all at the ROF. We love Sophie's festive poses.
    Gail (and Bertie).

  2. Merry Christmas to you all. Let the feasting begin.

  3. Merry Christmas to you ANGUS, to the FONT, and to Mlle SOPHIE......who is looking especially fetching and coquettish this morning. Here's to your complete recuperation, to the sweetest memories of the Family Fellow, to continuing health and mobility for SOPHIE, and to the FONT.
    We - your worldwide fans - thank you for all the joy and insight you bring to us, each and every day. It does not go unappreciated! Merry Christmas regards from the west coast of Canada, where it is just a few moments until midnight Christmas Eve.

  4. A very Merry Christmas to all of you. Thanks for entertaining us with your daily adventures from the Rickety Old Farmhouse and surrounding area, we do appreciate them.

  5. And Merry Christmas to everyone at the Rickety Old Farmhouse!

    1. And hoping that the fires remain far away from you .

  6. Merry Christmas, Angus, to you and yours!

  7. Merry Christmas to you all at ROF.
    Just back from a quick dog walk in glorious sunshine - just the weather for Christmas!

  8. Wishing you all a lovely day. Christmas raspberries for that PON tummy.
    Teena, Stuart, Luna Pud, Lala Bear, Lily Twiglet and Little Ted.

  9. Hari OM
    the day, incredibly, has dawned mild and BRIGHT here by the Hutch: the Clyde shines gold, the hills lustrous and the world feels fresh and clean. Long may that continue. Sending Love and blessings, YAM xx

  10. Merry Christmas to everyone at The Rickety Old Farmhouse!