Saturday, December 7, 2019
There was a time when the day used to start at 5.55 am with a cold wet nose in my right ear . Now it begins with a penetrating shriek from Sophie. This is her ' I need to go out ! Now !!' way of starting the day.
There is a second comfort break later after Angus has had his first cup of coffee and Sophie has had breakfast.
The second break involves a trip to the storm drain, a parade past the kindergarten crowd ( ear scrunches now obligatory ) and a daily check up on the village horses, geese, chickens, goats and donkeys. Some routines never change. Sophie stands behind Angus when greeting the horses. You can never be too sure with horses.
At least a dozen variety of pears in the greengrocers.
You know that you're in France when there are six varieties of garlic on display.
Christmas music 4 . No festive season would be complete without a trip to the world of German Television. A full orchestra, children, a group of men in tuxedos, a man in a crumpled white suit and Christmas trees. A true saccharine extravaganza. Angus is particularly impressed with the jaunty group of background singers .