The family princess is up and in the back of the car in record time today. Her high activity levels can be linked to the arrival of the cleaning lady and the appearance of the Hoover. Sophie like all PONs seems to view the vacuum cleaner as a devilish device to be avoided at all costs. Must be something to do with the pitch of the motor. The cleaning lady informs me that we are due a bout of ' exceptionally warm weather'.
This morning Angus and Sophie drive down to the cafe by the motorway pay station. The croissant is a straight out of the oven 9.5/10. Sophie also gets given two tiny pieces of flaky pastry. She takes these from the hand of the girl behind the counter with gentle finesse.
On our way back to the car we make a detour to study the menu on the Indian fast food store that's opened up in the tin shack by the tyre repair shop. Angus wonders aloud how many Indian Naans would have beef fillings. A man changing a tyre on a little Renault looks up to see who this strange foreigner is talking to. Both Angus and Sophie are of an age where they're not bothered what people think of their morning chats.
Frequent visitors to the blog will notice that Sophie has had the hair round her eyes trimmed. She's also had some of the excess fur taken out of her muzzle. The new svelte look makes her temperament much more equable. This new calmness does not extend to the post lady who still receives a ferocious 'welcome'.
This study of the decline in disease was interesting : https://rootsofprogress.org/draining-the-swamp
And this newly restored masterpiece is very beautiful : https://visit.gent.be/en/see-do/ghent-altarpiece-supreme-divine-art#lg=1&slide=1