Friday, May 1, 2020

What's a neck gaiter ?

A hearty good morning from Sophie. Sophie has taken to the car ramp. She runs up and down it as though it's the most natural thing in the world for a girl to do. Angus is delighted. Not having to lift her up reduces the incidence of 'twinges'. Being a diva Sophie views the ramp as some form of catwalk. Can a dog 'preen' ?

May 1st. A national holiday. The first of three this month. What you do on a national holiday in lockdown is anyones guess.  Everything bar the bakers - shops, restaurants, museums - closed.

We go for the breakfast croissants and then detour into the valley for a trip to the waterfall.

A long noisy drink, an attempt to fish - ineptly - for minnows, and a lengthy glare at an overly friendly dragonfly are the highlights of this mornings excursion. We briefly discuss Gretchen Whitmers plans for a lockdown extension but Sophie has breakfast on her mind . 

So starts a new month in a super quiet corner of deepest, deepest France profonde.

London in lockdown.This is beautiful :

Where Europeans live. We live in a deeply unfashionable part of France with a population density as low as most of Denmark or the more densely populated parts of Sweden. Being somewhere deeply unfashionable can be a positive at times like this :

This is sooo kool...

Ordered this from Harmonia Mundi in Paris. The CD arrives within 24 hours. A composer we'd never heard of and relaxing music to have playing in the background.

This is the first time I'd ever seen the term 'neck gaiter' . At $85 for 3 someones making money:


  1. She does look very happy, prancing away from the ramp! I recall watching the Blue Angels fly down the Hudson River for the Bicentennial trailing red, white and blue smoke, and reading about the flyover this week had me cycling through sadness and envy. The video helps.

    With regard to the neck gaiter, if it is what I think it is, my very stylish son is using something like this in lieu of a mask. He just pulls it up over his nose. If this MAGA version would work the same way, perhaps the VP might be persuaded to wear one the next time he goes on a hospital visit. Who knows, even Trump might wear one, as no one could properly suggest this is "politically correct," which seems to be his main concern about masks.

  2. Bertie say of course Sophie deserves her own catwalk!
    The London in lockdown video is stunning.
    But I too have often felt grateful to live in a part of the country with relatively low population density. Even in the city, Aberdeen does not feel crowded, and social distancing in our parks and gardens is no problem. But the Europe map is fascinating. I would not have guessed that so much of Spain is so thinly populated (although I do remember being told on visiting Barcelona that it contained the district with the highest population density in Europe).
    Will listen to the music later. Thanks for such a great set of links today!
    Cheers, Gail.

  3. The music is lovely indeed, and thank you for the intro to André Campra. What does it say that Angus chooses a funeral mass for background music? (My personal favorite is the requiem by Gabriel Fauré, as well as his Cantique de Jean Racine, which I once sang in a sing-along in New York...a magical experience.)
    The London video is a great argument for switching to bikes instead of cars. Now that we all have discovered the beauty of birdsong.

  4. Hari OM
    Mlle Sophie has clearly taken on seriously the fact that she is now the sole ruler of the ROF and its surrounding domain! Angus' picks today are as eclectic as ever... YAM xx

  5. The music is soothing, the Blue Angels clip is KOOL, and the only thing I would want with that oompa loompas face on, is toilet paper.

  6. Very cool! We are in the Trenton NJ area so when they did their flyover in support of healthcare workers we got to see them zoom over us twice. Two formations of 6, and an escort jet. Growing up near Atlantic City, we saw the jets often, so it's not a big deal. Having been home for weeks, getting up from my desk to go stand on the lawn and watch was positively thrilling!

  7. I love the video of London. I would commute as early as timetables would allow most mornings, in order to appreciate the peace of London at that time.

  8. You'd have to have a long neck for anyone to be able to see the message on those gaiters. Love those quiet early time of the day.

  9. Bailey Bob Southern DogMay 1, 2020 at 10:08 PM

    Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds flying over Atlanta Georgia, and down 85 freeway tomorrow at 1:35 pm. I think I will be able to see them from my house!