Saturday, June 13, 2020
Three year olds will be enthralled.
The hens have escaped from the neighbours hen coop. As we set off on our morning walk they are strutting up and down the lane as if they own the place. Sophie takes a few moments to understand the enormity of the situation before throwing her head back and letting out the PON howl. She heads off after the chickens. They make a beeline for The Old Farmers wood shed. This is where Angus catches up with her. The hens have enough sense to fly up onto the top of the wood pile and safety. Sophie is 'encouraged' along.
Today is one of those perfect days. Clear skies and despite the early hour some warmth in the sunshine.
The French President is coming to the UK on June 18th to meet Prince Charles and award London the Legion d'honneur on the 80th anniversary of De Gaulles war time rallying cry. The fact the French President is meeting the heir to the throne speaks , silently, of change.
On our way for the breakfast croissants we pass a small circus that has set up on a neighbouring village green.
It is a small circus. No lions or tigers here. The attractions are a llama, a shaggy goat and a Shetland Pony. There are also two circus dogs. One is lying watching the llama. He looks at me without moving. His tail wags. This tells me that he is THE circus dog . ' I herds the llama and guards the goat ' the clear but unspoken message. The other dog is ferreting in a ditch. Her message is equally clear - ' Some folks would say what I've just found is inedible. I just proved them wrong '. Sophie wonders over to see both of them but being circus dogs they take her presence in their stride. In the marquee all the chairs are spaced a metre apart. There are forty four of them. This may well be one of the most charming things I've ever seen. What's not to like about a socially distanced circus with a llama, a shaggy goat , a pony and two dogs ? The innocent other worldliness of it is pure delight. Three year olds will be enthralled.
So starts a Saturday morning in deepest, deepest France profonde.
American history : https://www.hakaimagazine.com/news/la-belles-mysterious-bones/
You can't get away from plastics : https://www.wired.com/story/plastic-rain-is-the-new-acid-rain/
The L.A.Schools Police - I first thought this was a spoof : https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-schools-weapons-20140917-story.html