Overnight there has been a lightning storm. It brings some much needed rain. Around midnight Sophie decides to wander upstairs to sleep under the dressing room table. As all PONs know it's prudent for even the bravest dog to be near your family amid banshee winds and growling thunder.
As the sun rises we're off along the ridge to the donkey field. Usually, Sophie walks on the tarmac but today is a day for sashaying through the leaves. This makes a very satisfying ( to PON ears ) crunching noise. Where the leaves have blown into piles she flips on her back and squirms with joy. Some piles are pounced on in a burst of tail wagging delight.
Down through the sunflower fields to the stream. Minnows are ineptly fished for. Then back up the hill, into the car and off to the cafe. Today we choose the cafe with the audacious sparrows that flock around the table in hope of croissant crumbs. We're early and are the only people there although the new drive thru baguette window is doing a roaring trade. Today dog and master discuss the early recall of Congress and the Russian move on Belarus. Putin can't allow Belarus to be free so things in Minsk are looking bleak.
A rather attractive fraisier ( oddly ) decorated with raspberries catches my eye.
Another high summer morning where life gently drifts along.
Glad to hear you finally got some rain. We had a straight month and a half of rain in Tokyo - now it's just hot and humid, and this year we don't have all the usual fireworks to keep us entertained. People are back at work here today after last week's traditional summer holiday period, but I don't think much is getting done.
UK GDP was supposed to have fallen 20% during the lockdown. This morning I see Japan has reported a fall of 7.8%. Whether any of these statistics reflects reality is uncertain.
Who doesn't love the sound of paws crunching leaves? We do hope those cheeky sparrows did not beat Sophie to the croissant ends. Gail is worried about the postal voting manoeuvres in the USA but suspects her outlook would be improved by a slice of the raspberry/strawberry gateau.
I can't help but note the pastry scoring has not taken place this morning. Something to do with the 'beached whale' appearance??? YAM xx
Todays croissant is a croissant in name only. Slab of baked dough might be a more precise description. Sophie enjoys it.
Is the Frasier the one in the mid front? It looks tasty.
It is good to be altogether in stormy weather.
Last night CNN showed an aerial shot of the protesting crowds in Minsk. I've never seen anything quite like it, just masses of people. It seems to me that Putin and Lukashenko are going to have their hands full to say the least.
No rain in Texas, of course.
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