For the last three mornings the stars have been quite remarkable. Orions Belt shining away in the clear air overhead, Mars glowing red in the southern sky, Venus like a spotlight to the west. Last year at this time of the morning there would have been aircraft lights everywhere . Today, not a one. It will be some time before Airbus in Toulouse gets back to its busy test flight schedule.
Angus has just finished reading a book describing the events surrounding Lincolns second inauguration. A day famous for the Vice President drinking three large whiskies on an empty stomach and subsequently finding it difficult to repeat his oath of office. Just after the Presidents swearing in the clouds parted, the torrential rain stopped and Venus came shining through. I'd not have though it possible for a planet to be seen in the early afternoon but folks commented on it at the time. Even then they thought it was an augury. http://www.mrlincolnswhitehouse.org/washington/other-government-buildings/government-buildings-second-inaugural/
After a cup of coffee and a bowl of water the sun is up and Angus and Sophie head off for their walk round the village. From time to time Sophie stops to make sure I'm not falling behind.
The sunflowers will be harvested later today.
So starts yet another morning in a quiet French village with a Polish Lowland Sheepdog lady. The children waiting at the war memorial for their bus are all told by the driver that they have to wear their masks before they're allowed on board. The tikes and their elder sister continue to ignore one another.