Sunday starts off bright but chill. Every half an hour or so a squall storms down from the mountains and subjects us to short, sharp downpours. Then, after a minute or two, the sun comes out again. On our morning walk we find that a fourth reindeer has joined the other three on the village green. I have a feeling that by the time Christmas is here the herd will have continued to grow . The deputy mayor has retired and is taking a course on traditional French village crafts. He was responsible for the outbreak of scarecrows during the summer. Log reindeers are his latest thing.
The overnight rain has caused the stream to double ( triple ? ) in size. The gentle murmur of the waterfall replaced by an angry grumble as the water rushes over the rocks. Sophie approaches the water and then looks back at me with that unmistakable ' Is this alright ?' look on her face. She gingerly edges down to the stream, takes two quick gulps, and then reverses slowly back up. I congratulate her on her prudence.
'The Font' usually is keen on all things Swedish. This might be a tad too adventurous ... or cold :https://arcticbath.se/
Off to Costa Rica for Christmas Carol '10. Coming from the Franz Liszt School I expected something different but this is certainly a tribute to the patience of all primary school teachers and the irrepressible enthusiasm of their charges. :https://youtu.be/Xe9CDsRUDWs?t=259