Tuesday, February 23, 2021

A sense of accomplishment.

A blustery start to Tuesday morning. Perfect weather for a Polish Lowland Sheepdog to head off across the garden in pursuit of an overly audacious red squirrel. Sophie employs her head back, full throated, hunting technique. This is entertaining but not efficient. The squirrel is long gone by the time she's a hundred yards from it. This does nothing to dampen Sophie's sense of accomplishment.

The strong winds have stripped the mistletoe from the trees. Great swathes of it lying on the lane as we set off on our strat of day tour of the village. We've never seen this before. The mistletoe purge must be down to the unusual wind direction.

Sophie is an independent spirit. She's usually quite happy to lead the way. This morning she's unsure about the mud around the waterfall. Angus is given a quick over the shoulder ' Is this alright ?' look.  I assure her it is.

Back to the kitchen to rejoin 'The Font' who takes a little longer to surface in the morning than Angus or Sophie. After a tickle and an ear chook Sophie cleans out the yogurt pot then settles down for a restorative nap. So begins another day of high excitement in deepest, deepest France profonde.

Will there be an Olympics or won't there?  We get an e-mail from this hotel which may be a sign that reservations are being cancelled  :https://en.palacehoteltokyo.com/restaurant/grand-kitchen/


Lisa in Tokyo said...

Hmmm, yes, the Palace Hotel has the best location in Tokyo, right next to the Imperial Palace. We are also very curious about the Olympics. We entered the domestic ticket lottery two years ago and came away ucky, with tickets to the women's individual gymnastics finals and several track events of great interest to our son the sprinter. Hard to imagine, however, how they can pull it off at this point, particularly as the vaccination schedule keeps getting pushed back. Japan looked very smart to have ordered a large quantity of doses but now we learn they ordered the wrong syringes and one of the European manufacturers won't be able to deliver on the original schedule.

WFT Nobby said...

Bertie's view on hunting. It's the process not the end result that counts!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
... one ponders... is there going to be a year where both the Winter and Summer O's are exercised together? Will the Summer O's then take a two year hit to get back on track (no pun...) YAM xx

rottrover said...

Sophie looks very pleased with herself in that first photo. Good job running off that squirrel!!

Coppa's girl said...

Squirrels are so cunning - they sit on the telephone wires hereabouts and laugh!