It's cold and wet. A perfect day for getting paws and low hanging fur covered in mud. Sophie has her annual check-up at the vets in 3 weeks time. I think of telling her there's a major B-A-T-H and a T-R-I-M in her future, but why ruin a girls fun ? We discuss the impeachment trial. The analysis on French radio this morning is that the former Presidents reputation has been severely damaged and that his power over the GOP has ebbed away. Angus wonders quite how they arrive at this conclusion.
The water level in the stream has risen again and pushed the fallen tree trunk over the edge of the waterfall. This discovery turns out to be the highlight of our morning walk. There is a small mudslide when Sophie ventures to the waters edge for a drink. This is met with a theatrical, high speed, reversal back up the bank. Reversals and high speed are mutually exclusive. Angus gets the PONette glare. ' How could you let me face such danger ?'
After breakfast we do a tour of the village. Not another soul to be seen. Quiet at the best of times the village is super quiet on a Sunday morning. Sophie greets the goats, geese, horses and chickens. The donkeys would also be acknowledged but they're down at the bottom of the field. 'The Font' has opted to make Chocolatines for breakfast. This turns out to be a more complex process than imagined. They may be ready by eleven. Sophie's morning routine will be a largely sedentary one - in the kitchen.
On our way back up the hill four jet fighters fly over. France has sold a fleet of Rafales's to India and their base is about a hundred kilometers from here. The pilots do their test flying here - presumably because the population density is low and there will be fewer complaints about noise. In the photo it looks as if they're thousands of feet in the air. In fact they're flying along just above the level of the trees. The noise is incredible. Sophie stands. rooted to the spot, and watches them as they hurtle into the distance. Those late sleeping villagers won't be sleeping in late after all.
The headline caught my eye :https://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/business/agriculture/article248970215.html
Had never thought of this :https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/researchers-propose-humidity-masks-may-lessen-severity-covid-19