Friday, February 19, 2021

Transmission complete.

A few weeks ago the fields were fallow and brown. Now they're springing into life and changing colour to emerald green. Our morning reveries interrupted by a black, Munich registered, Mercedes that comes hurtling down the hill.  One of those large ,ugly, bulbous models that can't decide whether it wants to be a coupe or an SUV. It must be going at 150 kilometres an hour. Angus mutters under his breath. My irritated reaction to speeding drivers another sign I'm turning into my father.

On the storm drain Sophie leans into me as we discuss progress on Iran, Nikki Hayley and the impact the cold snap in Texas will have on wheat prices and inflation. Sophie, it must be said, is not really taken with any of todays conversational topics. 

Sophie's pre-breakfast tour of the village takes us along the lane and then round to the old zinc bath for a lengthy drink.

The gardeners are finishing off cutting down the last of the trees by the village pond. All the water edge shrubbery has gone and with it any hope of seeing the moor hens again this year. One of the gardeners tells me there are plans to build a wall along the bank that's just been cleared. If true that would make the village a moor hen free zone.

In the garden the warm weather is brining into bloom all sorts of unexpected things deposited by birds and squirrels.



WFT Nobby said...

Interesting article about 'good' and 'bad' vaccines. One hell of a messaging problem.

Coppa's girl said...

It's a sad thought that one person (your German Billionaire) can be allowed to wreak such havoc on your little village. He doesn't even live amongst you permanently, which makes matters so much worse.
Poor Sophie, the old zinc bath will surely disappear in time, and there will be nowhere for her long refreshing drink.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Oh dear, the pond just looks like an oversized puddle now... is anyone else in the village bothered by this???

Good reads this morning. YAM xx

Sheila said...

Temps in our central part of Texas went down to minus 16C. Considered more than a 'cold snap' by those of us living through it, especially with no electricity (to operate furnace) and thus no heat. Texas citrus crop a total loss. Grocery shelves completely empty. We used to live in New England where weather like this was quite the norm, but Texas is in complete turmoil.

Sheila said...

P.S. Like everyone else I'm distressed to learn of the moorhen's loss of habitat. I seem to recall the old mayor's telling you that they had been there for in two days their refuge is lost.