Sophie has been on one of her midnight ' walk abouts '. This morning she's found asleep under a table at the far end of the upstairs hallway. As Angus emerges she trots briskly towards him for a start of day cuddle. Greet a dog in the morning like your long lost best friend and they'll be happy all day. For some reason rooted deep in canine psychology Sophie likes to sleep under tables.
We delay our departure until two horses come trotting slowly down the lane and pass the near gate. Sophie is content to follow them but prudently keeps close to Angus in case the horses should try any 'unpleasantness' . The horses seem unaware of her presence which is just fine as far as the family diva is concerned. One of the abiding memories of this pandemic will be the silence. Between the curfew and the closure of schools and non-essential businesses the volume of traffic ( which was already light ) has fallen to almost nothing. Yesterday a solitary plane flew over, heading north towards Paris. I stood in the garden and watched its contrails disappear into the distance. In a pandemic you take your excitement where you can find it.
The horses go one way at the 'Y' junction. We go the other. By the stream Sophie's managed to get a good thirty yards ahead. She pauses, looks over her shoulder, and makes it quite clear that she's been waiting for me . My companion does not hide her impatience well.
The field of orchids looking rather the worse for wear. Was it the overnight cold snap ? Or could it be the fact we haven't had a drop of rain in more than a month ? The field of orchids is one of the unnoticed wonders of our little corner of paradise. A spot known only to dog owners and old farmers.
Another of those new hotels that's opened and then closed. There is something rather magical about being on the sode of the Thames despite the proximity to London :https://www.mitrehamptoncourt.com/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=local
Can you get any more Scottish than this ?:https://killiehuntly.scot/stay-in-the-farmhouse
And I thought Lego was for pre-schoolers :https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-monday-edition-1.5971290/lego-enthusiast-explains-why-the-black-market-for-the-toy-bricks-is-so-lucrative-1.5974493