It's not raining this morning. Perhaps we shall see some ( or all ) of the workmen return to finish off the pool ?
It is a law of nature that the moorhens will appear and frolic unconcernedly on the water lilly leaves when I don't have the i-Phone with me. When I do have it they quickly scurry into the safety of the iris plants that line the pond. Eagle eyed readers may just about make out mother and three tiny chicks paddling towards safety.
Down by the river a group of boat owners getting their craft ready for summer. Kayaks also make a seasonal appearance. Sophie carefully monitors all these goings on. The boat owners tend to be gentlemen of a certain age who are so engrossed in what they're doing that they ignore her. Sophie is not keen on being ignored. She yelps to make sure they know she's there.
And more on talking dogs :https://theconversation.com/talking-dogs-really-159075
Then this :https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/05/from-apes-to-birds-there-are-65-animal-species-that-laugh/