Up early for a Zoom call. Unrest in Colombia, Egypts importance in Gaza, America's 1/6 Commission ( or lack of it ) and what will happen to the Tokyo Olympics are the topics of the day. One of the participants, a Hoover Institute type, says America is going through a period of re-inventing itself , root and branch, while Europe and China are stagnating. There may be something to this although what sort of country will emerge - socially, politically and in terms of the economy - is left ( deliberately ?) vague.
The black and white C-A-T that looks like Hannibal Lecter is sitting on the lawn. Sophie rushes out, head back, ears flying. Hannibal Lecter C-A-T goes right. Sophie goes left. The start of day howling lasts for a full five minutes. How the villagers must love us.
This morning we head off for a walk through the communal forest. Now the days are getting warmer the forest is a good place to start the day. Twenty or so minutes through the woodland and we come to the river meadows. Hidden from sight by the trees but cultivated for as long as humans have inhabited these lands. The river meadows are special places. There is a sense of history and continuity to them that transcends war and plagues. These fertile fields can always be counted on.
Sophie charges through the tracks made by the farmers tractor. Canyons of wheat. Finally, she finds a way down to the stream and has a long cold drink. Then she glares at the dragon flies that flit around her. Life for an eight year old PON lady is simply wonderful.
Back at The Rickety Old Farmhouse The Font is preparing a roast chicken for lunch. This is as far as Sophie intends to go for the rest of the day .... or at least until she has some roast chicken.
Is there no end to human ingenuity ? This is quite possible the oddest thing I've seen all year .... and it's been a pretty odd year. Schedule an appointment at a mountain of mannequin parts. You will need to scroll down and read what's on offer :https://mannakin.com/p/drive-through-heist/