At last better weather arrives. The skies blue, the breeze gentle. The only residents left in the village are ourselves, The Old Farmer, the Belgian lady , the German billionaires ( plus entourage ) and the parents of the tikes. They are not early risers so our tour of the village is a quiet, solitary affair. The six am radio bulletin has informed its listeners that temperatures in Greece have hit 48 degrees - the hottest ever recorded.
After the recent rain the soil in the sunflower fields has turned into a thick, sticky, gloop. By the time we get down to the valley Sophie's paws are caked in this mud. Nothing that a paddle in the stream and a drink from the waterfall won't take care of. We head home up the tarmac road. It's twice as long but the gradient isn't as steep and there's no mud accumulation to worry about.
Today, the men in dark suits discuss the on-again, off-again, infrastructure bill, the reappearance of the pandemic in China, Judge Kavanaugh and the Federal evictions moratorium and the impact of the virus on the tourism industry. They've been reading the New York Times and have come away with the impression that Europe is in open revolt over mandatory vaccinations. I reassure them that from my perspective everything in 'Yurp' is calm. There were a number of slightly overweight policemen and definitely overweight sapeurs-pompiers at the vaccination centre last week but that was because the Prime Minister had ventured into the hinterlands for a photo opportunity with the country folk. Despite being fully vaccinated the Manhattanites are reconsidering their new routine of Mondays and Fridays at home and mid-week in the office.
Unusual news of the day :https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/924183