The weather continues to be unseasonably cold and wet. Is this climate change or just an oddly inclement year ? This is not a question that would interest Sophie. Every day, wet, cold, hot or dry is the backdrop to great adventures. This morning we have to shelter under a tree amid a sudden and unexpected downpour. Sophie discovers a leaf from which the water drips in a steady, regular way . She positions herself so that the drips fall on her nose. She can wipe the drops away with a satisfying roll of her tongue. Drip, nose lick, drip, nose lick, drip...... This goes on for some time and would still be going on were it not for the fact she is 'encouraged' home. All PON girls know to take their excitement where they can find it.
The flags still up on the war memorial. The rain and wind has plastered them across the stonework which gives them an air of studied informality. They have been up now for 25 days. Will they make it to 30 ?
Sophie follows me round the house. Not so much to enjoy my company but to indicate she is ever so slightly miffed that we don't have a day of activities planned. Angus is waiting for some wine to be delivered and is staying at home for the courier to show up. ' Your cartons will be delivered between 8.00 and 10.00 am '. It goes without saying that there is no sign of the delivery driver in the allotted time slot. There is a universal law . The more the shipper texts the less likely he is to show up.
While Angus unpacks and records the wine Sophie heads off with 'The Font ' to the departmental capital to go shopping for shoes. Angus thinks this is very 'brave'. Sophie has a definite ' Isn't life fun ?' spring in her step. There may be shoe shop mayhem ahead.
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