A strong wind from the mountains blows away all night. This means that the black and white C-A-T and its friends opt to sleep in the shelter of the downstairs terrace. At some point in the wee hours Sophie becomes aware of their presence. Was it their smell or did she hear them ? There is a 'howling'. Angus is dispatched to deal with the situation.
A start of day trip to the bakers for something to finish off Sunday lunch. We opt for a simple Lemon Meringue pie. A chocolate and coffee cake is dismissed as being too heavy. Some thought is given to the bakers new line in blue Tahiti Vanilla eclairs but blue is too off putting at this time in the morning.
Sophie ambles off for a gentle drink from the stream.
Followed by a brisk 'stretch those titanium joints' walk along the valley floor.
On our way home the radio informs us that this years pear harvest will be 30% below the levels seen last year. A wet and cold spell at spring germination time is said to be the cause. There is also a segment about electric cars . Seems that the taxman is waking up to the fact that the loss of fuel duty is going to create a huge hole in the governments budget plans. Other taxes will have to rise. Every 1 million people who switch to electric cars costs the taxman E5.2 billion in lost revenues.