Wednesday, December 29, 2021


Overnight a large herd of wild boar have gathered down by the stream. They've churned up the mud with their tusks.  This makes climbing back up the muddy slope difficult. Sophie doesn't notice. She is completely immersed in the smells they've left behind. Mud and smells. Life is wonderful ?

Back in the village the hunters are having an end of year gathering. Fifty or so men in day glo orange suits are congregating under the portico at the back of the village hall. None of them are wearing masks. They clearly believe that standing close together while laughing uproariously and drinking a start of day glass of floc is a zero risk activity.

Into the little market town. The Buche de Noel haven't sold. I take pity on the bakers wife and buy a second. The one we had for Christmas proved to be remarkably light. This one is beginning, I think, to show its age.

The wet winter weather has given Sophie the look of a very worldy wise PONette. The muzzle and the paws hint at the close interest she paid to the wild boar smells in the mud by the stream.

You've got to love a song that has the punch line ' Ring Ding Diddly Eye Oh ' ... and sung with what Scots will recognize as an Airdrie accent :


Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Ah Nathan, the TikTok postie made good!!! The Buche de Noel needs putting out of its misery... YAM xx

WFT Nobby said...

The Buche de Noel is indeed looking a little sorry for itself.
My father would have recognised the Airdrie accent, having been a frequent visitor to the Boots factory in the town through the 1960s and 70s (including an 8 month stint there as factory manager, trying to sort out sectarian 'issues' involving the unions).
Do give Sophie and ear scritch.
Cheers, Gail.

Lisa in France said...

I think it is very kind that you rescued the poor languishing Buche de Noel. And I enjoyed the song, although I will confess I had to look up Airdrie.

Coppa's girl said...

Wild boar scents and mud - what heaven! Sophie looks like a hopeful little pup in the kitchen photo.
The Buche de Noel does indeed look forlorn - how kind of you to rescue it before it expires! No doubt 'The Font' (probably very wisely) will just take a mouthful, and you will have to eat the rest, Angus. Pity it's chocolate, or Sophie could have helped you! Inca would, of course, volunteer her services too, but as she's denied any remotely Christmassy food with nuts or chocolate, she sends her apologies!

Travel said...

Fun video. Enjoy the Buche.

Fay said...

A tired buche de Noel is better than anything available commercially here! Enjoy!