Monday, December 6, 2021


Bright when we set off on our first walk of the morning. A pleasant change after the rain of the last week. Down by the stream ( swollen after yesterdays downpour ) the sky starts to cloud over. Sophie sees something on the river bank which she stares at. Resolving this standoff with something invisible takes longer than might be expected. PONettes cannot be rushed.

By the time we make it to the bakers in the shopping centre it's clouding over and decidedly nippy.

Grey and nippy are climatic conditions that are the PONettes element. Sane individuals are indoors in the warmth. This is not an option with Sophie who is intent on chasing the long suffering - but completely safe - mallards .

Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. Here in deepest France profonde Tamarind can be added to the list. Quite what local demographic is so keen on Tamarind is  a mystery but there are boxes of it on the 'exotic' fruit counter and another mountain of it where, until recently, the Halloween altar used to stand.


Advent song #9 a classic, or to be more precise, an absolute classic -


Lisa in France said...

Beautiful photos of Sophie today. That second shot of her fixating on something only she can see reminds me of Cherry, who we lost a year ago tomorrow. PON girls are soulful creatures. Interesting that tamarind has appeared in your store. It is very popular with Filipino and Indian friends of ours, although we have not really succeeded in developing a taste for it. According to Wikipedia, tamarind can be used both in traditional medicine and as a metal polish - a very versatile fruit!

Angus said...

Can it be a year since Cherry ran on ahead ? That much abused line ' time flies' seems to get truer with each passing year ! 2021 hasn't so much flown by as rocketed along .

WFT Nobby said...

Bertie, like Sophie, cannot be rushed and does not understand why he should be.
Goose pimples from the off on listening to this morning's perfect rendition of perhaps the loveliest of Christmas carols. A profound delight. Bleak midwinter eased a little in Aberdeen yesterday - for once no ice, gales, sleet, snow, hail, rain or fog. So an agreeable bike ride, with the Aberdeenshire landscape gently glowing in the low December sunlight (although one had to keep half an eye on the storm debris still strew across the quiet backroads).

Coppa's girl said...

The photos of Sophie are delightful - we hope the curly croissant ends were up to standard.
All our dogs had the habit of stopping and staring into the distance as we walked out of our main gate. Inca too has adopted the same habit, and it's taken me a long time to realise that it's a large rock at the side of the road - from a distance it looks almost like a dog sitting there. It isn't always visible - just when the verge trimmers come along and cut down the tall grasses.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Tamarind could be considered an exotic alternative to that other once exotic fruit, the date. It makes wonderful sauces and chutnies too... lots of recipes online. You can even see vids of 'how to eat' - which is odd, give that as with any fruit it's a case of peel and taste! YAM xx

Travel said...

Is she herding the ducks? Can ducks be herded?