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 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANmgEFa5QvU