Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Archaeologists.

Another 500,000 cases reported overnight. France now the second country to reach that daily level. The pandemic means we continue to live in a world of small horizons. Shaggy dog and early rising owner can be found out and about as the sun rises. This early in the morning the sky is still shrouded in mist and the grass coated in a layer of frost. By the time we've made it to the cows field the sun has burnt off the mist and the frost. For the first time in 2022 the sun is warm on my face. We've already spoken to some serious folks in Delhi. Angus suggests they read this brief note on Ukraine by the Wilson Center:  https://www.wilsoncenter.org/blog-post/russian-escalation-against-ukraine-has-broader-goals-may-appear


From the Roman Road we can look up and see the mound where the first legionaries  in the region set up camp. Today the fort they built is covered in trees and two millennia of weathering has rounded its contours and smoothed its slopes . This doesn't stop intrepid urbanites from venturing out at weekends in search of treasure. Very occasionally , like once every five years, a lucky metal detector operator will find a coin or a piece of pottery. 


Roll on Spring. Warmer weather will bring with it a major trim of the family divas coat . A saunter through the mud to the waterfall makes a matted coat a mud caked coat. Sophie is very comfortable with this look.


Even more plane tree seeds have fallen overnight. They line the lane and cling to the family divas paws. A good ten minutes has to be spent removing them and some, if not all, of the mud.


Played on radio NRJ as we head off in the car for breakfast croissants. This could only be a French song :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3QS83ubhHE



7 comments:

WFT Nobby said...

Thanks for the link to the interesting article about the Russia/Ukraine situation.
Here, the ludicrous notion that Boris Johnson needs to stay in post because his defenestration would give succour to Putin, is once again being advanced by the beleaguered UK PM's supporters...

Angus said...

I heard Jacob Rees-Mogg on the radio this morning. A sure way of starting the morning off in a bad mood. Chamberlain was voted out and Churchill voted in the day France was invaded. You'd think that Tory MP's , of all people, might know about the precedents of changing PM's.

Coppa's girl said...

That first photo is atmospheric. Inca is of the opinion that if it's very cold first thing, a little mud may help keep Sophie's paws warm!

Lisa in Tokyo said...

Sophie knows that, however muddy her coat, her nose remains a thing of wonder. I also thank you for the article on the Russia/Ukraine situation. It was interesting to see Japan included in the list of countries that may hope for a new world order. I think that may be a dream of former Prime Minster Abe, but it's hard to imagine Japan pushing back very hard against America given the current state of things in China and North Korea (Especially with Rahm Emanuel as the new Ambassador to Japan - such an interesting choice.)

Travel said...

That is a lot of seeds to get tangled in the beauty of the diva. Stay safe, stay well

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Another interesting read... and then there was the article! One would think that India is definitely in that 'maybe a dozen' countries, though not actually mentioned in the list given; as it celebrates Republic Day, my heart aches for a mata Bharata that has become so at odds with itself but with the potential to be a significant player in the world.
Hooroo from a (yet again) fogged-out, wet and windy Dunoon! YAM xx

Diaday said...

Your world of small horizons is so beautiful and Sophie's daily adventures always bring a smile. Many thanks for sharing your days in deepest France profonde.