On the six am radio broadcast an announcement by the Interior Ministry that the New Year celebrations have passed 'quietly'. 130,000 police and emergency services were on duty. As a result of their 'vigilance' only 874 cars were set on fire ( a bizarre French tradition ) compared with 1316 last year.
Another abnormally warm start to the day. It got into the low 20's yesterday and the same is forecast for today. More like Spring than deep winter. The sky above us is crisscrossed with contrails as we head out of the gate. Overnight flights from Chicago moving at right angles to early morning departures for Spain. They make a great checkerboard pattern in the sky.
By the River Angus chats away to Mahattanites worried about Ukraine. That flawless innocence of the New Year didn't last long. This year, more so than last, I think that a trip to New York might be on the cards. A fourth jab and the cresting of the current wave might make it possible. For the time being travel plans can wait.
Sophie paddles contentedly in the water by the concrete boat dock.
Heading back to The Rickety Old Farmhouse the PONette finds something edible on the low wall that surrounds the village pond. By the time I catch up with her whatever it was has been swallowed. Sophie exudes happiness.
New Year listening / reading :
That Airdrie accent again :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qP-7GNoDJ5c&list=RDGMEMc6JZQrQ__ROET3gGdz-Trw&index=8
This is -apparently- one of the very best places on the planet for star watching :https://www.kachilodge.com/
How animals make decisions :https://www.pnas.org/content/118/50/e2102157118