Saturday, January 15, 2022


The village Christmas decorations are still in place.  Angus suggests to the village odd job man that he could run a betting syndicate on when they'll be taken down. This is meant in jest but the village odd job man observes ' That's a good idea M'Ongoose. A really good idea'.  Lesson #101 of living abroad. Foreigners, unless they're completely fluent, should never attempt humour in another language.

The hoar frost has covered the trees on the lane by the village pond. At this time in the morning it looks like flowering cherry blossom. I don't think I've ever seen them like this.

The adolescent moorhens are coping with this cold spell just fine. One of them seems unperturbed by our presence and paddles happily away as if oblivious to the fact there's a PONette watching it.

We head home via the old ruined windmill. I can't help but feel Sophie is enjoying this winter weather. Something in her DNA has been triggered. Can dogs smile ?

What d'ya know ? :

Just now this is playing this on the kitchen radio - which makes me smile. The sound of a different, more innocent (?) age :


Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
Of course dogs can smile - however could Angus question it??? Those trees are something else... YAM xx

Lisa in France said...

Sophie certainly seems to be smiling! The trees are amazing - they really do look like cherry trees just coming into bloom. The article was also very interesting. I've always been skeptical of the view that early humans threw their scraps to the wolves only in hopes that the wolves would protect them from other predators - it seems such a human thing to try and communicate across the species barrier.

Coppa's girl said...

The fearless moorhen has obviously heard about Sophie's hunting skills!
The frosty trees are quite spectacular, but the Christmas decorations are beginning to look a little care-worn. Perhaps Santa's outfit will be changed for shorts and T shirt when the weather gets warmer?
Yes, I'm sure dogs can smile too - a friend has a Savoyard who smiles continually - he looks such a happy chap. Inca smiles, particularly in the presence of food!

Travel said...

One very sweet and happy lady, and such a pretty place, those trees! Make me smile along with her.

Stephanie said...

The frosty trees are quite beautiful and so is Sophie's dear face.