Another stunning start of day up here on the ridge. Shirt sleeve weather at the start of January. Go figure .
Sophie and Angus share a croissant in the back of the dog car then have a thirty minute walk round the shopping centre. The Mallards outside the electrical retailers are chased - noisily but inefficiently. To be Covid safe we go to the bakers 'Drive thru' window. The youngsters there are wearing masks - but below their noses. They maintain a cheerful and constant conversation with each other while dealing with our order. The Omicron variant has now arrived in France profonde - a daily total of 220,000 cases nation wide - and there's no doubting that a lot of folks are working from home as per government regulations. The bakers car park 95% empty.
On our way home a pack of six super lean Beagles appear out of nowhere and hurtle towards us . I brake and they disappear into the distance behind the car. I've never seen dogs leap like these Beagles. They must skip a good three feet of the ground as they charge across the fields. This is quite something for a Beagle that's probably half that height at best. Each Beagle has a green collar with three bells on it. They jingle like a herd of Reindeer. I'm guessing a local farmer has a pack of them to keep the foxes at bay. Sophie makes it quite plain that she would like to be out with the Beagles.
The family diva frequently scores her curly croissant ends with a 12/10. I'd give this video a 15/10 :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ea7PMbxxNKY