Sunday, January 23, 2022



The sort of winter weather that could have come straight out of a Disney fairy tale. Blue skies, carpets of white frost and a Cecil B DeMille sunrise. Sophie is born for weather like this - which explains why she ( and her human companion ) can be found out and about at six thirty on a Sunday morning.

Yesterday, a large bus deposited sixty or so pensioners in the village. The inhabitants of an old folks home in Toulouse. They had a picnic on the village green and spent the afternoon wandering backwards and forwards along the lane. All of them were kitted out in identical bright red windcheaters - a practical touch in case any decided to wander off. Sophie , standing on her hind legs at the gate, greeted each and every passer by 'enthusiastically'. The visitors were just as happy to stand and say hello to her. This is the third or fourth time we've seen a group like this arrive in the village. Town dwellers keen to get out into the fresh air and enjoy simple pleasures after a long spell in lockdown. The fact the village hall has easily accessible public lavatories may also be a factor in why we're becoming a venue for day trippers.

This morning something rustling in the frost attracts my companions attention. Everything stops while this is explored.

Further up the hill an enticing scent gets the full 360 turn treatment.

Finally, a small pile of leaves at the road side has to be carefully studied. This is a job that cannot be hurried.

So starts a quiet Sunday with a Polish Lowland Sheepdog  in deepest, deepest France profonde .

Remarkable :


WFT Nobby said...

Thanks for the lovely early morning photos. And for the link to the article about the atmospheric waves. Stunning and fascinating (and not only to retired geophysicists, I suspect!)
Cheers, Gail.

Coppa's girl said...

Yes, those really are lovely photos Angus.
Raining, cold and very miserable today so I hope that your blue skies and sunshine are on their way here. Days like this remind me why we left the UK in search of warmer winter weather, but far this has been the coldest I can remember and even sunny days hold no real warmth
No walk for us yet, so Inca is envious of Sophie's explorations!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
The morning did indeed look pristine and a heaven for a sniffing princess! I too appreciated the article. We have so much still to learn about our own home... YAM xx

Travel said...

If she wants to come along, I am headed out for a walk in a few minutes

Fay said...

Particularly lovely is the photo with the sun rising, the moon setting, and the contrail. 21.4 degrees F (-4.4 C) this morning at 5:30 AM in SE USA. Our dogs were quick on their first outing.

Diaday said...

I loved early morning walks with my dogs, such a peaceful way to start the day.

rottrover said...

You're right, Gail!!

rottrover said...

I love that the 'old folks' get out to wonder around your village and enjoy the fresh air! Does Sophie use the stump seat?

Angus said...

Strangely Sophie has never used the stump seat.