A wondrous sunrise this morning. Compensation for having to get up at five forty five to walk an enthusiastic sheepdog. We sit on the foreshore and take a call from the super bright Los Angeleans. It's unlikely we'll be having conversations like this when the wind is blowing a force 10 gale but today the sea is as calm as a millpond. The Los Angeleans ask if I'm going to London for the Queens funeral. Angus quietly wonders if they have any idea of how crowded London is going to be with 200 heads of state flying in .
Sophie waits, with some approximation of patience, until I finish. Today we've talked about the Swedish election, how Russia will respond to its humiliation, the US mid-terms after Roe v Wade and the Armenian/Azerbaijani war. My canine companion is much more interested in a cormorant that sits, insolently, on a small rock that juts out of the water.
Off this morning in the black Volvo to the little fishing town for some strawberries. The shiny black paint on the new car is now covered in a thick layer of mud from the unmade farm track. Black was not the most practical of choices for the deep countryside. Somehow, the little shop on the High Street manages to source wonderful dressed crab and strawberries that are full of sunshine. The fishermen haven't returned to harbour yet so there's no dressed crab but the farmer has just delivered a dozen punnets of fresh berries.
A near disaster at a neighbouring croissant selling cafe.
There is a puppy asleep ( as only puppies can sleep ) in the corridor that leads from the street to the cafe. The chances of Sophie leaving a sleeping puppy alone are less than zero. Her 'meet and greet' skills can be effusive. We beat a hasty retreat before there are earth rending squeals of delight.
Back at home Sophie gets some of 'The Fonts' porridge. A reward for not pouncing on a sleeping puppy. There is also honey. After that there's a chance to hurtle across the fields in pursuit of a flock of geese. Can there be any better start to a day ?
Could there be some logic in choosing 3 1/2 star restaurants ? :https://twitter.com/fwong/status/1569736492247044103