The shelf stackers are having a pre-opening cigarette break outside the supermarket. These days the supermarket opens at six and closes at midnight. In the hours in between this small army beaver away refilling the storage areas and unloading deliveries . Despite the early hour they say hello to Sophie by name.
By six am we're outside the university where Sophie is greeted , effusively, by the cleaning ladies waiting for their bus home. Many of the cleaning ladies are Polish which means the Polish Lowland Sheepdog is spoken to in her native language. It goes without saying Angus is ignored.
The fishing boats have headed off early this morning. Sophie finds a puddle of marine engine anti-freeze . She is 'encouraged' along.
By the end of our hour's walk the sun is up and the sky blue. I'd have thought it impossible but there are even more vans parked outside the university buildings this morning. I catch sight of one that's come all the way from East Kilbride. The hourly rates must be good and the problem severe to get people to drive from the other side of the country.
Sophie opts for a restorative moment or two of contemplative battery recharging under the acer in the garden. This is her 'I'm invisible so don't even think of bothering me' spot.