When a girl's really happy she doesn't walk, she flies !
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
It's a beautiful start to the day. Sophie is keen to get out to inspect the village and its inhabitants . As we pass the doocot Doreen and her Jack Russell friends rush out of their respective front gates to greet us. Sophie resolutely ignores these five yapping dervishes. The five yapping dervishes just as quickly ignore Sophie and return to their respective homes to await the next passer-by. Peace descends on the village. Tomorrow at the same time and in the same place this scene will be re-enacted.
Freedom will find a way of expressing itself :https://twitter.com/nathanlawkc/status/1596842009364500481?s=20&t=q3XO94ZgpN7z02e6uIFqaQ
Monday, November 28, 2022
A blustery but mild start to the day. Sophie stands in the courtyard and waits impatiently for Angus to join her. A new week of adventure and excitement beckons. There may be Jaffa Cakes.
Very 1980's. This is the only Joan Armatrading song I remember :https://youtu.be/CEIZv1FzLhM
Animals you've never heard of :https://twitter.com/fasc1nate/status/1596227460781473792
A different perspective :https://twitter.com/TerribleMaps/status/1596596051297075201
Sunday, November 27, 2022
This morning we stop and watch a flock of small birds drinking from the bog at the side of the farm track. Sophie discovers that if she leaps from the track into the bog she can make a very satisfying 'splosh' noise. To add to the fun the birds fly off. This bog leaping / bird scaring routine is repeated more frequently than one might imagine. Sophie is firmly of the opinion that a girl should take her fun where and when she can find it. If fun includes making a noise and getting muddy so much the better.
This is an interesting insight into a rapidly changing part of the world :https://mattlakeman.org/2022/11/22/notes-on-saudi-arabia/
Saturday, November 26, 2022
Christmas coming up. This year we shall send a cheque to help the Ukrainian students stranded at the university. Most of the boys have gone back to fight and sadly some won't return to finish their studies. 'The Font' receives this e-mailed tweet which spurs us into doing something :https://mobile.twitter.com/DefenceU/status/1595849732177502210
Friday, November 25, 2022
Out here on the coast this week has seen an uptick in the tempo of tradesmens visits. The plumber comes and promises faithfully to have a firm plan of action by close of business today. 'It's been two months since you said you'd get it fixed ' I tell him. " Don't you worry Angus. I'm on it now " comes the reply. The electrician fits new garden lights, the gas man mends the boiler and the carpet layer measures the staircase and orders the new carpet. At this rate the wee cottage might be close to habitable by Christmas. 'The Font' thinks this enthusiasm on the part of the local artisans may reflect pre-Christmas present buying cash flow 'issues'.
Thursday, November 24, 2022
Thanksgiving tips. Substituting baby food for butter ? :https://www.npr.org/2022/11/22/1137466569/inflation-thanksgiving-recipes-substitutions
This dog toy is the cause of a major lawsuit :https://mydogtoy.com/p/Silly-Squeaker-Liquor-Bottle-Bad-Spaniels - See more here : https://www.cnbc.com/2022/11/22/supreme-court-to-hear-jack-daniels-trademark-case-against-dog-toy-company.html
Wednesday, November 23, 2022
A new day. New choices. Walk through the puddle or go around it ? The PONette pauses, weighs up the relative merits of her options and then heads straight for the middle. Every diva knows that the only way to live life is full speed ahead. Let the fearful go through life with dry paws - the brave will be wet .. and muddy.
Tuesday, November 22, 2022
I've walked by this house many times. English medieval meets California. Now there's a chance to see the inside :https://www.sothebysrealty.com/eng/sales/detail/180-l-1190-f9nhhe/1969-california-st-pacific-heights-san-francisco-ca-94109
Monday, November 21, 2022
Sunday, November 20, 2022
Drier this morning and much less windy. Sophie returns from her start of day 'comfort break ' looking only partially shaggy.
At the cafe a gaggle of half a dozen students are standing on the pavement. They talk to Sophie. The girl students tickle her ears and call her 'Sweetie'. The male students are somewhat more reserved. Once again Angus is reminded that wherever you go in the world and whoever you meet the topic of conversation always swings round to what's truly important in life --- dogs. Sophie accepts the tickles with diva like equanimity but is disappointed in the lack of Jaffa Cakes. This disappointment is partially offset by the barista providing her with a sliver of shortbread.
Lot 4 looks like a modern sculpture so does lot 44 :https://www.lyonandturnbull.com/auction/details/717-form-through-time/?au=9311