Thursday, March 14, 2013

Dickensian splendour.





Up early to find that it's snowing . From the bedroom window a view of Dickensian splendour. Church, well, war memorial all shrouded in white. That strange silence only heavy snowfall brings. Nature muffled.

Nine o'clock. The elusive builders arrive to remove an old septic tank that they'd stored in the barn. It's  been there for fourteen months. What has spurred them into action on this cold snowy morning a mystery. Angus expresses both delight and surprise at their arrival . They look back at him blankly . That international '' what's he going on about ? " look that tradesmen reserve for welcoming clients. 

The gate repair man shows up in his white van at ten. He's brought his wife and six year old son with him. They sit in the cab,  engine running,  while he examines the broken panel. '' Too cold to fix it this morning mate. I'll come back when it's warmer ". A cynic might wonder why he bothered coming out in the first place. A morning in the countryside with the family ?

Today is the day for a trip into Toulouse to buy a puppy pen and netting to block off the gaps between the bannisters.

18 comments:

  1. Soon, the tradesmen will be turning up just to view Bob and Sophie. Then going home again.
    Cheers, Gail.
    PS Am reviewing my packing list for my forthcoming Easter cycling tour in France.

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  2. is someone missing Bob and Sophie already?

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  3. The snow is beautiful...if inconvenient. Hope the pups are warm.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

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  4. Love the snowy photos, but LOOOOVVVVED the photos of Spohie and Bob even more.
    What is it with the French repair folks? Do they charge more for coming out in snowy conditions? Both the gate repair guy and the builders come out in snow, but not when it's warmer? Things that really make you go hhmmmm......
    Have a safe trip to Toulouse and back, and make sure you buy two extra photo frames for photos of Bob and Sophie, or maybe it should be Sophie and Bob...whichever we shall soon see.

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  5. The tradesmen in your area take the cake! Happy puppy shopping!

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  6. Congratulations on Bob and Sophie - they are beautiful. The snow fall is gorgeous too, just as long as it doesn't hang around!

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  7. I'm not sure which pictures I enjoy more, the snowy ones, or those precious puppy faces!

    I hope your puppy shopping trip to Toulouse is an enjoyable one because I have a feeling that a puppy pen and netting won't be the only two purchases made today!

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  8. I see the snow I sent your way has arrived! Just beautiful! Love the views!

    You little pups are just adorable. Looking forward to all the fun when they arrive at the Rickety Old Farmhouse! Adventures ahead for sure!

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  9. oh angus.
    that's all.
    just oh angus.
    xo

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  10. Which one is Bob and which is Sophie? I'm guessing the darker of the two is Bob? (not sure why???).

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    1. You are quite right. Bob is Black and White. Sophie has some taupe and grey in her coat.

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  11. It is always best, when shopping for puppy accessories to be prepared to buy far more than planned. That is what happens here. The look in Bob's eyes in the last photo is heart melting.

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  12. I wonder what I have to write to get a reply by Ongoose... Happy shopping for the puppies... Love and Laughter from Southern Italy Susanne, Daisy, Foxiie and Kiriliiiliii

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    1. Just find a time when he's not dealing with local builders !

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  13. You are giving me a serious case of puppy fever.
    I just want to bury my face in that fur.
    Alas, two big furry dogs is all we can handle at the moment.
    One for each of us to walk.
    And both are envious of your wonderful snow!

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  14. It's beautiful, the snow, but we dodged a bullet in Charente, which we're happy about as we have a barn roof that might not take the weight, I'm afraid. Bob and Sophie are coming home soon, and what a day that will be!

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  15. That's a beautiful picture of the snow from your window. Would be better in December than March but hey ho, spring is nigh! Love those furry sweet faces!

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