Monday, November 22, 2010

Marmalade and Madame Bays petit dejeuner.





Into breakfast to find a turbaned and house coated Madame Bay seated at the head of the table with a large pile of hot buttered toast and a jar of marmalade. Wilf had cannily positioned himself on the floor at her feet and was listening attentively to some lengthy diatribe about Hugo, the husband of Madame Bays long suffering daughter Delfine. It was difficult to piece together exactly what Hugo had done this time other than it alternated between being 'imbecilic ' or 'extremely imbecilic' and had apparently cost a lot of money.

Wilf may be physically slowing down but when it comes to extracting food he's as quick and nimble as ever. Every twenty seconds or so Madame Bay would punctuate her invective by spreading maramalade thickly on a piece of toast, taking a healthy bite, then breaking off a piece for Wilf. In return Wilf would turn his head as if to say " she's a princess that girl, a real princess" or " that man doesn't know how lucky he is " or sometimes simply " Men ! - By the way this toast is delicious, did you make it yourself ? ". Toast and marmalade finished Madame Bay bustled off while Wilf settled down where he was for a little doze. Both in their own way equally happy. Wilf the marmalade eating confidante and conversationalist.

25 comments:

  1. I simply have to come visit. No one ever seems to go hungry at your house! :)

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  2. I'm wondering what Wilf would write about Madame Bay, if he were allowed his own blog.
    Toodle pip!
    Bertie.

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  3. Marvellous post, I can just picture the scene.... !

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  4. Sounds like Mme Bey has become Wilf's honorary grandmama. That's what mama's grandmama did for her when she was little, albeit without the running commentary on an unsatisfactory son-in-law. A very satisfactory relationship for both.

    Jed & Abby

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  5. We always position ourselves around the feet of the 'eating one'. Great reward for very little work! Nothing wrong with Wilf's thinking.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

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  6. How much i would like to be with you Wilfee, to enjoy those moments of hapiness. Many thanks one more time Angus, for sharing with us the story of this sweet boy.
    Cuddles and gazillions of bisous Wilfee.

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  7. Wilf has learned that the art of quietly listening will get you everywhere - that's a hard lesson to learn and most never get it.

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  8. It's a well known fact that dogs are great listeners and make great councelors. And the best part about it is that they can keep a secret--Except our dog Rudi, she really is a blabber-mouth and I don't tell her anything I don't want the other dogs to know about.

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  9. Sometimes a little toast, butter and some lovely marmalard are key when sharing gossip with one's bosom buddy. So glad Wilf knows how to keep a secret. Just like Rudi, our Buzzy McDuff would be off spilling the beans to the little poodle next door within the hour. Dogs.

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  10. food and conversation. yup. Wilf is European.

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  11. What a great looking Wilf this morning - I would tell him all my secrets with his gentle understanding soul...
    Love your writing - L.O.V.E. Susannae

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  12. I love Wilf and Madame Bay's interactions every time. If he's lucky, Hugo will continue to be an idiot for a while!

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  13. I think that Wilf is an excellent confidant. Looking into his eyes from across the Atlantic, I know that I could tell him anything. And, I'd share my toast with him just like Madame Bay!

    We both have colorful house helpers... and mine comes on Wednesdays just like Madame but is showing up on Mon this week (sound familiar?). The problem is that she reads my blog... so I can't write about her. I find that my friends don't even like me writing nice things about them (they prefer not to be mentioned).

    Here's to the confidante and toast-sharer!

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  14. a great appetite is indeed a very great thing
    sending lots of love & many, many woofs
    xo Susan, Winnie Dixon + Sam

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  15. What a lovely morning scene, beautifully captured like a short, short film. Wilf: Mom and Mme Bay share a love for toast and m'm'lade for breakfast! And surely WE wouldn't refuse the offer of some toast either! Good eating Wilf!
    Hugs xoxoxo
    Sammie and Avalon

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  16. Buttered toast and marmalade....yum! ;)

    Blessings and Love,
    Janelle and Maggie Mae

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  17. Something I suspect we all do -- pour our hearts out to our furry family members. With toast and marmalade, even better!

    xx Joan

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  18. I love that last picture of Wilf's big black nose. It looks like he's peering out through my computer to ask if I have a secret -- or some toast -- to share!

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  19. Brillant positioning scheme Wilf! That's exactly what we do on a regular basis around these parts. Especially around the child, he's forever dropping tasty delights!! Keep on going Wilf!

    With love, your pals from wintry Canada,
    Dianna along with Tor, Willow and Tucker

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  20. BOL - Wilf is both smart AND sweet.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

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  21. Oh wow! With all the 4 photos, above, we would give up our treats for Wilf in all those times. Wilf is so so sweet and he's got the most gentle puppy look. Wilf, we got to learn that strategy form you.

    Love,
    Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Pai & Wai-Max

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  22. Thanks for the chuckle & a smile,after a long day this was my bright spot. Wilfie you have good taste, my favorite breakfast, too.
    Love the picture of your nose. Hang in there old buddy!
    Thanks Angus for the picture of words.
    Keeping you all in our prayers.
    Fay & her girls in N.CA.

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  23. I can clearly pictures the scene in my head.

    Actually, I've experienced it with my own two dogs so imaging it isn't all that difficult. They know all they have to do is sit there, listen and look cute and they'll get a bite to eat.

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  24. enjoy your toast, Wilf! and thanks for the good conversation.

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