Thursday, December 16, 2010

Joining Peary .





It's bitterly cold with the thermometer showing minus six. Deep winter in this most temperate part of the world. Wilf followed me across the fields and down to the river, the grass frozen hard with the thick frost. Eagles, kestrels and the occasional languid heron our only companions. Under the blue winter sky the verges of the fields still thick with rose hips, sloes and berries. Maybe it's the ice underfoot or maybe it's the fresh scents the cold throws up but our old family fellow was as lively as a puppy. He zigzagged backwards and forwards along the valley floor, nose down, ears trailing along the ground, oblivious to the chill. Every so often he'd roll on his back, squirming contentedly in some choice scent. No need to hurry him back. Sometimes a thick woolly coat is a blessing.

Into town for the morning croissants and our 'Bonjour Wilfee' routine at the cafe in the square. The locals at the bar dressed as though they were going to join Peary on an expedition to the arctic. The peroxide waitress wearing the ' Bon Noel' apron with the flashing lights over her duffle coat. The show must go on.

Home to hang the last decorations on the tree. Then half an hour of touch rugby, meerkat hunting , and rug surfing. Wilf charging along the full length of the hallway, his aches and pains forgotten in the thrill of surfing. He finally turned over and fell asleep in the middle of the floor. He's still there - snoring gently. Time enough to recharge his batteries before 'the font' returns. A good day. No - a very good day.

31 comments:

  1. A wonderful day with your dear furry. I do love your tree... ours will be up.. hopefully tomorrow when the boy is back :) are we late or very late? hehe

    Good day to you Angus!

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  2. Once again I'm glad to read you before I go to sleep. You give me good dreams!

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  3. What a wonderful way to starts the day- lovely news- pleased you had a good wlk and Wilf is his own bouncy self..have a great day today

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  4. I'm thinking that your locals might want tips from Gail on how to look stylish in the cold...(tee hee)...
    Sweet dreams Wilfee.
    Toodle pip!

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  5. I always read your blog before I go to bed too as I'm on Alaska time and way behind the lower 48 anyway. It's always a pleasure to read your clever writing and hear how Wilf is doing. A good day so I'm thrilled about that for him and you.

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  6. Wooohooo! We LOVE very good days!!

    wags, wiggles & slobbers
    Murphydog

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  7. I am so happy to read your post Angus ! Wilfee feels good today and its a wonderful thing, as everyone who read you, i have a big smile on my face, and you know what, it's my birthday today! So, thank you Wilfee for this beautiful day.
    Cuddles and bisous to you my beloved boy.

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  8. We're so glad to read that you and Wilf enjoyed a very good day together.

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  9. So happy to hear that Wilf is doing well. And I LOVE your tree! It's fantastic.

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  10. A very good day for you and Wilf, and reading this is a very good start to mine!

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  11. Oh the joys of very good days!

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  12. Yeah..a good day for Wilfie and snow for me!!! it is a good day

    Zach

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  13. Here's to many more very good days for all of you!

    Blessings and Love,
    Janelle and Maggie Mae

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  14. Hurray for lovely walks, rug surfing, and gently snoring naps! A very good day indeed.

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  15. Lingering here in the moment.
    We love you, dear Wilf.

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  16. I am a fan of big coats myself! There's no mistaking that I wasn't meant to be an Eskimo.

    I can just picture Wilf I'm having such a grand day! I'm glad to hear he enjoyed it!

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  17. I have to agree - that sounds like a perfect day. I love visualizing Wilf rug surfing, again and again, until he fell sound asleep.

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  18. Hooray for a good "puppy-like" day for Wilf. A toast for more good days to come for the big-nosed fellow.

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  19. you describe it so well. we love these very good days. Wilf is such a great dog. we wish you and Wilf many many more very good days!

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  20. How wonderful to have "puppy-news" - we were thinking of you - have a splendid time - love Susannae Daisy and Foxiie

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  21. A very good day indeed! Glad to hear the cold snap put a spring in the boy's step. He'd do very well up here! Keep going Wilf!

    Your pals from Canada,
    Dianna along with Tor, Willow and Tucker

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  22. It sounds like Wilf had a full day! After the tough start to his week, I was glad to read of "Wilf's excellent adventures". May he enjoy many more adventures.

    Susan

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  23. Just magic!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

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  24. good days... a perfect thermometer.

    i wold love to see some wilf rug surfing photos. that is if you haven't already posted some!

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  25. The image of him rug surfing in my mind brings huge smiles. Wilf is quite the character. Someone above said it sounds like Wilf had a full day. I'd have to agree.

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  26. Good day Wilf, good day
    Snuggles,
    Benny & Lily

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  27. There's something about crisp weather and snow or frost on the ground that brings out the zoomies in dogs. Maybe the smells are enhanced in some wonderful way. Maybe the cold triggers some ancient memory of tearing after prey at top speed. Children seem to have the same reaction. It's only we adults who shiver in our coats and think of the higher heating bills.

    Jed & Abby [NOT thinking of higher heating bills]

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