Saturday, March 12, 2011

A raft on the pond.



After a week of summer sunshine we've woken to a full blown Pyrennean mountain storm. The rickety old farmhouse creaking away like a ship at sea. Window frames rattling and shutters banging. From time to time the expensive grating sound of roof pantiles shifting in the ferocious wind. Wilf is not at all keen on venturing outside. A white furry head quickly stuck out of the front door before its owner turns and heads back to the warmth of his bed. He closes his eyes in the belief that he's invisible.

Our family friend is finally harnessed up and escorted, reluctantly, extremely reluctantly, to the gate. He stops, briefly, to christen the fire hydrant . A statutory part of the daily routine. Then we turn right down the lane, pausing en route, to look at the waves on the village pond. The poor frozen frogs clustering together on a raft of water lily leaves. Once home Wilf rests his head on my foot. A sigh that says " Knowing life is short, how can we quarrel ?".

15 comments:

  1. Bad night in fact, Pyrennean storm are extremely strong and impressive, but our little heroe is stronger than any storm.
    Hope today will be better, no wind, sunshine and a visit to Kelly may be...
    Amitiés to you Angus and the Font, lots of kisses and cuddles to the lovely Wilfee.

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  2. Wilf knows Kelly won't be out on a day like that!

    XXXOOO Daisy, kendra & Bella

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  3. Your storm sounds like one we had here in Tennessee, except I was listening to it hit a metal roof of a porch--The dogs however didn't care and wanted to bark at the donkeys anyway--They figured their visit here was too short and a 'quarrel' with one no matter what the weather was all part of their adventure!

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  4. poor froggies....
    xoxo
    hugs to handsome Wilf

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  5. I have always felt that when a dog puts his head on your foot that is a sign of true devotion. Hugs to all from windy Iowa USA

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  6. Blindness has not stopped Wilf from seeing more than most of us could..

    Stormy.

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  7. We're with you Wilf! We HATE the wind! Stay warm and comfy :-)

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  8. Rain rain go away, I want to go outside and play!!

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  9. I kind of wish we'd seen a picture of the frogs on their lily pad life raft!

    I love having a dog rest its head on my foot or leg. There's just something so content and peaceful about the moment.

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  10. Of course Wilf would rest his head upon your foot, especially his muzzle. Can you name any other part of your anatomy that is so close to his perspective of the world as your lowly and redolent foot?

    As for that sigh, the exhalation of air through the slits at the side of his nose help him draw a further eddy of air into the nostrils. It is the olfactory equivalent of a longer gaze, a refreshing of the scent of you, his most favorite human.

    And like you, Wilf too probably draws a great deal of comfort from resting his head on your foot, albeit through different senses. Just don't wash your socks too frequently. ;-)

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  11. Waves on the village pond! Now that's a storm. I'm glad that Wilf is warm and cozy at your feet.

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  12. What is going on with the weather around the world! It is much too hot here: already 31C/88F. But we have no right to complain after the tragedy in Japan.

    Anonymous (above) said it better than we ever could. God bless Wilf !

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  13. We hope that the sun is shining on you now! :)

    Blessings and Love,
    Janelle and Maggie Mae

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  14. sorry about your stormy weather. it's been raining here nonstop and the dogs don't like it at all.

    i don't blame Wilf for going back to bed.

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  15. We have had lovely Spring weather here in East England, we hope it finds it way to you very soon.

    Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie

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