Friday, April 22, 2011

A good, Good Friday.









A normal working day in Europe. The builders arrive at seven with another load of roofing beams for the old attic. A cue for Wilf and yours truly to head off into town for a coffee and the morning croissants. Although it's early, parking proves to be difficult. Dutch, German, Belgian and British number plates filling the bays. Even the bar is busy. The absinthe drinkers forced inside while a gaggle of northern europeans preen themselves at the tables in the sun.


On the way back we have to slow right down to a snails pace to manouevre round Oliver , the old widows labrador. Today, he's moved from his usual position on the front door step and is dozing , unconcernedly, in the road. Ever since the old farmer died thirteen months ago he's sat outside , day in , day out, patiently waiting for his masters return. A dogs devotion . Untarnished, undoubting. As we pass the old fellow looks up hopefully to see if the car is going to stop. Seeing faith like that I can't help but smile and wish Oliver a ' good, Good Friday '.

16 comments:

  1. Wilf is lovely, Angus. I just stumbled across your blog and like it very much.
    Where in SW France are you?

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  2. Such devotion...a little sad though.

    Australia is closed for Good Friday. Many things will be open tomorrow, but closed again for Easter Sunday and ANZAC Day which happens on Monday. Then because ANZAC Day fell on Easter Monday.....we have Tuesday off as well. Hope you can follow that.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

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  3. Wilfie - love the stream-lined version best for today - Oliver is a darling dog - love from Southern Italy Susanne, Daisy and Foxiie

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  4. A good, Good Friday to all of you as well. :)

    Blessings and Love,
    Janelle and Maggie Mae

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  5. Good Friday sweet Oliver, but a good Friday for you three, Angus, the Font and the beloved Wilfee.
    Love the first photo with the wind in Wilfee's face, just so cute. He seems to be so serious !

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  6. Ah, the thought of Oliver waiting makes me sad. I wish all of you a good Good Friday. I love seeing Wilf shining in the sunshine.

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  7. A good, Good Friday to you and yours too!!

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  8. Wishing you all a good Good Friday too!

    Ireland is at a bit of standstill today - but no traffic on the roads and lots of shops closed is no bad thing either!

    Oliver's devotion is wonderful - not easy to lose those we love.

    take care
    Clive and Murray

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  9. A very Good Friday to all of you and also to dear Oliver, who I believe will one day see his beloved master again...that's why we have Good Friday.
    xo J~

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  10. You can never underestimate a dog's devotion to its master.

    Have a great Easter Wilf and love your shaggy hair.

    Love,
    Homer

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  11. I had forgotten about Oliver. Now seeing him still waiting brings back those sad thoughts, Perhaps your good Good Friday wish warmed his heart and it did mine.

    xxx Joan

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  12. Love the wind-blown look, you dashing little fellow! No wonder you make all the ladies swoon.

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  13. Wilf, I still think you look like a wind-blown rock star!

    I love the story of Oliver. I wonder what gives dogs that deep faith that someone will always return.

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  14. That story about Oliver waiting for his owner to return makes me sad. But at the same time, I'd like to think my boys would be loyal to me too if anything ever happened.

    I wish I could pet Wilf, he looks so soft.

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  15. It is so touching to read about a dog's unconditional love for their hoomans.

    Happy Easter, Angus, Wilf and the Font!

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

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