Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A special night.

Early evening . Off in the car to the little market town . While ' the font ' and Wilf go in search of the fishmonger Angus heads off to the relative warmth of the church. It's a special night . Carols for the old folks from the maison de retraite . The music provided by a 'semi-professional ' ensemble from Barcelona.

The first number a rap version of ' Il est ne le divin enfant ' performed by four young gentlemen with shaved heads . A young lady in a cocktail dress then sings Ave Maria . She is accompanied, on the xylophone , by two of the shaven headed youths. They have changed into purple dinner jackets . Angus , unconsciously, finds himself holding on tightly to the side of his chair as the soloist slides haltingly towards the high notes .

After that there was what might well have been the Carol of the Birds. The two purple jacketed young xylophonists joined by a woman with a concertina and a gentleman with a mouth organ. They grin at the audience throughout in a '' you will enjoy yourselves '' type way. The old folks look on bemusedly. As well they might .

Time for Angus to head off to the cafe for an early evening pick me up . '' The font " asks what the singing was like . ' Enthusiastic ' I reply .
What the old folks thought of it all is a mystery but Wilf would have thoroughly enjoyed himself. He might even have joined in .

Wilf spends much of his day in a downstairs corridor leading to two guest bedrooms. Does he know something is about to happen ?


  1. Christmas is on its way, and Wilfee knows that his family is going to join him for this special time of year.
    Lovely photos of Wilfee boy with his "doudou", so so cute. Thanks for sharing, Angus.
    Have a peaceful Wednesday.

  2. Wilf,Angus & The Font,

    Just wanted to wish you all the best of the season. It must be fabulous to live in France. Even with all those characters there. I have read your blog for several years. I even followed you up until Digby's passing. I had to go away for awhile 'cause of losses in my own life. Hubby & I now have 2 gorgeous kitties ...there were 2 others who have passed. I'm not sure exactly when I resumed reading... after Wilf was diagnosed I think...however i decide to stick around, 'cause I believe he just may be a miracle dog!!

    Cheers, Marlene, Sable & Tiki (oh yeah,we live in Canada) I'm sure you have fans around the globe!!!

  3. At what age does one begin to understand that novelty is not demanded by an audience of old folks, especially at a Christmas carol concert?

    Normally on this blog we are congratulating WIlf on his survival skills, but this morning, some credit is due to Angus....

    Cheers! Gail.

  4. Santa is coming.....Wilf can hear the reindeer in the distance, perhaps.
    Dogs always know when something special is going to happen.

  5. Wilf sure knows what happens - dogs are telepathic... bacetti sul nasino per l'orsachiotto speciale Susanne, Daisy and Foxiie plus Kiri more tiger than ever

  6. We agree with above. He knows his flock will return.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

    Sounds like concerts for the aged here. SHE definitely doesn't want to get THAT old.

  7. Awww Wilfie, you are looking very handsome there fella. We hope you get lots of rest and dream of the nice treats you will get to share over the weekend.

    Merry Christmas.

    Julie and Poppy Q

  8. For some reason your post is reminding me of several years ago when I sat in on orchestra and soloist open auditions. A few of the 'special musical personalities' performed rock arrangements of classical music or had composed original pieces. Some of them left quite a lasting impression on me. I would venture to say that this ensemble has perhaps done the same to you, Angus.

  9. Hopeful that Wilf doesn't have to wait too much longer for "something to happen."

    Blessings and Love,
    Janelle, Maggie Mae and Max

  10. What a beautiful smile on Wilf in the third picture. I am sure he can feel the excitement, joy, and peace of the Christmas season. And, he is probably anxious to see what Santa brings him!


  11. Lovely Wilf, always ready for an adventure. How happy he'll be when the family appear!

  12. Yes Wilf knows what is coming.. enthusiastic indeed!

  13. I wonder how that concert would have been improved had Wilf joined in! Carol of the Birds and Wilf would be lovely! I've just recently discovered your blog and plan to return often!

  14. Of course he KNOWS, dogs know what you are going to think before you think it.(if it involves them, anyway.)

    I love Wilf's smiling picture too. A grand fellow looking forward to a happy holiday.


  15. The patience of a saint, that is what dogs have. Oliver springs to mind. I bet Wilf will be so happy on the arrival of something special! Keep on going Wilf, lovely boy!

    With love from your Canadian pals,
    Dianna along wtih Tor, Willow and Tucker

  16. Ah yes, Wilf knows all.

    I wish that he could've joined the chorus.

  17. We're having our own unexpected "concerns" but reading your blog and sharing Wilf's philosophy is amazingly calming. Love to you all and Christmas cheer!


  18. Of course Wilf knows that part of the flock is returning! He's a shepherd, after all!

    Sometimes life gives us experiences so we have something to compare other things to!

  19. i'm late checking in on my beloved wee bear. have been in the high country for our family christmas. snowed in for a day.
    wilfee's laughing picture just makes my day!
    little miracle dog for sure... celebrating his family getting all together.
    love and cuddles for the little guy and the best to you and the font for sure.
    tammy j

  20. May the holidays bring you everything you most desire, Wilf! We expect Angus & the font have already received their dearest wishes: you and the boys, the family reunited. Merry Christmas!

    Jed & Abby