Sunday, January 1, 2012

Background music .

Wet . Very wet . One of those days when the Atlantic rain seeps deep into your clothing . Wilf prefers to lie curled up indoors rather than go outside . Reluctantly he joins us for a late afternoon walk along the banks of the stream . '' It'll be good for you " I tell him . He looks unconvinced .

Ten thirty at night . The family fellow decides to turn in . He wanders into the dining room and is soon blissfully asleep in front of the fireplace . From time to time he passes wind . He's been given brussel sprouts with his evening kibbles so these interruptions are both more frequent and more highly pitched than usual . As the old year gives way to the new , the sound of a snoring, trumpeting sheepdog joins the skirl of the pipes and the clink of champagne glasses . The background music of a family house blessed with an old, faithful, friend . Laughter all round .

The mayor proposes a local toast . '' Love works its miracles every day, weakening the strong, strengthening the weak, making fools of the wise, and wise men of fools. Happy New Year ". The old widow finally smiles .


  1. Kisses from the girls in Australia - Moi Moi and Coco the pekes!
    Its going to be 40c tomorrow Wilf!!
    Hot Dogs! Woof!

  2. Tous mes voeux de bonheur pour vous, Angus et Lady Font, pour cette année 2012.
    Tout mon amour et des millions de bisous pour mon Wilfee, pour cette année 2012, qu'elle aille aussi loin que possible, sans souffrance.
    My best wishes for you, Angus, and Lady Font. Happy new year 2012 !

  3. A fitting toast, Happy New Year to you all! Cheers!

  4. Happy New Year to you, the Font and little Wilf. Actually stayed up to see the New Year in (well I am English!) and watched the fireworks on TV in London - for once they were really good.

  5. A beautiful way to usher in a new year!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  6. Happy New Year - good to hear the old widowed lady has your support -
    love from Southern Italy Susanne, Daisy and Foxiie plus Tigerpuppy Kiri

  7. what a happy scene! a snoring airy little pon in the midst of the celebration and a cheery fire. you paint with words and i love it!
    happy new year darlings angus, font and wilfee!
    tammy j
    and to our little family of commenters near and far. somehow feel like i know you all. happy new year!

  8. What an endearing image! Another of those vignettes you depict so well. We missed the first 37 minutes of the new year -- party animals such as we didn't quite make it to midnight but the firecrackers awakened us for a first smooch of 2012 before too long.

    Love to you all!

  9. happy new year!! they make charcoal biscuits for flatulence....:)

  10. happy new year to all (especially to Wilf)
    Rock On !! Shaggy sheepdog
    xoxo Miss Winnie Dixon & Samuel,
    Susan & les whole darn Gang

  11. Happy 2012! Kind of wishing it was raining here, instead we have gales and snow. LOTS of snow. But hey ho, onwards we go! Glad to hear the brussel sprouts are coming back to make their presence known ;) Ours each got a rather large piece of BBQ'd lake trout last evening and I think it is seeping from their pores this morning!

    Keep on going Wilf!

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

  12. Happy New Year to one and all; perfect beginning to 2012 knowing Wilf is content on this occasion sleeping by the fire. Wise words to remember from the mayor...DBH

  13. Happy 2012 to you all!

    A lovely post to end the year,
    best wishes
    Clive, Murray and family

  14. I had a good chuckle over the image of Wilf passing wind like an old lady in church, blissfully unaware of the consequences to those around him! It sounds like your ringing in of the new year was quite festive. Happy 2012!

  15. Happy New Year to Wilfee,Angus, the Font and the entire cast of characters of this special blog. Our very best wishes to all!

    Jo, Stella and Zkhat

  16. Happy new Year! What a lovely at home celebration. And so thoughtful to have included the old widow. Bless you again for your kindness.

    The bravery of the Scots is legendary but I think you've blazed new territory in giving Wilf brussel sprouts! Delicious and healthful, but goodness, such flatulence! Hope you had some Bragg's biscuits on hand.
    A joy filled day and year to follow to you. Our special love to Wilf.

  17. Oh it was just like being there! The last sentence was very touching. I hope the old widow is surrounded by her kind neighbors and friends during this tough time.
    Happy New Year Angus, the Font and Wilfie.

  18. Brussels sprouts lent a special air to the festivities!

  19. What a scene you depict! Happy 2012 to the flock!

  20. Wilf, I always enjoy looking at your fuzzy face. Wishing you a healthy 2012!

  21. Ah, yes, the brussels sprouts will do it everytime! Our slightly flatulent Bull Terrier and our brown version of WILF, the Sussex Spaniel, and we wish you all Bonne Année - good health, and more joy with your gorgeous boy for a long while to come.

  22. Cheers to you, Angus, Wilf and the Font! Happy 2012!

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

  23. A most happy new year to you all, Angus!
    And, brussel sprouts. Well really, what did you expect?

  24. Wishing nothing but the best for all of you in 2012!

    Blessings and Love,
    Janelle, Maggie Mae and Max

  25. Ah, you describe simple scenes so beautifully. I especially liked your description of Wilf, the "snoring, trumpeting sheepdog".

    The mayor's toast was beautiful.

    May Wilf's miracle continue.

  26. I loved the Mayor's toast. Happy New Year to you all! Prayers for many, many more good days for Wilf and for you and the Font. The poor Widow tugs at my heartstrings. Thinking of her, as well. While I doubt she would understand the idea of blogging, nevertheless, she has a legion of folk who wish her well.

  27. Brussel sprouts for dinner - were they pranking you honey? Glad you gassed them.

    Happy New Year.

    Julie and Poppy Q