Friday, April 16, 2010

"Excellent things are rare" : - Plato

For Wilf and Digby yesterday was a day for simply chilling out and sunning in the wild clover . From time to time they would bestir themselves to go and explore the latest surprises uncovered by the excavator. It's not every day the boyz can enjoy the excitement that comes with having a large mechanical digger probing around in the garden. Wilf's attitude is that excellent things are rare so enjoy them while you can - particularly the smells.

For 'the font' yesterday was a day of discovering that the UK's air space has been closed to all flights because of a volcanic eruption in Iceland. No chance of getting back from London by plane until Sunday at the earliest. The scenes at the Eurostar terminal when the crowds discovered that the trains to Paris were full was apparently pure Bedlam. A further discovery this morning (after squezzing onto a crowded late night channel crossing) that France has followed the Brits and closed all its airports until further notice. Like the story line in some Sci-Fi movie the ash laden tentacles are slowly drifitng across the continent bringing travel to a halt. This morning Germany and the Czech Republic have shutdown their airspace.

For 'the font' a long drive south in a rental car beckons if a train from the docks at Calais to Paris, and the car rental agencies, can be found. You could not make it up. 'The font' is talking about hitching to Paris ! The offer to hold on until I can drive the 1000 kilometres north has so far been spurned. We shall see what the day has in store.


  1. love the dogs in the clover!
    the poor font, to be stranded away from his pack...what a mess....(was just watching the bedlam on the news!)
    hope you are all reunited soon!

  2. That pictures of the boyz in the clover is outstanding.

    So we're hoping "the font" makes it home soon - planes, trains, automobiles - getting home makes them all worthwhile. There's no place like home.

  3. Amazing how volcanic ash can spread for hundreds of miles and disrupt the lives of so many travelers. Hope "the font" arrives home safe and sound soon!

    P.S. "the font" gets lost in translation. French to English?


  4. We've been imagining all the personal hardships your font would be caught up in it too. We hope she finds a way home without too much additional irritation.

    Even the state funeral for the Polish president may be affected if heads of state -- such as perhaps our Obama -- can't fly safely through the airspace.

    Yesterday our Boyz had a mini-adventure. Not as spectacular as what Wilf and Digby have experienced recently -- but a bit of a change.


  5. I love that picture of the boyz in the clover!

    I've been hearing a lot about the volcano here. It's affected travel everywhere, it seems. I remember as a very little girl when Mt. Saint Helen erupted in Washington state and we had ash come all the way over here, more than halfway across the country. I hope the font has a safe trip home! Hopefully, it won't be a sequel to Planes, Trains and Automobiles!

  6. The photo of the ominous ash cloud on the front of the Times today was really quite impressive. I can only imagine the hoopla at every terminal. I'm sure your wife will be happy to return home. When she can.

    Would that we all had nothing more to do than lie in sweet clover with Wilf and Digby. Sigh.

  7. P.S. Frost Paws are frozen treats for dogs that they sell here in the States. I have recipes for homemade ones if you want, that I've shared with some of our British greyhound friends who are upset that they don't sell them over there! I'd be happy to share! I've never met a dog who doesn't love them, and they're easy to make!

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  9. love the picture of the boyz in the clover! it looks to be a cool and refreshing place to rest. :)
    that volcano is causing all kinds of havoc. i hope the font makes it home without too much more difficulty!

    the booker man's mama

  10. Love the boyz in the clover. Wow! I take it that no dead bodies have been dug up yet? I think that you'd tell us about that...

    We know someone stuck in the US with a broken wrist, wanting to return to England to have surgery on it. She finally paid cash to have it done here because she has no idea when she'll actually get on a plane to Great Britain. Oh my...

    My 'font' hitches all the time. But, it's common in our neck of the woods, as a way of saving gas and carbon emissions. Everyone who lives here is either going to town or heading back to the mountains, and there's only one road. So, people just go stand on the street and wait to be picked up. Usually, it's less than a 5 minute wait. I hope that the font has such good luck!