Sunday, August 15, 2010

A slice of filet.

The Sunday market was in full swing by the time Wilf and yours truly got there. Time enough to buy croissants, the morning paper, some melons ( picked this morning ) and some cheese. Something I'd never seen before - a man roasting an entire ox on a huge, gas fired spit. How in heavens name would you carve bits off it - with a knife or a chain saw ? What would he do if you asked for a slice of filet? A scorching, uncomfortable job on a hot summers Sunday.

On the way back we parked by the side of the lane and headed off across the freshly ploughed fields. A chance for Wilf to run to his hearts content, safe from ticks that hide in the long grass. Here in the deep countryside not a sound save for the rustling of the trees, the lowing of the cattle, and the playful whinnying of the young foals. Wilf scooted down the sun crusted hill, a blur of happy white hyper-activity, sniffing here, charging off there, christening in between. For him so much to see, so much to do. For me his enthusiasm brings a quiet, uplifting contentment . On the way back to the car three young russet brown kestrels whirled and pirouetted above us - graceful masters of the air savouring their first summer. Dog owners share the secret that they are the luckiest people on earth.


  1. Dog owners are the luckiest people on earth - I took my black lab out at 6 a.m. this morning while the rest of the world is still asleep. The air hasn't been touched by anyone else, and there is a peace and stillness in the fields around. Perfect! Kathy xxx

  2. I've never heard of roasting an ox--A pig, yes, but not an ox, I guess that would only happen in your village! :-) But I wonder what the taste is like?

    You are right about dog-owners--It's great living in the country letting the dogs run off lead. I love when they return, their eyes all bright, tails wagging, and tongues hanging out--What's that you said in another post about heaven?

  3. We can't run around off leash, but our humans agree that having us makes them happy and content. Watching us play and run around the yard is their idea of joy. Although Blog Mom says that some of those breads in your photo would make her pretty happy right now, too. She doesn't know what to say about the ox.

    wags, Lola

  4. Angus
    Total joy would be a walk with one's beloved dog followed by a filet of ox (and a bone for the dog)
    Cheers, Gail.

  5. Wonderful photos of the market. You're so right Angus. Dog owners are some of the luckiest people on the planet. It's definitely interesting.

  6. i do pity the guy that's doing the roasting.. in the summer heat.. that sure is a task no one would like to take on :)

    a life with a dog is the best thing ever :) happy weekend to Wilfee and you guys at the farm.

  7. Few things fill my heart with so much joy as seeing Petey run full-throttle off leash on the beach or out in the country.

  8. You mean you didn't ask for a slice of fliet to find out?

    I agree, dog owners are the luckiest people in the world! It sounds like an idyllic day!

  9. I luvs to run off leash and I am so thankful that I get to do it often. Wonderful pictures today...they makes me hungry!

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

    PeeS My mom agrees with you, dog owners ARE the luckiest people in the world.

  10. I've never heard of anyone roasting an ox before. Did you partake any?

    Yes, dog owners truly are the luckiest people in the world. I always thank God for them during my nightly prayers.

  11. I love your pictures of the town and all the shops and vendors. I can always count on you to have the most interesting pictures!

  12. We know exactly what you mean ...

    watching Clive enjoying himself today running around in the sunshine, looking back to check where Murray was ...

    Nothing made us happier or prouder of our dog!

    - Murray's Mom

  13. You write simply lovely. I am reading your blog from start to finish, having just found it recently.