Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Sunday morning walk.

One very happy Polish Lowland Sheepdog scampered down the lane followed by an equally happy old black labrador. The sudden arrival of cooler weather to replace the searing heat has finally enabled Wilf and Jerome to get out and about again . Every shrub, tree and flower along the grass verges was expertly sniffed, studied and marked - then vigorously sniffed,studied and marked once more. The foals and calves who wandered over to follow the contented progress of these two senior fellows were disdainfully ignored. No time for day dreaming or reflection today - after three days of thermofan weather action was their watchword and pent up energy their driving force. Every so often Wilf would stop, look back over his shoulder and give me that ' Come on . What's keeping you ?' look. A day for brusque enjoyment. Swing biffing, touch rugby and 'bee' catching are on the cards this afternoon to be followed by rug surfing and indoor rugby tonight.

In the small hours of the morning a sudden whoosh followed by the sound of breaking roof tiles and shearing timbers. Up with a torch and dressing gown to see what it could be. A quick tour of the inside of the house followed by a cursory walk around the outside. Nothing to be seen. Then this morning as Wilf and I were heading off to the car all became apparent. A huge limb from one of the old oak trees had fallen down on top of the barn roof. Broken roof tiles and cross beams everywhere. Thankfully, the two cars we park there were quite unscathed apart from a thick layering of dust. The builder will be here at seven tomorrow morning. The rickety old farmhouse never ceases to surprise.


  1. Sounds like day jammed packed with fun for Wilf, and another exciting time with repairmen for you!

    XXXOOO Daisy, kendra & Bella

  2. I'm glad the damage wasn't too serious. The dogs and I are also enjoying the cooler morning and evening weather here in Virginia. But it's not going to last, 'summer' is coming back from its vacation in France. :-)

  3. Today in NY our wonderful cooler weather comes to an end. :( Happy that cooler temps have found their way to you and Wilf...enjoy!

    Woofs amd Licks,
    Maggie Mae

  4. There's never a dull moment, is there? Thankfully no one was hurt and your cars weren't damaged.

    We are seeing a lot of foggy mornings across the Blue Ridge. My mom says for every fog in August, there will be a snow in the winter. If that's the case, we'll be snowed in until next August.

  5. Cooler weather, finally! I hope that Wilf and you keep enjoying a gorgeous day. I see some leaves on the ground - could it be that autumn is heading your way?

    I'm glad that the tree limb didn't do more damage but it does seem that you alone are supporting the local builders and roofers!

  6. The excitment never stops at your house!

    More workmen in ... lucky your cars were okay!

    Glad that Wilf and you are enjoying some autumn weather.

    take care
    Clive and Murray

  7. I'm so glad you got some cooler weather! I'm hoping we did, too. After three days of lovely autumnal days, we're back to ninety degrees. I can just picture Wilf and Jerome out in that pastoral setting and smile to myself.

    I'm glad there wasn't any serious damage!

  8. It was hot, hot, hot out yesterday but turned cold last night which has continued through today. It feels like it might rain later which I wouldn't mind. I do hope it warms up tomorrow though. I'm not ready for winter to hit.

    I'm glad there wasn't any serious damage from the tree limb. I think you're keeping the builder's in business all by yourself with that rickety old farmhouse!

    My parents keep the plumbers in business too. They're not very happy about it but don't want to change plumbers to see if someone else might be able to fix the problem once and for all.

  9. Unfortunately, those are the kind of surprises no one likes to get! :(

  10. We're so glad to hear that you got cooler temps, Wilf and we're happy to see that the branch didn't do more damage!

    Love ya lots
    Maggie and Mitch

  11. Yes I can do that 'come on, what's keeping you?' look pretty well by now.
    Toodle pip!
    PS Too bad about the barn.

  12. Love your blog so much. Haven't been able to get a new dog since my little dog died close to 20 years ago.

    I borrowed some pictures of your dogs to post about your blog to my friends and family so they can enjoy your writing. Thanks again for your enjoyable pictures and words!

  13. Wonders never cease with repairmen and repairs. At least no one was hurt. Enjoy a beautiful week....