The local paper carries the headline. ' First child born in the department in 2011 a boy. To be named Lenny '. No shortage of news .
There is a stall selling cyclamen outside the church. We really need a dozen to brighten up the planters on the lane. €2.50 each ! Ridiculous. Will try to get some in the market.
Speeches to be given in London and Moscow on Friday and Saturday. Men in dark suits wanting someone to tell them what will happen in the coming year. Corporate control freakery. On our way home we stop beside the stream for a walk. I run my speech past Wilf while he sniffs, snuffles and listens. The perfect audience. After I finish, he stands with four paws in the water, then looks up as if to say ' Tell them not to worry. God is subtle but he's not malicious'. Sheepdog wisdom for the New Year.