Monday, February 7, 2011

Not a rout.

A quiet weekened without builders, decorators or sanitation engineers. Glorious shirt sleeve weather. It seems that in the space of three days we've gone from deep winter to high summer . Time for lots of gentle walks by the stream in the afternoon heat . Wilf sploshing his way happily through the refreshing water. Looking at him, head down in the verges you'd think he was the healthiest dog on the planet. An old Tennessee Scots phrase springs to mind : ' Living is like licking honey off a thorn '.

Scotland lose to France in the Six Nations Rugby. The defeat not entirely unexpected. At least it wasn't a rout. Little left of the 2003 Chambolle Musigny by the final whistle.

Ronald Reagan night on French television. A truly dreadful movie, 'The Cattle Queen of Montana ', followed by a rather touching documentary about Nancy. In it a wonderful quote. Her husbands Alzheimers gave her a 'crash course in patience '. A sentiment anyone with old parents will understand. I'd always thought of her as being rather cold and aloof but this PBS special paints quite a different picture.


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  2. Wilf looks the picture of determination. We are so pleased and impressed.

    Following Scotland's sports teams might be considered excellent training in seeking silver linings...


  3. Beautiful weather for our dear fluffy friend. The pictures are most lovely. We have missed you Wilfee.

    Living with old parents brings out the worst and the best in each of us... that all depends on which road we choose to take.

  4. Such serenity in your photos of Wilf today!

    Ronald Reagan specials have of course been on TV here as well--The book his son recently wrote has also been getting its share of publicity. But I think there is a softer side to Nancy, especially as the years have passed, but I've no doubt she wore the 'cowboy boots' in the family! Didn't you attend his 2nd inauguration?

  5. Shirt sleeve weather?! Just how much room do you have in that farmhouse, anyway? You do realize readers from around the world are now trying to figure out a way to come over there and join you, right?

    Wilf, enjoy it for all of us!

  6. Life is like licking honey off a thorn. How marvellous.

    Hanna & Rebbit the Ridgeback

  7. Your saying is so very true. I'll remember that one.

    I think that it would have been Reagon's 100th birthday yesterday - that's why you had Reagon night on TV. I haven't seen the special on Nancy. Sounds interesting.

    I'm happy each time I read that Wilf had a good and fun day and that you enjoyed it with him.

  8. Go Wilfie go!!! He does indeed look like a polarbear in the foto!!!!
    Hugs from Ischia Susanne Daisy and Foxiie
    Spring and daffodils are here!

  9. Just getting caught up with all the action in your corner. Nancy Reagan & I share the same July 6 birthday (different years though). I have always admired her. Classy and elegant. I have always thought her to be misunderstood. Your weather looks superb! I took my pack for a chilly walk on Sunday before the Super Bowl. Did not last long. The sun was shining but the wind was very cutting.

  10. What wonderfully sunny pictures of a handsome fellow.

  11. Hi Wilf,

    We are happy to see you enjoying yourself tremendously amongst nature.


  12. What I wouldn't give right now for a wander down a stream. Our spirit is with Wilf's for the journey, all we have is snow and ice. And lots of it. Shirt sleeved weather is still months away....we are jealous! Beautiful boy! Keep going Wilf!!

    Your frozen Canadian friends,
    Dianna along with Tor, Willow and Tucker

  13. Quiet weekends are so nice, we are happy that all of you were able to experience one. Any way you can send some of that "Glorious shirt sleeve weather" to upstate NY? ;)

    Blessings and Love,
    Janelle and Maggie Mae

  14. Opposite as always, we've had two cool mornings. We're all refreshed for our long, long walks. Maybe we're just extremes meeting in the middle.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

  15. Summew ? Weally???
    I'm still stuck in ice Wilf, but so happy to see you explowing that stweam and loving evewy moment as usual
    Mommi says, Mrs Weagan saved all hew wawmf fow hew Wonnie
    smoochie kisses

  16. Just because people are cool or aloof doesn't mean that they don't love as deeply or care as intensely as the gushing Diana, Princess of Wales, type. I am, reserved, private and have never been described as warm and fuzzy. Friends joke, that when they first met me, my voice had all the warmth and charm of. H.R.H. addressing Parliament. But like Mrs. Regan. We are fiercely loyal and dedicated to friends, family and causes we hold dear. We are the ones you call in times of need, when all the warn fuzzies beg off. We need to see beyond the surface to discover the true measure of a person. Except for Wilf, that is. He's absolute perfection anyway you look at him.

  17. I'm amazed at how much American news/television you get there in France!

    I've always kind of found Nancy Reagan to be kind of cool and aloof too.

    Sooooooo jealous of that warm weather. We had snow three days in a row. Fortunately it melted quickly.