Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The present .

Monsieur Risottos men started digging up the lawn bright and early . First one trench was dug under the oak tree . Then another was dug along the field boundary . Amid much scratching of heads and shrugging of shoulders a third was dug across the driveway . Monsieur Risotto and his team then went for lunch . It must have been a good lunch as they failed to return in the afternoon .

The mechanical digger remains , where it was left , blocking access to the house . Wilf went through the motions of barking at the workmen but was soon safely back inside catching up on his sleep . He curled up at the foot of the stairs with a satisfied sigh that seemed to say : " Everyday is a gift , that's why they call it the present " .


  1. Never thought of the present like that.

    Can't believe they just downed tools and left your drive blocked.....

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

  2. Are you sure Mr. Risottos isn't getting ready to reenact World War 1?

  3. I'm surprised they didn't return and that they didn't tell you they weren't coming back! Nice work ethic, there!

  4. Interesting! Hope this gets sorted out soon. The Family Fellow looks adorable amidst the chaos.

  5. What a beautiful thought, and lovely said !
    I wish you all, a wonderful new week, hoping that the workmen will go fast and don't let you, as if a documentary on the 1st world war was filming in your garden !!!
    Bisous to my beloved Wilfee, amitiƩs to you Angus, and the Font.

  6. Wilf, I just want to pop over and kiss your nose.

    Julie Q

  7. Wilf as ever looks adorable. The French are not the only workers to work their own hours, a chap who re - did our drive a few years ago used to arrive 11am ish, then at about 2pm would disappear until 7 or 8pm and would work under floodlights until midnight! Our neighbours were thrilled.

  8. Angus, I am an excellent digger and I have a wonderful work ethic (at least I am very persistent). Can I tender for the contract to dig your trenches? I'm afraid I don't think that Monsieur Risotto is up to the job. Gail says she would be prepared to accompany me. I can guarantee that she would eat any lunches prepared by the 'font' with much appreciation!
    Think about it.
    Toodle pip!

  9. Wilf seems to have a look of puzzlement which says it all! But if Monsieur Risottos men haven't yet returned, perhaps you could get the Mayor and the Farmer to move the digger!

  10. Wow, hopefully the "workers" have returned and are actually getting the job done. Wilf as always, handles the situation much better than I would have. :)

    Blessings and Love,
    Janelle and Maggie Mae

  11. i am speechless. (well... never quite speechless)
    my puritan work ethic blood pressure boils. i want to be more zen-france-profonde-like but when incompetence meets total lack of communication... aaaagggghhh!!!
    memo to self: be more like wilf.
    just cuddling that wee fellow would make it all right.
    cheers and blessings to your amazing calm,
    tammy j

  12. Everyday is a gift! Wilf you have the right idea!

    I do not know how you have the patience to deal with these kinds of workers, but I have heard it is the French way and one must relax or you will drive yourself crazy.

  13. I love that French work ethic! At least you have possession of the mechanical digger. Perhaps you should try digging yourself, I don't know, near where the water was bubbling out. What do I know? I'm just a girl who was raised on a farm in the country!

    Wilf, more great wisdom!

  14. everyday your workers leaves you a gift... of unfinished work :) hahaha

    our love to dear ole Wilfee!

  15. BOL Bertie!! We'd be happy to lie around and look menacing while Bertie works!

  16. Actually, our workers tend to do the same thing except they say they are missing a needed part (which you have personally seen on their truck earlier in the day)!
    Wilf, you always make the best of any situation. Is this familial trait inherited from your canine or your human family? Kisses!

  17. Such a clever philosopher, Wilf - perfect! But the workers deserve to be barked at for leaving such a huge machine blocking the way. Woofs from us too!
    Big Hugs xoxoxo
    Sammie, Avalon and Oz