Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Dorothy Parker was right .

Wilf loves this warm windy weather . At seven o' clock he's waiting for me by the front door ready to head off on the morning croissant run . As I search for the car keys the old fellow turns towards me with an unmistakeable ' get a move on ' look .

To the amusement and amazement of the beer and absinthe crowd we sit at a table outside . Angus is wrapped up against the breeze , red tartan scarf round his neck. . Wilf is lying on the pavement , head into the wind , fur rippling , ears flying upwards in the gale. The water in his bowl has waves on it . He's the very definition of sheepdog happiness . Seeing him sprawled out at my feet the famous Dorothy Parker line comes to mind : " They sicken of the calm who knew the storm ".

The heating has been turned on . Needless to say now the furnace has been started the cold weather has gone and the temperatures have soared . A balmy sixteen degrees this morning and high of twenty six forecast for this afternoon . Wilf is now asleep upstairs , snoring happily away in the super heated hallway . The tree surgeon is due to arrive today to report on how much damage the woodpeckers have done to the old oaks. These gusts hardly ideal conditions for shimmying up trees.


  1. Sounds like someone was missing the homeland, sitting out there wearing his tartan scarf in the gale.

  2. I thought it would be 'Men don't make passes at dogs wearing glasses'.

    The wind is the next best thing to having the air rush past you when you run. Our very best wishes to you all.

  3. What Gail and Bertie said!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

  4. Tis windy here too, and we think you are warmer than us.

    Smooches to Mr Wilfie.

    Julie and Poppy Q

  5. There's just something about those irreplaceable and tangible reminders of our roots.

  6. I'm glad that at least it was ideal sheepdog weather for a little while!

    I'm waiting for an amusing tale about a man in a tree tomorrow.

  7. I agree with Lesley -- I thought too it was "Men don't make passes at [dogs] who wear glasses."

    Wonderful shots of Wilf!

    Joan and the Barkies

  8. It must have been quite a wind to whip Wilf's fur into waves like that. Yes, I sat outside for my coffee yesterday, and it's supposed to snow today. I'll be yearning for your weather, I'm sure.

  9. Wilf, I pass you my comb. Good luck with getting your hair straight again :-)

  10. yes! give me a good gale. but make it a cool one. only it sounds like our wee polar bear is happy in any kind of weather.. lying by his briskly waving water bowl or lying upstairs on the hot floor! oh willfee, what we learn from you!!!
    love you boys and the beautiful font,
    tammy j

  11. Those photos of WIlf in the wind look almost exactly like what I'm seeing outside my bedroom window at this very moment. I swear Edward hears symphonies in the autumn winds.

  12. “If I didn't care for fun and such,
    I'd probably amount to much.
    But I shall stay the way I am,
    Because I do not give a damn.”
    ― Dorothy Parker

    That is another of my favorite DP quotes..

    Never a dull moment at the old rickety farmhouse. We have had a fire most evenings at our house but I have to say, even though snow is fairly imminent it has been quite mild in Anchorage. But we do expect snow very very soon.

    Hope Wilf is having a great day!

  13. I'm sitting in a cold wet and windy Scotland with my own sheepdog, who would no more be persuaded to leave the warmth of the house than fly in the air. I, if not the dog, would swap with you tomorrow.

  14. That balmy breeze will feel good when the cold winds really blow!!

  15. Ever so handsome Wilfie - dashing looks!
    All the troubles seem gone with the wind!
    Glad you are having a good time - Foxiie does not know how much I admire the french boy - love from Southern Italy Susanne, Daisy and Foxiie

  16. Quite the wind Wilf! Here on the Canadian prairies, you wonder if something is wrong if the wind isn't gusting to at least 60. We brace ourselves and carry on....send Wilf to us for the winter, I am sure he'd loved the breeze ;)

    Keep on going Wilf, handsome boy!!

    With love from your Canadian pals,
    Dianna along with Tor, Willow and Tucker

  17. We had cold windy weather today, do you want to trade? ;) Hugs for WIlf.

    Blessings and Love,
    Janelle and Maggie Mae

  18. Sportsmanship lives in France profonde; the village toasted [?] the winners with New Zealand wine! Sounds like Wilf has his own sauna system going: brisk breezes, followed by toasty halls, hold the birch branches.

    Jed & Abby

  19. Oh yes, I'm familiar with those, "Get a move on!" looks from my dogs too.