Thursday, November 24, 2011

I will return !

Off bright and early to buy the breakfast croissants in the little market town . Another sunny, cloudless day . Can winter be far behind ? There is a garlic buyers convention in the Salle Polyvalente and by the time we get to the boulangerie all the croissants have gone . The same story in the cafe under the arcades . Somehow half a rather battered looking croissant is found for Wilf . In return the waitress receives a lick .

Home to find Madame Bay sitting at the end of the kitchen table talking animatedly to 'the font '. Madame Bay is nursing a large cup of coffee in one hand and a slice of heavily buttered toast in the other . She sees me , puts down her coffee , then holds up her hand , palm forward traffic policeman style and says " M'Ongoose, M'Ongoose Le Rhume ! Le Rhume ! ". I look bemused . She then moves her hand to her brow and repeats this incantation. An involuntary image of Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey , in a turban , flits through my mind . It seems that our saintly septaguenarian has had the flu and wants me to stay well clear. She announces that she will return when ' I am recovered and not before '. With that , and a derogatory comment about all the dust Aude is making , she goes.

Wilf settles down in the hallway with his stuffed penguin. There was a time when a toy like this would have been shredded within five seconds but these days he's happy to use it as a chin rest . The old fellows Thanksgiving Day PONder ? You can't buy happiness but you can buy coconut ice cream .


  1. Hey Wilf dear boy, I am not yet two and I use my stuffed toys as headrests quite often (preferring to shred things that belong to Gail...)
    Oh and I'm so relieved to read that you didn't have to go without a croissant yesterday
    Toodle pip!

  2. Wilf's PONder is (once again) spot on--But there is one thing money cannot buy and that's the wag of a dog's tail!

  3. Love Wilf's Thanksgiving pondering ....

    Glad he got a bit of croissant too!!

  4. You paint a wonderful picture here :-)

  5. We are thankful for the chance to know and love Wilf!
    Certainly you and the font, as well. God bless you.

  6. Just called by on Pamela Terry and Edward's recommendation. As an owner of one old and one late middle-aged dog myself I am glad I did. Lovely blog.

  7. I look like that when my croissant has been usurped. Speaks to my heart.

  8. Wilfie and family - happy thankgiving for all of you - every morning I have my little thanksgiving - have yourself a little coconut icecream feast tonight - molti bacetti sul nasino orsachiotto bellissimo mio - from Southern Italy Susanne, Daisy and Foxiie

  9. Happy Thanksgiving from Iowa USA. Many thanks going out to you all for the heartwarming blog. I cherish my daily time spent with the "amazing Wilf" always read with my own wire on my lap.

  10. In my mind I have always pictured Madame Bay looking like Maggie Smith, thank you for the validation and thank you again for sharing Wilf with all of us.
    Have a wonderful day!

    Blessings and Love,
    Janelle, Maggie Mae and Max

  11. Our Tucker is the same way with all of his "ducks" (long story). They are shredded within a day!! But, they can be used a chin rests too, just as good! Wilf is looking handsome and happy! Keep on going Wilf!

    With love from your almost spring like (!) Canadian pals,
    Dianna along with Tor, Willow and Tucker

  12. Sometimes coconut ice cream is happiness albeit short lived.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra, Bella & Roxy

  13. Yes, Angus. Thank you for sharing your life with us. Reading your posts is a daily ritual... Off to the kitchen!!

  14. but happiness is coconut ice cream!!!
    i like the quote...
    "whoever said you can't buy happiness
    forgot about little puppies."
    i love your little old puppy so much.
    happy thanksgiving from oklahoma, usa.
    i'm thankful for dear hearted writers
    like you!
    tammy j

  15. Happy Thanksgiving, Wilf and family! Keeping you in our hearts, thankful for your writing and Wilf's survival.

  16. Thankful for Wilf alive this day, for his ever wise PONderings (bring on the coconut ice cream!) and for your sharing the ups and downs of your visitors. Hope Madame Bay recovers quickly, Aude's walls cont. to look wonderful and more croissants for all :).

  17. Our girls subscribe to the same motto! I'm glad Wilf was happy.

    I'm surprised it was the dust that was making Madame Bay ill. I figured it would be the aliens flying about or the ghost!

  18. Happy Thanksgiving Wilf! I'm glad that your still doing great with your Family!

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