Saturday, February 4, 2012

Cool in the heat .

With its fifteen foot ceilings and large double windows the rickety old farmhouse is a haven of cool in the scorching heat of a South West summer . When it's minus thirteen outside it displays a different side of its character . The old place is impossible to heat. Sub-zero temperatures unheard of in this part of the world. The radiators churn away but the warmth flies upwards and outwards . Those high ceilings and ill fitting windows extracting a breezy revenge .

' The font ' and yours truly spend our evening sitting by the log fire in the snug. Doors, shutters and curtains closed against the draughts . Wrapped up like two characters out of a Dickens novel . More layers of clothing than the Michelin man . That lululemon bobble hat proving to be useful both inside as well as out .

Wilf remains gloriously oblivious to the weather . Opting for carefree naps on the frost covered doorstep . Game for long, long walks across the snow hardened fields .
Enthusiastic to go exploring at six in the morning . And to think that a few days ago we were worried about his arthritis ! .


  1. Your picture tells me that you are like me, Stella, with your snooter down as deep as you can get it in the snow. Keep enjoying it, it tends to go away pretty fast!

    Stella of Jo's World

  2. Oh but Wilf looks gloriously happy there Angus, so his fans won't be worrying about poor old you.
    But I am going to have to look up 'lululemon'!
    Cheers, Gail.

  3. Though we lack the high ceilings, our house is like a cave in winter....cold. But a blessing when we have a normal summer.

    Love Wilf with the snowy snout.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  4. Wilf is a miracle - just too beautiful and full of life.
    Worried about you in the house - it is like Italy in the south, where people do not heat properly or it goes out the windows...
    by the time they are older they have serious health issuses...
    Love from Southern Italy from a temperatured house but not warm as I love it to be Susanne, dAisy, Foxiie and Kiri

  5. Love the snowy nose and thrilled Wilf's enjoying it so much. We still don't have snow in the Lot & Garonne, so I envy you - though not the bobble hat indoors - we spent our first two winters here like that!

  6. As you said a couple of days ago, it's 'Polish Lowland Sheepdog weather' and you can tell by the pictures that it really is! I hope warmer temperatures find their way to you!

  7. I have rheumatoid arthritis and have to confess that against popular belief, the heat affects my joints far more than the cold. I wonder, if perhaps, it's the same for Wilf?

    It's so lovely to see the old fellow enjoying the snow, your photos of him covered in it are adorable!

  8. you have found his best medicine! now if you can just survive the chills in your house without having to take the regular kind of medicine! you no doubt are hardy from all your daily walks with wilfee.. and the good food that the font cooks. i hope she found granny font well. but glad she's back with you and wilf.
    i love these pictures of our little snow bear!
    cheers to you three cozied in, in the france profonde,
    tammy j

  9. Wilf has the joy of a young puppy discovering snow for the first time in these photos! I sympathize with your chilly home, a wee nip and a warm dog on the bed may do the trick!

  10. We too sit wrapped in blanket upon blanket when the nasty North winds howl around us. So glad to hear Wilf is in his element! His spirits are lifted and this is his time to shine! Keep on going Wilf!

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

  11. I love the pictures of the snow covered Wilf. Looks like he had a good roll in the snow too.


  12. I am very happy to read of Wilf's enjoying the winter ! He's joy is evident.

    Boston,MA USA

  13. Brrr!! Glad Wilf is enjoying a respite from his aches & pains. Wonderful pictures! We have plenty of snow here....too much....stay warm!

  14. Ahhh, the rejuvenating effect of a cold winter day. PONs and Canadians know it well. When do we get a photo of the famous bobble hat?

  15. Ahhh...the rejuvenating effect of a cold winter's day. PONs and Canadians know it well. When do we get a photo of the famous bobble hat?

  16. That snow fall a glorious gift to Wilf. Wonderful to see him enjoying it so, aches and pains forgotten. He truly is a miracle dog!

  17. I'm living in the house that I grew up in, it's cold in the winter & hot in summer.

  18. Oh Wilfee, i am so glad to see you so happy in the snow, without any pain, and enjoying such a cold weather !
    You are like those sportsmen who use cold when they have injuries. Pharmacies sell this type of medecine ! Angus had to buy it for next time of pain.
    Bonne soirée à vous trois, and hoping Scotland wins !!!
    Bisous to Wilfee, the polar bear...

  19. *shiver* I feel your pain! I grew up in an old farmhouse, and they are the devil to keep warm. Hopefully the cold spell won't last too long, although Wilf seems to like it! Perhaps you and 'the font' need your own fur coats.

  20. We have a big drafty house too. The peeps are wearing 10 pounds of sweater!
    But, that snow feels so good under your paws and in your fur!


  21. You have quite the paradox: Wilf is thriving in the cold and snow (wonderful pics) while you two are bundled up in one room with hats. From the photos, I know you don't mind (much) the chance of frost bite over Wilf's enjoyment of your deep freeze.
    The description of your snug reminds of wing backed chairs design (keep the drafts out) and those multiple doors closing off smaller rooms in older houses.

  22. Wilfie you look like a pup in these photos. Sounds a tad chilly in Europe this weekend. Keep warm and snuggle up under some blankets.

    Julie and Poppy Q

  23. These pictures of Wilf make me smile :)

    Blessings and Love,
    Janelle, Maggie Mae and Max

  24. Silk long underwear. My stepfather flew in WWII and they were given silk tights to wear. He and my Mom bought silk long underwear for the mountains when they retired. Try Wintersilks. We still get the catalogs.

  25. I have been enjoying Wilf's days in the snow. We had a rare snow in Tokyo last week, and our PON was the same. She woke me early in the morning, barking with her paws up on the windowsill and a look of wonder on her face. Until the last bit melted, she kept dragging pieces of ice from the terrace into the house to lick and cherish. Speaking of DNA, I am sure you have seen the video of Champis the herding bunny, but if not: