Sunday, February 12, 2012

Why is it ?

The Saturday night rugby match between Ireland and France cancelled two minutes after the scheduled kick-off time . The pitch in the Paris stadium frozen hard as iron . 80,000 disappointed fans . Here, on top of the ridge, it falls to minus sixteen again. This morning more white vans outside the chateau. More men in blue overalls standing around. The burst pipes clearly a major problem.

' The font ' , busy at work in the town hall archives , unearths a letter written by the villagers in 1776 to the Kings representative in Toulouse . A protest against high taxes .'' Pourquoi donc est-ce que ce sont les riches qui payent les moins et les pauvres qui payent le plus ? " - Why is it the rich pay less and the poor pay more ? The 99% conversing as lucidly then as today .

Wilf has problems on our morning walk . The path in front of the church turned into an ice rink. He's usually so sure of himself that it's easy to forget that the old fellow can't see. He slips, falls on his chin, then picks himself up and turns towards me . That trusting ' you lead , I'll follow ' look . A blind dogs eyes so expressive . As he gingerly picks his way home an old Scots line of poetry comes to mind : " Love is not blind; it is an extra eye, which shows us what is most worthy of regard ' .


  1. Very true words from Wilf, and again remind us that the 'eyes' truly are the window to the soul.

    Speaking of soul...Interesting letter. I would love to know what or if there was a response from the King's representative. The answer may explain more clearly why that still occurs today. And what a coincidence that it was written the same year as the Declaration of Independence....

  2. Your writing about Wilf is so beautiful ... love him.

  3. Lovely Wilf - polar-bear favourite of ours - " Love is not blind; it is an extra eye, which shows us what is most worthy of regard ' - love this quote especially -
    today we are sad for Whitney Houston - an announced tragedy - too many people and too many interests around her - love her music, her voice... Susanne, Daisy, Foxiie and Kiri

  4. Bursting pipes can be a great equalizer. Doesn't
    matter whether you're in the 1% or the 99%,
    still creates one hell of a mess. Of course, not
    too many of us would be worrying about the collapsed
    ceiling of the ballroom in our summer residence.

    Have to confess to a little long-distance schadenfreude.


  5. This little fellow has touched my heart in such a special way, I can only imagine what he has done to yours.

    Blessings and Love,
    Janelle, Maggie Mae and Max

  6. Poor Wilf took a bang to the chin! Let's hope the old fellow is okay! Perhaps a full croissant will do the trick to set things right? Keep on going Wilf!

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

  7. The indomitable Wilf, with love by his side.

  8. Wilf's trust in you is so touching yet so expected given your relationship. You are his extra eye.

  9. i've been wondering if the snow made it harder for him to know where he is going. harder to track a scent? yet with their amazing noses, even wilfee's little half nose working, he no doubt can smell things buried way under the snow!
    walking on the slippery ice is a whole other thing. not fit for man nor beastie!
    such extremes we're having this year, seemingly all over the world. hoping granny font in london is faring well.
    stay warm dear hearts, stay warm!
    tammy j

  10. the first photo of Wilf attending to you, knowing you will give him the guidance he needs - what better could there be in the world? I second the full croissant vote :). Found the quote source and am adding it to my list.

  11. Oh dear Wilfy, you take care now. (But at least I bet you don't get laughed at when you slip on the ice.....)
    Toodle pip!

  12. Hope you are had a good weekend, Wilf. Your words bring more meaning to Wilf's expressions and we always feel the strong bond and love you share.

    Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Pai, Wai-Max & Forgie

  13. Sounds cold.....temperatures and politics.

    Wonderful quote.

    XXXOOO Roxy, Bella & Roxy

  14. Good night Wilfee boy. Take care ! Bisous my sweet.
    Bonne nuit, Angus and the Font. The meteo announced less cold for tomorrow, hope so !

  15. How sad that some things never change, i.e. more taxes paid by the poor than the rich!

  16. Why is it after so much time, so many revolutions, so much effort, nothing really changes?

    So sorry for Wilf's fall. Hope he didn't hurt himself. At least the village should be getting supplies in now. And Spring will come. It always does.

    Jed & Abby

  17. Oh my goodness, keep warm my lovelies. Too cold for Rugby - wow!!!

    Julie and Poppy Q
    Wellington, NZ (20 degrees C)

  18. In Anchorage everyone's car looks like yours as pictured. Today's temps were in the 40's! Fake Spring. Won't last. Wilf looks great in the snow.

  19. I wonder if the billionaire hired plumbers from outside the village and if that has any effect on their work ethic...

    Sorry about Wilf's spill! Hopefully he's feeling better today and has already forgotten about it!