Sunday, April 15, 2012

Simply nothing .

Sunday morning . The fat, happy , bees at work on the wisteria by the front door. The hawthorns lining the road a solid ribbon of sun dappled blossom . Not a car to be seen . France Profonde at its best. Wilf back to normal today . He's at the foot of the stairs waiting for me . The man on the motability scooter shouts out ' Bonjour Mistah Veelfe ' as we arrive at the cafe. The waitress stoops down and takes his head in her hands . A long hair tousle . Half a croissant , broken into mouth sized pieces, gratefully received .

We head along the grass path that runs to the stream . A Kingfisher flits from a branch and lands by the water in front of us . A tiny rainbow of colour . Living Lapis Lazuli . I think it's going to drink but instead it spreads its wings and splashes its feathers. On the way home a young Black Winged Kite skims across the freshly ploughed field . A prince of the skies .Only 22 breeding pairs in the country. The first I've ever seen . It wheels and comes back , circling past us. A private display of dexterity given for nothing , simply nothing , other than joy .


  1. Hi there Angus (and Wilf)
    Been playing 'catch-up' with your blog this morning:
    So glad to see that Wilf is getting his croissant-a-day - it must be the secret to longevity. :)
    Loved the Mark Doty poem...
    Breathed a sigh of relief that the pot-plant was only a pot-plant...
    Intrigued at the French's fixation with garlic.
    So glad that you are one of the men who blog so beautifully about their dog - we need more!
    Special face rubs to Wilf and lotsaluv to you and the Font.
    Will let you know about the radio broadcast...still don't have the details yet, but know it is on the 21st and the 28th, and that it will eventually be added to:

    With love
    MM IN SA

  2. Your blog came up in line with all the Rainbow Bridge animals...nearly had a heart attack. So happy to read about your peaceful Sunday.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & roxy

  3. Un très beau Dimanche Angus, Lady Font and my beloved Wilfee, a peaceful and lovely day.

  4. I looked up Black Winged Kite; what a beautiful bird whose numbers I hope recover in your part of the world--It will be such a loss if it cannot find a way to survive.

    I'm so glad that Wilf is feeling better! I agree with MaxMom, the half croissant-a-day and the hair tousle must be part of his secret to longevity!

  5. Love you little Mistah Veelfe - wishing you all a wonderful Sunday in France Profonde - Susanne, Daisy, Foxiie and Kiri

  6. Thrilled to hear Wilf's feeling much better! Answered prayers.

  7. I think 2 winged angels in the form of birds swooped by to grace your Sunday

  8. What a wonderful description of your morning. I'm so happy Wilfie is feeling better!

  9. Mother Nature seems to have been very benevolent with you this morning! I love Wisteria, it's just so beautiful! When I see it, it always reminds me of the grand old places in the South where my grandparents lived.

  10. "simply nothing... other than joy."
    my words exactly for wilfee's return to feeling well!
    tis love that lifts him up!
    oh to be in france profonde.
    we had tornados all through the dark night.
    like great monsters roaming the sky in black and rain.
    only five lives lost this time in our state. but such sadness still.
    many huge trees down and homes damaged in our town.
    some towns just completely gone as it ploughed its path.
    simply springtime in tornado alley.
    love and hugs to my dear boys and the lovely font,
    tammy j

  11. Wilf looks quite bright and lively in his christenings. What a wonderfully blessed morning you had :).

  12. What a beautiful post, Angus. We are overjoyed at Wilf's improvement, and at the scene you have painted today.

  13. Your blog brings me joy. So thankful to read that Wilf is feeling better today.

    Blessings and Love,
    Janelle, Maggie Mae and Max

  14. Wilf feeling better, croissants gratefully received, birds flitting about, and a kite. A joyful day so beautifully described.

  15. So good to be back from holiday and to read that life is good in your part of France, and that Wilf soldiers on.
    Cheers, Gail.

  16. Being avid bird watchers ourselves, the joy reading your post brings is delightful! Not to mention the heart lifting happiness to hear Wilf is back on track. Beautiful day!! Keep on going Wilf!

    With love from your bitterly cold (sigh) Canadian pals,
    Dianna along with Tor, Willow and Tucker

  17. Your walk paints the picture that would be next to the word ~ "bliss" in my dictionary of Life. *Thanks for sharing it...It's one of those moments where you just HAVE to stop and take it in...because another exactly like it will never come again. a {hug} for Wilf.

  18. So happy to see the photos of Wilf up and about on his rounds today. May the improvements continue.

  19. Oh isn't Wilf just so adorable. My little dog Millie speaks to me by her body language. They are just wonderful aren't they. Thank you for such a beautifully written blog... and of course thanks to Wilf xx