Two Polish Lowland Sheepdog brothers in Italy - now about to head to France
Friday, 9 January 2009
Can you keep a diary and a blog?
Read an interesting on-line interview with a retired British politician- Tony Benn- in which he derided blogs and said they would mark the end of diary keeping and the rich vein of literature that diaries and personal recollections hold for future generations. I keep a diary and blogging doesn't interfere with it - the two are totally different genres. There are things I record in the diary that I would never think of putting on the blog. Similarly, the ability to take a photo on the phone and post it two minutes later provides and immediacy that the diary lacks.However, he may have a point. Anyone under 30 probably thinks that writing on paper with pen and ink was a process that went out with the ark.
2004, we sell the rain drenched farm in Scotland and move to the warmth of southern Europe. Two very lively Polish Lowland Sheepdog brothers - Wilf and Digby - accompany us. Fluffy,patient and comical . Forever attracting laughter and new friends . After a year in Provence we moved to Italy to restore an ancient Roman watchtower . Somethings are meant not to be. Following a rather unpleasantly violent 'housejacking' ( the third in our little village ) we left Italy in late 2009 for new adventures in the rolling countryside of south west France . We are now getting to grips with a large rickety old farmhouse. Life after the violence of Italy has a gentler tempo. Digby passed on from piroplasmosis in May 2010. HIs brother, despite being diagnosed with cancer and having become blind ,soldiered on for another two years. We now embark on the next part of our journey with two new PON's - Bob and Sophie. This blog records all those little things about living with dogs that are too unimportant to make it into a diary but which make life, life.