Two Polish Lowland Sheepdog brothers in Italy - now about to head to France
Monday, 16 March 2009
Digby inspecting the surprise delivery of hay
Great excitement this morning. The neighbouring farmers 'lad' arrived on a huge tractor with two bails of hay which he deposited in the middle of the drive. I tried to ask why he had chosen to deliver something we had neither asked for nor needed. Sadly, my Italian is still nowhere near the level needed to conduct a 'professional' conversation and it seemed to me that he said in the impenetrable Umbrian dialect that prevails around here that he had brought the hay for the goats. As we don't have any goats or any animal life of any description other than the two boyz this unexpected delivery remains a puzzle - the reason for the drop off will doubtless become clearer as the day progresses and someone , somewhere in the vicinity misses their animal feed. Wilf and Digby are much taken with the hay which is emitting an irresistible ( for them ) scent of farmyard ordure.
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.