Two Polish Lowland Sheepdog brothers in Italy - now about to head to France
Sunday, 5 April 2009
All in all a pretty good day
Holy Week is upon us and Italy is gearing up for the twin onset of religious festivities and the arrival of the barbarian tourist throngs from the north of Europe. Today we saw a car with German registration plates and two from the Netherlands at the very slow food restaurant in the village. The vacation homes around here that have been shuttered since last autumn are suddenly alive with gardeners and housekeepers in preparation for the arrival of their owners for the States.The radio at breakfast was carrying a broadcast from St.Peters instead of its usual Sunday morning phone-in so there can be no doubting that we are approaching high festival time. For our part we are awaiting the arrival of friends from the UK and are grateful that the weather has turned warm with some light cloud cover - absolutely perfect. The dogs are loving being able to play out in the fields all day without getting either soaked or baked.
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.