Two Polish Lowland Sheepdog brothers in Italy - now about to head to France
Monday, 20 April 2009
Boston Legal and our unsophisticated ways.
Earlier this year we had an old friend from our student days in Atlanta staying here at the house. He now has a chair at a well known Boston University and was in Europe to arrange the publication of his latest book. We had a great time together visiting Orvieto,Perugia, and Spoleto and all the 'must do' cultural sites. However, come seven o'clock in the evening he was absolutely horrified to discover our dreadful little secret - come rain or high water we sit down in front of the television to watch our favourite show - Boston Legal. It is so tightly written and has a pace and subtle humour that is way better than anything a British series can serve up. It also seems to be a repository for every retired actor from the 70's and 80's - even Magnum made an appearance alongside Captain Kirk this past week - how retro and tongue in cheek is that ?. Anyway, it was beyond our friends comprehension that we could stoop to such mundanity when we're living in the middle of sun drenched olive groves with a view onto one of Italy's most unspoilt medieval towns. In his view we should be out on the terrace every evening watching the sunset ,painting or writing poems. We had to gently explain to him that when you live surrounded by cultural treasures the last thing you need of an evening is more of the same. He remains unconvinced.
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.