Sunday, 19 April 2009

Digby pondering the enormity of the world

The poor hotel and restaurant owners in the area are licking their wounds after a miserable Easter. If the recession wasn't exreting a bad enoughinfluence on bookings, the big earthquake in Abruzzo on the Monday before the holiday led to a spate of last minute cancellations - for most of the hotels here occupancy levels were down 20% from the levels seen last year.Everyone in the village bar is still hopeful that there will be a rush of foreign bookings for the summer . I'm gently trying to steel anyone that asks me to the fact that the Brits and Americans are suffering a weak economy and are less likely to travel than before.

Wilf has recovered his sense of adventure and went on a long walk on his own through the fields this morning. Last week he studiously made sure he was always within sight of us, but this morning he charged after the sparrows and blackbirds as contentedly and as carefree as if he was a puppy. He has a sore back leg so we think one of the burglars had probably given him a hefty kick. We've put him on glucosamine and he's definitely improving.Digby, the little one, has discovered the sand pit in the courtyard and is lying basking in the sun as I write.

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