July 4th

It’s our wedding anniversary today and the weather is finally starting to settle down. We took a picnic out, all the way to… the plum tree.

house and picnic table

picnic table

and we had our first pan bagnat of the year

pan bagnat

Finbar was tied up just in case he decided to run off, but I think those days are over. He’s getting very sensible in his old age.

Finbar 4 July

Trixie didn’t move from the chair she’s appropriated.

Trixie's chair

Ninnie got as far as the doormat.

Ninnie on doormat

It’s a good thing we don’t crave excitement.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

51 thoughts on “July 4th”

    1. It’s just an old smallholding that’s not farmed anymore and the house is starting to fall down. The world’s changing around it, but slowly, thank goodness πŸ™‚

  1. A nice shady spot for a picnic … I enjoyed seeing how each family member engaged in this special event (exciting enough for me πŸ™‚

    1. It is a pleasant spot, and not too far from home πŸ™‚ Trixie usually likes to walk with us, but she was just luxuriating in the chair she stole from Finbar and Ninnie it too frightened to go beyond the porch. There are ‘things’ out there…

      1. There is nothing like a stolen chair πŸ™‚ I’ve never had an outdoors cat … it seems natural to let them roam but I tend to agree with Ninnie.

    1. Thank you. It was strange celebrating on our own. We always wanted to and always had people cooking for us and entertaining us. This year it might have been nice to see a few faces.

  2. Congratulations, Jane! I am so sorry for the delay in visiting here. Hope you had a nice celebrations. You fourleggers look like the had a little bit too much alcohol.. Lol Honestly its a wonderful place where are you living. Michael

  3. Glad you could celebrate simply. The end of lockdown in Spain created a buzz in the countryside with neighbours and let house for big family gatherings. Mainly covid low in our and still is. I think fresh air helps. Hope all going well now.

    1. We’re being reined in again, too much easing up of distancing and a flare up in contaminations. Italy seems to have come out of this well. They’ve been sensible, they applaud their PM for his tough measures, and La Lega is floundering. Can’t be bad πŸ™‚

      1. Yes, I suppose there must be some applauding of governments. We are near Portugal and they have managed well and our rural part of Spain has never had many cases. But now back in UK and reined in here in the North while Boris holidays.

      2. One of the things I appreciate most is that it’s not picturesque in our part of it, green, pretty, small farms, small settlements with not much to draw the crowds. It’s a lived in, rather sleepy landscape.

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