This morning did not go according to plan.

I’d hoped to be blogging about this year’s Blessing of the Animals at our local church in Nouzerines. We’ve been a couple of times before. I took Brendan the alpaca for a walk yesterday in readiness for trekking down to the church for 9.30, the usual kick-off time. Well, there was sideways rain this morning and I didn’t fancy turning up at St Clair’s with a very large drowned rat, and looking like one myself too. Plus it would not have been pleasant hanging around in the wet and cold outside the church for an hour while the service went on. Whilst all animals are welcome at the service, not all of them are welcome in the church itself for obvious reasons!

So we went to Plan B. Rors chose a couple of his favourite guinea-pigs which we put in a basket and we headed off in the car. I’d tried to get my budgies in, but their cage is so tall it wouldn’t fit through the either the doors or the boot! They would have to remain unblessed.

maple syrup cage

The church was quiet and empty. Either we’d got the time wrong, or it had been cancelled, but nothing was going on. So we went back home. I was going to check online to see if it was scheduled for later in the day, but first I went to find Chris who was checking on the anglers on Alder Lake. I saw him and Tobi coming up the path through the field so called Tobi. Now I was in my bright purple raincoat and had the hood up, and this seemed to totally freak Tobi! She shot off like a startled deer and vanished. So for twenty minutes Chris and I walked around, me now without my scary coat and so getting soaked, calling for Tobi but not finding her. It turned out she’d gone back to the house. What set her off, I don’t know, but she now seems to be OK with that particular coat. Anyway, by now I was soaked to the skin and thoughts of church services receded fast. Instead, since our coffee and milk supplies had reached a dangerously low level, and the morning was already messed up, I went shopping. And as you might now by now, I hate shopping! Not a good morning.

Anyway, the afternoon hasn’t been too bad, apart from the fact that winter seems to have arrived, and I don’t like it. I want the sunshine back! We’ll adapt soon enough but we’ve been spoilt for so long with this lovely sunny late summer and early autumn we’ve been having that it’s a bit of a shock. And it’s probably the end of the swimming season which, for a swimaholic like myself, is a shame. But, on the bright side, we haven’t needed to light the fire yet and we’ve been busy working on the wood supplies this last week – chopping, splitting and stacking – to make sure we’ve got plenty for the cold weather that’s sure to come soon…