We've also got into the daily habit of walking the dogs off the lead along the canal. Now you might think this is no big deal but a few years ago it would have been inconceivable. Misty (who we've had since she was eight weeks old) was always too excitable and nervy and Poppy (the rescue with all the allergies and self-mutilating tendencies) was just too unpredictable. They have both matured but we do constantly have to keep turning round to make sure nobody is about to overtake us and also pay attention to see that nobody is approaching. We've only been caught by surprise once, when a cyclist came out of a side path and completely foxed all four of us - the dogs were too surprised to react and we got away without an incident. It might sound odd to walk along a canal path with so few people, but that is the thing about Brittany - there is so much unspoilt beauty that you can walk for miles without seeing a soul.
There is no doubt that a holiday at home can pay dividends. We don't have that urge to constantly be out and about which we would have had in Venice (the original holiday plan that we cancelled due to lack of funds); we can go back to bed after breakfast and just snooze; we don't have to be Doing Something All The Time. Of course I'm sorry I won't be seeing Madame Butterfly tonight, but I did once see it at Covent Garden with Mirella Freni as MB. The thing is that I don't remember much about it as I was very young- my parents thought they would introduce me to fine culture at a young age. It worked though, it instilled a love of opera that I still have to this day. So tonight, when I'm under the gazebo with my barbie supper, I will raise a glass of cidre doux to Puccini and his wonderful music.
Just one last thing - there is a lovely new animated card from Jacquie Lawson here