Warm Weather, Waggy-Tails, Sticky Desserts and Wiping Whiskers

In common with most of Europe the weather over the last week has been dangerously hot.  In France they call it La Canicule (heat wave) and when this happens in Southern Europe the affects can be devastating to health and as we have seen, with the wild fires in Portugal, lives and the environment.

Here at Las Razes the rising temperature brought us to a virtual ‘stand-still’ things could only be done at about 6amand the second half of the day meant staying safely in doors and resting.

Opening the house up during the early hours – doors and windows flung wide and then closing them up by about 9am is about all you can do.  Closing shutters and curtains and keeping the sun out.  Fans become essential until it passes.

Well it’s passed and the joy of being able to go outside and breath real air is one that always surprises.  A simple thing but it becomes a real pleasure.

So as the weekend approached a little cooler and our new guests were safely installed in the gîte for their holiday. It was time for our plans for the weekend to be considered. 

Just outside Tournon d’Agenais some friends were organising a charity dog show to raise money for canine causes and so we thought that our Mimi should go along and strut her stuff. She’s the least likely mutt to ever agree to be groomed and cooperate, however it was worth a try.

Close to the ‘show ground’ there is a restaurant called the Auberge de Brelan and so we decided to go and have a late lunch and then be prepared to quickly wipe any duck from Mimi’s whiskers and get her entered into a class or two. 

It was a stunning afternoon and we sat outside with the tables laid out under the trees – we did indeed eat many variations of duck and some very splendid looking desserts.  Mimi sat quietly and watched all that was going on – there were many people eating and there was plenty to see.  She tried to keep her whiskers clean whilst eating her treats and then we set off for her big moment.

By mid-afternoon it was actually getting a big hot again.  So everyone clung to the bit of shade there was.  Mimi agreed to enter every class she was eligible for, she tried her best, showed the judge her backside more often than her facebut did ultimately win the ‘dog with the waggiest tail’.  All in a good cause!