The winter has been harsh and so cold. The rain of January has continued and the back end of February has been freezing. The "Beast from the East" hitting the UK has hit home here too. It has been best to light the fires and hunker down, though not always possible. It seems that south west France can be a climate of extremes with the winter being as cold as the summer can be hot!
It has not all been about the weather, we have had other things to occupy our mind. The arrival at FFQ of Emmie our new Golden Retriever pup has bought a new pattern and responsibility to our day. She is mischievous, marvellous and a minx!
She stands on the shoulders of giants, being our third retriever, but she is our first female dog. Emmie is a French retriever being one of a litter of 10 and born close by in Villeneuve sur Lot. The breeder, to identify the pups, called her Mademoiselle Verte. We had such a trial choosing her name, getting a family consensus was the challenge. Finally we chose Emmie as the shortened version of Emerald, the green precious stone that links to her first name, Miss Verte!