Everyone is on vacation! Folks are loading up their ice chests, water wings, suntan lotion, beach towels and children to drive to the beach. Meanwhile, we are at home watching the weeds grow and feeding a dog named Bubba so his family can bask in the Florida sunshine on the white sands, eat seafood, and frolic in the gulf waters. Are you feeling sorry for us since we are left behind, doing the chores and not having all of that fun? Well, I tried to drum up some sympathy. Bubba said it wouldn’t work. That month in France erased any spot in your heart for feeling sorry for us. Somehow, I knew it.
I’ve successfully captured pictures of chickens, peacocks, donkeys, sheep, bumblebees, butterflies, hummingbirds and tropical fish. Bubba was not impressed with my portfolio and refused to pose for the internationally acclaimed photographer. Bubba and Jim played their usual game of hide and seek around the trees. I lingered hopefully like a photographer waiting for the bikers in the Tour de France. I can say with all certainty that Bubba will not be appearing in any movies or television appearances anytime soon if he has his way about it.
Most of the French dogs posed for my Canon in a gesture of friendliness to the American tourist. Bubba cares nothing about international unity as long as he can dig holes under the oak trees, play hide and seek with Jim and have his meals presented on a regular basis. Tourists can find a mule or cows in the field by the fishpond or some dumb chickens for their instagrams or blog pictures. Don’t bother with tweeting! Those were his parting words as I drove away in the Jeep. Don’t suppose he would be interested in posing for me in a beret either.
Would you like to see more of Chateau Hautefort? Just click here – France -storytelling and pictures. Don’t miss the gorgeous interior of the chateau.
I read an article several years ago about the best employers. One man said he wanted a workplace where he could take his hound dog, and when he sang off-key he wanted his fellow employees to sing in harmony with him. In other words he wanted a happy place to work. I’m not sure this “take a dog to work” concept will take on very quickly, but I would like to work with the fellow who longs to belt out a song or two.
I hope you are enjoying your summer. Are you going on vacation, or staying home with the dogs like Jim and me? Why not read a book? I would suggest A French Opportunity. Send a postcard via the reply section down below. Send one for Bubba also! Have fun!