Sunday, July 25, 2010

Haute-Garonne

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So now we’re in the Haute-Garonne, a French department around Toulouse, formerly part of the province of Languedoc. We’ll be here for somewhere between 1 and 4 months before returning to the department of Gers, not far from Condom. Gers is the region to the upper left of the Haute-Garonne on the map.

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There wasn’t much to do today but sit around or visit some of B&J’s friends in surrounding villages. Later in the day I got on a bicycle for the first time in 13 years for a half-hour ride to a local gorge of some beauty.

Munson’s still a bit confused by all this change, this being about the sixth place he’s overnighted at since landing in London. This is very much ameliorated by having a large backyard to run around in, and playmates on tap. Finding Tosca and Smeggs outside the door at 7am was a bit of a surprise for him: you mean I don’t have to wait for afternoon playtime? It’s also new for him to have other people around all the time, and more especially to have three young kids around. He has some adjusting to do in terms of his position in the trio of dogs, and in the overall mess of six humans and three dogs in this space. While I want him to feel confident in this new environment, he has to know that he ranks below all the humans, and he can’t be bossy with the little ones.

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