Housekeeping note - day off today. After a hard day's anti-Islamist activity on the interweb yesterday I'm taking a breather to thank God for his manifold gifts today. Ten days ago the last patches of snow had just disappeared, and in no time at all the most gorgeous, delicate wild spring flowers had appeared on the meadows and in the stream bed, comic and delightful little wall lizards scampered along the sun drenched south facing walls and today a venerable Fire Salamander made his majestic way around my morning coffee on the way to his breakfast. They can live for up to 50 years, though no idea how one ages them. And not to mention the tits and finches who fill the morning air with chirps of delight at just being alive, or the plaintive 'Meoew' of the Buzzard overhead looking for exposed chickens to take, or the singing of the little bach as it trills and falls down toward the valley below. Oh, and the new roof is going on. Truly our Europe is a continent of holy wonder. May you all have a peaceful and glorious day.