Tuesday, 11 December 2012
Monday, 19 November 2012
Saturday, 3 November 2012
Wednesday, 24 October 2012
|Always something to fascinate a cat|
Monday, 22 October 2012
Yesterday Urchin was very vocal about demanding to be let out. Even though the weather was awful. It was very windy and even latched back the door was banging around a bit. We went out to call her and she was nowhere to be seen. Then I went upstairs and discovered that she'd snuck back in and put herself to bed in the comfiest spot she could find.
Sunday, 14 October 2012
Saturday, 15 September 2012
In the early mornings at this time of year, we have a lot of squirrel activity. 2 large hazel bushes and a walnut tree keep them very busy.
Which means Urchin is kept very busy keeping watch. She seems to be genuinely agitated that the wretched nut rats are invading her home. Last weekend she was in the garden when one came down the walnut tree without seeing her - she gave chase and was only about 30cm away from it before it got back up the tree. Great excitement.
Monday, 27 August 2012
Saturday, 28 July 2012
|Cat bench, not bonsai bench|
For a long time Paul has wanted to display his bonsai on benches, the way they do in Japan. It looks nicer and makes them much easier to water. This week, it has finally happened. After a bit of cautious peering and sniffing, Urchin has realised that they are also excellent for displaying cats on.
Sunday, 17 June 2012
I'm still traumatised by this. I cannot deal with frogs at all, and yet I had to deal with this one. Which was stuck in Urchin's tail. This is the moment when it moved and Urchin realised it was there. She really thinks her tail is an independent entity.
I needed gardening gloves, a comb and quite a lot of gin to get it out.
Saturday, 26 May 2012
Saturday, 19 May 2012
It's shedding season and thus is the time of year when a cat's reluctance to be brushed really shows itself. The wretched little animal really needs a thorough grooming to get all her loose undercoat out, but she isn't having it, and is fighting like a tiger when we try do it. There are matts developing. Cutting one out is a 2-person job. This was definitely the worst one she's had yet - I am hoping that by publicly humiliating her like this, she will be more amenable to letting us brush her regularly. Yep - pinning my hopes on anthropomorphism.
Sunday, 29 April 2012
Sunday, 8 April 2012
Urchin can be a little menace sometimes. She has realised that gnawing bonsai branches is a very good way to make her father pay attention to her (she also knows it doesn't work on me). But we've never seen her get this carried away. This morning she decided to really get stuck into the bonsai pruning as a way to convince us that it was time for cats to be outside.
Sunday, 1 April 2012
Sunday, 19 February 2012
Saturday, 11 February 2012
Monday, 23 January 2012
I was cuddling the beast. She climbed up to my shoulder, so I leant at an angle to give her an easier descent down my back. She got half way down and stopped, deciding that reclining elegantly on my hunched form was the way to go. She stayed there - with her tail up my nose - until we'd got a decent picture, then I had to stand up to dislodge her. I think she thought I was going to walk around like that, so she could ride like a sedan chair.