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Sunday, 25 May 2008

CatCalling

A busy weekend CatCalling ....two of my favourite calls and an exhortation from my online Horoscope (which I take seriously when it suits me ) to consider spending time on my own in Creative Pursuits and the like meant that I spent extra time in each house just enjoying being with the cats , bird watching at one of the houses and making meaningful conversation in another with W , a very rewarding cat I've known for some time about how he spends his time now his sister is no more .

At the Fairytale Garden which I've written about here before , Mr and Mrs Blackbird are nesting and the family are feeding the adult birds Felix cat food mixed with water in a bowl . As soon as I had got my coat off , organised the cats ( known as the Girls ) their tuna , read the explanatory note and got out into the garden with the bird food , the cats were out there to follow my progress .
Usually they're far more interested in their own supplies but today was different . Stumbling cautiously across the flagstones and grass ( neither of them is particularly sprightly these days ) they soon set up camp behind two different stones , staking out the garden ready to Keep an eye on Things ...... as the note had said , no sooner was the Felix down and my back turned , I could see Mr Blackbird's beak flashing in the sun ......and was he desparate to get down to check out what was in that bowl ..... but , despite their best efforts at stalking the cats were none too steady on the pins and both were slipping and sliding in their hiding places .
I retreated indoors and took up my spot in the sitting room .

Silence .
Now what ?

I could see the bird , tail dipping , beak flashing . Cats still in place , craning their necks , willing the bird down where presumably they were hoping to pounce , not much chance of that though at their time of life but enough to stop the poor bird coming down . Hopefully the propect of the tuna would drive them in within a few minutes .

And I am back into the sunshine and on to my next call where a tiny siamese kitten needs to be coaxed to eat more ...

Its a life .

I spend a rare four hours at the office ( rare for a Sunday ) and then call back on the kitten concerned that she has not eaten enough and could possibly be coaxed to eat more . Result .... and I go home happy , to assist with guinea pig cage scouring and litter tray deep litter clean , highly satisfying with hose and hot sunny yard .

3 comments:

BetteJo said...

Those cat calls sound particularly pleasant, just relaxing almost. Must be a nice business most of the time.

MsCatCalls said...

CatCalling is brilliant .... I wish I had more and didnt need to do any other kind of work . Now that would be bliss . maybe one day ....

Anonymous said...

Hi Shelagh
Survived the journeys!! Northumberland was at its best, the sun shone for the 5 nights we were there!! Mark looks great, took some photos includin early morn on Newton beach, will send one to you asap, (at the moment we are having a new kitchen fitted, ) also took nice of rainbow arch, lindisfarne abbey,
hope all ok
take care
Joan

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