Happily Ever After

Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, three cats, garden wildlife, a camera, a computer – and increasing amounts about running

Earlier posts can be found on Adventures of a Lone Bass Player, where this blog began life. Recent entries can be found here.


Big Fight Night

by admin - 23:10 on 16 May 2010

It was almost 2.30am when we were awoken by the sound of a vicious cat fight on our lawn. Much hissing and yowling was involved. This was serious.

I was first down the stairs, where I found a wide-eyed Bess seated by her cat-flap, peering into the night, as intrigued by the racket as a hugely relieved Matchgirl and I were. Our resident moggy was safe.

The switch for the outside light was thrown to illuminate a snarling ball of fur which on close inspection (but not too close) was seen to be Romeo in apparently mortal combat with a ginger tom whom Matchgirl identified as Achilles, a former neighbourhood resident. Why he was back was unknown, but Romeo didn't like it.

The Gardener

The two were separated with the aid of the water-filled squeezy bottle, although hostilities recommenced briefly not long afterwards. Morning light revealed several tufts of ginger fur on the lawn, so Romeo must have finished ahead on points.

Achilles clearly landed a few blows, for Mr Montague said their feisty feline sported new battle scars this morning. His trip for the snip becomes increasingly necessary.

The victor wasn't seen abroad today – he must have stayed home to lick his wounds – which allowed Bess to enjoy the garden unmolested. She made the most of it.

So did the sparrows, a couple of whom were seen collecting wisps of fur. Several nests may feature ginger insulation by the end of the week.

Pine Marten Update: The Nutella remained untouched last night and was still untouched when darkness fell tonight. He'll be back.

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