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

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Cautious Cats and Nervous Martens

by admin - 23:33 on 31 May 2010

A big decision was made today – two cats were left home alone, unrestricted, while Matchgirl and I enjoyed a jaunt around the Black Isle on Kawasaki San.

We returned to find no fur flying, The Rural Retreat unwrecked, Spider snoozing in her basket and Bess doing the same in one of her favourite outdoor spots. Domestic harmony. Or maybe their paths hadn't crossed in our absence.

A small outbreak of hissing erupted in the evening, but more for appearances sake, it seems. The two are getting used to each other.

Still ultra cautious, however, is the new pine marten. The food he left behind after he fled yesterday evening was gone this morning, although who'd taken it I don't know. More was put out tonight but remained untouched until after darkness fell.

When Matchgirl noticed the stealthy diner I turned on the outside light so we could see him better – something that's never bothered Master Marten, nor Mister Marten before him – but this individual was off the gate in a moment and soon lost in shadow at the bottom of the garden.

Seconds later, he or a friend was seen to run back past the gate and beyond the Retreat's boundary.

This will be worrying news for Soo and Tony, who've been booked to cat-sit for a week in July for no other reward than the pleasure of seeing our pine marten population. With luck there'll be more action tomorrow.

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