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.


Competitive Cool

by admin - 23:02 on 28 June 2010

Bess, who'd tolerated Spider well enough for us to believe that The Rural Retreat's two moggies could get along in the long term, is still undecided.

A small amount of hissing and an attempted cuffing yesterday proved that the Alpha Cat has yet to completely adjust to the newcomer. A greater amount of sulking and skulking in the rain pressed home the point and caused great anguish to Matchgirl, who fears her beloved pet now prefers the great outdoors to home comforts.

But there are attractions of interest in the garden.

I returned the gate to its original position today, having grown tired of seeing only the rear end of martens for the past two days. My cunning plan is to continue to leave marten treats in the buttercup patch then move the gate again when they've been found.

Marten 57 (and Friend)

Bess and Miss Marten share some harmony as dusk falls on the garden

However, the plan was scuppered tonight when Bess chose to laze one foot away from where the stash of fruit, nuts and egg had been established – something that might deter the hungriest pine marten.

Not that Miss Marten was dissuaded from dining altogether. She appeared, as usual, out of nowhere, jumped on to the gate, nodded hello to Bess and tucked into her honey, nuts and Nutella.

Bess, who clearly didn't want to be out-cooled by a pine marten, watched her for a moment then turned her back and resumed her cat-nap.

If she could share her space as gracefully with Spider, life in the Retreat would be much more restful.

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