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
The Thrill Of The Chase
by admin - 22:30 on 28 April 2013
One week on from Matchgirl's marathon triumph and she's still hobbling around like an old woman. It's fortunate that her physio has forbidden any running for at least another week.
Less inhibited is Maia, who's discovered the thrill of the chase since one of the kittens brought a twig into The Rural Retreat. Inexplicably, our portly puss treated it like a toy, especially when it was thrown for her, and since then several twigs have been chased and savaged.
The latest craze is to slide along the kitchen lino in pursuit of her plaything, pick it up and bring it into our living area while watched by an incredulous Willow. If this continues we may be able to train Maia as the world's first retriever cat.
Pandora had other things in mind today. A small face could be glimpsed through the rapidly growing grass at the bottom of the garden, where its owner kept an intent watch on Mr Pheasant and three of his wives who clustered around the apple tree and made the most of seed scattered by careless smaller birds. A certain amount of stalking took place as Mr P and his harem ambled around the garden but they kept just as careful an eye on her as she did on them. No blood was spilt or feathers ruffled.
The lone blackcap was back this morning, and again this afternoon. A small flock of siskins was another avian highlight but the only snap worth keeping featured a female house sparrow. Unexotic, maybe, but still worth a close look.
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