Happily Ever After
Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, memories of a much-missed moggie, three adventurous new cats, a camera, a computer and a garden filled with wildlife
Pandora In The Sky With Diamonds
by admin - 12:32 on 10 July 2013
Humanity has any number of caffeine-loaded energy drinks and legal highs from which to choose; the feline world has just one drug of choice – catnip – although Tess, typically, felt nothing when presented with drug-riddled playthings, unlike The Pride.
Its birthday presents included two small catnip mice for The Fearless Ones and a much bigger catnip fish for Maia, stolen from her within minutes by envious no-longer-kittens.
Since then, all three have enjoyed frantic playtimes with an increasingly drool-soaked fish, their fun starting out with much wrestling and hind-legs-scrabbling before dissolving into a spaced out purple haze.
If The Cat Police arrive on the doorstep to take Matchgirl into custody for supplying drugs, followed by Moggy Social Services to place The Pride in a place of safety, I won't be at all surprised. At least it means the birds are left alone.
Not that there are many around at the moment; it's the time of year when the garden goes quiet. Or maybe the unexpected heat has reduced avian activity.
So I was lucky to snap a young woodpecker this morning. Catching them on a close-by branch is almost impossible, as they're the most skittish birds in the garden, but this one gave me a few seconds before realising it was being watched.
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