Category Archives: Personal Journal

The Proof of the Petting is in the (Rep)Eating


See previous post — yesterday morning and latest cat was still too afraid of human hands to let them come anywhere near her. Now she is becoming convinced that they are the best thing since plates of food. The more … Continue reading

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Black Cat and a Stroke of Good Luck


Our latest feral cat has taken over a month to overcome enough nervousness to keep from diving under the house at our least movement, to emerge and sit near us when we are on the porch, and to come inside … Continue reading

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Neighbourhood Attractions and Detractions


  We took a birthday-celebrating friend and husband to help us put on yet another show for the peacocks, fish and buck at Chantecler on Sunday, and I had my first swim for ages. My recent ongoing tendency to do … Continue reading

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A Day Filled with Interesting Times.


From the moment my special cat M fled screaming under our wardrobe at five a.m. pursued by Katie, one of the bully-cats from the Main House, I might have known that this would not be a day of peacefulness and … Continue reading

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Different Views of Cruise


Today saw the departure of our houseguest en route back to Germany.  I spent the morning in sourcing bits and pieces for DIY projects, and in the afternoon the grandkids and I started sanding the large slide. It has needed … Continue reading

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Nativity Scene of Shock and Horror with Feral Bunnies


The Nativity Scene pictured here, at the entrance to an Eco Park near our home, has been a pleasant sight over the Christmas season. Closer scrutiny has, however, also turned it into a source of considerable amusement. There can be … Continue reading

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Entertaining Creatures at Chantecler


Yesterday we all went to provide entertainment for the fish, buck and peacocks to be found at Chantecler Hotel in Drummond, some forty minutes or so from home. It is not cler . . . er, clear . . . … Continue reading

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