Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Cat sitting, plus garden update.

I have to say I was very relieved to find two cats when I went to David's house yesterday. There is just nothing worse than losing somebody else's animals when you are looking after them!  After three visits on the first day and seeing only one cat, (the same one), I have to admit to being more than a little worried.  Anyway the guilty party was there yesterday morning looking at me with his big blue, innocent eyes and I am quite sure laughing at me.  Just look at this beautiful face.
Meanwhile the other one, who had not deserted me yesterday, was rolling around outside asking me to please go and play.
All's well at the moment and I hope it remains this way until David and family return from their holiday.  The cats are very similar, but the top one is lighter in colour while the darker one below has a little more white on its face.  They were deserted by their wild cat mother while their eyes were still closed and David's wife brought them up with the help of a doll's baby bottle.  With those blue eyes, there has to be a siamese involved somewhere.

Meanwhile after all the tree removal in the garden over the last week, I see that the very cheap packet of mixed seeds I bought is still producing surprises.
Please don't ask me what these pretty blue flowers are, I have no idea!
Cornflowers and marigolds with sage on the right.
Hollyhocks
This small purple flower has these silvery seeds appearing.  Whatever it is, I hope that the seeds will grow next year as it has been very colourful for several months. See below.

This tiny zinnia has just appeared.
Garlic chives - not from the mixed packet - but I am hoping they will seed and produce more plants next year.  They have been very slow growing and I would like a lot more. Note the 'bug' on the bottom flower.
This minute little grasshopper, sitting on a marigold petal, was only about 6mm (1/4 inch) long in the body. 
Last night's clouds - I am sure that is a scorpion fish swimming in the centre:-)
Perhaps you can see something more interesting?

49 comments:

  1. So Nice to have both cats there i am sure you are relieved and yes it is also a cutie I can not wait for the weekend so I can go to the nursery and get some seed packets too :) I suppose I will be busy in my garden for the next couple of weekends to get it ready for the Spring :))

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  2. I knew the cat would turn up...they usually do when food is involved :-)

    Lovely photographs...I love the one of the seeds..so unusual!

    C x

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  3. Philip, relieved is an understatement. It was raining lightly today and they were both on hand and under cover. We somehow have got our lives wrong with summer in France and winter in the UK. It should be summer in France and summer in S.A. Hopefully it will soon be all year in France then I can plant winter crops:-) Diane

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  4. Carol you had more faith in the cat than I did! Those seeds are very unusual, I must try and find out what the plant is. Diane

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  5. Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures!

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  6. Glad both kitties are there Diane ... yes, that's the one thing about looking after someone else's pets ... if something goes wrong you never forgive yourself ...

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  7. Well done Graham you got the wording right:-) I hope all goes well for the remainder of the time with the kitties! Diane

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  8. Beautiful cats and beautiful blossoms. Looks like you are enjoying your summer :-)

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  9. Oh my - they are both so beautiful - I was going to ask if they were siblings (when I saw the photos) but your post answered that .... how wonderful that they were rescued & hand reared. What are their names ?

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  10. Joyful they are lovely cats and very affectionate. Diane

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  11. Lynda so far as I can gather, with my rotten French, they are cat 1 and cat 2 as the rabbit is 'rabbit', or maybe they think that is the best answer for me:-) The latter is staying with David's mother, so one less I have to worry about. This does not mean though that they are very dearly loved. If one was to go missing they would be heart broken. David is particularly soft with animals. Diane

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  12. Glad the cats are safe and I'm sure you are also, Diane! I always have that fear when watching someone's pets! They are beautiful cats and I'm sure my 2 black ones wish they could get outside like that!

    Your flowers are gorgeous, especially the zinnia. Our really hot weather with all the rain and storms ruined my hollyhocks this summer and all the flowers don't look nearly as pretty as yours.

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  13. Pam, They really are beautiful cats, I sincerely hope that nothing happens to them especially while I am looking after them!

    You have just reminded me to go and look at that zinnia again. It is still quite small but it is now in full bloom. Diane

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  14. Amazing photos! I am so glad you found the other cat... what a beauty!

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  15. Thanks Pam. I am also glad the other cat came back:-) Diane

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  16. Nice pictures and very cute kittens :)

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  17. Do you have a garden for winter crops in the UK? Just wondering if you take a break or just keep digging where ever you are.

    Your neighbors are lucky to have you taking care of their cats.

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  18. Faith thanks for the visit and the comments. Diane

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  19. Mya home in the UK is a very small two up two down house in the middle of a block. It has a paved garden and very noisy neighbours. No gardening, other than a small bed with shrubs down one side and a couple of pots. Also no sleep, as the neighbours party, drink, come home late if out and crash doors. (They do not work and live off the govt!) I won't even tell you what the language is like! The quicker Nigel can retire and we can move to France on a permanent basis the better. Sadly it will probably be another two years. Diane

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  20. Your garden is still looking very colourful Diane. The cats are gorgeous but you know I think that from my BW comment :)

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  21. Lovely photos - the second one reminds me of my poor old Tam - boy do I miss him.
    I love the flowers, I was going to ask you what the blue one was until I read your comment!!

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  22. Lindy the garden is really looking quite good and with not a lot of help from me. I have been too busy with trees and vegetables! Both cats are lovely and loving. Dciane

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  23. Roz it is always difficult to get over the loss of an animal. I try to remember all the good times we had together, but even now sometimes when I am feeling low, I will look at a picture and the odd tear will appear:(

    I would love to know what those blue flowers are they are such a rich colour. Maybe when I get back to the UK with a colour printer, I can try to find out from the nursery what the blue ones and the pink ones are. Diane

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  24. I'm so glad David's second cat returned. I had a tiger striped cat once whose mother was Siamese. While he didn't have the blue eyes, he did have the Siamese voice. Fred was very funny. And it's amazing that your little bargain seed packet has produced such a vast array of color for you!

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  25. What beautiful photos Diane! I think you should pick up more of those seed packets. What they produce are beautiful. So happy to hear the cat came back. The two of them are lovely. The season still looks fantastic in France. Enjoy your day.... Susan :)

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  26. I was going to say a female flying fish, but am sure you know the local fauna better than I.

    Love all the gorgeous colors from your seed packet. Why not collect some seeds to replant next year.

    Doesn't seem that "missing" kitty has missed many meals.

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  27. Marjie it was the best packet of seeds I have ever bought. There was such a variety and several of which I did not know. I will certainly try to collect some seed for next year.

    The cats seemed to have settled now and they were both waiting for me this morning. Diane

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  28. Hi Susan, the weather is not too bad although it is cooler than it was.

    Maybe I should look and see if there are any more packets of seeds, I was going to collect some from the plants anyway. Diane

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  29. Gaelyn you could well be right looking at it again. It has a very feminine face and yeas that could well be wings rather than spikes. I prefer a flying fish to a scorpion fish:)

    Both cats were there this morning waiting for me, so I hope they have now got into my routine. Diane

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  30. Happy Birthday Diane! Hope you have a wonderful day!

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  31. Thanks Bo, it has been a quiet day but I decided to have a day off gardening:) Diane

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  32. If there is one thing you can bet on is that cats and dogs will return as soon as they get hungry. :)

    Really beautiful flowers Diane but I like the tiny katydid most of all.

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  33. Well well!!
    Pastis??!!!
    You're becoming more French every day!
    That is the South East famous apéritif!!
    Try the Pastis Bardouin! It's definitely top notch!!! You'll never look back once you've tasted this one!! :))))
    Have a great day, Diane, and enjoy the lovely weather!

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  34. Joan what is the difference between a katydid and a grasshopper? Diane

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  35. Noushka - I have drunk Ricard for years, even in the days of living in good old Rhodesia, so perhaps there is some French blood somewhere. Unfortunately it has not helped with the language!! It was just a small celebration with French friends for my birthday:-)

    I have never heard of Pastis Bardouin but will look out for it. Have a good weekend. Diane

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  36. Hi Paula, enjoyed your photos. The cats are beautiful - glad they are both there. It's so worrying when you are responsible for other people's animals.

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  37. Hi Marrianne, yes the cats are beautiful. David phoned me last night so I was relieved that I could tell all was well. Diane

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  38. Excellent photos! I loved looking through them! The grasshopper was my favorite, my kids enjoyed that one! Thanks!

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  39. Hi Debbie, thanks for visiting. The hopper was cute and very photogenic:)Diane

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  40. Good morning Diane. Beautiful blooms you have. Hollyhock is stunning and that is some geat photography. Great shot of the grasshopper.

    The smoking - well I'm still doing it. I have been encouraging a friend who is 44 that just found out he has a blood clot in the lung and he is a smoker. I gave him a couple of my patches to try. Helping someone else I hope will encourage me to be abstinate. Anyway it is a work in progress. I'll always be a smoker but hopefully one who chooses not to smoke. Thanks for asking. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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  41. Hi Becca. Thanks for the comments.

    I hope that helping someone else will help you. Just put a picture in your mind every time you light up what you are doing to your lungs! At least you are trying, that is the main thing and if you have cut back it all helps. I hope that you are one that does chooses not to. Keep up the effort, many of us are behind you. Have a great weekend. Diane

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  42. I am swooning over the garden photos. Beautiful.
    Glad both cats are visible now.

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  43. Velva the flowers out at the moment are really pretty and as for the veg garden... Yes I am glad both cats are around again:-) Diane

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  44. Beautiful flower shots and the cat is so cute!

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  45. Thanks JM, the cats are lovely, I miss them when I am not cat sitting. Diane

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  46. Hi Diane, I am reading some of your older posts and had to look up the cat ones! Aren't these 2 gorgeous beauties. I smiled at the one playing up on you, disappearing, then appearing like nothing was amiss. Mine used to do this all the time when I was on hols (so I am told). Very interesting post and lovely photos.

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  47. Dolly the one cat gives me the heebie jeebies, it spends its time hunting on the opposite side of the road. It is not like it is a busy, busy road but the traffic that does use it drives quite fast!!! Thanks for the kind comments. Diane

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  48. Love this blog, keep up the great work wish you all the best.

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