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Don’t play with your food

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Last night, Sébastian was being snooty about his food. At first I assumed it was the classic cat tactic of going off a type of food the minute you buy it in bulk to save money. Then I noticed he was sitting at the corner of the sofa, batting at something just out of my eyeline. A little baby mouse. Awww. And, ah well.

There was a bird last week. Well, some feathers and a leg. And a couple of bigger mice a little while back.

My neighbours were saying they have mice in their house at the moment, so I may remove Sébastian’s bell and let him earn his keep. Or kibble.

  • Rodents:
    Rats – 2
    Mice – 43 46
    Voles – 11
  • Birds:
    Sparrows – 5
    Dunnocks – 1
    Robin – 1
    Ringed pigeon – 3
    Uncertain – 9 10
  • Other:
    Frogs – 1
    Unidentifiable remains – 3

I’ve been working on the garden a lot, and pulled a lot of rotting stuff out of the pond this morning. I disturbed at least two frogs, but I think Sébastian has had the usual “never try that again” encounter with frogs and will leave them be.

What hoe!

Sunday, 20 April 2008

In a burst of Spring-ish enthusiasm, I bought a hoe today and have already cleared the path of unwanted plants as far as Kuan Yin. I also planted a scabious in the long narrow border and am planning to restart my gardening notes so I stop repeating mistakes.

Whilst clearing the patio, I also found one of Sébastian’s kills which had been left. Lovely. So, Sébastian’s new kill count is:

  • Rodents:
    Rats – 1
    Mice – 37 39
    Voles – 11
  • Birds:
    Sparrows – 5
    Dunnocks – 1
    Robin – 1
    Wood-pigeon – 1
    Uncertain – 8
  • Other:
    Frogs – 1
    Unidentifiable remains – 3

as there was also one on the rug this morning.

I’m actually very glad to be getting presents again. He’s been being fussy about food, drinking more water than he used to and losing weight, so I naturally worried. Despite him being overweight by any definition. Two weeks on vet-prescribed “sensitive” cat food and he’s back to normal, and the weight is slinking back on. A couple of kills is rather reassuring.

Tonight We Fly

Tuesday, 7 November 2006

Fate doesn’t hang on a wrong or right choice,
Fortune depends on the tone of your voice,
So sing while you have time, let the sun shine down from above
And fill you with songs of love
Songs of Love, The Divine Comedy

Yeah, I know I’ve quoted it before, but it does remain one of my absolute favourite Divine Comedy songs. We went to the Roundhouse on Thursday night to see them live. The support act were musically competent, but suffered from being a checklist of clichés. The Divine Comedy were, of course, excellent. Hannon is the sort of artist who easily gathers up the audience and plays it like a dream, from his teasing threaten to strip to bringing on a brass section for two songs in the encore. The highlight was The Plough, from Victory for the Comic Muse, where he told a life story in the time it took to smoke a cigarette.

We then spent the Friday afternoon at Kew Gardens, nipping into the Temperate House at one point to warm up from the chilly autumn air:
Autumn Colour informal lake island
Pagoda The Temperate house Time Forgot
[all images here]
We tried to get tickets for Late at the Tate but were too, er, late.

Then to Brizzol for the weekend, and PPH‘s birthday. The SS Great Britain is, indeed, an excellent museum. There’s been a conscious effort to remove the barriers between visitor and objects. The route is defined a little, in that you start with the rusting hull, then visit a dockside exhibition which goes backwards through time, before stepping onto the restored mid-Victorian deck of the ship and investing its various quarters. But within that journey back through time, you are given freedom: you can try to steer using a working wheel and pulleys, or wander through the ship in no order. There’s an active encouragement to try the doors in the salons, and a turning engine at its heart. And this is before I mention the glass sea… Wonderful. Highly recommended.


Sunday, 16 April 2006

Having had a week off work, then a shortened week (four days, two of which were travelling), I have clearly relaxed too much and have therefore spent this weekend fighting off some kind of bug. I have learnt to make smoothies as a large short of vit c and potassium. I have also felt decidedly gunky and fuzzy. My plans to do a big chunk of gardening have come to naught but I did manage to finish the buddha of urbia:


The full set can be viewed here.

I haven’t decided where to place it yet – perhaps under the acer? – but it is at last ready to go out.

Kuan Yin in the snow 2006

Wednesday, 1 March 2006

Kuan Yin in the snow 2006
Originally uploaded by Mags.
It’s that time of year again.
Here are the 2004 and 2006 images.


Sébastian Schrödinger: Intrepid jungle cat

Thursday, 2 June 2005

Sébastian Schrödinger:: Intrepid jungle cat
Sébastian Schrödinger: Intrepid jungle cat,
originally uploaded by Mags.

Day 25: the undergrowth here is massive and the way is not always clear. I am thinking about firing the expedition photographer as she never seems to capture my good side.

Back from a long day (pre 6am start) but finally getting around to uploading the contents of the camera. There are photos of groynes and piers and stuff. And Séba, still refusing to pose properly.

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