Friday, 29 December 2017

29/12/17 Spring, Summer, Autumn & Winter 2017

So, this has to be the longest break in between blog posts that I have had so far. Huge apologies to our readers for the lack of Bubbles' updates!

She has had a very relaxing year, all in all. We moved house twelve months ago and Bubbles seems content in her new homestead - which has many windowsills for her to luxuriate and sunbathe on. Being an indoor cat, she is delighted to have two very loud Siamese cats as her new neighbours - and an excellent view of a large tree that is often adorned by a variety of birdlife (mainly pigeons.)

Spring came and went - with a strange weather phenomena at the end of May that gave us 30 degree celsius temperatures for several days. This beautiful, tropical weather was - alas - short lived. Spring also saw the launch of my latest poetry book Natural Colours and the completion of the first year of my Masters in Creative Writing.

The summer months saw a new addition to the household; a tropical Siamese Fighting Fish named Flash. Flash is fearsome to other fish and will actually kill them if housed with other male Siamese Fighting Fish (and we discovered that he does in fact actually bully any fish that cross his path) so because of this he is unable to have any tankmates apart from two snails that generally mind their own business and slither around the tank eating algae, other debris, and my beautiful Red Tiger Lotus aquarium plants!

Bubbles likes to "supervise" Flash during his daily swimming activities....

I seem to have spent much of the Autumn book editing and taking part in lots of poetry performances, which I have thoroughly enjoyed. Bubbles, however, is less keen on listening to me practise and often chooses to leave the room mid - poem. Yet she does seem to pay special attention to one particular poem entitled 'The Wise Cat'!

Winter is here and Christmas has been and gone in the blink of an eye. So with the New Year on the horizon, all that's left is for Bubbles and I to wish you a Merry Christmas!

Thank you for reading.... We will try to update the Blog a bit more regularly next year!

Sunday, 13 August 2017

13/8/17 Tia Maria Double Trouble

This month's Blog Post is all about a little Chinchilla Persian kitten called Maria! She belongs to Sarah and has a sister called Tia....

Tia Maria = double trouble I think.

Maria is no ordinary kitten, as she just loves to be taken out for a walk on her harness every day....

Knock knock!

Who's there?

Being quite small, Maria sometimes gets herself stuck in a spot of bother....

Look at those adorable, big, blue eyes....

Sarah tells me that when Maria is out for a walk she loves to stand and stare at the neighbours - which can be a little bit awkward. She enjoys jumping and can already open doors!

Like all cats, Maria loves to explre and sniff all the flowers and delicious smells in her garden.

Bubbles is enjoying the smells of summer too - as we have plenty of sweet smelling flowers for her to sniff. Her favourite scent seems to be the pretty purple Campanula plant. She is definitely not keen on Mint and is just warming to the highly perfumed aroma of Sweet Peas.

But I think Bubbles' favourite smell IN THE WHOLE WORLD hasgot to be her favourite Whiskas Chicken and Cheese treats! She always races up the hall for these whenever she hears the rattle of the treats and the crackle of the plastic lid being opened for her!

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

28/3/17 Spring Has Sprung

It would appear that spring has finally sprung! Bubbles is full of the joys of moulting - shedding her thick winter coat for a lighter spring jacket. She loves her new purple fur brush and rushes over to us purring whenever she sees us getting it down from the shelf -  then basking in bliss as we gently brush her head, all around her face, ears and chin then all over her back.

If I am very good, I might be allowed a quick brush of her tail before a quick slap on the hand tells me "enough!" My other half is allowed to brush her all over without a fuss - including her precious tummy fur - which I am not allowed to touch!

The vibrant yellow daffodils are in full bloom blowing in the spring breeze, along with some smaller purple crocuses and what looks as if it promises to be a tulip shape is just about to open. Sadly my seedlings in the kitchen are doing less well - I seem to have killed off some nasturtiums with a bit of extravagant over then under watering.

Bubbles is enjoying a relaxing day so far... Having started the day being rudely interrupted during her lie in by me making the bed, she went off looking very displeased into the spare bedroom where she went back to sleep but has since reappeared, scoffed some Sheba and is now having a major grooming session on the scratching post.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

22/9/16 Summer Celebrations

Today is a day of celebrations as we have had our lovely Bubbles cat for exactly ten years! She came to us on 22/9/06 as a TINY nine week old kitten who just fitted across the palm of my hand! Since then she has grown into a beautiful, confident cat with the brightest yellow eyes imaginable. She lights up our lives every day with her love, affection & funny, clever, cat ways!

Many apologies to our regular readers for the big gap in between posts this year. I last updated My Diary of a Cat Owner in the Spring & since then Summer has been splendidly sunny - with temperatures on many days rivalling hotter climes. We have spent days adventuring out on bike rides, sunny walks, gardening & have had a wonderful holiday this year in Majorca to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. As usual, Bubbles was unimpressed with her holiday to the cattery. This year no blood was drawn but we were still mortified about last year's shambolic departure when we saw the cattery lady this Summer! All seems to have been forgiven though as Bubbles was welcomed back once more. This year she was just described as being "a bit hissy!"

We have now seemingly fallen into Autumn with cooler mornings & it is, in fact, the autumnal equinox today. Green grasses and brackens are fast turning into browns, oranges & purple heathers in the natural landscape. But our garden is still alive with the sights of Summer - with Sunflowers, Roses, Petunias & Geraniums, as well as the final few Sweet Peas flowering vibrantly against the whitewashed garden wall.

Most arachnophobes will recognise that the fall of Autumn brings with it the arrival of the dreaded arachnids. Bubbles is fascinated by these strangely scuttling eight legged creatures & chooses to do the "spider dance" around them - whilst I shriek & look for kitchen containers to capture them in - ready for my husband to release outside when I am safely out of the way!

Sunday, 26 June 2016

June 2016 Fur Friends

This month I thought it would be fun for our Blog to focus on some of Bubbles' fur friends - AKA some of our reader's fur babies.

As you can see from the collage above - they all seem to be in a state of deep relaxation or professional picture posing!

Bubbles has recently been snapped sitting neatly in her "day bed" in a state of - what looks like - deep meditation. Actually, I think she is just about to doze off for a cat nap in her comfy fleece bed. She has the choice of two beds to luxuriate in.... Her day bed - featured below - as well as a snuggly night time fleece basket for her to sleep in upstairs at night. Sometimes, if she fancies it, she sleeps on the dressing table stool; where she is often caught admiring herself in the mirror!

Bubbles dozing in her day bed....

Bubbles relaxing in her night bed....

This is Mr Miyagi - belonging to Helen, Ian, Hannah & Sian. He came to them as a TINY kitten - all fluffy trousers, long fur & tiny toes....

Now just look at this handsome boy - all grown up - with his big Basil Brush tail....


Mr Miyagi likes to be wherever his humans are. The bathroom is no place for privacy as Miyagi likes to be with his humans - EVERYWHERE! He is also partial to a comfy pillow & many a night his human Mum awakes to find a furry friend curled comfortingly around her head.

This gorgeous Tiger striped tail girl - Amber - looks as though butter wouldn't melt....


But her owner Veronica informs me that she too, is unable to visit the bathroom in private without a CATastrophe striking! Once, Amber was so put out she was not allowed in, she scrabbled furiously at the carpet outside the door - ripping it up & creating a blockade - so poor Veronica was stuck inside!

I'm not sure how your boss would take the news "Sorry I'm late - my cat locked me in the bathroom!" It is possibly on a par with "My dog ate my homework" but in this case is very true.

Now this long haired lovely - Boots - has a definite look of cheekiness about her!

Her current mission in life is trying to eat as many mobile phone chargers as possible.... Then look completely innocent about it! "Who? Meeeeee? Miaow!"

Her humans - Cassie & L.B. - have had to resort to building reinforced lego charging stations to thwart Boots' devilish ways. But who could resist that furry face?

As well as practicing her best alien impressions....

Boots is often found impersonating a human baby....

At home, we made the recent discovery of a little brown field mouse - chomping cheekily on cat grass seeds under a bell cloche in our zip up plant grow house. It was dark at the time - so I feel I can be forgiven for my initial panic that it might be a bat or a rat.... I.E. hopping from one foot to the other while making squeaky noises while my husband quickly fetched a torch. Well it WAS dark at the time so it could have been anything! But sure enough, the torchlight lit up a beautiful brown furry creature with little pink almost translucent ears and a very worried little face.

We think the mouse is a pretty permanent resident in the garden as we see it scurrying to & fro in the late evening, however, Bubbles has yet to meet this real life rodent. I am sure she would be delighted to have the opportunity to play chase - but I think the mouse may disagree.

Needless to say - Bubbles was most put out not to be receiving her cat grass & the cheeky mouse did very well out of the deal. He even received a nice chunk of cheese as a welcome present.

 What antics do your furry friends get up to?

Please feel free to leave a comment & post a picture


Thursday, 5 May 2016

May 2016 Spring Warmth

It seems finally, after many months of cold, dark days and nights, the winter has been able to at last give way to new life in a late Spring season.

Finally the trees are beginning to turn green and my first geranium bud of the year has opened in merriment to celebrate the warmth of the sun at last - after weeks of almost trying - yet - not quite daring to brave the chilly days and icy nights. The geranium in question was a final gift from my Dad last summer when he gave us a bright trio of red, pink and white geranium plants for our hanging baskets. It feels somewhat poignant to know it too has braved the awful harshness of last winter and somehow has managed to stumble into Spring - finally emerging - fragile and scared - tentative and small but trying its best to survive and carry on living.

It is nice to see pretty plant life appearing in the garden and birds feeding at the feeders; squirrels scurrying up and down trees. I think the multitude of unwelcome yellow headed dandelion weeds bobbing brightly in the untended borders - bringing a splash of colour and no doubt hard labour - is a welcome sight so much preferable to the harsh deadness of the winter we have fought.

Salad vegetable seeds have sprouted tiny green shoots - well hidden under netting from the watchful eyes of the greedy garden pigeons. Warm sun on skin is uplifting as is the act of throwing off the shroud of winter hoodies and coats. An act that has felt unimaginable over the winter months.

Bubbles constantly follows the sun around the house - seeking warm sunbathing spots on cosy cushions, a sunny windowsill to sit watching the garden wildlife flourish and her favourite - a comfy upholstered dressing table stool.... ....Well it's even suitable for admiring her own appearance in the mirror! She basks with the early morning sun shining on her warm fur - revealing the beautiful red undertones of her black coat that glisten and shine. Her coat looks bushy and full as she starts to shed her winter coat to a lighter spring jacket and is pleased it is becoming "garden weather" at last.

Thursday, 31 December 2015

31/12/15 A Year of Numbers


For my family, this year has been a year of numbers. A year of firsts and a year of lasts.

The first time I kissed my husband on our wedding day; our first dance; our first announcement as Mr & Mrs; the first time I used my new name; our first Christmas as husband & wife; my first trip to Cyprus; my first day in my new job....

The last time I signed my old name; the last time my Dad came round; the last conversation we had together; Dad and I sharing our last hug.

I am struggling to write creatively or emotively at the moment as everything feels so very factual. So I thought I'd write a list! So here is our year in numbers, amounts or quantities - however you want to think of it; from 1 - 10! 

1 husband gained
1 lovely step daughter gained 
1 lovely niece, 1 nephew, 1 sister, 1 brother in law 
1 lovely Dad walking me down the aisle & giving me away at our wedding


1 lovely wedding speech done by my Mum

1 new car 
1 new job 
2 very proud parents at my wedding 
2 books published - 1 with my Dad


2 lovely bridesmaids
3 trips to Llandudno 
4 nights in the countryside on our Lake District mini moon adventure 
5 wedding suits hired 
6 eggs stored in our funky wedding gift egg house! 

7 the month of our wedding 
8 beautiful illustrations drawn by Dad for our poetry book 
9 Bubbles celebrated her 9th birthday whilst holidaying at the cattery - we made up for it with presents & cat cuddles on our return from 
10 nights in beautiful Cyprus for our amazing honeymoon


With boundless unconditional love from the people who matter most to me in the world.

A New Year begins tomorrow. This year has been a year of contrasting, conflicting feelings and emotions. Riding high on the waves of euphoria on our wedding day, and in Cyprus as we truly had the happiest day of our lives. Then crashing down into what I can only describe as absolute sorrow as my dear, lovely Dad passed away.

The feelings I have experienced this year are all down to love - absolute unconditional love - of and from my parents and my husband. Bubbles has ridden this rollercoaster with us all the way; being there with a loving purr and a furry head rub when we have needed it the most.

Next year I want to try to turn this Blog about our cat and about our lives into a book - whether it has the potential to be a full length novel or a little novella has yet to be discovered but I am looking forward.... looking forward to trying.... and looking forward to trying to grasp life with both hands and living. But most importantly loving and appreciating those I love the most