Sunday, 22 November 2015

Cat Flap Harry and Mrs Blackbird

Harry has found a great use for the cat flaps, he can see through doors. Very handy when food is being prepared.

A perfect fit too!

It's a dogs life indeed, this is the way Harry sleeps in my husbands arms


Or in his bed

Harry fell about 4 feet and crashed to the ground. One of those horrible moments when you think he's going to be in serious trouble with broken limbs, but luckily not. He needed 4-5 days complete rest, anti-inflammatory meds, then 15 minute lead walks and now we have just built back up to proper running around like a crazy Springer again. 


I've had a number of poorly pets this last month. The grey cat in the photo below became quite ill, although the vet didn't know what it was. After several days he picked up again, but this is his pal Percy snuggling up to him when he was very unwell.


I don't know how people find enough driftwood to make things. This is all I've managed to find that actually looks like something!


I thought..... a little boat, or maybe a rabbit! What do you see?


An update on Mrs Blackbird.


She's looking much better after moulting. I think the mites have reduced dramatically from around her leg, although she still limps.


I managed to get these fairly decent images of her without frightening her away. She has been enjoying the buggy nibbles and meal worms which I've put under the hedge for her every day.


I've also had a couple of visitors to the back garden, and I'm just so glad the hedge cutting didn't scare them off, as I have so few garden birds.


One of those moments when I had the camera in my hand after photographing Mrs Blackbird.


Not great images because I was inside the house, but this little Wren comes into the garden almost every day.

I can't believe I have not managed a post for so long. Hubby has changed his hours and days at work which has meant we rarely get the same days off, it's chaotic but only temporary. Harry needed lots of looking after and the car to take him walkies, which meant I had to drop Hubby at work and pick him up so that I had the car. 

We've had lots going on and then lots of planned things cancelled due to the weather. Sadly stargazing at Berry Head was postponed and then cancelled and just last week a candlelight walk around Greenway House gardens was cancelled due to the storms.

I was so looking forward to that one. However Greenway will be decorated for Christmas and that's one thing I am not going to miss this year.

I think posting for the moment will be monthly if I can keep up. I was also thinking of a new blog, since I don't get out as much in Brixham and when I do it's usually for domestic things rather than pleasure. I'll have to see how I feel over the next few months.

Wishing you peace in these terrible times
Until next time
SeagullSuzie

29 comments:

  1. The birds are just starting to come back to the bird table now it's getting colder. I thought of you today, I came across a really tame seagull.. It was quite happy for people to get within a few inches of it without flying off or attacking. It became the star of many a photograph.

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    1. Ah I do love a nice seagull, the chip muggers give them all a bad name. I can hear a lot more birds singing on my dog walks now and ever hopeful that I might get some more birds in the garden. I saw two Red Admirals last Sunday and a few bees, which always reminds me to think about what's in flower for them at this time of year...not much in this garden at the moment.

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  2. Harry is looking so well and happy. Glad Pusscat recovered too- how sweet of his pal to snuggle him. Nice to see the birds too. Let us know if you decide to change blogs x

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    1. Thanks CT, all pets are well now, Harry really is a little love. Yes I will, I'll still keep the Brixham one because people contact me about coming to live here through it. I was just thinking about a different blog for the way my life is now-which is more about the garden and wildlife than photographs and Brixham...so still just considering it.

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  3. Harry is adorable! I am so sorry to hear about his fall but glad things turned out okay. I enjoyed your birds. When we were over I got the greatest pleasure from a little robin who visited the garden where we were staying. He would pop up every day and as I don't get to see these precious little birds it was such a pleasure and a very nice part of the holiday. Always good to hear about birds who have been in distress doing better, as is the case of your Mrs. Blackbird. Great post Suzie :)

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    1. Many thanks Denise, Harry is a cutie and so well tempered. I wish we had more birds in the garden, but it seems there are not too many coming in, could be the gulls I suppose. The Robin is very territorial and I often see him chase off other birds especially another Robin!

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  4. Harry looks to be very contented with an inquisitive streak, especially when it comes to food. If he is anything like our Toby it really doesn't matter to him whose food it is, his own or the cat's.
    When I looked at the first photo of the wood, what came to my mind that it was the remains of a clog. Merle, the Blackbird is looking healthy and once again great photos.

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    1. Thanks Mel, driftwood is not as bountiful as I thought, not that I'd be able to do anything creative with it anyway. Harry will do anything for food or a tennis ball, but is extremely easy to train. He does like to steal things, items of clothes, hankies or the newspapers are great fun it seems.

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  5. What lovely animals to share your life with. I'm getting birdy visitors, but not when I'm looking...

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    1. Thank you Simon, we do enjoy having them so much and I always feel sad when one of them is ill. I thought I was feeding birds for ages, but then found out it was the mice...very annoying!

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  6. Lovely to catch up with you again. Mrs Blackbird looks like she might be mending now (and very grateful to you I am sure). You don't think of wild birds having mites and things, but I know when we brought down Jackdaw nests to burn (from the attic when we first moved here) we got bitten to pieces!

    I hope that Grey Cat is better now. Tell Percy he looks just like Snowy 1 and 2 that we had here for several years. Snowy 2 is still very much missed.

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    1. Mrs Blackbird will always have a poorly leg it seems and I noticed that the claws on that foot are now very long, continuing the difficulties for her. I saw her again today and she's looking beautiful with a full set of new feathers and completely mite free. I will tell Percy he has reminded you of your beloved Snowy.

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  7. Oh, poor Harry - glad to read that he is getting stronger each day and also that grey cat is recovered. We have had two poorly cats in the last few weeks but at nearly 20 years old they are still doing well. Love Harry with his head through the cat flap. Christmas at Greenway sounds magical I hope you enjoy visiting:)

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    1. Thank you Rosie, my cats are still young compared to your elderly pets. He is fully recovered thank you, must have been a virus, just as the vet said. Harry is certainly back to full strength with no limping at all after an hour run around on each walk over the last few days.

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  8. Lovely to hear your news and Harry is just so adorable :) Pleased to hear the grey cat has recovered. The driftwood is interesting - in the first photo to me it looks like a gaping fish mouth and in the second picture the lower part looks like a snake's head complete with eye!!

    So sorry to hear the stargazing and candlelit walks were both cancelled :( Do hope you can get some photos though of Greenway dressed up for Christmas. I might try and go to either Baddesley or Packwood to see the houses decorated.

    Please let us know if you change blogs as I would hate not to see your posts.

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    1. Many thanks. Yes healthy pets all round...let's hope it lasts! How do people make anything from driftwood...do they make it themselves in a washing machine :)
      Bad luck on both of my events I know, but we really have had rubbish weather this November. I will see about taking photographs inside Greenway, I hope I can.
      Yes I will let you know, I wont delete this one though, as people do contact me about Brixham.

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  9. This has been a challenging year for you. I'm pleased that your pets are better. Harry is looking so contented! Will it be a case of new year; new blog?

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    1. Yes indeed Sarah, I'll be glad to see the back of this one and look forward to a truly new and happy 2016. I hate when the pets are ill, especially the grey one as he is a very special cat. Blog wise it might be! I just think I've a different life away from Brixham and don't get out with the camera as much, so photographs are not as focused. So I thought it might be time for a different approach.

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  10. Tavi hasn't worked out how to open the door of the cat flap he just looks through it! That's a wonderful picture of him asleep in your husband's arms! We are lucky that my hubby is a full time dog carer, it does take up lots of time! So glad Mrs Blackbird is improving with your help. You were lucky to catch the wren we have one in the garden but it moves so fast! Hope your grey cat continues to be OK. It's nice to see your other one staying close. Sarah x

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    1. Thank you Sarah, pets are fun but dogs are hard work, especially when young or ill, but he's so worth the effort as he's turning into a beautifully tempered dog, a lot less worried and obviously from the photos you can see he's more relaxed. I know wrens are hard to get, I was so busy with Mrs Blackbird I nearly missed it just sitting there!

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  11. Glad to hear that all your pets are OK despite some of their recent exploits and ill-health and I loved the pics of Harry stretched out on his bed. It is indeed a dogs life! I wonder if the cat had a fur ball, after all he does have a lovely thick coat of fur, but it finally managed to shift after a few days. I remember a James Herriot story which involved similar such symptoms.

    I am struggling to get anything from the pieces of driftwood though I can see Caroline's snakes-head in the second pic, though it could also be a Greyhound running at speed (at least to my eyes anyway!), whilst the first simply reminds me of a fossilised dinosaur tooth or something.

    Glad to see Mrs Blackbird is still going and she does indeed look better than she did a few months ago :-)

    Hope you enjoy the upcoming Christmas events at Greenway House and that the weather is a little kinder than it has been recently :-)

    Kindest regards and best wishes :-)

    PS. As you know I am always trying out new things with my blog but I definitely regret deleting the Wold Ranger (especially since someone has now stolen the old URL!). Whatever you decide to do with this blog please keep us informed :-)

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    1. Thank you David. I will keep you all informed, I remember you changed it quite a few times before settling on your new layout and look which I like and we lost you a few times! I will keep this one going as a lot of people contact me for images and when visiting the area, so I wont delete it, but I just feel my posts are not about Brixham anymore...so I'm in a quandary.
      I just don't know how people manage to collect so much driftwood!
      It would be lovely if we could go a whole month without a visit to the vets

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  12. Fantastic Post! I am loving it!! Will be back later to study some much more.

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  13. Absolutely gorgeous photos!!! Hasn't Harry settled in wonderfully well!
    Margaret P

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  14. They are marvelous! Nothing more beautiful than sleeping sweet creatures that make you smile and comfort you every day. I've only a cat, Ginger, and she's my precious thing in this world. I love her so much. You are so happy to have all of them! Thanks for sharing your lovely photos!
    Georgia and Ginger Lace

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    1. Many thanks Georgia, we wouldn't be without our pets, but they do take up a lot of time.

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  15. Oh My Goodness I have just found your blog.
    I love this post with Harry and the cat door. My Scotties used to cuddle and sleep like your two kitties.
    So sweet.
    The white cat with the black tail is wonderful.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Many thanks Parsnip, welcome to the blog and thanks for posting a comment. The white cat is called Percy, he's so unusual in his colour, I don't think anyone has ever seen a white cat with all black tail...it's very funny indeed.

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