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I am continuing the blog of Diamond, cat sage and haiku poet.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Morning has Risen

I am in my rightful position at the end of the bed. After my early morning breakfast, Lynettea decided to try to sleep some more. When the alarm clock radio came on, I leaped up. I am better than the alarm.
It is forecast to be 37°C today.  I will need to rest.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Watching the Movie

Lynettea went to see 'A Streetcat named Bob' movie today. She said we can watch it together when it comes to television.
I hope she is not getting any ideas of going out on the street with me like that. I think she is totally hopeless at singing and she does not have a guitar.
Of course I would attract all the attention, but it might be embarrassing for me if she tried to sing or play anything.
And I don't think I would enjoy all those people staring at me and trying to feel my soft furs.

As beautiful as Bob the Streetcat

What do you mean? You were thinking I was as beautiful as Bob the Streetcat!
I may be more beautiful!
And I may be better at catching lizards.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

New time for Breakfast

I have decided to have breakfast every morning at 6 am. This time suits me better than waiting for Lynettea to get up. Miaouw miaouw miaouw miaouw.
After breakfast I can make an early start on napping for the day.
It has been cooler for the last few nights, so I am using this special scarf knitted for me by a friend who understands my needs. 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Trim the Explorer Cat with Matthew Flinders

Here is some extra information about one of my heroes: Trim the Explorer Cat.

At this angle, the human clearly dominates the picture. But you can see Trim, on the alert and looking for dangers and surveying places never seen by a cat before him.

More about Trim and some pictures of Trim can be found here and there:
  1. http://purr-n-fur.org.uk/famous/trim.html
  2. http://www.rmg.co.uk/discover/behind-the-scenes/blog/trim-cat
Matthew Flinders wrote a book about Trim. We have a copy of the book with delightful illustrations by Annette Macarthur-Onslow.

Matthew Flinders says:
‘Many and curious are the observations which [Trim] made in various branches of science, particularly in the natural history of small quadrupeds, birds and flying fish, for which he had much taste. These with his remarks upon men and manners, if future leisure should enable me to put them into order, I may perhaps give to the world; and from the various seas and countries he has visited, joined to his superior powers for distinguishing obscure subjects, and talents for seizing them, these observations may be expected to be more interesting than … imaginary adventures.’

The text of the book can be found here

More pictures and information on Trim: Pictures from Wikipedia of Trim at Mitchell Library, Sydney. Their café is named after Trim.

Trim's statue by John Cornwell behind Matthew Flinders's own in Sydney, Australia.

Plaque dedicated to Trim at Mitchell Library, Sydney
Another statue of Trim, in Donington, Lincs, Flinders' birthplace Link

Prince William admires the statue of Trim the Explorer Cat.
His human Matthew Flinders is in the foreground. 
The bronze memorial was unveiled at Australia House, in central London.


Trim has had several books written about him or based on his adventures, including a children's book and a Facebook page dedicated to him.


Trim, the Explorer Cat who sailed with Matthew Flinders

Today commemorates the 215th anniversary of the arrival of the explorer cat Trim with his human, Matthew Flinders, at Port Lincoln in South Australia.
A special statue of Trim and Flinders will be unveiled today at Port Lincoln by the Governor of South Australia Hieu Van Le.
Lynettea says she will find something more about this for me to add.
Trim was the first cat to circumnavigate Australia and there is a book written about him by Matthew Flinders, his faithful human, who looked after Trim while he carried out his important tasks. We have a copy.

Good Morning Sunshine

'What a strange way to sleep, Sasha!'
I am curled up here because the bright morning sunshine is resting on my bed and the noise of the traffic is rushing through the window.
'I am shutting the window and slanting the Venetian blinds, Sasha.'
Good. After a tiring day yesterday in my underbed cosy while my roof was being fixed, I need some relaxation.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Crouched in Fear

The morning started well.
I leaped on the bed at 6.15 am  to wake Lynettea.  She had to get up early to get ready for the builder arriving at 8 am to repair my roof.
She was not grateful, as she shrieked and looked at her alarm clock. She said the alarm was set for 6.30 and glared at me, but got up anyway.
First of all I had breakfast and then we went on a lizard hunt in the garden.
Lynettea was annoyed that I caught a skink and dropped the tail. She shook me a bit and I dropped the skink, which hid under a tissue that dropped from her pocket.
I wanted to get it back and wriggled a lot, but she forcibly carried me inside.
Then I had some more breakfast from my bowl and did a few more morning exercises: a bit of sink jumping and dashing up and down the corridor.
Now the builder is here and he is in my enclosure, so I am hiding in my underbed cosy.
There is a lot of banging.
I don't like that.
I think I will stay here. It might be time for my nap.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

My hail holes will be repaired tomorrow

Yesterday, we had a phone call. The insurance people will be coming to repair my roof tomorrow.
Lynettea said that after my roof is repaired, I will be able to sit outside, even in a thunderstorm.
I don't think I fancy that.
'I won't force you to sit outside, Sasha,' she told me. 'But tomorrow you will have to stay inside while the roof is repaired.'
The hailstorm punched all the holes at the beginning of November 2016, a long time ago now.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Buried

No! Don't bury me under all the bed covers!
Help!
Miaouw Miaouw Miaouw!!!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Cool Night

For the first time in months, we had a cool night and I slept in my cosy.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Forgiveness

Lynettea claimed I was disrupting her from getting her meal, by jumping on the counter, so she shut the kitchen door, with me on the outside.
But I forgave her.
When she opened the door, I showed her how tolerant I am by jumping in the sink five times in a row.
Few humans would be as tolerant of bad behaviour as we kitties.

No. It is not Cute Photo Time

No. I will not stay in the wardrobe and have my dear little face photographed peeking out between clothes.
Yes. I want to bolt down the corridor and swipe at everything that hangs or flutters.
No. Don't tap into that phone.
Yes. I want my feeding station refilled.
At once!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Languages and Cats

Cats from many different countries visit my blog. Lynettea was concerned that when I had cat visitors to my birthday party, they might not be able to understand one another.
I was surprised at this. She has a lot of difficulty understanding me and cannot understand the language of humans from other countries (except for a few).
On the other hand, cats from anywhere can understand one another. You don't find a Chinese kitty unable to communicate with a  French kitty, or a kitty from USA being unable to understand a kitty from Russia, or Germany. Humans could learn a lot from us if they wanted to.

Under the Palm Tree

Here I am in my cane igloo under my palm tree on a sunny, but still mild morning.
It isn't a very big palm tree, but restful to have it nearby, as it reminds me of nature.
My birdbath is just beyond the trellis in the garden. Some birds may dart down for a splash in the water.
Tranquil and peaceful.
I can hear the fountain as the water falls from the mouth of the dragon into the pond. How would you describe that sound? I might drift off to sleep thinking of it . . .

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Thanks for coming to my Birthday Party

Lynettea says I should put a special post to thank all the kitties who came to my Fourth Birthday Party.

THANK YOU KITTIES!!!

She said it was a little difficult to cope with the numbers of cats that arrived, and we could not have managed if they had not been virtual visitors. I am not sure what virtual visitors means. I did not count them, but Lynettea tells me that a total of 547 virtual kitties were running through the house during the day and evening.
I took some of them on a rat hunt down the side of the house. Lynettea had a bunch of party style decorated halters, but she found it difficult to follow us, especially when I led them under the crab-apple tree and into the Westringia bushes. I am not allowed to go there, because Lynettea says she can't crouch down far enough, but as it was a party, she allowed us to have elastic extension leads, so we could go farther than usual.
But we were not allowed to catch any rats, even though we could smell the creatures on the ground and on the fence palings. I was also told not to bring back any lizard tails, moths, butterflies, grasshoppers etc etc. But everyone enjoyed sniffing for them.
After that we went under the grape vine and played in my catnip plantation. I don't bother with the scent, but many of the kitties found it VERY EXCITING.

Happy Valentine's Day



Happy Valentine's Day to all kitties who visit our blog and to all the humans who visit. We hope you all have a special day.
Sasha

Monday, February 13, 2017

Party Games

Join us for some party games to celebrate Sasha's birthday!
This is a blog hop from The Cat on My Head. I picked it up at Lone Star Cats. Please join Sasha for his fourth birthday party. All welcome.

I Spent Most of My Birthday in Prison

I was settling in to enjoy my birthday. We had a game with my tunnel in the loungeroom and I allowed Lynettea to brush my furs for a short time.
We went for a walkies, as it was cool and pleasant in the garden.
Then I had another helping of my favourite jelly food and leaped on the washing machine.  I was turning around in my cosy preparing for my morning nap, when I heard strangers at the door.
'It is your guests, Sasha, for your birthday treat,' said Lynettea.
I bolted into the bedroom and into my underbed cosy, where I feel safe.
The three visitors were not my friends. They were Lynettea's friends from the gym. One of them asked where I was, but after that they chatted and did not try to find me. Lynettea told them it was my birthday and I was resting.
After they left, Lynettea decided to change the water in the fishpond and do some gardening, so she shut my door, trapping me in the front of the house. It was as if I were in prison.
'But Sasha, you still haven't come out!"
She is trying to fob me off.
'I will come out when I feel like it.'
I hope the rest of my birthday is better.

I am now Four Years Old

I stayed up very late, as Lynettea was on the computer doing something. It was difficult for her, so I did not like to butt in.
Then she said, 'You will have to go Princess Aurora's blog to get your special web birthday gift, Sasha, as I can't upload it onto your blog. It is a little book for you. Only very small and humble. The fish agreed to put it on their blog to humour me.'
I could see that she had tried very hard.
Here is the link to the blog. I am going to look for the link on the post to see my book. Princess Aurora has also designed a special card for me from the fish.
Princess Aurora

It is very early and Lynettea has to go to bed, or she will not be fit to look after me for the daylight hours of my birthday.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Happy Fourth Birthday, Sasha




A Very Happy Fourth Birthday to Sasha

Sharing

Yesterday I slept on the bed all day. It was hot and Lynettea said she was thankful I stayed indoors.
Today I sense a problem. Cool air is drifting up the hall with the front door open and she says she needs to make the bed.
I will lie here and see what happens. My claws are ready.
'Be good, Sasha! Get off while I make the bed. '
Bother!!!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

My February Calendar

You will notice my calendar for February says Happy Birthday Sasha.
This is so Lynettea will not forget my birthday is on 13 February. I know it is late, but you know how hard it is to get a human to do anything.


Under the Fan

I might stay here in the cool breeze for a while and have my ears stroked. I have spent the night outside  on my hessian bag on my mock grass.
I wonder if it will be hot forever.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Finally inside at 4.20 pm

I am not dead, just resting. The wooden floor is cooler. I have been outside since early morning and it is now over 39°C.
Lynettea has just come home and switched on the airconditioner. 
She hopes there is no electricity load shedding in this area tonight. No blackout, please.
Lynettea said I must tell you that I have my own cat door and can go in and out as I please. She is not a totally thoughtless human.
I am still lying motionless on the floor.
Now I have got up.
I am going out again!

Training Circuit

I think I am too tired to start my training circuit in this heat.
Lynettea says she is going out and has packed her peanut butter sandwich.
I worry about her.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

I am allowed to stay here?

Because it is going to be 42°C today, Lynettea is letting me stay here. She always makes the bed and I have to get off. But today is different?
The airconditioner and ceiling fan are on and there is a cool breeze drifting around me.
I will stay here for a while.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Trying to Keep Cool

I am trying to keep cool under these chairs.
Lynettea says, 'Come inside, Sasha. I have the airconditioner on and it is like being in the oven out here.'
She only stays for a moment to point the camera at me and then rushes inside again. She has draped a wet linen blanket over the clothes airer near me and put my hessian bag under it. But I think it is cooler on the paving.
A little while ago I went in and stretched out on the tiles in the laundry and had a snack of some jelly food.
I think it is better for her to stay inside.
If she gets ill, who will look after me?

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Miaouw! A Movie For Cats

Miaouw! A movie for cats.

Bob The Street Cat Movie I wonder if it will come to TV. Then we can watch it together. I like the idea of a cat reforming a human.

Storytime

'It is raining. We can't go out. I will get bored.  I will probably fall asleep because there is nothing to do.'
'Sasha dear, you always have a long nap during the day,' says Lynettea. 'What if I tell you a story? That might amuse you. A story about Mitzi, the Devon Rex and her two dogs.'
So. I am settling down to listen. 'If it isn't interesting, I will probably go to sleep!'
'Sasha dear, you will probably go to sleep in any case. '

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Settling with Bear for the night

I was sitting on the bed watching Lynettea read on her Kindle about Bob the Street Cat. She was stroking me gently because she doesn't like to think of cats being lost or homeless or injured or hungry.
And then I went into my room and curled up on my bed, with my bear next to me. I pulled him down from his chair. 
Lynettea says he is my little companion, as I am always pulling him around.
Now it is time to switch off the lights.
Good night!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Machine attacks Lynettea

No this is me, not a machine.
Lynettea was at her exercise class yesterday when part of the equipment fell across her face onto her nose. It was a metal bar.
I was worried that it might affect her behaviour. But nothing seems to have changed.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Watching over her

Sometimes I think of her as my wild, slightly deranged kitten.

By Sasha

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Nasty Smell

'That's a nasty smell, Sasha!'
What?
There are no nasty smells, only informative smells.
How do humans get to know the world around them?
Perhaps they don't really want to know about the world around them?
These are the philosophical thoughts of a cat.  At least I  (stress on 'I'), am curious and concerned about the world.
I might think up some more philosophical thoughts.

Good Morning Fans

Lynettea took this photo of me just now. I think it makes me look glamorous.