03 June 2017 Do you remember Miss Tuffy-Cat, the pretty tortoiseshell cat who greeted me with such affection when I first arrived in Cape Town after my long, long trip from Nova Scotia, on the east coast of Canada? From the beginning, she made me feel so welcome in her home. We spent many happy … More R.I.P. Miss Tuffy-Cat
08 April 2014 “I know someone who will be very happy to see you again,” said Reggie, as we made our way home from the post office. “Here we are,” she said, as we pulled into the driveway. “Look familiar, Flat Kathy?” “Ohh, yes,” I replied. “Very familiar.” We went inside to drop off the … More A lovely welcome
14 August 2013 Today was a special day on the stats page of Flat Kathy’s blog: Her Fan Club now has 51 members – on behalf of Flat Kathy, Thank you to each and every one of you! And her blog has had 5001 visitors since she wrote her very first blogpost at the start of … More Hip-hip-hooray! We celebrate a milestone on Flat Kathy’s blog
16 March 2013 “I’m going to the nursery this morning, Flat Kathy,” said Reggie. “Do you want to come along? “Ooh yes, are we buying some replacement catnip for Miss Tuffy-Cat?” I asked, eagerly climbing into the passenger seat and fastening my seatbelt. As you may recall from a previous post, the Cat’s ‘nip situation … More A visit to the nursery to purchase some lemon thyme, lemon balm – and catnip!
15 March 2013 “You’re not going to believe this, Flat Kathy,” declared Reggie, as she marched into the house from the garden, followed closely by a loudly purring Miss Tuffy-Cat. “I just caught the Catnip Thief!” “Ohh! Really?” I exclaimed incredulously. I clearly remembered the drama in the garden not so long ago, when Gilbert … More The Catnip Thief: Revealed!
1 March 2013 There has been much drama in my hosts’ garden lately. Miss Tuffy-Cat has been stalking around the garden with ears flattened and tail a-twitching, sniffing here and there and everywhere. Even the normally cheerful Gilbert the Gnome has been looking increasingly disgruntled. It has not been a happy mood, let me tell … More Who has nipped Miss Tuffy-Cat’s catnip?!
Perhaps you recall that my Cape Town hosts share their home with an affectionate tortoiseshell cat named Tuffy – and known as Miss Tuffy-Cat on formal occasions. The Cat and I have become good friends in the last weeks since she first welcomed me to her home, and she sometimes even sleeps on my bed. … More The Dramatic Tale of Miss Tuffy-Cat
The wind has hardly stopped blowing since my arrival here last Friday. When Reggie collected me from the airport post office, she greeted me with the words, “Flat Kathy! Welcome to the Mother City!” “I thought I’m in Cape Town,” I replied, still a bit befuddled and disoriented from the long flight over from Canada. … More I learn about compost in the Windy City
Tuffy-Cat and I helped Richard to clean the pool this evening. Some granular sand from the filtering system has dropped onto the bottom of the pool (I’m honestly not sure how it got there, but never mind). Richard was trying to vacuum it up. Our job was to keep nudging the long pool brush, sweeping … More In which we clean the chlorinator
My Cape Town hosts happen to share their home with a cat. It is an elderly tortoiseshell cat with a white tummy and soft white paws. I must confess that I was a little fearful at first. You know how cats can be – razor sharp teeth and claws that can tear into you at … More The Cat and I