19 April 2014 I was watching the baby tortoises munching a couple of leaves of lettuce, when I heard a rumbling sound right next to my head, “Rrrrmmmmm-rrrrmmmmm-rrrrmmmm.” I toppled over in fright. I looked up to find a furry face right close to mine. “Mr Tiger!” I exclaimed. It was Aunty Lissi’s cat, whom … More Tiger on the prowl
29 March 2013 A piercing shriek echoed through the house, followed by the scampering of little feet. The Twins hurtled into the kitchen and threw themselves at Reggie and me, crying hysterically. “What’s wrong? What happened?” I asked, embracing Bheki and patting her back in a calming sort of way. Reggie had picked up Thabo, … More Help! There’s a Tiger in the house!
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
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