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August 31, 2019

Come On, Where Did It Go?

I caught this cat sitting inside on a windowsill, staring intently at something in the thin strip of front garden border below. I didn’t see anything but kept the camera trained on where the cat was looking for thirty seconds or so, just in case something interesting happened. Back to the cat, still staring intently. Then it looks surprised and looks at me with a sort of “come on, help me! where did it go?” expression. Or maybe it was only gazing at an insect crawling over a leaf, I didn’t see a mouse, bird, butterfly or anything large-ish at all. Sorry Puss… I didn’t see anything at all, so with the best will in the world, I can’t help you.

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April 20, 2019

Cats Wearing Glasses? …OK, Why Not!?

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Back during the Food truck festival of 2017, I found that not only were the foodie vans in full swing, so were various other vendors.

Some were the same stall holders that can found on the Lange Voorhout every summer, antiques, bric-a-brac, books, and the like but some I have never seen before.

Amongst those were two stalls that made me stop and look closer…

The first was a lady selling Tee-shirts and card with copies of her own painted artworks, the subject of which was what made me smile.

Dogs, cats, pigs and all sorts of animals were depicted wearing hats, glasses and other paraphernalia.

Although not to kind of thing that I would wear personally, they were wonderful pieces of art.

The second was a lady selling some of the most unusual jewelry I have ever seen, incorporating amongst others, (I assume plastic) mice, lizards, spiders and crabs. Talk about a “statement piece” of jewelry! These make one of the biggest statements and most eye-catching pieces I have ever seen! Again, not really anything I  could pull off, but definitely for someone bolder out there to love and enjoy. I’m just not certain what happens if you walk into the room wearing all these mice around your neck and encounter someone who is scared of mice: would they leap into the nearest chair? or does that only count for real rats and mice? Not having any fear of mice I wouldn’t know how that would work. Both of these are quirky, unusual, colourful, delightful, and artistic. Neither suit my taste but hey, the world would be a very boring place if we all liked the same thing…  and the idea of cats in sunnies? (sunglasses) …What’s not to like?

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November 26, 2015

A Sheep Closes The Gate So That The Animals Stay Home…

It’s no secret that I’m a detail fanatic… this post follows yesterday’s one and features some of the Garderen garden ornaments …you guessed it, in detail! Enjoy…

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Sand Sculpture Garderen / Zandsculpturen Garderen

April 25, 2013

A Cat Flap …For Keeping Up Appearances?

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Our family not be able to keep pets due to allergies but my best friend keeps a miniature zoo’s worth so our children love going to her place to play with all the animals.

She’s definitely the most dedicated pet owner I know: most of her cats and dogs came to her with problems, for instance her dogs are all rescue animals, not the easiest to re-home due to the terrible experiences and treatment they have received from previous owners.

She takes care of all of their medical needs and understands the responsibility of giving them love, attention and a lot of tender loving care so that they can feel safe once more and live out their lives in a far happier state than the state they were in when she first met them.

She has converted one of her spare rooms into the guinea-pig wing, and after trying out a two storied tall rabbit hutch for them, she found that they all preferred to huddle together on the lower level and could only be enticed to the upper level by the presence of  food. After they had eaten they would scurry as quickly as possible back down to the lower level, which with the four of them, was rather overcrowded.

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

My friend is a serious pet owner,  medical needs like neutering are taken care of and when it’s clear that the accommodation for the guinea-pigs wasn’t suited to them, she looked for a better solution. This resulted in a single very large cage, it’s about the size of an single bed but provides ample room for the four guinea pig house-mates. Since there are three females and one rather fat male,  and they are named “Hyacinth, Daisy, Rose and Onslow (he’s the fat dude in the corner) ” after  characters  from the British TV series “Keeping up Appearances”.

Then she turned her attention to the little balcony outside this room: lining the sides and bottom with very fine mesh chicken wire, added artificial grass to the floor, this would give the guinea-pigs their very own safe outdoor play area in fine weather. She was in the middle of telling me that she thought the next step should be to get a hole cut in the window glass so that she could insert a plastic pipe the could be the connecting tunnel between outside and in.

I looked at her and asked, How would you close that off in winter? or if you were away on holiday and someone else was to look after the pets? My idea would be to install instead a normal cat-flap of the sort that can be locked and in turn,  just put a plastic pipe through the cat flap to act as the tunnel whenever she wants the guinea-pigs to have access to the enclosure on the balcony.  She loved this idea…

I in turn love that’s she’s very creative when it comes to her pets well-being and wants the very best care for them. The world needs more people like her.

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December 15, 2011

Possibly The Most Ingenious Cat Flap Ever?

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Just on a note of whimsy…. we were making our way back up the hill where the castle stands… and saw this little bit of brilliance…

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I mean what do you do when you have a house on a very steep hill, a downstairs that faces the slope and need for a cat flap? … why, you build a little bridge for your cat to use of course, …ingenious!

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