In case you were wondering, I’m doing ok, just taking life a lot slower these days, after a hectic…. um… two years actually! And I feel it’s just a respite, so I’ve been making the most of it. The future looks unsettled…. but more on that another time.
It’s winter, and so far there have been gales, fog, frosts, rain, and this weekend snow could fall in the mountains. As you can imagine, I’m very grateful for a small cottage that is quite cozy especially if there’s some sun about to stream in the sitting room windows.
For now, please enjoy shots of Fred and the cats Frank and Pixel, and the various calves on the property. It is so very very nice to be able to walk out again with my furry friends and not have to worry about traffic – and at this time of year, the snakes are less likely to be active. 🙂
“In its flawless grace and superior self-sufficiency I have seen a symbol of the perfect beauty and bland impersonality of the universe itself, objectively considered, and in its air of silent mystery there resides for me all the wonder and fascination of the unknown.”
—H.P. Lovecraft (author, At the Mountains of Madness)
“You can keep a dog; but it is the cat who keeps people, because cats find humans useful domestic animals.”
– George Mikes from “How to be decadent
“Way down deep, we’re all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them.”
– Jim Davis
How we behave toward cats here below determines our status in heaven. – Robert A. Heinlein
Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want.
– Joseph Wood Krutch
“After scolding one’s cat one looks into its face and is seized by the ugly suspicion that it understood every word. And has filed it for reference.”- Charlotte Gray
I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through. – Jules Verne
A cat’s got her own opinion of human beings. She don’t say much, but you can tell enough to make you anxious not to hear the whole of it.Jerome K. Jerome
Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function.Garrison Keillor
Cats’ hearing apparatus is built to allow the human voice to easily go in one ear and out the other. – Stephen Baker
Anyone who believes what a cat tells him deserves all he gets.Neil Gaiman
There are no ordinary cats. – Colette
Frank and Pixel show that being ‘square’ doesn’t mean not having personality, and also, that sometimes cropping images into the square format can work really well. Well…… we think so anyway 🙂
Just click on the first image and then scroll through. Pixel of course, has to have the final say!
One of the few things I look forward to at Christmas time, is to see what decoration will arrive on the roadside near Robe – I have no idea who is responsible for the Santa each year, but I thank them.
I also thank everyone here who is a regular reader, and those who drop by from time to time, for your comments and support. The last few months I feel I’ve been on a roller-coaster, in all manner of ways, and it isn’t finished yet it seems, hence my relative silence recently.
The plumber has just been – and will return tomorrow with a new hot water heater and to repair other issues. Thankfully my landlord agrees to the repairs, for which I am extremely grateful. Perhaps the repairs will be symbolic in other ways.
Wishing you all the best for this holy day season.
I’ll let Pixel have the last word – being a cat that of course is her perogative. She was ‘helping’ me while I edited images from a concert I recently attended in Robe.
“In your heart must well that sympathy which soothes away all pains from the hearts of others.”
Take some Thyme….
And sit and Be……
Beside the seaside….
With the Gifts from the Sea….
“Friendship isn’t a big thing — it’s a million little things.” ~Author Unknown
“As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human kind.”
– Cleveland Amory
Concentrate, play your game, and don’t be afraid to win.
Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888, American author)