Greengage Blossom

Greengage Blossom

It has been sunny for much of the day, although the wind is quite cold. As my husband is going into hospital tomorrow, I decided that this was a day to be with him, rather than doing any work or household jobs.

Inspired by Ripitup’s success, I have dug out my 5:2 Fast Diet book in order to try and lose my last few kilos. So as I am not allowed to knit have been reading this book again.

Today’s picture is of some of the Greengage blossom on one of our trees. The extra below is Dougal and Florence in the deliberately left wild part of our garden, waiting together in the hope that an unsuspecting animal will appear so that they can hunt it down together.


It Looks A Long Way Down


A working morning followed by an afternoon of sorting out various things. Our granddaughter Victoria visited today as she is on half-term holiday from college.

I went outside at lunchtime and discovered that both Dougal and Florence were sitting together on the edge of the balcony. A good blip picture, I thought, of them together. Dougal is not very proficient at getting on to the balcony, so an opportunity not to be missed. By the time I had rushed indoors, grabbed a camera and got out again, Florence had moved away from Dougal, as you can see by the photograph. Dougal has remained on the right hand edge, just off of the balcony where it is nice and flat. Floence often walks along the top rail and sometimes in the guttering. I always have visions of a little broken bundle of fur in the garden; hopefully she will not fall, or jump the wrong way when getting down.

A Sleeping Dougal

dougalThe sun has been shining, but it is still quite cold, both cats have been out, for a short while, before coming in. Dougal is sleeping on his blanket and Florence is in her bed, which just happened to be in the sunshine, until the sun moved on.

I took a lot of pictures today for the February “A Year With My Camera challenge” and from the pictures I took I have chosen a sleeping Dougal as he was not used for my set of twelve. I wonder who or what it might be tomorrow?




This is Dougal saying hello to everyone and I hope my dog and cat friends all had some new toys. I have played with some of mine, but Florence just ignores them. I understand that my big sister, Sybil plays with her toys quite a lot, but then she needs the exercise.

Do you know, last year only nine percent of her journal featured us cats. I said to Florence, ‘we must make sure we get blipped more than that this year’, so today when she went outside I made sure that she photographed me; Florence stayed indoors as it was really cold outside. If you look closely you can see my claws getting good and ready to scratch things.

They went out this morning, to the dentist, my human Daddy had broken his tooth, again. Apparently my female Mummy waited for him in the Waitrose café, drinking coffee and eating gluten-free mince pies. We of course had to stay in while they were out, but it is rather cold, so maybe that was better for us. Mummy says it is not much higher than five degrees Celsius, whatever that means. She also said that it is going to be very cold tonight, but what do we care, our bedroom is lovely and warm again now that the heating has been fixed.



I spent the morning updating photographs on the Internet and bringing my diary up-to-date with all the cut-off and important dates, until May 2017, for the Open University October presentation of Y032, which I tutor. I do not yet have a group; they will be allocated during the next few days. So I have not prepared anything until I know I have been contracted.

Just before lunch I looked at some journals and was inspired by Dave, another blipper who had been doing the same this this morning, to go out into the garden this afternoon and cut down my Golden Rod as well as some other plants and weeds. I only did an hour before my back and my shoulder declared that it was time to stop. I still have a great many shrubs to trim, but they will have to wait for another day. Hopefully my granddaughter will be around to help, maybe on a Saturday morning or during half-term.

Today’s picture is the first of three wheelbarrow loads of shrub cuttings and weeds; helped by Dougal who managed to get into most of my pictures. I can now see all of the small pond as well as the rockery that surrounds it from my kitchen window. Before coming indoors I refilled all the wild animal water bowls and bird feeders. Maybe now I will be able to see the animals that come to drink the water at dusk



Well, today is my anniversary, not my birthday, but a bit like a birthday, as it is the day I had my accident, almost half my lifetime ago. Daddy has a special anniversary too, at the end of September; it is when we were very, very poorly and almost died. Anyway, I do not remember very much about that day or the week after when I stayed in hospital; some of the months afterwards are also a bit hazy too as I was not allowed out, for six months! Giunio mended my broken back and I am as good as new; well almost.

Mum wanted a picture of me and Florence together, but we were a bit naughty. We were let out at 0700 hours this morning and we came back in the house at 0800 hours and slept upstairs until 1100 hours, then we both went out; Florence has not been seen since, but hopefully she will turn up in time for supper. I brought Mum a present today, she still feels guilty about running over me, it was a lizard, but she allowed it to run away. I wanted to play with it, I do not eat lizards, even Florence, who eats anything, does not eat lizards. Mum made me come in so I stayed in most of the afternoon.

It has been very hot today, just like the day four years ago. So here is today’s picture of me, sitting on our perimeter wall, in the shade of the trees, next to the lane.