Wednesday, 8 July 2020


The large tabby has just trotted through my garden.   Because my garden is steep it has been terraced and has several walls topped with slabs which make a perfect runway for any local cat to go across - and they do - one and all.   Some, like the big ginger one, linger but most just come in at one side, trot across and go through the hedge at the other end and out goodness knows where.   What mysterious creatures they are.   Whoever it was who said 'I am the cat who walks alone. All places are alike to me' knew cats well, just as whoever it was who said ' Cats are superior, Dogs are inferior, Pigs is equal'.   After talking on here the other day about tramps in the old days leaving marks on gateposts to tell other tramps that this was a friendly house I now find that a cat is leaving a not such a pleasant mark (s***) not to put too fine a point on it right at the foot of my front door step.   I am not sure exactly what this is supposed to signify.

It has been a fairly insignificant sort of day here both incident wise and weather wise.   It has been trying to whip up enthusiasm to rain all day but never quite succeeded.   Just dampish.   My son called,my neighbour was gardening and the three of us conducted a three way social distance chat for a while.   I gathered together the bits and pieces needed for my red letter visit in the morning to the hairdresser - mobile, hand sanitiser, face mask, bank card - all ready and to hand.   I  am hoping to come back transformed.   Then in the afternoon a Zoom with Windermere friends and friend W.   In social terms these days quite a busy day.

My poor rose has taken quite a battering in the wind over the past week and I suddenly noticed just how sad it looked.   I have snipped off all but one of its blooms (they were all past their best) and given it a good feed today so I am hoping it will recover well.   A little mouse lives in the wall right behind it and I am always conscious of it when I work just there.

Last night there was the most beautiful sunset.   I had my back to it but just happened to turn around at the right time to catch it.   These things are so fleeting.

Until tomorrow.....


Debbie said...

That cat has no manners!

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

The cat may have left a sign to other cats meaning: "This is a nice garden to walk through, but you'll never catch that mouse!"

Bonnie said...

My goodness, for the cat to leave it on your front door step does seem to be a message of some type! I like what John said. Cats do mark their territories....

Enjoy getting your hair done tomorrow!

Derek Faulkner said...

More like "this is a nice garden to s**t in" - dog owners clean up after their animals.

Margie from Toronto said...

A friend of mine has a cushion that says - "Dogs have owners - Cats have servants" and I have to say - most friends with cats say it's true!

Enjoy the haircut - I had mine done last week and it is such a relief!

wherethejourneytakesme said...

Our front garden at home is one great big cat and dog toilet and we own neither! I have to do a weekly clear up in the front border and always collect a polythene bag full. I love the fact that in Scotland our cottage garden is poo free - if we have any it is rabbit or pheasant but both are grass eaters so not quite so smelly. Thankfully we haven't had any on the doorstep.

Joanne Noragon said...

It will be highly unusual for a cat to defecate and not bury it. A male might spray to mark territory, but not poo.

Cro Magnon said...

I've just looked, and we are promised temps of between 27 C and 33 C for the next 10 days. I shall have to get the hosepipe up to Haddock's; everything is already so dry.

Bovey Belle said...

Marking his territory Pat - someone who hasn't bothered to get their tom neutered.

I've been dead heading all my roses (bar the ramblers) and have given them a good feed with the special David Austin rose feed I bought with my latest DA rose (now planted in a big tub). The June flush of roses takes it out of them.

Enjoy your trip to the hairdressers - imagine, 6 mths ago you never realized you would get so excited about what used to be a fairly mundane occasion! I am still trimming my own, as always, and did OH's yesterday, as always . . .

thelma said...

"You've read of several kinds of Cat,
And my opinion now is that
You should need no interpreter
To understand their character.
You now have learned enough to see
That Cats are much like you and me
And other people whom we find
Possessed of various types of mind.
For some are sane and some are mad
And some are good and some are bad
And some are better, some are worse"

I can only quote Elliott ;) As someone who cleans up after my dog, I am not sure I would want to clean up after a cat but a bucket of water thrown furiously should help those moggies who s--t on the doorstep!

Simone said...

Are you sure it is a cat and not a fox that left you a present? Most cats usually cover their poo and like to be discreet. Foxes leave poo all up our garden path and have done it on the doorstep too!

Derek Faulkner said...

I've had cat poo left on the surface in my garden on numerous occasions. Fox poo can normally be identified by the fact that the item of poo tapers to a point at one end.

Librarian said...

I hope you'll at least enjoy part of your hairdresser's visit. Those appointments used to be a monthly highlight for me, so relaxing! But now, being required to wear my mask all the time, and my hairdresser of course wearing hers, too, is taking away much of the fun for me.
Here, most salons provide hand sanitizer at the entrance and even require its use from whoever enters the salon.

A Smaller Life said...

It's very rare for a cat to leave a 'present' on a doorstep. You must have done something to seriously piss off said pussy ;-)

Try chucking a bucket of very strong bleachy water over your step late at night, cats hate the smell of it. If that doesn't work a sprinkle of pepper in a circle around your step should help.

I hope you enjoy your haircut, my Mum had hers cut this week and said it made her feel like a new woman, she's off to the chiropodist on Saturday, so she's going to be dancing in the street when she comes out.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks to you all. Good idea about the bleach but as the step and path is bordered by my front lawn I wouldn't be able to keep the bleach off the grass and i don't want that. Might try the pepper though. And yes Derek I agree - it is definitely not fox poo.

Heather said...

That cat has not been brought up properly! Enjoy your visit to the hairdresser - I went on Monday. The chiropodist is coming next Thursday and I went to the chiropractor this morning, so I should be almost as good as new soon. The weather has much to answer for and wind can do so much damage at this time of year especially.

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angryparsnip said...

He is marking his territory. Do you know the owner, the cat needs to be fixed and your door cleaned. Plus I wonder how many kittens are born because of him. Overpopulation and kitten killed by wild animals, cars and people. dieing of all sorts of illness.
Neuter your pets. We all have to do the cleaning up after lazy people.
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