Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Cats on Tuesday - A Hectic Week

A Hectic Week

It has been a hectic week for me.  An almost last minute request for a Roman costume, tunic, armour and helmet, to be made by Monday night and to be worn first thing Tuesday morning by an adult Roman Centurion at a school assembly.
After shopping around in Malton and York I finally found what I needed, the fabric for the armour being most difficult, but I found some silver oilskin eventually and then got to work.  Yesterday I was in panic mode for a while, not sure if I was going to get it finished in time, but I did.

Jet relaxing on my unmade bed, they always look so comfortable I hate to disturb them.  That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

He found the red feather boa I had bought to use in the Centurion's helmet, lying on the table and promptly sat on it, unfortunately I didn't have my camera handy to take a photo of him.
Rappy also on my bed attending to his grooming, I caught him sitting in this funny position. 

He has continued to nag me whenever I run off down the road to take photo's.  Trying to sneak out when he is not looking is not as easy as I thought, he is ever watchful of his mama.                                                   
Rappy brought us a special present this week, a rather large rat, he was very proud of himself.  I just wish he had not dragged it through the cat flap and brought it all the way upstairs to leave it right in front of the bathroom door on the landing. 
We told him he is a very clever boy and a very good hunter, so I am sure it won't be the last one.
Calli is also a very good hunter, a real mouser. She regularly brings a mouse home, and in spite of the fact she is very well fed, she insists on eating her mice.  Mouse meat must be very tasty.  They never eat the rats though thank goodness.  She has been elusive this week, I think she is rather camera shy.

And below, the cause of my recent panic.

The costume will be worn by an adult during the presentation of a Bible story in a school assembly.

'Open The Book' is popular in a number of schools here and the children really enjoy it, especially when they sometimes get to take part and dress up too.
P.S.  To see some pics of Western Scotland and hear my daughter sing 'Farewell to Tarwathie' - an old whaling folk song - click on the video near top right.


jabblog said...

Super costume and the video was wonderful. Your daughter has a haunting voice.

Paul Austin said...

can i talk with you off-blog? my email is paustin2@une.edu.au

Gattina said...

Oh my ! I don't like these gifts either. Rosie brings the mouse in and plays and then forgets and Mr. G has to safe the mouse and put it outside again, while Arthur also is a mouse gourmet, he eats them and leaves half of it in the best places, like besides my bed, so that I can step on the left overs of the corpse ! I too don't like to disturb my poor little cats when they sleep on my bed ! lol !
You did a masterpiece with the roman costume ! congratulations !!

Cindy said...

The costume is wonderful! You did a great job! My cats bring little "gifts" to me, too, but so far not a rat - just mice, thank goodness! That rat is huge! I see your Rappy does look a lot like my Rudy! Thank you for following my blog and your comments this morning!
Hugs, Cindy

Cezar and Léia said...

Ohmigod conCATUlations Calli, you are a fabulous hunter!No chances for that mouse!
I don't know if I should do it...in fact I'm a indoor kitty.But looks an adventure! :)
I would prefer to eat my cookies as well.
Lovely pictures!
Love to your hearts, and Happy Cats on Tuesday
Luna - WE LOVE LUNA and mammy Leia

Johanna said...

what a fabulous hunter your cat is. Thats exactly the reason why I do not have a catcdoor. Wiski eats his mice also by his own and don't eat rats. I am sure they smell bad. Your cats are so adorable.
And your roman custume is a real masterpiece.
Best greetings, Johanna

Irishcoda said...

Cool costume! Enjoyed the pictures of your kitties. I have to say, many times I don't make my bed either because the gang has gotten there first and I don't want to make them move! :D

Boo-Bah AKA Iris said...

Wonderful costume! Your cats are beautiful. The rat looks scary. We used to have an outdoor cat who would always bring me gifts and drop them at the door.

Your daughter has a wonderful voice, really beautiful!

Rappy I almost forgot, I love the picture of you sitting funny. So cute!!

catsynth said...

Nice costume. We can sympathize with having a hectic week - it's been that way for us, too. Having a cat (or cats) around definitely helps :)

AL said...

I like the costume and but Rappy caught my attention with the cute sitting position...Rappy looks so cute!

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

I was going to write all sorts of things ~ but then I listened to the whaling song sung by your daughter and was completely captivated. It's so beautifully sung and so haunting ~ and it whisked me back in time.
I had a very dear friend who used to sing whaling songs to me ~ sadly he died in 2003 of esophageal cancer. Thank you for putting this song up ~ it brought back such happy and yet very sad memories.
Has your daughter ever recorded an album of whaling songs? I would love to hear her sing more ~ she has a beautiful voice. Thank you.

Jan x

Kjelle Bus said...

WOW what a BIG rat you cought Rappy !
I´m very impressed !!!
My mom isn´t ;-)
Both me and mom liked the song your daughter is singing !

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

The kittens' video is adorable!

EG Wow said...

Oh my goodness! You are very clever!

Au and Target said...

We get gifts too but we're hoping they keep giving live "pets" to us so we can do catch and release...

The costume is wonderful!

SandyCarlson said...

Oh, costumes! What a fun post. Thank you.

Charles Goodwin said...




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