Monday, 3 October 2011

Heat-Wave - Cats on Tuesday

Heat Wave
This week the predicted Indian Summer arrived, we had record temperatures for October in the UK, 29.9 Celsius in several places.  It takes some getting used to after several weeks of rain, wind and chilly weather.

Calli likes to go out and find herself a hideaway under a shrub, or down in the long grass of the lower garden.  Rappy spent most of his time during the day sleeping in our bedroom, and poor Jet didn't like the heat at all, he was quite listless and stayed out of the sun most of the day, he complained a few times and I think he would have liked to be able to take his thick black coat off if he could.

For the past few weeks we have had visitors to our front and back garden every day, one of our neighbours keeps chickens and she has one that has a brood of eight chicks, they seem to enjoy scratching around in our garden, under the bird feeder and in a weedy border were the hedge has been cut back hard.  Rappy and Jet like to watch them from the window, but never bother them.

We had some beautiful sunsets and I would run off down the village road to a good spot to take photo's, neither Rappy nor Jet were happy about that, one evening Rappy followed me to the gate to the road and sat watching me walk away, he kept calling me to come back, and when I finally did, he led me down the garden path, continually looking over his shoulder to make sure I was still following, and chuntering at me all the way.

Two evenings ago Jet actually followed me down the road, which worried me a little, whenever a car came down the other side of the road he would dash through the hedge then reappear when it was gone; but one came on the nearside and instead of nipping through the hedge he panicked and ran into the road in front of it, fortunately the driver who had just come round a bend was going fairly slow and she was able to stop.  Then I picked him up, calmed him and carried him home.  In future I will have to sneak out when they are not looking!


Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

I love the sunset pic. And I also worry that Milo and Alfie will pnic and run into the road ~ so they only go out on a harness and long lead.

Gattina said...

We also were a little disturbed by this sudden summer weather ! Mentally I was already prepared for fall and winter and then I had to dig out my summer T-shirts ! The cats were happy and were mostly outside. Fortunately in our street there is no traffic at all, only in the morning and evening when people go or return from work. Otherwise we could sit on the street and having tea !

Boo-Bah AKA Iris said...

What a glorious sunset. Looking at the sweet picture of Mama and her babies makes me want to be vegetarian again.

My cats never go outside. They watch the outside world from a window. Too many big dogs in the neighborhood which Marshmellow cannot deal with. We live on a busy street too.

I'm glad the car stopped in time. Rappy was lucky.

Johanna said...

Hi Jackie,
what an amazing adventure for Rappy. We live close to the street but Wiski is used to it and very carefully. Thank you for sharing the sweet photos and for your visit and the nice comment.
Best greetings, Johanna

Au and Target said...

Oh boy Rappy sounds a handful! We live in a dead end road so our three are very lucky; but we hope they never become complaisant about cars.

Love that sunset.

Barbara said...

Thank goodness Jet is ok! And also that it's cooled down... I was fair frazzled by the heat. That's a lovely sunset pic - such gorgeous colours. And yes I think my Charlie definitely has a double up there in Yorkshire!

Cindy said...

Hello, I found you through Cats on Tuesday, which I just joined. Your photos are so lovely! I love cats ( I have 3) and I've always wanted to visit England, especially Yorkshire! Nice to meet you!

Cindy said...

P.S. I forgot to say I'm so happy to hear Jet is ok. I've lost 2 cats (in the past) from getting hit by cars and I still miss them and felt so bad - like it was my fault for letting them outside. It's so difficult sometimes because they love going out, but there is always the danger. Thank goodness I don't live near a busy street now. Also was reading your post about my buttons. Happy to meet a fellow button collector! If you have time, you might want to check out the Button Floozies! Wonderful blog all about buttons! here's the link
Hugs, Cindy

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