Category Archives: pets

July Garden, After The Party #garden #july

No, not THE PARTY. That’s in August. The hen, which I mentioned yesterday. Things are coming on. The lawn should now be in pretty good fettle for the event. The new bedding planting is growing so we’re hopeful for colour. … Continue reading

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June Garden Week Two – Peak Poppy #june #garden

The colour is now exploding and while I will show that later, I can no better highlight how things have been moving on than show the changes in the poppy beds since last time. Elsewhere the roses are beginning to … Continue reading

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Punch #dog #memory

Funny old world. I was with the Vet and the Pest Controller who were looking at a house they might buy and we passed a dog. A boxer. I’d fallen behind them – for some reason I’d felt the urge … Continue reading

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The Garden: October, Let Me Count The Ways (Plus Bonus Dog Piccies) #garden #october #update

I know, I know but I couldn’t resist this. The lawn is on an uptick. Sure there’s winter looming, alongside another lockdown which will mean perfect weather and lots of gardening, because that’s what nature does when those capricious gods … Continue reading

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The World According To Vicky #poem #tortoise

If you live with a tortoise It’s not likely to improve your poise Or lessen any ambient noise. But equally you’ll never cuss Or jump about or make a fuss Living with a tortuss…

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The Garden May 2020 #garden #dog

We’re back, now the month is over, to review how the garden has fared over the driest may since prohibition or whatever. The excess rain of February seems a distant memory… Remember these? Well, no more; the top lawn struggles … Continue reading

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May Garden: A Half Month Report And An Anniversary #garden #springcolour

Yes, it’s been fab, here in South London. Lockdown means lots more time to improve all aspects. I’ve even had the time to follow a short video on how to make a cold frame from an old pallet – we … Continue reading

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My first cat – 1st December 1986

Yesterday I was thirty. I’m hungover and have just waved my wife off to the airport. I will be on my own for a month, the longest we’ve been apart in seven years. ‘Come over,’ say friends. ‘We’ve got you … Continue reading

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Feline Lives

I write a lot about Dog; it’s natural. He and I are close. Perhaps too close. But Dog is merely the latest in a long line of family pets. Currently we have two twin sister cats: Nutmeg And Tikka. They … Continue reading

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Dog hairs and spare rooms: a thought.

One downside to having furry pets is they like to share their coats. From time to time one of us has to pick up the pet hair remover and go attack the carpets where the pets might be found. Which … Continue reading

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