Tag Archives: pets

Tikka 1997-2020 #happycat #queenofsquawks

In September 1997 our then cleaner, knowing we’d recently lost one of our two cats, asked if we’d like a kitten to replace him. The children were keen so… we went to see the litter. There were two left. So … Continue reading

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Hot Enough To Sear A Simian’s Seat #poetry

It’s baking here in the south east of England, up into the middle thirties for the fourth day running and, absent a thunderstorm, will remain so until Friday at least. Even Dog’s searching for water So here’s a gloomy little … 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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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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Inspiration

This was inspired by Chelsea Owens but only I am to blame. I wonder, does it have merit? Or should it have stayed locked up? Poetry is a difficult subject, like parental sex and dissing the host’s attempts to create … 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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A Dog? You Want A Dog?

The Le Pard home, circa 2002 comprised four humans of various sizes, sexes and sophistications, two cats, two tortoises, the last survivors of a tropical fish experiment and a dozen whistling cockroaches. In considering the decision-making structure that existed back … Continue reading

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S is for Steam #atozchallenge

For the last two years I’ve joined in the #atozchallenge, namely to post every weekday in April using each letter of the alphabet in turn. In 2015 it was places I’d been to, in 2016 it was London themed. This … Continue reading

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R is for Rabbits #atozchallenge

For the last two years I’ve joined in the #atozchallenge, namely to post every weekday in April using each letter of the alphabet in turn. In 2015 it was places I’d been to, in 2016 it was London themed. This … Continue reading

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