Finally Barkerville stood on the horizon. We all leaped out of the car after a long drive drive. It took two and a half hours to get here. We all headed for the bathroom. Much better. So let’s see some sights. My word, its cold as charity up here in the mountains. Let’s go Meiko, Pete, Timmy and Buddy Budd….let’s run and warm up.
Our first stop was the church on the edge of the town.
It started hailing again and we ran for cover. Mom and dad decided it was lunch time so Einstein and I followed mom and dad inside the restaurant. Meiko, Pete, Buddy Budd and Timmy went looking for Bashful and Chip because we hadn’t seen them for quite some time now. I loved the Jasmine Tea mom shared with me. It warmed me up inside.
The hail stopped while we ate so we braved the elements again. The guys had found Bashful and Chip looking calm as can be beside the towns communal water spout.
This is a family home in the 1800’s.
The saloons did an awesome business with all the money and nowhere but Barkerville to spend it.
Hurdy Gurdy Girls
Although the Barkerville saloons already had women entertainers, much excitement was caused in the summer of l865 when there arrived from San Francisco an organized group of dancing partners, complete with musicians.
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Hurdy Gurdy Girls
The girls danced with the miners for a dollar a dance to the rhythms made by two fiddlers who reportedly sang loud so the music could be heard above the noise of the stomping feet.
Starved of women’s company and faced with the troupe’s determination to deal in nothing but dance steps, the men developed a style of dancing that both surprised and exhausted their partners.
The main point of this step, as described by those who were there, was for the man to lift his partner repeatedly as high as he could off the floor, at the same time swinging her feet aloft.
Here we are in the Hotel that featured the Hurdy Gurdy Girls daily.
Bashful and Chip grabbed a comfortable spot on the shelf to watch the action.
It was hailing again so we all thought it was time to leave. The Barkerville peeps were inside and away from the cold, hail and mud.
We all piled in the car and dad put the heat on. We all said. “Awwww” in unison and started out of Barkerville. I told mom that we hadn’t seen the gold fields or panned for gold. Mom said it was too miserable and nobody would help us anyway. The flats would just have to take our word for it.
Here we are. It didn’t seem to take as long getting home.
Mom, Meiko and my furs are stinking up…MOL….sorry I meant our furs are sticking up…right Meiko? There are bent ears all around too. Ok, we’ll get them fixed with this special stuff dad gave us Shoko. There we go every cat looks just about as good as new. We are tired mom so we’ll call it a nite. Nite all my flats and rocks. Anybody need a story to fall asleep? Not tonight mom…I’m asleep on my paws.
I had a marvelous day yesterday at Cat Scouts. Sammy of the Worldwide Wildcat Troop put on a Greenhouse warming party and we all brought our nip plants. Well, I had a riot chasing some mice out back with a few of my pals. Needless to say I overindulged in the nip and mom informed me I sounded weird so we should go home.
Once home I did what every cat that was “nipped” out would do…….I slept.
Today I was chompin’ at the bit to get out in the sunshine. So dad let me out. That was early this morning. Mom called and called me but I never showed up and I usually come to her by the second calling. By 2pm, mom was fussin’ and fumin’ as to where I was…..so dad, wanting to put mom’s mind at rest, MOL….came lookin’ for me. I was found fast asleep under one of the neighbour’s 87,000 old cars. Dad took me home and told mom where he found me. Mom kept me inside but I was tired and didn’t want to go gallivanting about. I crawled up to my condo and continued my pleasant dream.
Kali had her own objectives for the day. Rising at 10am, she went tripping sleepily out to the deck.
Kali hasn’t been feeling so great lately and so mom decided to give her some Barley Cat…this aids with digestion. Kali came back in for her beef Fancy Feast. Mom thought she was being real sneaky by putting the Barley Cat into the Fancy Feast. Kali looked at the Fancy Feast, looked at mom, shook her front paws and walked away to lay down in her basket. Not the reaction mom wanted at all. Mom waited for an hour and then took a teaspoon of food to Kali in her basket. Kali proceeded to gobble the food down as if she hadn’t been fed for days. Mom tried this again with the same results. Mom got the bowl of food and gave it to her and Kali got up and finished the bowl of food.
Now, mom is just shaking her head wondering about us. Why am I found sound asleep under an old car when I have so many comfy places to sleep right here? What is Kali trying to prove by declining her food and then eating the same food when it is spoon fed to her? Every day different.