It’s Caturday and time for Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty to have her Artsy Caturday. Click on the blog hop name in blue and go see your friends that must pose for their pawents weird tastes. Dad has Athena’s blog name in silver on his screen. So go to the coloured name…MOL
I’ll take this artsy fartsy day Kali. You don’t look so good today. I have a tummy ache Shoks. Think I ate too much of the snack mom gave me. It was good so I ate all of it. Sorry, I ate yours too. Well cwap Kali! You deserve to have a tummy ache. I never even saw the treat. I can sneak pretty fast…mol…owww. Think I’ll stay here for a while though Shoks. K Kali. You’ve made yourself a little nest. It’s very comfy too. You look prepared for the sun Shoks. Too bad there’s no sun today. There will be.
Here I am artsied up thanks to Fun Photo Box. MOL….It is unique mom. Thank you for the straw sun hat Ellen….just what I needed to avoid the ditzy bug.
Someone dropped over to see us today. We haven’t seen much of him since he’s found the, *The Joys of Hunting* and has been practicing over at the falling down house. Gee, Cow Kitty doesn’t look like he’s been suffering any in the past few months. The catnip has dropped many seeds and this is what Cow Kitty is laying on. I feel much better mom…anymore of those tasty treats? What do you mean? I don’t make a pig of myself! I’m dainty and delicate. Ya, right! Delicate and dainty as a moose. MOL
What a beautiful day. Hey mom, are you weeding….good, the garden was a disgrace. I’ll roll in this freshly weeded area.
Oh, that feels so good to feel the dirt rub against my furs. Mom isn’t looking, is she? I think I’ll stretch out again. MOL
I could do this all day but here comes mom so *mum’s the word.* No I haven’t been rolling in the dirt, Who made those rolling marks? That was Shoko, she came over here rolled in the dirt and then left. Um…the dirt on my back? Gee, I think dad threw it at me and it stuck. I get the feeling you don’t believe me mom.
No way did I need a sponge bath! How rude of you mom! I cleaned myself earlier today. Although I do look fluffier and there are no more dirty marks all over me bod.
No…I don’t want to go! Take Shoko instead. I was dreaming of my boyfriend Buddy Budd from the blog Timmy’s Commentary. His fur is so shiny and soft. He makes me feel like a kitten. *sigh* No!….Mom did anyone tell you how rude you can be? I feel great…..see my leg even moves well. Dang….you just keep insisting…
This car sways too much. I’m being reminded of my ancestors in Thailand while they worked on the boats. It was very hard work but their singing eased the burden. ♫Mew, mew meeeewwww……meeeoooooowww♫
That was a quick trip….guess my ancestors were right and singing eases trying times.
If I shut my eyes she can’t see me…that’s what Shoko says. I’ll try it and hide my face for good measure. It didn’t work, she’s poking me!! Get your stubby little fingers away from my dainty bod. I weigh how much? I’ve lost a pound? Whoopee! Just like a real model….I’m skinny. I’d like to thank all the peeps involved in my weight loss….thank you mom for serving small portions and food I wouldn’t touch with a dead mouse. You are the prime peep responsible. She’s saying this is bad? No it isn’t. A pound is like 10 pounds for a peep? I promise I won’t lose more…please…please don’t put me on some disgusting diet. Whoa, that was close and no pukey food to gain weight. All else is good with me. See, I told ya mom.
Caturday is also Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty’s Artsy Fartsy day. Just click on Athena’s name and you’ll see your friends acting artsy for the occasion.
It’s time for the Hop On /Off bus. Off they go to hop off at Chinatown and walk up to Covent Garden.
They got off at Chinatown and saw a pub that called to them.
Off they went to Covent Garden. They had to see where James Bowen and Streetcat Bob had been busking the Big Issue magazine. Since those times James and Streetcat Bob have accomplished a lot. These two former street guys are financially secure and can buy stuff they never ever thought they could at one time.
Mom was in her glory and bought Harrods Tea….Afternoon Blend Then it was over to the food halls for a peek at the fancy foods. Mom saw a sandwich she just had to have. It was two pieces of rye bread with butter, a cooked thinly sliced beet, smoked salmon, cut thinly and a few bean sprouts on top. The sandwich was cut in fours…just the way mom likes. Mom offered half to dad, who wrinkled up his nose but mom insisted as they should always be open to new ideas. Dad took a quarter and loved it so much he ate the other quarter.
Mom wanted to buy something from Harrods other than just the tea, so decided to buy some perfume. It cost more than the ready cash they had. So dad would have to pull out more loot. Dad disappeared to stand alone by a wall so he could get at his money belt. A store security man went over and told him there was none of that in this store. The security man thought dad was playing with himself….what a hoot! Dad had to explain what he was trying to do without turning red with embarrassment. MOL After purchasing the perfume our travellers went back to the hotel with their treasures.
Mom explained to dad that she needed her furs washed but the sink was as big as her face. Dad said never fear, he will help. So dad shampooed and used conditioner on mom’s fur. Trouble is he didn’t get all the soap and conditioner out…a very difficult task. So mom happily was walking around with a half pound of shampoo in her fur. I sound like Shoko don’t I? Let’s get the drama queen in here to explain the next chore of moms. Thanks Kali. Mom told dad she needed a bath also but the bathtub was too deep, she couldn’t step into it. The bathtub was an old-fashioned tub but with handrails on each side of the tub. The back didn’t go straight but was more like a slide. A funny looking tub to mom. Dad helped mom and she slid down the back of the tub and landed with a plop….kinda hard on the butt she said. Yet here she was with water and soap. The inside of the tub was indented the shape of her legs and butt. There was a problem because of these indentations she couldn’t lift her swollen legs but the water felt so good. A helping paw from dad and she was out and never wanted back in ever again. MOL
So sorry about the quality of the photo…think mom had too much tea before shooting the picture. Do you see the grooves? Well shampoo head and her mate, Helpful Harry, drifted off to sleep very quickly.
Next installment involves a train ride up country.
Mom and dad flew into London on rails and walked 87 miles from the Eurostar into St. Pancras Station. Then out the other side to the main exit. Dad rushed on ahead of mom…cause she was walking like she was dragging a moose behind her. Mom finally made it to the exit and guess who greeted her? It was Princess Leah, and her mom and dad. Our dad was there too. How exciting Shoko. They all went for tea in St. Pancras Station. I think mom was stunned as she didn’t seem to take many pictures. Here is Princess Leah’s mom, Julie and her dad, Mike. Her Royal Highness is trying to get at the Canada Goose Shoko and I stuck in mom’s suitcase for Leah. Mom said she enjoyed a relaxing cuppa with Leah and her parents. She could have stayed and enjoyed their company for several more hours but it was time to get to the hotel. Take a look at Princess Leah’s Blog and see more pictures of our meeting.
Now St. Pancras Station is an old castle like building. It is beautiful beyond compare. Any repairs to the old structure are kept in the same style. Mom and dad caught a taxi to their hotel…The Tavistock. It wasn’t far but these two decided they didn’t need to struggle down the sidewalk with their suitcases. Our travellers woke in Normandy and now they were in London. To say they were tired was an understatement.
The next day found mom and dad deciding to walk about their area around the Tavistock Hotel. Mom and dad liked the quaint shops along the street. The Post Box was so shiny and new looking. Where the ones in Prince George look like they had a fight with a woofie and lost. MOL….mom is in her glory looking for different spices and concoctions than in Canada.
The next place to find was Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium. A bit of a challenge for our wanderers.
I won’t show you all the areas they wandered in and out but Chinatown and Coventry Gardens were two of the districts.
They found Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium just as dad was starting to say they had come the wrong way while he was pushing mom on her walker. They both were so excited they forgot to take a picture.
Inside was a small cat heaven. There were cats sleeping…of course. Cats watching the pigeons and greeter cats showing us around. Shoko would be crazy over these stairs….dropping on me from above. Look at these caves for the cats. They look like they’re in the wild forests of Africa. What a hoot.
A most satisfying visit to their first cat café.
To read about mom and dad’s first meeting with Phenny and his family click on Easy’s Blog.
The next day these five didn’t waste time but got into Phenny’s Elephant Skate and for an elephant it was one compact elephant and they headed toward the Atlantic, It was a long ride of about three hours. Mom wasn’t used to sitting for so long anymore and kept getting sleepy. Phenny helped with that…he told her things about his mom and dad that had mom wide awake. He said his mom was renting herself out as a part-time carpenter and her dad was taking dancing lessons. Mom was fascinated. Is mom ever gullible! Geesh! MOL They all arrived safely in Normandy The little house we were renting was a beauty. There were even 3 bedrooms so we could um and awe about which room we could have.
While waiting mom sat on the Oceanic Kayaks. She got up, heard a snap and landed on her face like a sack of hammers. That was a boo boo and she was determined though the knee hurt, it would not slow her down…ya right! She never got down to Omaha Beach to find a used shell for a remembrance. It’s probably against the law anyway.
Katty and mom made their recipe for Shopping Around The World….Salmon fish cakes. Phenny was an enormous help. If you want to read the Salmon Fish Cake Recipe….just click on the name.
Phenny and Flat Shoko left their blessings for those that had fought for their freedom.
Mr. Phenny’s dad took mom and dad for a drive through Normandy for a look at the different architecture of the houses. Mom says this big house looks very official so perhaps its being used as a museum.
Too soon it was time to go back to Paris and catch the train. They left early and arrived in Paris around noonish. Mom was very overcome saying good bye to Katty and Phenny. Phenny’s dad helped carry suitcases into the station. Mom and dad thank you so much for the unforgettable visit with such fabulous peeps and of course, the one and only Da Phenny.
It was time to get on the Eurostar train and head for London from Gare du Nord. The Eurostar goes 200 MPH. It took about 2 hours to fly the rails to London. They spent a total of 20 minutes in the Chunnel. Mom and dads last view of Paris from the rails. Isn’t this the Metro mom?