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•Tweedledum and Tweedledee Land In London

SHOKO…..BLACK
KALI…..ORANGE

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 TavistockIt 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. 

                                                                                          The birds outside caught these kitties attention while we sat and had High Tea.

A most satisfying visit to their first cat café.

Next installment…visiting Harrods Department Store.                                                                  

 

 

 

 

 

Testing…Testing…Will it Hang Together?

aacarpenterhatI am much better with carpeted surfaces than wood.  Those little splinters hurt the paw.  So dad suggested I explain what’s happening instead of getting my paws in the way.

We were there to help inspect the new house on the deck.  We have placed four blankets inside the house.  The roof comes off the house for cleaning and tidying.  There are two inches of Styrofoam on the outside which makes the house pink and draft free.  Cow Kitty is secure in his masculinity so no problem with gender typing.

aashokcrNo, the house shouldn’t be so open and that herb has to go.  What kinda herb is it?  Think mom said a Bay Leaf Plant.  It looks disgusting!  No flowers just sharp pointy leaves….yuck.   Back to Cow Kitty’s house.  There is no place for him to sun himself in the morning glow.  The steps lead up to the entrance and then he’d have to hop in like a bunny.  What do you think Kali?  I agree Shoko.  If, he was in a rush to leave the house he may fall down the stairs.  Not a good place to have the house.

aakalihomecrThis is more like it Shoko.  He can run up the stairs and he has someplace to sit if he doesn’t feel like turning in for the night.  The entrance is facing in the opposite direction of the wind current,  This is the place Shoko.                                                                              aackhouseLook he likes his pink house with the Duck tape.  The Duck’s tape adds a masculine look too!

aackhomeHe’s a happy nip stealer if I ever saw one.

SHOKO…..BLACK

KALI…..ORANGE

 

May I  be the fruit in your Looms.                                                                          shoko-dancing-turkey-giflThank you Dezi and Raena…..I dance like a poultry from paradise. MOL

Sunday Selfie with Kali

Hi my friends, yes we are really late today.  Mom has some health problems and can only move one arm.  She is a very slow typist and poor speller so I hope this post makes sense.

The Cat on my HeadIt”s The cat on my Head’s Sunday Selfie Blog Hop and I just CAN’T miss such a wonderful day.  You should stroll on over to the blog and admire my friends posing.

*Fishy Wishy in my dishy,
Ewww…you are so squishy
How can anyone find you delishy.*

Sorry friends my thoughts about fishies wormed their way into my thoughts. MOL

 

This is an old picture of me as mom won’t let me use the camera today.  So she’s charging the camera  battery which absolutely dropped dead.

 

I have a pensive  look or so mom says.  I can guarantee I was not thinking of pens.  Shoko was probably teasing me with the nanner.  I had been admiring my new steps so the picture was taken the day after I got the stairs to the bed.                                                     Have a sunny Sunday my friends.                                                        lexinoodleVote the two best candy dates for mayor and vice mayor…Lexi and  Noodle.

 

 

Wordy Wednesday

Well, mom had to get on this harness kick again.  So on the harness went and she called me to come downstairs to the basement.  I don’t like to walk while wearing this thing.  I know I look like there is a saddle, which is far too heavy for me, straddled to my back.  Also I mince on by with tiny steps.  Dad laughed when I walked by him.  Finally, I made it to the basement.  There was a reward waiting for me.

shhaSee my race car in the background.  Now, seeing as mom gave me a treat each time I walked for the treat.  I wouldn’t walk unless I got a treat.  It didn’t take mom long to figure this out either.  Pretty soon Kali was in the basement with us getting all the attention and treats.  Mom was so happy Kali was getting exercise for her hip.  Well, mom ran out of treats and Kali and mom went upstairs while I minced along much more slowly.

While they were waiting for moi, Kali posed for a picture in my toque.

hatkaAs Kali posed I slowly made my way up the stairs where mom removed the harness.  I  proceeded to do my own posing with Kali and mom.

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After we had a rest from our frolicking in the basement Mom decided to have a peek at Elfin John who has been busy fishing in the kitchen sink. Heck he caught 2 spoons and a small fork. He told mom he was ready to go back in the nightie drawer till later in the year. So Kali helped him into the drawer.
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Kali tucked him in for a long nap and we all got a little sad.

I brought Kali into the living room where we discovered our friend had sent us some goodies. Kali was overcome by the feathers as I was and soon Elfin John was forgotten.DSCN4646
Trust mom to snap the picture when we looked away from the feathers. Really mom, get with it.

That was our day…..how was yours?
Kali and Shoks

Road Trip To Huble Homestead

Some  flat scouts from Cat Scouts came to visit us and dudes  we had a houseful.  They were the perfect guests.  Not one of them threw kitty litter around the bathroom.  No one hacked up a furball either.  Mom was impressed.  We had Fing Feiko/King Meiko’s alter ego from Texas, Tristy from California from the blog Christie Paws, Izzy from Oklahoma from the blog Dezi World.  Our last visitor is Fete/Pete’s alter ego from Tennessee.

I made sure that all the flats went to the kitty litter and had some noms and water before getting in the car for their road trip.  Mom and dad rounded up the flats and placed them in the back seat together.  Not one of the flats sang out in protest but they were meowing to each other in excited voices.  Kali and I waved to the flats as they left.

The Huble Homestead is only 40 km ( 25  miles) north of Prince George but you are in total wilderness as soon as you pass the city limits.

I am Foko.  I am Shoko’s flat scout.  I will be the guide for our visit.  We all sat back and enjoyed the fresh air and before we knew it, we were at the Huble Homestead.                                                                  This Homestead consisted of a general store, blacksmith shop, stable,a couple of log houses and the old homestead itself.  Huble Homestead was built along the Fraser River for easy transportation by paddle wheel.  Travel by land was far too difficult as there were only trails to follow with pack horses and all the supplies needed for a long journey from the  Vancouver area.

DSCN3912Some wise words from our host and we were on our way.

We all had to show off the old fashioned loom and have a rest.  Your wondering where Fete alias Pete went as he’s not in the photo?  Fete was overly interested in the chick-hens.  He muttered something about his sister and chick-hens.

There’s Fete!  The chick-hen didn’t seem particularly interested in him but Fete was happy.

We didn’t get very far and Fete fell in a hole.  We all had to gather around and see if he was ok.  He was fine just gawking around too much.  We all had a good meow and then ran on to catch up with mom and dad.

                                                             Here is Fing Feiko (left), Foko, Tristy, Izzy and Pete in the squirrel hole.

This is an old fashioned press that was used for flattening beaver pelts for easy storage. 

DSCN3928We took a look through a very old stable.  Tristy was mesmerized with the old, old horse shoes.

We all had a short nap in the hay and were very refreshed afterward.

                                                               Mom and dad watched as a man made ice cream.  Looked delicious or so mom said.  Dad said it was too runny and likes the ice cream in the grocery store better.

This is the lady clerk from the General Store in proper attire for the time.  She was nice and let mom take pictures of Tristy and Izzy with Polar Cleats.

DSCN3953                    DSCN3952Mom had a pair of Polar cleats as did dad but they were pretty hard to fit over one’s boots or runners and then you must take them off each time you come in or you’ll have cleat holes in your floor.  Guess how mom found out!

The next stop on our outing was a small cabin that was actually the Blacksmith’s cabin. 

                                                           

Now this is really working from home.

This is the actual Huble House.  These folks must have been well off because even the house is whitewashed and they had a kitchen not just a wood stove.  The kitchen is separate from the house and there is a doorway that leads right to the table.

Notice the door to the kitchen behind the table.

We sat on the cold wood stove in the office of the homestead for our picture.

Talk about narrow staircases…whew…you can’t afford to be fat in the old days.                                                                

The last place we saw on our way out of the homestead area was the place where the meat was kept to keep it away from wild animals such as bears.

A pleasant way to spend the afternoon.  We all jumped in the car and headed for Prince George.  Before long we were at the outskirts.                                                                      There you are a little slice of history from northern British Columbia.

 

 

                                                                                  

Produce From Our Garden

I’ll bet you wondered what happened to us.  We haven’t posted for awhile.  Mom has been busy with harvesting the veggies.  Well, all this warm weather has had a great effect on the veggie garden.  The peas, chard and beet greens are being frozen for the winter.    Beets have been frozen and 2 bags of peas.  This took quite the amount of time.  We had to pick the peas, shell them and divide the older peas from the tender ones.  Granted mom and dad did most of this but I walked through the garden with her.  Just so she didn’t mess up the veggies.

 

a small pot of tender chard

a small pot of tender Ruby Chard

What have we been doing while mom and dad are steaming their faces off with the veggies?  It has turned cool here so our pool has disappeared.  No more fun with the pool.  Dad cut our catnip wwwway back and hung the stalks from the ceiling of the deck.  Mom will pack the leaves and buds away for our relatives at Christmas.  This is still what mom and dad are doing but Kali and I helped  with these chores.  I sat in the middle of the catnip and yelled in perfect Niponese,”NO!! Not our nip!”  Dad didn’t listen but said my voice was very forceful.

 No!  Down came the nip.  Mom said there is another full month of summer, at least, and I’ll be chewin’ on nip again this summer.  Nice tender nip too.  I like the sound of that mom.  Remember that Flat Einstein and Timmy are coming for a visit from Pennsylvania in August.

Kali has not been up to much.  She keeps using her stairs in the bedroom.  Looking all smug and happy.  Today I showed her what I could do with the stairs.

I just wanted Kali to see that I was no longer afraid of the stairs.  My point made, I left to help outside.

Kali went into the living room and covered herself while laying on the love seat.

I was not in as much demand as I thought so I headed out to the greenhouse.  Kali and I spent the rest of the afternoon resting up.

Hope your day was as mellow as yours.

Kali’s View of Her World

For those of you that have not noticed my new header and for those of you that thought, “Egads, that’s a dark and dingy picture”.  Well here’s the scoop.  This is a picture of the Ice Castle in Dr. Zhivago.  The superb actor, Omar Shariff passed away two weeks ago and this is our way of honouring him.

 

I’m looking after the post today.  Yes, Shoko let her big sis take charge for a change.  Shoko is busy patrolling around the perimeter of the property….on the fence.  I don’t know what she’ll do if she spots trouble…bravery is not her thing.  She sees herself as this meezer:                                                          Everybody else see’s her this way:

I have been having problems getting on and off the bed.  The worst part of it was jumping onto the floor after a nice snooze.  My elbow and paws have arthritis.  I find the arthritis meds too hard on my stomach and I can’t hold them down.  Mom asked dad if he could make something that could help me out.  Shoko suggested a trampoline to dad.  She said it would be easy on my paws cause the rubber would give.  Mom and dad didn’t have to worry, she would watch me as I got off the bed.  Actually, she said it would be a hoot watching me go up to the ceiling and down again.

Dad didn’t like this idea and thought it was very unsafe.  Dad decided to make stairs for me.  They are so cool!  Just look at these stairs.

Here I am modelling the stairs…I think they look better with me on them.

Oh mom!  This is a horrible picture!  I look all butt and hips.  Please my friends disregard this pic…..I’m not this fat looking.  I know I’ve gained a wee bit but..                                                                      Here I sit on the top stair…dad made it big enough for me to sit and relax or scratch at the carpeting.  I’m not fond of the type of carpeting on the condo….scratch wise that is but I really like the carpet dad put on the stairs.