About

What am I doing here, I don’t mean in an existential way, I mean why am I here on WordPress. I had a blog on MyTelegraph, mainly because that was the only blogsite I could understand at first. I have worked as a journalist, and stopped writing, having become rather disillusioned with the whole business. Also so many people want their names in print, that freelance journalists are being offered fairly derisory fees.
After a while though, I began to miss writing, and I thought a blog would be a way of keeping that discipline going. I didn’t really expect anyone to read it, and the first comments were a lovely surprise.
MyT could be fun, but it was also a place where a lot of very angry people spent a lot of their time. So, along with a number of others I decamped to WordPress.

I like animals, cooking, talking, eating, writing, walking, laughing, reading, taking photographs, being on my boat, being with my cat, being with my friends, being by myself, making mosaics, great theatre, Outnumbered, I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, Exile on Main Street, Pachabel’s Canon.

And much more.

I don’t like crowded buses and trains, queueing, butchers’ shops, alarm clocks, loud voices or being kept awake by other people’s music and televisions. Nor do I like Dan Brown books, Big Brother, high heels, minimalism, nationalism, racism, driving fast, airports, Eastenders.

I am Isobel, and Cat is Cat. This was going to be Isobel’s Blog, but that name had already been taken, so while I do most of the typing, with occasional help, much the blog is about Cat, who tends to be something of a scene stealer.

He’s getting on a bit, born in 1994, but still, as you’ll see from the many photos of him posted here, a very handsome animal, or as he’s sometimes called, Ridiculously Handsome Boy.

Cat died on 20th March 2011. It was his heart. I miss him more than words can say. He was a wonderful boy with a huge character and I was very lucky that he adopted me.

NotCat is the new feline in my life and on this blog. He was only a baby, around a year or so old when he came here from Brighton in April 2011; a bundle of ginger fur and mischief. He was just leaving his kittenhood behind, and this is at least his third home in his short life. He’s my cat now and I love him to bits.

66 thoughts on “About

  1. hello Isobel – and Cat, and now Not Cat:
    you have been visiting my fledgling photo blog a fair bit lately – which has been very encouraging, and i thank you for it – and i thought i should visit your spot in cyberspace as well. and i love what i have seen of your blog so far. am bookmarking your site.
    was very sorry to hear about your loss of Cat – and also thrilled to read about Not Cat. I actually saw Not Cat in action with the recycling bag – which was delightful – however that post got away from me before i had a chance to leave a comment.
    in any event, do keep up the great work. i will definitely be back.
    Chris

  2. Thank you for following my blog. I’ve been a bit quiet recently as I’m on holiday and blogging is not top of my list of things to do! I return tomorrow though and have some great tales to tell and photos to show. I will enjoy reading your blog too ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. He answers mainly to Munchkin, but yes I think he does know his name, or maybe it’s just the tone of voice I use when I call him. Not Cat is his online name. Cat’s real name was Freddy the Gorgeous Boy, Freddy for everyday wear, and only revealed here after he died. I did put a post up about the myriad names he had. https://isobelandcat.wordpress.com/2011/04/12/where-next/
    I’m not sure if Not Cat’s privacy is going to be similarly protected. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. So sorry to hear about your loss of Cat. Hard to lose a loved one. It seems as if Not Cat is a part of the next phase of your journey. Sounds a lot like mine…loss of Maggie gaining Miss Stella. Look forward to reading more here.

  5. Sorry to hear about Cat ๐Ÿ˜ฆ losing animals is so difficult especially when they are inspirational and comforting but new ones do find a way of nudging into our lives. TWO nudged into mine! I will be sure to check back often and see how the both of you are doing ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. I should update this page. Not Cat deserves more than his two and a half lines, and I think there could be a lot less about me!
    I still miss Cat, which is not to say that I don’t love Not Cat. I do. He is a darling, and a worthy successor to Cat.

  7. Just seen your current reading, I read half of The Help then made the mistake of seeing the film and it spoilt if for me – should have finished the book first!
    Barbara Kingsolver is brilliant! Have you ever read Rohinton Mistry? i have a feeling you would enjoy A Fine Balance.

    • Thank you. That was a year ago. NotCat is very definitely my cat now. I think of Cat often. He was a darling. And I am so lucky that my new boy is a darling, though quite quite different, as well. Funnily enough, your comment comes as I am wondering about taking in a stray ginger cat. But I think he deserves a home where he will be the centre of attention. So the plan is t see if I can get him to the vet sometime soon and reforming can start from there.

  8. So nice to meet you. Glad you stopped by for a visit over at my place. So sorry to hear about Cat, but so glad that Not Cat has decided to see if you are trainable.
    Have a good rest of your weekend.

  9. Hi Isobel, thanks for stepping by my blog and give me the opportunity to meet Cat and notCat! ๐Ÿ™‚ Sad to hear that you ‘ve lost your boy, i know how bad that feels. At least you spend some lovely moments with him! ๐Ÿ™‚ I ‘ll be around getting to know Mr notCat!

    • Thanks Ioanna.
      They get into your heart don’t they.
      Mr. I’ll have to think about that one. I think he’s still Master NotCat. But then Freddy remained Master Frederick to the end of his life.

  10. Hello Isobel and Not Cat. Nice to meet you both. Sorry to hear about Cat (Freddy) – I hope I get all this right :). Sounds like he was a great soul. I too am a lover of cats. I am also new to this whole WordPress adventure. If you are interested, you should check out my blog where I showcase my own furry darlings – Jackson, Sasha, Lionel and Archie – along with life in general. Glad to have found you and will follow! Ciao for now.

  11. I am also a cat lover, and lost one a few years ago to old age (21), and I had him all but the first year. It was hard, as he was quiet, polite, smart, funny and very well behaved–ie, he could never be replaced. I now have Midnight, black, obnoxious, ornery, stubborn, loud, rude, and not well behaved in any way shape or form. And we love him. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for visiting my blog so I could find yours!

    • They have a habit of doing that don’t they? NotCat is very different from Cat. He is not a replacement either. But he is cat’s legacy. I think you made it to my page first – a photo, purple flowers? or maybe inside? that led me to yours. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Such a strange and charming blog you have Isobel. I am all catted up here also, with the indoor cats and the outdoor cats. Now that I am (getting) older, and since I live on a corner…. I suppose I am the crazy cat woman. Seems best to live on a corner for that distinction. But since the deer, racoons, opossum, skunk, squirells, turkey, fox, and cayote also pass by regularly, and sometimes stay for a while in the garden …. I am perhaps just the crazy animal woman (on the corner).

    • I am intrigued; strange and charming?
      There is a woman near here who lives on a corner and she is the mad cat woman of the neighbourhood, so you could be onto something with your theory!

  13. LOL – I don’t like Dan Brown books either though have never met the man so it is very possible I might like Dan Brown. Our friend’s mother sold her house to him so he could expand his land & privacy – still didn’t meet Dan Brown. Now that I’ve confessed to not liking his books, I might not ever get to meet him. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. Isobel, you already have the Virtual Bloggers Award, but I listed you in my nominations anyway. Your blog is one of the ones I look forward to the most. Thank you for your reflections here – they inspire and touch me.

    • Thanks Derrycats. I no longer accept awards, and maybe I need to make m badge saying so larger. Thank you for your words, they mean far more to me than an award.

  15. Isn’t it strange that we become disillusioned with an activity we are good at because it has to occur in a certain context, under certain rules and regulations and fitting into someone else’s mindset and philosophy. But when relieved from those restraints we come back to the activity we once loved (in your case, writing). This from a dis-illusioned therapist….

    • I don’\t think that is strange. Other people’s mindsets and restrictions can straitjacket us. I have a boss who regularly muscles in on things I am doing, starts to direct me, and I lose sight of what I was aiming for in the first place. It stops being my work, and instead I am just carrying out her brief. Very dull and demotivating!

  16. So true…. that’s why I am done with a “job” (hopefully for the rest of my life) and enjoy free lancing and creating my life just the way I want to. When I turned 50, I promised myself that I would never again do something I didn’t enjoy just because of money…and so it goes.

    • Thanks. I keep meaning to update this page, but somehow I never get around to it. Only the other day one of my neighbours said how she had loved Cat. NotCat is now mown on these pages as MasterB. He is absolutely adorable, as different in character from Cat as he could possibly be, yet in the essentials – affection, friendliness, feline companionship – Cat’s equal.

    • Thanks Ann. I have read your post and thought I had *liked* it. I was interested that you too had photographed Humphry I wrote a post about that sculpturehttps://isobelandcat.wordpress.com/2012/05/03/the-back-story-of-humphry-and-marcia/ a while ago:

    • Thanks for this Petrel41. i appreciate yor good thoughts. However, I do not participate in these awards any more. I am rubbish at completing the tasks I’m afraid. There is a little badge on my page to say this is an award free blog. Maybe I need to make it a bit more prominent!

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  18. Hi Isobelandcat’s Blog, I’m making a map of hawthorn trees in the Peckham area and saw your blogpost about the blossoming hawthorn you described. Could you please let me know which road it’s on so I can add it to my map?
    Many thanks!
    Chris

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