Thursday Continued

NotCat’s poo is now stowed under the car. Tomorrow I shall take it with me when we leave. That’s not because I have some weird retentive fetish about holding onto NotCat’s body waste, there are no rubbish disposal facilities here. I’ll get rid of it at the earliest opportunity. Even wrapped in newspaper and inside a bag, it still packs quite a punch.

It is still raining, but it feels like it might stop soon. There was a mighty noise a while ago and I nearly spilled my cocoa. Wet weather is such a good opportunity for cocoa appreciation. Anyway, NotCat growled, I looked out, and there was a heron. By the time I got my camera it had moved away, but I hovered hopefully, wondering if it would come back or if one of the kingfishers might appear. No such luck, so here is a photo of a distant heron. If you look carefully, you’ll see it.

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My interest in ornithology continued for several minutes and I watched this bird, who was considerably happier swimming around the marina than I would be.

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When the kingfisher didn’t show up, I watched the rain bouncing on the water.

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I am also keeping an eye on a boat across the marina. I earned my good deed badge this morning when I noticed it behaving oddly. I realised one of the ropes had become detached and it was swinging about. At first, I couldn’t see any spare rope, then spotted a loop that was far inferior to the rope at the other end of the boat, waited for the wind to blow it towards the pontoon again and reattached it. So far so good.

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Armchair Ornithologist

After hitting the window with a resounding smack, presumably in pursuit of a bird in the garden, Not Cat confined himself to a more sedate interest in ornithology.

He nabbed Mother’s chair as the one with the best view of the garden, and settled down.

She was, and is, still in hospital, and I’ll doubtless write about that soon, though I find the whole business extremely disquieting, so she wasn’t displaced by him.

It’ll be interesting to see if they tussle for territory when (and I sincerely hope it is when and not if) she gets home.