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Easter in Norfolk [20100406|18:05]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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The bloke & I spent last Thursday evening with his sister, her hubby & little daughter (who would not take kindly to my use of the term "little" as she informs me that she's a big girl now). The next morning we packed up Sputnik & Telstar for their first long car journey to Norfolk. Telstar, after some elaborate contortion displays, settled down and slept for most of it. Sputnik saved the amateur dramatics for the last five miles. He overheated and began panting and drooling with his eyes rolled back in his head, setting off all my catmother alarms and generally causing pandemonium until we could pull over and let him out to cool off. Fortunately, the rest of the holiday proved to be panic-free.

I feel I should warn you all in advance that this post contains more KAYOOT than is probably legal in most countries. So if this first image makes you want to hurl, then it's probably wiser not to click the cut.

Little niece & nephew

Little niece smells the hyacinths

Auntie Nanila visits the daffodils

Nephew gets the last slice of satsuma

Boats on The Broads

Rob, of cliff-hanging/puddle-jumping fame in previous posts, owns one of the boats in this picture.

Bloke in the mud

Ostensibly, he was searching for oxygenating weed for our pond. Actually, he just wanted to go for a stomp in the reeds.

Sputnik in the mist

Courting disaster

The bloke's parents also have a garden pond. The cats were delighted to find that not only is it bigger than ours, it provides an opportunity for fighting in a tree while suspended over water. Fun!

Sputnik & Clara

Clara is one of four chickens kept by the parents' tenants. Sputnik & Telstar are pretty wary of chickens, having been schooled by our neighbours chickens in the way of the sharp peck on the nose. While it may look like Sputnik is hunting Clara, he's really preparing to run away when she gets close.

Acrobatic Telstar

Swimming pool investigation

Not only do they have a pond, they also have a swimming pool. Could this place be any more fun for arboreal aquatic felines?

Bloke's family + setting stuff on fire == happy

Fireman Bloke

Pied Piper Auntie/Mama

Flowers for Auntie Nanila

They were dandelions. I put them in the buttonholes of my big duffel coat.

Feeding the alpacas

Ursa the Escaping Alpaca

"Are you looking at Assisi's butt? How rude!"

Rob's parents have three male alpacas. The littlest, Ursa, is also the cutest and naughtiest. He perpetrated the Great Alpaca Escape. One day he discovered that by limboing under the fence, he could reach the beautifully manicured grass in the neighbour's garden. Though the other two weren't small enough to execute such a maneuver, they bided their time and when the gate was opened by the humans in order to usher Ursa back into the paddock, they slipped out.

When we first visited the alpacas a year or so ago, they were quite skittish and clung to the opposite fence. They'll eat hay out of your hand now as long as you stand still, and if they're hungry. (They weren't when the bloke tried to feed them.) I'm glad we got to take Little Niece to see them while they're still exuberantly fluffy - they're due to be shorn in a couple of weeks.

[User Picture]From: anthrokeight
2010-04-06 18:24 (UTC)
*splodey head*


I think there needs to be a klaxon sound for really cute warning.

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-04-09 17:58 (UTC)
I agree. I think it should be a swannee whistle-based klaxon, too.
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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2010-04-06 19:58 (UTC)
What a fun place - especially for the kitties! And they're almost like dogs, in that you can bring them along on trips, let them outside, etc - I'd be worried all over the place about mine running off or something...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-04-09 18:06 (UTC)
Oh, their outdoor excursions were all supervised. They spent most of the visit inside the house. Although they seemed to do a pretty good job of figuring out where the borders of the property were. I'm guessing this might have been because the neighbours have four cats who've marked them out pretty thoroughly!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-04-09 18:15 (UTC)
Actually, I don't think that would be too difficult. They don't require much grazing land, and they seem to be fairly tidy creatures. They have their one spot in the field for poopin', and they produce small round pellets that make amazingly good fertilizer.
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From: sorrowofthemoon
2010-04-07 14:03 (UTC)
i love the scent of bonfires. woodsmoke makes my head go wonky :)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-04-09 18:17 (UTC)
Mmm, yes. I find it makes my mind feel really clear. I'm not sure why.
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2010-04-07 18:28 (UTC)
So much cute! I dreamed about a website last night that was just pictures of your cats - how weird. I remember the layout and everything. It was quite minimalist and elegant.

So they don't try to run away or anything when you take them place with you?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-04-09 18:14 (UTC)
I fear my journal is turning into that web site. I must post more words.

This was their first holiday, so we didn't really know how they were going to react. They handled being in a new environment quite well. I supervised all their outdoor excursions, but again, they reacted well and didn't stray far from me, although it was a pain getting them back inside when I got cold!
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[User Picture]From: painted_dreams
2010-04-07 22:07 (UTC)
There is too much cute in this post lol... I am going to catnap the kittens.. Sputnik and Telstar are so cute it and curious.

Little kids <3

I work with kids birth to five at my library. They are so inventive and creative.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-04-09 18:20 (UTC)
I thought they were going to get a lot bigger (the kitties) but they're nine months old and even though Telstar is bulkier and stockier than Sputnik, they're still pretty small cats. Maybe it's all the racing up and down trees that's kept them light and lithe.
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