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You Have To Be Kitting!

What a week I’ve had, best laid plans and all that!

On Thursday I had an early finish from work and was planning to finish a few items ready for my Etsy shop.  I was having a little mooch around the garden, planning for my fences to be put up.

Suddenly I saw this cute little black kitten strolling up the garden path, and he walked straight over and threw himself at my feet.  I knew that he ‘belonged’ to a neighbour due to a recent incident of neglect we witnessed, regarding him and his siblings.  He was outside without being vaccinated, microchipped and neutered, too young (only 12 weeks old) and the neighbours’ children said that he was unhappy at home.

With help from my friend, we managed to get him rehomed with me.  By this time I had to go out to complete a Dementia Friends talk and so I borrowed some kitten food and left him with a bowl, some water and Ella’s litter tray (much to her chagrin!)

 

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Ella is not keen on other cats and I had always planned to keep to a one-cat household.  Of course all of that is up the swanny as he has bonded so strongly with me within minutes.  I can’t imagine life without him now, he is so tiny, sweet-natured and gentle.

I used to work for Cats Protection so have followed their excellent guidelines about introducing him into the house and taking it slowly, to ensure long-term happiness for all inhabitants!  I got a Feliway diffuser which relieves tension in cats, for Ella’s benefit more than his…

 

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Ella is a bit put-out at the moment, but has at least not been aggressive or overly anxious, as these piccies attest to!

 

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So we will (hopefully!) be a happy cat household, he has had a check-up at the vets and his first immunisations, soon he will be free to go out into the garden, safely this time.  He is only 1.2kg but not too underweight for his age, and otherwise the vet gave him a clean bill of health.  Phew!

The only thing left was to pick a name for him, and since his brother is named Brian after the wonderful physicist Professor Brian Cox, my first idea was immediately to name him Patrick after Sir Patrick Moore (the late, great amateur astronomer and TV Presenter of The Sky At Night).

So welcome to Patrick – and lots of fuss and hugs for Ella, to hopefully smooth the transition so that she comes to terms with the interloper and they can live together in harmony.

Hopefully next week I’ll have more time to get on to other priorities including my delayed Etsy shop!

Happy catting!

 

Lou x

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Twinkle, twinkle little star, or how to become a geek in 5 easy steps!

Evening all!

Many years ago my fate was set on seeing a little known arty farty film called Star Wars.  From then on I was either going to be a Wookie or an amateur geek.  Past childhood, I shed my excessively hirsute outer shell with a mixture of Sellotape and Immac, therefore sealing my geekdom destiny.

 

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It took several years to hone my talents with a mixture of obscure indie music, bad haircuts and copious amounts of Doctor Who.  For those wishing to explore the delightful world of geekdom, without resorting to these extreme measures, astronomy is a good way to start!

1. Start with your eyes – no expensive gadgets required (unless you are a shopaholic at Specsavers).  Learn the basic constellations using a Planisphere and/or Star Map book. Unfortunately it doesn’t show you the location of Tatooine so I can’t hook up with Han Solo in that jumpin’ bar in Mos Eisley, but a girl can dream…

 

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2. Join an Astronomical Group – there are hundreds across the country and some are better than others. My first one had great talks, but was full of pompous and officious morons.  The second one is disorganised, small, and the talks are not often so fascinating, but they provide beginners talks, the people are welcoming and – well let’s be honest – basically they’re not a load of nobbers.

3. Get a couple of useful and free apps on your phone – a red torch light (Roxanne!) as normal light ruins your night vision for at least 20-30 mins, so get in the dark and stay there! Also Google Sky Map is pretty good and Astronomy Picture of the Day is always inspirational, even if it just makes you lie in bed all day crying at the beauty and teeny-tinyness of this ol’ planet in the big scheme of things.

 

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4. Even though, quite obviously, Sir, Lord and all conquering Professor Brian Cox is every thinking woman’s bit of jam on a crumpet, do not (repeat DO NOT!) admit that he is a hottie. Just watch his Wonders of the Solar System / Wonders of the Universe and for the hardcores amongst you, Stargazing Live every Spring must be observed (geddit!?) without drooling.  And that goes double for you men!!

 

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5. Don’t try to get into something you don’t like for the sake of geekness.  I tried this to spectacular effect with Lord of the Rings and nearly got lynched in the cinema.  My crime?  Forgetting I was in the cinema, I said “oh for god’s sake, just die!!” at the (extended) death throes of Sean Bean as a beardy arrow dodger.

 


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And as for the nursery rhyme we started with – it’s pants!  Stars don’t actually twinkle, they only look like they do when looking through our atmosphere.  So put that in your pipe (nebula) and smoke it…

Happy geeking!

 

Lou x

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