Merry Christmas – 2013

Australia welcomes Santa – please click to Bigify

Australia welcomes Santa – please click to Bigify

 

My Northern Hemisphere Twitter anipal furiends really shake their heads at the thought of how much we enjoy celebrating Christmas in the Summer. We weren’t able to send a card to every furiend so I hope you think of these cards as being my way of wishing you a happy, safe Festive Season.

 

Playing Cricket with Santa and having so much fun  – please click to Bigify

Playing Cricket with Santa and having so much fun – please click to Bigify

 

HuMum (Jane) and I (Jessie) wish to thank you all for the incredible amount of support you have given us over the past three years. Thank you for understanding that old age does catch up to some of us and thus we no longer have the energy required to work & help so many wonderful anipal charities … our sincere apologies.

 

Bush Walk Memory

Me & Mum on the Suspension Bridge - please click to bigify

Me & Mum on the Suspension Bridge – please click to bigify

I don’t know why, but for the last few weeks, I have been dreaming of our family outings at the Tarra Bulga National Park in Gippsland, Victoria, Australia! We used to pack up the FJ Holden to escape the heat of the dry flatlands beside the Ninety Mile beach and drive the 50 kms up into the rainforest of the hills through which the Tarra River streamed. My mum always packed the most delicious of picnic lunches. They comprised of fresh crispy crust chicken sandwiches, plus a family size apple pie, clotted cream and a thermos of tea.

But the true wonder of the day was Mum letting me take off the leg-braces which I’d struggled with since surviving poliomyelitis as a two year old. She used to laugh at my delight in being able to paddle in the freezing cold waters of the rocky beaches of the river. She swore by the healing powers of the cold waters. The more time I spent out of those restrictive braces and heavy boots, the stronger and straighter my legs seem to grow.

I can still smell the mossy damp aroma of the tree ferns that shaded under the giant mountain ash trees. The joy of espying a timid platypus in a dark rock pool, a wombat family or the colours of the lyrebirds hiding in the undercover was so very special to my childhood eyes. My father taught me that the names of the many bird sounds echoing around the bush but, even today, my favourite was the Bell Bird.

We spent the day walking through the tracks of the park, visiting the waterfalls and the suspension bridge. When tired, I road on my Dad’s shoulders and from his 185 cm height the view was even more spectacular.

Thank you for letting me share these wonderful memories with you.

Let’s Celebrate

What a purrfect position for my new Scritching Post

What a purrfect position for my new Scritching Post (Click to bigify)

Wow there are only 37 sleeps until Christmas but until today it has felt like the middle of winter with our daily temperature being way under 20C (68F)! This blog is written to celebrate the arrival of summer plus an early pressie just for me!

It has taken me 11 months to shred my old scritching post back to bare wood and to celebrate this momentous occasion huMum took advantage of the sale at our local Petstock shop and purchased a brand new one! I hesitate to suggest that this was more a present for huMum than it was for me as I had given up trying to clean and sharpen my claws on the old post and taken to the carpet with the lesson being… flying missiles in the shape of anything that is close to huMum’s hand will arrive suddenly and scarily right where I’m scritching (she has been practicing her cricket bowling ready for the 1st Ashes test which is to start on Thursday *excited ears*).

Out with the old and in with the new. The new has a 5 gold stars stamp of approval! My special smell test said delicious (huMum had sprayed it with catnip) and a few tentative scritches proved that it has a respectable coverage of wool. I’m so pleased that it is the same colour as the old one… cream so will be a purrfect contrast to my lush, shiny black panfur.

Oops um *embarrassed ears*. “Are you giggling at me huMum?” I’m sure I put just the right amount of spring in my paws for a purrfect takeoff and landing? How come I missed and landed so ungracefully back on the floor? What? “Are you telling me it is 6cm (2.4 inches) taller than our old post?” Takes step back and makes purrfect landing on second attempt *proud ears*. Oh I like that I’m now even closer to the nom preparation area.

Today huMum and I celebrated the arrival of the summer and a 29C (84F) maximum temperature with a garden clean up. This involved huMum grunting and groaning as she weeded our pavers and garden beds… she filled the huge green wheelie bin to the brim *impressed ears* while I supervised from the shade of whichever camellia tree she was closest too. We are worried about our new lemon tree. Its madly growing but yet to flower or fruit (second season) also two Pittosporum have gone to heaven and need replacing. Our garden shop to purchase list is very long as it includes sugar cane mulch, citrus tree and camellia food plus a few of the lovely Princess Lavenders which I think will make purrfect nests for moi. Enough said as huMum needs to bathe her weary body and put ointment on her sunburnt nose and all the rose scritch wounds. I’ve very *pleased ears* as something other than me likes to scritch her!

Nap time, bye-bye for now!

Purrfect results - sunset today in our garden! (Click to bigify)

Purrfect results – sunset today in our garden! (Click to bigify)

There’s Nothing Like Australia

 

You know how proud I am of Australia but this just takes it one step forward with the incredible song & lyrics by Dewayne Everettsmith and Jasmine Beams (Thank You – Tourism Australia)

 

 

It’s Like Love

Life has drawn you here
Feel the warmth pulling you near
Breathe it in and let it fill your heart
It’s like love
Cleanse your soul
Feel it in your veins
Breathe it in your lungs will stain
It’s like love
For the first time
It’ll all make sense you know
Yea you know

Seen it all before
Till you found something more
Breathe it in and let it fill your heart
It’s like love yea
Cleanse your soul
Feel it in your veins
Breathe it in your lungs will stain

It’s like love
For the first time
It’ll make sense you know
yea you know

It’s Like Love
Cleanse your soul
Feel it in your veins
Breathe it in your lungs
It’s like love for the first time it’ all make sense you know

 

Shadow Minispurr for Sneakiness Reporting In !!

This Paw will assist me to stamp out cruelty to anipals!

This Paw will assist me to stamp out cruelty to anipals!
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G’day, I thought it was about time I reminded you that, on 7th September, 2013, I am standing for the federal government seat of Goldstein, Victoria, Australia as a proud Member of the Feline Pawty where I hold the position of Shadow Minispurr for Sneakiness. The Feline Pawty’s Shawdow Prime Minister is the very able Mr Bumpy Cat – Please see here for our Campaign Central and also How To Be A Candidate.

The Poster says it all !!

The Poster says it all !!
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My hoodies have helped me cover the electorate with eco-friendly posters produced by my overworked, underfed and sleep deprived Media Liaison Officer, @JanisFelidae.

Janis – I promise come 8th September you will be suitably recompensed!