Wednesday, 8 April 2009
Now for the really wonderful news!!!! Oh yes my wonderful friends Trooder, Shadow, Molly and Jack the woffie have sent me a couple of Matatabi seeds so I can make Daddy grow some for me, and good as gold Daddy came home from work last night and went straight out to the greenhouse to plant the seeds and put them in the propagator! While he was out there I noticed him tending my next crop of cat grass too! :) Oh what a wonderful Daddy I have and what a wonderful Wednesday this is... Soon I shall have access to some top notch 'nip as well as some seriously good Matatabi (a.k.a. Silver Vine) and be able to spend my days in a merry drug induced fog... ;) I mean who cares that much about kittens when they are so eer umm "Happy" that they can can't quite walk straight, thinking has become all eer "Foggy" and I have a serious case of the "Munchies" ;) Sometimes it really is a good life! :)
Tuesday, 31 March 2009
Then again there's those nice looking new planters that have appeared in my run, the cat grass that Daddy's growing for me in his new heated propergator and those nice new catnip plants too. Two varieties I have not tried as yet and I hear that the woman is going to be planting them along with my existing 3 varieties in the new planters, giving me more delectable catnip as well as more room for running around in out there... I hear she's planing to add a nice high shelf or sleeping platform and a ladder too, or might make us a huge scratcher and climbing frame this year! Ok, I guess she's my Mum but I reserve the right to grump, grumble and hiss at Setra all I like... What do you mean I do that to everykitty?! How dare you! I'm a cool dude and a total studly mancat I'll have you know and just in case you've all forgotten I'm D'Boss!!! Yep, all the food is mine, all the toys are too and you just have to know that all that catnip is mine all mine too! :)
Ok time for a nap now and don't you go waking me up now...
Tuesday, 17 March 2009
Oh what a wonderful time of year this is... The froggies are spawning and soon I will have a load of little suicidal froglets to play with. I mean talk about Darwinism and natural selection, any froglet that's dumb enough to break into a cat run is one that is not required to pass on it's genes! ;) I really am a dab paw at catching them when they do that, they're so entertaining too! :)
Better still Daddy tells me that we have mice in the compost heap, so I'm purring hard that some of them are daft in the head too and break into my run to come and play with me! :) Even if they don't they're great fun to watch scampering about in the garden looking for dropped bird seed to stuff their little mousey faces with...
Watch out Sir David Attenborough, I'm far better at quietly sneaking up on wildlife than you are and I'm happy to sit still for hours at a time, just waiting for the right beasty to come along and entertain me. Now come on Mummy, how about getting me some bunnies to look at?! I'd even go for some of those chickens that Ramses is so mad about, I mean they're at least entertaining! ;)
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
What is this strange and some what miraculous change in your personality I hear you ask, it is all down to my new love Matatabi! Here are some interesting facts about it:
Matatabi is a deciduous, tree-like vine, native to the Asian continent and the Islands of Japan. A close relative of the Kiwi vine, it grows wild in the highlands. It bears small white flowers in summer and small fruits in summer. The entire plant has been used in traditional Japanese medicine, and some of its uses are quite curious.
Long ago the Japanese people discovered that the leaf of the Matatabi vine drives cats crazy. When put into toys, cats play with them excitedly, slobbering, writhing, and dancing about in a strange state of heightened alertness. The herb induced performance is called the Matatabi dance. The dance is similar, but more extreme, to that which occurs when cats are exposed to catnip. Research has established this peculiar feline reaction is caused by volatile oils found in the leaves. Matatabi is more than a source of fun, it is used as a health stimulant for sick cats. As an infusion or powder, it is used to speed the recovery of ailing felines.
All I know is it's mine, all mine and I love it! Better still Daddy says he can get seeds to grow this plant for me and since it is a vine it can probably be grown against the side of my cat run, so that I can sniff it's delectable leaves all the time. Then when it's leaves are about to drop I can help Mummy harvest them, dry them and she says she'll make a load of Matatabi stuffed toys then! So all being well I will be able to send sweet little Tama-Chan a Matatabi ravioli for KissMouse... :) Anyway, back to my Matatabi and all those "feel good feelings" :)
Tuesday, 24 February 2009
Tuesday, 17 February 2009
Tuesday, 10 February 2009
Other than the nasty weather and Isis being hugely pregnant, there has been quite a bit on TV of late about Red Squirrels! :) We are all huge fans of the lovely Red Squirrel here and as such watch anything we can about it eagerly, especially Ramses who sometimes seems to think he's a squirrel too - this just goes to prove my theory that he's totally nuts! ;) He just doesn't seem to understand that squirrels can't and don't eat nice juicy roasty chickens, nor do they get to snuggle in bed at night with their Mummy's. However it seems in order to protect the lovely Red Squirrel there will be a targeted cull of the Grey Squirrel that was introduced here from the USA in the 1800's, I gather this means it's open season on grey squirrels and since we have one in the garden that we've been fattening up over winter on a diet of peanuts and bird seed, I'm planning my move! I mean what better delicacy can there be than a well stuffed squirrel? ;) The only real downside to this plan of mine is that darn squirrel runs too fast for me at present and I don't really have the "get up and go" to start training for the chance when there's a nice bed full of teddy bears to cuddle with in D'Boy's room... Dreaming about catching the squirrel is all I can manage I guess! ;)