Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Rolly with toothache.


Rolly with toothache.
Originally uploaded by Chine Cats
Rolly has always been a fussy eater, but over the weekend Rolly hardly ate anything, and didn't touch the biscuits. I took him to the vets today. He has an abcess under a tooth. He had antibiotics injected, and I have to book him in for a dental when he has recovered.

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Spring time at last!

The clocks went back last night. We went for our usual Sunday walk along the old railway track. Suprisingly, not many people about considering it wasn't too cold.

We saw wild daffodils for the first time along here.







And catkins....








The church stands peacefully overlooking the scrabble of cackling gulls that are pairing off over the estuary













We haven't seen a squirrel for weeks. I was wondering if they had suffered in the harsh winter weather. I had my camera ready, as always, but after walking right down to the bench without a sighting, I became distracted and started experimenting with some black and white shots.






















On the way back, I spotted a squirrel digging for buried nuts. He spotted me and scambered to the nearest tree. He was one of the prettiest squirrels I have seen, with beautiful ear tufts and a stunning, white belly.
Unfortunately a dog walker came past at that moment, with an enthusiastic springer spaniel that leapt about full of the joys of spring, so I did not manage to get a better photo that this one, obscured by the all-to-often present twig!

Friday, 12 March 2010

The Bed I Made The Bed I Made by Lucie Whitehouse


My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I love reading books that describe places I know, and this really gives an accurate feeling of living on the Isle of Wight out of season. I know Yarmouth well, and can almost be the character as she visits familiar places. Apart from this, it's also a good story!

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Friday

A day off work due to a head cold. Can't stop sniffing and have sneezing fits, not very good when you work in a library! Thankfully I had an excellent book to finish. 'The Bed I Made' by Lucie Whitehouse is based in Yarmouth. There's something about books that describe a place you know well, and this book describes accurately and in detail. I know the row of cottages the character stays in, and the cafes she visits.

The usual race to get the best place on the table this morning. There is an electric heater underneath, the warmth from which drifts through the gaps in the wood. Candy will only share this space with Max if he has got there first. She sulks and sits apart from him.
Whiskers jumps up and squashes between the two, never sensing the prickly atmosphere between the older cats.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Morning Reading


I have just read ' The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society' which gives a fascinating insight into the survival of Guernsey residents during German occupation.

While shelving books in the library, I saw this book, this time about the occupation of Jersey. It is fiction, but a story has been created around real characters and situations. A small book, and easy to read. I nearly finished it over coffee this morning, but the clock was ticking and I had to drag myself away and get ready for work.


Rain and floods















Sunday saw a day of torrential rain. The ditches overflowed with muddy water. It ran in torrents down Chine Lane, opening out across the main road, which had to be closed to traffic while the fire engines pumps worked all morning.
By late afternoon the sun finally appeared, and I went a short walk down the lane as dusk fell, rewarded by a brilliant sunset over the sea.