Oct 07 2017
Can you believe it? Recently was still happy summertime and – bang! – it’s autumn!
Those of you who know me, know how much I hate it! And even worse: Winter will be next! ❄️❄️
I already had a taste of what is awaiting poor me! Wetness, cold, wind, fog….you name it! None of it suits my taste, that’s for sure!
I mean, you guys have our gear, but – honestly – what would I look like in wellingtons? I doubt if I still would be a respectable cat in those items! After all, it’s ME, who is guarding our house and garden.
Imagine, me coming around a corner with a (pink?) rain cap, trying to scare away some neighbours cat?! Inconceivable!!
And winter is even worse: Shall I wear a knitted scarf and woollen gloves, or what?! Ridiculous!
But you might see my problem? I do get cold in the winter, especially my delicate ears and paws….. *sigh*
Well, well, it looks like I just have to put up with my fate. Luckily, we cats sleep a lot, so I will go, have a nap and dream about summertime….
Sweet dreams to you all and take care (watch out for the snowflakes!)
Aug 26 2017
Dear Furriends -hairy or not!
Some of you might remember my story about the house intruders, a few months ago…..In fact, very sweet and adorable looking creatures, even I have to admit that! Unfortunately, not sooo sweet, when it comes to a marten-house-collision.
This spring/summer we’ve had a beech marten family under our roof, therefore, it was impossible to “shoo” them away. I mean, imagine, if the mum had been scared away…what about her babies? It would have been fatal for them…therefore, clearly no option for us!
So my mum and dad decided to wait and see, until the youngsters would be old enough to move out, together with their mum, ideally!
And – ta-daaa – exactly THAT had happened almost two months ago. We even saw the “teens” playing in our and our neighbours garden a few times – two of them, as far as we know. Chasing each other and going absolutely berserk! I wish I had a movie, or at least pictures, I could show you! Absolutely priceless!
Anyhow, last week two roofers came to our house, in order to value the (possible) damage, fix it and – most importantly – prevent such an intrusion for good!
Luckily, the damage was not as bad as we thought and around lunchtime the workers had completed their task!
They also took pictures from inside and the work they have done. Of course, I could have been up there and supervise them, but to my annoyance I wasn’t allowed on the roof…..themselves to blame!
My mum is now waiting for the pictures, which she will send further to our insurance company. Let’s see if we’ll get some money from them….
Anyway, the roof has been fixed and should be “marten safe” now….erm, unless they’ll find a new entrance….
Of course, we wish the martens a long and healthy life – preferably in the nearby woods!
Fingers are crossed, for them and for us!
Aug 05 2017
Furriends, I’m back!
My dad came home on Wednesday eve and now I’m able to complete my 1st August post.
He also took a couple of pics from work on the ferry:
Look, he was upgraded to the “Pilot Cabin”….Lucky him!
And here are the pics my mum and I took:
Tiana, Samuel and Kilian (our neighbours kids) preparing the fireworks for the evening…they had fun!
People at work across the road, preparing the fire
Me, after I heard I’ll have to stay inside this evening/night…
….and then came the rain…
Same view at night, across the road. Due to the rain it didn’t burn as expected, which was actually good. No risk for a big out-of-control-fire!
See you later and enjoy the summer – preferably outside with many mousy friends!
Aug 01 2017
A quick sign of life from my side, folks!
My mum and dad are occupying the computer so much with their Sardinia stories, I hardly catch sight of it. But now dad is away, working on a big Swedish ferry. My mum is busy with vacuuming the house, to my great annoyance!
Well, my dad’s parents are coming from Sweden on Thursday and mum feels like the whole house needs to be bloody renovated…
Anyway, what I wanted to tell you is, that today, 1st of August, Switzerland celebrates its birthday! So my best wishes and a Happy Swiss National Day – you still look great with your 726 years!
Well….one cat’s joy is another cat’s sorrow….MINE for example!
Celebrating this day means, people are igniting fires everywhere (in the evenings) and start fireworks and crackers (typically also in the evening, but it had already started a couple of days ago).
Now, my mum is very worried about me because of all the noise and rockets. She even turned down invitations from friends and family, in order to stay at home with me! The thing is, do I want to stay at home and locked-up inside? I found it very interesting the last few days, hunting in the fields beside us – there are loads of mice, waiting for me to play with….
A while ago – it’s lunch time now – I was outside and checked the surroundings. Still pretty quiet, so far! A bit further up from my house, people from the village’s shooting club are still working and preparing everything for a huge party tonight: A big pile of wood, massive fireworks and bars. All that means, many people will be driving here and visit the event!
And that’s the reason why my mum is so afraid ….the same could happen to me, as to my beloved brother Thor, who died two years ago….*sniff*
All righty then! I’ll do her the favour, and be home in a reasonable time. Spending the evening with her on the sofa, watching tv, and play the cuddly sweet kitty! *purrrr*
Wish you all – who can – a great night, out in the wild =^.^=
PS: Photo’s will follow – my mum doesn’t know how to put them in a post…..erm….neither do I……
Apr 28 2017
My friends! I was hoping. I wouldn’t have to write about THIS, but now it seems like a longer story. Which I thought, it’s worth a post!
During winter, my mum said that she hears “something” on the roof of our house – almost every night. And she knows, because her sleep is not very deep; she wakes up often and usually stays awake for a while.
Dad is different: He usually sleeps very soundly. (Almost) nothing wakes him up – lucky bugger!
I might have to mention, that our bedroom lies directly under the roof without an accessible attic.
So, of course one can hear a lot….My mum and I used to look at each other, every time the noises start. And believe me, sometimes it sounds as if an elephant herd races back and forth the roof – chasing each other. Or whatever the heck they are doing!
Well, since we live in the countryside. It’s not unusual of course, to have foxes, mice, squirrels, birds, edible dormice, hedgehogs, martens…..you name it….in the garden and on the roof.
These visitors keep me very busy during daytime (when I’m not asleep). Me snooping around in our garden and try to find out, who visited us during night time. It’s quite thrilling, detecting all these different scents and sometimes even marks. But I’m not sure, I would actually like to meet one of them…I heard, some are bigger than cats and have sharp teeth as well *gulp*
Anyhow, one day my mum claimed that the animals are not only ON the roof, but IN it. She said that she hears them scratching and scraping on wood, not only on roof tiles. My dad laughed and told her, that she was seeing – well, hearing – ghosts and that such a small animal wouldn’t be strong enough, to lift a tile and get into the house.
At least, meanwhile, they’ve both agreed that the intruders must be beech martens (martes foina)! Because sometimes, particularly at twilight, we were able to see a shadow or two hurry past the roof windows! And believe it or not: Some are even that cheeky, they stop and have a look inside!
Also, my humans share the opinion, that martens are super sweet-looking animals (well, not as sweet as me, of course!), although they can destroy cars, by “eating” cables or/and the attic of a house, by damaging isolation – amongst other things.
Anyway, the noises became more and finally – around February – my dad also heard the difference between the scratching noises, outside and inside, but he couldn’t find a displaced tile or a suitable entrance for these animals.
March has arrived and my mum reported, that the noises are different now: Beside the usual scratching, running and playing sounds, there was newly whimpering, squeaking and whining above us…..
By now, my mum read and collected all kind of information about beech martens. She found out, how clever and playful these creatures are (well, THAT we knew by now!), their size (58-84 cm long, very slim) and weight (1.7-2 kg), the colour (brown-greyish with a white throat) and that they are loners.
She also learned that between March and July the females have their offspring (between one and four babies)!
Aha, so there we had the explanation about the new noises!
It also meant that it was too late to scare the martens off. An animal protection brochure says that, while the martens have their pups, it’s not recommended to disturb the mother. She could disappear and leave the babies behind.
They would die of course, which not only would be very sad, but also a problem: Sooner or later “the” smell would start…..
Meanwhile my dad discovered the loose tile and a roofer was ordered to replaced it – making sure the mommy-marten is still able to get under the roof and to her babies.
Yeah well, my mum told my dad, what a funny phone call that was to the roofer company. Explaining the whole situation about the marten family and that, when fixing the roof, the worker had to make sure, the mother still gets to her pups. A definitive solution has to be found after July – after the marten family (hopefully) has moved out.
We also learned that beech martens are not an endangered species and therefore, – sadly – many are being killed, before any possible damage happens.
My mum and dad didn’t have to discuss that topic: No animal would be killed or harmed in our house – despite the costs they would cause! Oh Boy, I just hope the martens appreciate that…..
Nevertheless, it’s almost May and the sounds are different again: It seems like the baby martens became teenagers (still don’t know how many we are accommodating) and are big enough to play their wild chasing games. I guess, they even follow their mother outside, exploring the roof and neighborhood.
My mum told my dad, she wished we could film them, or at least take some pictures! Unfortunately, these fellows are pretty shy, and my dad’s new camera GoPro hasn’t got such a strong battery, which lasts a whole night. Otherwise he could mount it on the roof, which surely would produce excellent pics!
Therefore, and much to my regret, the beech marten pics are from the internet – but no less adorable! Wouldn’t you agree?
Wish you all a peaceful week =^.^=
Apr 14 2017
Feb 24 2017
I’ve had such an odd week……
On Monday early morning, my Dad had to travel to Kiel/Germany, to work on a ferry. That’s not sooooo unusual, as most of you know. But at the same time Tiana – our neighbors teenage daughter – came and lived with Mum and me, starting on Sunday noon!
The reason was, her mum, Cony (who is taking care of me, when my Mum and Dad are on vacation), had to go away from Sunday until yesterday. Her two boys – Samuel and Kilian – are on a ski camp with their classes, and since Cony is a trained cook, she was asked to accompany them (totally about 50 children and 10 teachers), as their chef.
Tiana visits another school and therefore, couldn’t go with them. And since she didn’t want to be all by herself in their house. Mum offered that she could stay with us.
Still no drama, but when Dad suddenly announced that he – unexpectedly – had to visit his customer on Monday till Wednesday, I wasn’t that thrilled!
This meant, ME alone with TWO GIRLS!
Plus, Mum and Dad know very well, that I’m the boss in the house, but does Tiana….?!
And sure enough, girls talk and giggles every evening. No cosy TV-snuggle-up-on-the-sofa nights…..After dinner Tiana had to do her homework and my Mum did the dishes, while I tried to get some
attention goodies…..with little success.
During the night I tried to sneak into Tiana’s room, but no chance: The door was ajar….which obviously meant, I was not allowed on her bed. Well then, back to my waterbed and Mum…..
OK, OK, it wasn’t THAT bad……… sometimes they did pay attention to me and gave me some cuddles – and goodies *purr* !
But WHY on earth always these silly selfies????
Anyway, Wednesday evening arrived and Dad finally came home and appreciated VIM (Very-Important-Me)! Funnily enough, not many goodies from him, though….?!
Well, well, weekend is on its way and it will be just the three of us.
But, who knows…I might sneak over to Cony, Tiana and the boys, they might have a goodie for me, or two?!
Wish you all a fantastic week =^.^=