Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Felicity, December 1998 to February 2019

Our   so much loved Silver Tabby  Felicity, slipped away in my arms at the Vet Clinic. They were amazed at her age, during her life she has seen others arrive, leave, move off somewhere  else, and now just Boris is left to play by himself.
 This was in June 2018, maybe one of the last photos at our previous home.

occasionally she walked with us to the woodshed, this was quite a way for her short legs. We always thought she was a little overweight, but once at a cattery we realised that compared with other cats, she just had very short legs.

When in amongst the trees, there were plenty of autumn leaves to play in, and this was her favourite bathroom area.  The place had to be " Just Right" and careful selection was made, often moving several times to find the right spot. Serious stuff, and then she always scampered back to the house.

In 2012, there was a baby blackbird along the fence line, and finally Felicity plucked up enough courage to investigate. She came closer and closer, very curious, until it  cheeped, or maybe pecked her nose, She jumped back, and the little bird was safe.
  She was a true Sun Follower, and each day would find that sunny spot, moving round  to find the best spot. This was in 2011.
The last week or so, she has slept on our bed, a little nest between our pillows. Boris looked at the empty spot, muttered a few words , or meows, and walked away.  
When we went to the Vet Clinic, I was so worried, as all our ground here is like concrete, not suitable to dig a grave, and our friend's place is equally  hard. When we arrived, a couple came out, and in the back tray of their little van was the white box with " SAMMY " written on it. They were distraught, so I hugged this total stranger. I said " We are doing the same, but I am so worried about where we will bury Felicity? " Sue replied, " Would you like to come to our home and bury her with Sammy?"
Are you sure? Yes, said Andrew.
So we did, and their home is  where my dear friend Judith once lived. Andrew had dug a deep grave,  at least 5 feet, and just the right size, Sammy was lowered in on a strap, and then Felicity. The lovely neighbour handed over a spray of red roses ,and Hugh will make  a name plaque with both their names together.
Home is so quiet, and Boris will look for her for some time.
Toto, Finn, Poppy, Tom, Max and Basil would all be waiting for her, what a welcome.
Quotation of the day,author unknown

" I am waiting at the Rainbow Bridge for you"

Greetings from Jean.

Friday, 1 February 2019

The "Ayes" have the vote

Or should that be " The Eyes"? I had a visit to our optometrist this week,and while waiting  I looked for some smart new frames. Found some that really suited, and in I went. The frames are staying right there, as he cannot upgrade my lens strength any more, the cataracts have taken over in full force. So a referral to the hospital for some eye surgery.BUT, there will probably, or more likely definitely be a wait.
 Meantime the draftsperson, who was a delightful lady, has come, and looked at the possible plans for a new bathroom and a huge storage walk in cupboard, more like a room longer than wider. Things are happening. Maybe not quite like this, but it will be spacious and practical.
 I did ask our plumber if a wet floor shower was really the way to go and he replied " Jean, you and Hugh are both old, get one"!!!  I suggested that he drove out the gateway quite quickly.  Photo courtesy of the Internet.

Image result for wet floor bathroom photos

We bought a new stove, Hooray, no more burnt biscuits or banana loaves that stayed so soggy in the middle, I gave them to a friend for her little piggies.
Some snow photos,of our home,a road a few hours away, and on the farm down south.
Snow on Takapari Road, Ruahine Ranges, August 2011

Our previous home in August 2011.Magical!!!
Down on the farm September 2010. This qualifies for a B&W photo!!

Snow down south  April 2015, at 7 a.m. 

I had to show my Northern friends that we do get snow down here, not as much as you have at the moment, I was amazed at the low temperatures, Aurora in Illinois, -33, are you coping OK up there?-15C at Rochester N.Y., Denver warming up at 6C, then down to Florida, a balmy 21C. We have a cooler day today, about  26C in the shade. After several days of 30cPlus, we are thankful.

Quotation of the day, author unknown

"Life is all about balance, like a good diet, variety  between work and rest is good"

Greetings from Jean.