Funny Cats

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I’ve lusted after several of your kitties over twitter, and find it hard to apologise for having no sympathy over their irritatingness…(sorry)

Here are some more fun cat things I’ve found to give me some virtual smiles (some of these need sound!):

Goes for any day of the week?

Via Narky:

The semi-feral cats I grew up with perfectly fit the first picture at least!

My own video of my uni flat’s foster kitty Blush, back in 2009:

My parents’ new kitty, Sesame:

She's going to be huge by the time I meet her in August! (long suffering dog)


Train doodling


Some doodling from last week

Mindless doodles to fill the journey

Some time it will occur to me to doodle something useful!

Packed in like sardines, or just a red herring? (at least this was OF something!)

Week in Flowers, 2nd – 8th April

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It seems most of the photos I’ve taken this week have been of sugary sweet flowers…

Candy Floss Cherries

Lemon Sherbert Forsythia

Apricot Quince

Frothy Cream cherries

Candied Violets

Lollipop sea pinks


In conversation


Maybe it was because my friends, family and uni lecturers feared I’d be sensitive and take something the wrong way, but for whatever reason, last year anything mental related was strictly avoided in everyday conversations. So now at work, with people that don’t know about my past wobbles, I am caught off guard the way mental health speak is flippantly flung. Just within this past week…

I was being briefed on a new project north of London and at the end commented that I couldn’t get over how much the map of Epping Forest District reminded me of a taxidermied West Highland terrier’s head mounted on a wall.  The response? “Goodness what would a psychiatrist make of that?”

It heartens me to be fairly certain that a psychiatrist wouldn’t care less one way or another if it reminded me of a flying rat’s ass!

I know I’m not a fan of cold (or even luke warm) tea. So I was a bit grossed out when I’d offered to make fresh tea and then see my boss gulp down the last bit of his tea, which had been sitting around for at least quite a while, to give me his empty mug. Another colleague commented, “God you’d think you had a phobia of drinking tea, the way you recoiled with horror watching him!”

I may shiver at something, and can’t see why someone would want to drink something so disgusting when I’d just offered to make some fresh tea, but really, if they think that was a phobic reaction, I’d like to see what they’d make of someone’s real panic attack!

I was trying to explain a piece of work, but as I didn’t understand the work myself and knew she would have a better grip of it herself, I was having a hard time explaining and my words were all in a jumble (normal thing. I remember a uni tutor explaining she could mark any essay because ultimately if it makes sense, we clearly understood the subject and therefore she could trust that what we wrote was good, regardless of whether the topic was in her research area. Annoying that essentially it was our grasp of the English language that would affect our geography grade, but actually there is a grain of truth in her argument).

Anyway, another person overheard me and suggested I ‘might like to take time off for stress’. Haha very funny. I don’t think he knew that the previous time that had been suggested, they’d been dead serious.

By the way, try arguing that Epping Forest District doesn’t look like a highland terrier! (Or that the next time you see a westie in profile view, that it doesn’t look like Epping Forest District!):

Epping the Westie. Maybe with a touch of Schnauzer thrown in too.


Some photos: 19th-31st March


Ideas I’d like to write down as blog posts keep flitting through my mind but I can’t seem to get them down as anything intelligible. (Sorry that didn’t even make sense!) So here instead is a random selection of things I’ve seen, made or noticed from the past couple of weeks.

Monday 19th Frost Again

Tuesday 20th March. From frost to warm blue sunshine, could almost imagine this as the Ipswich Riviera

Wednesday 21st. The flowering quince by the office is bursting with gleaming white flowers

Friday 23rd March. Mud Reflections and two Shelducks.

Friday 23rd. I made houmous!

Saturday 24th March. Aren't these tiny flowers on the mossy wall adorable?

Saturday 24th March. Venus and Jupiter were particularly bright, especially considering this is still twilight. The moon like a sliver of fingernail. Though it did occur to me that the street light is still far far brighter, why isn't that considered so worthy of note?

Sunday, 25th March. I played tourist today with my aunt, we visited the National Trust's Sutton Hoo ship burial ground. This is a replica of the Dark Ages mask found in the burial, the archaeologists had to piece it together from more than 4,000 broken fragments!

Monday, 26th March. Glittering light on the water.

Thursday 29th March. Pastel evening light. A family were sat on this bench with a picnic on my way back. I didn't want to intrude with another photo, but they made the scene quite idyllic!

Friday 30th March. A character-ful building. I only had my little snap camera but I can imagine there are lots of photographic possibilities here.

Saturday 31st March. While out with the running club earlier in the week, discovered this little boardwalk through the reeds. I came back with my camera but found it's not very photogenic with the reeds so tall and obscuring any river views!

Finally some more houmous to end the month. I think I could be quite comfortably self-sufficient if houmous was a fully nourishing meal!