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Posted: 13/01/2017 at 18:43

Responsible cat owners provide litter areas either in their garden or in the house.

When we lived in Harrow all our neighbours had cats except the couple next door who had a dog which pooed all over their lawn (and peed on the spare bed because they left him alone all day).   No-one bothered by cat poo.  It was a fact of life.

Water scarecrows also work on foxes, herons and, I dare say, unwanted human visitors.   Make sure they can't get the postman though.

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Posted: 13/01/2017 at 14:26

Well done DD.   You must be feeling relieved now and it will become easier with practice.   Chocs are great for wobbles and dementors of any sort.

That dog looks like a Malinois to me Pat.   Love that view.

Pleased he's home safely Fidget.

No snow here but a very interesting drive to and from dancing last night.  Lots of broken branches round here and wild winds then heavy rain and aquaplaning on the way home on the ring road round La Roche.  As we arrived nearer home the skies above cleared to show a huge, brilliant moon and ghostly, feathery edges to storm clouds left round the edges.  Beautiful.

Had to rescue some blown over shrubs in pots and shelter them in the garage.

Interesting night followed.  We separated the kittens so Minstrel could recover in peace from her anaesthetic.   OH slept in Possum's room to keep her company and I got the monster who I found purring, curled up on my hand at 4am, snuggling round my head at 6am and burrowing by my chin at 8am.   Lovely.  Normally these days they sleep curled up together and are peaceful till about 7am.

Bright and sunny out there now but Sunday and Monday are not looking too clever.

I hope everyone gets home safely and no-one is flooded or blown to bits.   Courage to the lurgy club.   Hope that passes soon too.  It seems long and nasty and exhausting.


Posted: 13/01/2017 at 14:01

I have always had cats for the last 40 years and yes, they do poo in their own gardens.  I always wore gloves when working the soil and never had any problems.  

Any cultivated soil or lovely gravel is an open invitation to cats.  The best strategy to avoid it - assuming you haven't a cat or dog of your own, is to install a water scarecrow.  You can google it for info.

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Posted: 12/01/2017 at 16:46

Decorative if you like that sort of thing.  Seen at a garden near Verteuil in the Charente.

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Posted: 12/01/2017 at 16:30

I have noticed that Cosmos' tail is getting longer and surprises him.   He likes to watch TV too which is fine except when he perches on the Sky box and resets it.

Minstrel is just back from the vet and fighting her anaesthetic instead of just sleeping the remnants off.  I've had to shut her in a bedroom for her own safety and to keep Cosmos off her.

Fat Rasta is not impressed with the new safety hook on the door to their feeding station and is head butting the door while Cosmos looks on, bemused.   All go here except for Bonzo who is fast asleep on the sofa after a long, soggy walk and a good rub down..

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Posted: 12/01/2017 at 15:03

Where else would he be after I'd removed him from the tree?

Most unusual fruit/vegetable you've ever grown?

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 14:57

Asparagus peas are pretty but a complete waste of time as a crop.  You have to eat them when they're really tiny or they're like cardboard and the yield is low.   

Try proper peas first or maybe mangetouts or sugar snaps.

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Posted: 12/01/2017 at 14:52

Helping put away the Xmas decs - 

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Posted: 12/01/2017 at 14:41

I think the bug has got to you more than being 27 Busy.    Pity there isn't a French Specsavers.  I could do with some decent reading glasses.

This stupid gas oven isn't properly calibrated so even at mark 1 it burned my Xmas cake with all its irreplaceable dried fruit.  Have only seen teeny packs of raisins here and expensive too.  No dried cherries either.  Not to mention all that booze gone to waste!   Oh well.

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Posted: 12/01/2017 at 14:35

He does.  Minstrel is also a minx but more subtle.

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