Category Archives: Cats

Stray Cats

11-11-19

Cats have been a part of my daily life since the early 1980’s, I think they are lovely animals and can’t imagine a life without them. As I’m writing this post Fleur is on my lap purring away helping to keep my blood pressure in check and legs warm.

As well as my own two beasties a little stray has started coming in at night for food, she taps on the cat door at around 11.45pm, (the time I usually get ready for bed) to let me know she’s there. I put a dish of food down for her but she is very wary and doesn’t come into the kitchen until I switch out the light and pull the door to.

Stray
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She’s quite small but feisty, and  eats every last scrap of food. I managed to get this photo of her by sticking the phone through the cat door and hoping for the best. She really needs a home, hopefully I can get in contact with Cats Protection this week and see what they can do for her.

Semi Stray
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I’d just got back home this morning after running some errands for myself when the black & white lad appeared through the cat door, he consumed a dish of food and then snuck upstairs for a sleep. He must be being fed by someone as his coat is in good condition and he has a such a lovely nature. There are at least another 3 strays in the neighbourhood which I see walking through the garden from time to time !

Gardening & Eyebrows

25-08-19

Gardening

It’s been unseasonably hot the last couple of days, 26 deg C / 78 deg, it feels much warmer. I thought it was about time I tackled some of the pruning that I have been putting off for far too long. With the strange weather we have had this year the garden has in parts gone into overdrive. To relieve the boredom I took a few quick photo’s with my old Olympus E400 and Zuiko 35mm macro lens.

Hips
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Lavender
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The Lavender has really gone berserk this year, good for the Bee’s though.

Bud
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Still some buds on the Roses.

Blackberries
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They are trying their best to take over the garden this year.

Liked By The Bees
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Eyebrows
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The visiting cat is getting a bit cheeky. At 4 am on Saturday morning I felt a gentle nuzzling on my eyebrow, it was the Black & White lad wanting some breakfast. He comes in everyday now and occasionally has a sleep over! my two cats fortunately are quite tolerant of him most of the time. During the day on Saturday I was working on the front garden, I went in to make myself a cup of coffee and as I looked back to the open front door there was a mother cat and two tiny kittens. The mother cat (long haired very dark Tortoiseshell) has been sneaking in and clearing all the cat food dishes (she’s very wary), I leave a bit of extra food down for her as I’m sure that feeding two little ones she needs it.

Solar Flare

24-07-19

It’s been really hot and humid (I can do hot but not humidity) in my part of the UK, approaching 30C (86F) and according to the BBC weather forecast it could reach 34C (93F) tomorrow.

In The Shade
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Fleur spent most of the day inside sleeping on an old camera bag, just getting up for some wet food from time to time. Mimi (her daughter) was in the garden under a shady shrub and like her mum just coming in every now and again for food.

The solar flare was leaking light seals (hope it’s not the shutter) on my Minolta X700 film camera, can’t complain really as it only cost me £4.99p a few years ago. This came to light (pun intended) last week after developing a film I had just ran through it.

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It didn’t take too long to replace the seals, just a bit messy cleaning off the old ones.

Caterpillar Cafe
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Wildflowers
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Clingy
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These were fine as it was quite shady where I took them.

Light Leaks
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The last two images were taken in brighter conditions, I quite like the building shot though.

Went out yesterday and put a roll of film through the camera to test out my light seal repair. Was hoping to develop the film today but the developer was at 30C (90F) The plan is to get up early (if I manage to sleep) tomorrow and hopefully the developer will be at a more manageable temperature.

Cat Dreams

13-04-19

Fleur
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While I was editing the following images Fleur was sleeping on my lap, she was dreaming, her ears were twitching and her paws were moving. I wonder what she dreams about, I’m guessing it’s chasing other cats from her territory as we have had quite a few new cats passing through. When she wakes she looks around and seems amazed she’s on my lap and not pursuing the interlopers.

First Signs Of Spring
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Spring has been slow this year, the weather has been changeable so I’ve not been out Photowalking for awhile, just nipping out into the garden trying out my new secondhand macro lens. I’m finding it hard to get it to focus exactly where I want it to, but I’m getting there.

Weeds
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Shy Bells
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Sure Sign Of Spring
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Hermit Impersonation,

06-02-19

and Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mine House.

I’ve been doing a very passable hermit impersonation over the last couple of weeks, the weather has been pretty bad for photography. The forecast for today was quite good so last night I got a couple of film cameras loaded up and set the alarm for 7 am. The best laid plans ! at 3 am there were loud cat fight noises emanating from downstairs, I got up just in time to see Fleur seeing off a cat through the cat door, so many semi feral cats around here, back to bed and eventually sleep. At 5 am someone was knocking on the front door, thinking it was a neighbour in trouble I got up again and opened the door, there was a young man that resembled (without my glasses on) a triangle (base upper most) with a football on top, “can I use your toilet” Me calmly, “no it’s the middle of the night and I’m half asleep” door shut. Very weird, possibly checking to see if anyone was at home. I managed to get up at 7.30am and set off to Dams Spinney the place I visited a couple of weeks ago with some friends.

Last PhotoBuddies Meetup
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Me admiring my photobuddies light painting images, they are really good.

I Wonder If They Will Leave Any
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Midnight Visitor (He had just eaten a dish full)

Fleur
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Been listening to lots of music over the last couple of weeks, my tastes seem to be getting more eclectic, Frank Zappa, Electronic, Madonna, Robben Ford, and Robbie Robertson to name a few.

Chillin
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Love that paw.

The walk in Dams Spinney was lovely, there were early signs of spring arriving and I managed to shoot a roll of film and finish off a roll of homemade Redscale. On the way back this field was full of ponies, what a pleasant surprise.

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There were more coming over the hill and a young foal was thoroughly enjoying itself galloping around the others.

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What a great end to the walk, according to my phone app it was 5 miles, I needed it, I could feel myself slowly seizing up.

Breakfast Please

06-01-19

The weather has been pretty awful in my part of the UK, dull and grey haven’t had much opportunity to get out with my camera’s so I thought I’d post a cat update.

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My “Midnight Vistor” pops in everyday day now. Feeling a bit tired one morning last week I thought I’d have a lie in, the little monkey came upstairs and started meowing outside the bedroom door ! 

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Cats and box’s, they can’t resist.

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It’s nice and cosy wrapped in the throw.

Infinity, Zits, and Purring #2

09-12-18

Zits, hickey’s (UK English definition !) spots, my negatives had lots of them even though I used demineralised water for mixing the stock developer solution. I think I now know what’s giving my negatives a bad case of acne. Kodak D76 developer is a sachet of powder that needs mixing with water at 50 – 55 deg C, simply the developer isn’t fully dissolving, so I will be using Ilford ID11 from now on, this is virtually the same as D76 but the developer powder comes in two separate sachets (mixed separately) and from a dim and distant memory is easier to mix, and why I used to use it.                                                                                           
The  only upside to all these Zits and spots is that I need to spend a long long time in Lightroom cloning them out, this becomes an invitation for my cats to take it in turns sitting on my lap and Purring.

In The Queue 
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Helios Swirls
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Limb
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Textures
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Symbiotic
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Dangling
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Hanging On
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St Denys
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Lazy Day For The Cats

20-08-18

Lazy day for my two cats, but not for me. Discovered the cold water connection to the kitchen sink was leaking. Who’d be a plumber, it was really awkward to get to the connection, but a strip of Ptfe tape and brute force sorted it, hopefully. Meanwhile the cats were lazing on the lawn, so I picked up my old Olympus C8080WZ and took a few photo’s of them.

Fleur
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Mimi
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Dandelion
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With all the hot dry weather this summer the lawn is looking really sad, but this lonesome Dandelion added a bit of colour. Considering how old the camera is (2004) it didn’t do such a bad job, with a bit of tweaking in Lightroom and the OnOne plugin. It’s just really slow to write the RAW files to the memory card, but it’s quite good for macro shots.