It’s halfway through June and there has been no sign of any “Flaming June”
this year! We have had just two dry days so far this month. Fif’ and Lettie have spent most of their days sleeping on the bed or sofa. They have popped out occasionally
of nature or a spot of hunting. Fif’ had a small Bullfinch from amongst the very many which have hatched this year. There is an abundance of fledglings presently but the parents have been teaching their offspring of the dangers of cats!
After mowing the lawn all afternoon we settled down to relax and recuperate. However, Fif’ had other ideas. She caught her mouse and then Lettie joined the hunt seeking moths. They both achieved their goals. Fifi cornered the mouse
and Lettie brought down the moth. At this point I closed the cat flap so that the gifts could not be brought into the house (alive) as they normally are! Some time later, Lettie tried to enter the house but was prevented by the closed cat flap. This was opened to let her in and at the same time I noticed that Fif’ has “posted” her mouse, which was deceased, in the cat flap tray!
It is mid-April now and the weather has changed from winter to spring almost overnight. It was only a few days ago that we had hail stones the size of marbles
followed by snow. Now we have temperatures in the mid twenty’s during the day and the overnight frost has gone. However, it was a similar experience last year until in mid-May an overnight frost killed of all the fruit blossom! Hopefully it will be better this year.
The cats have begun mouse hunting again and Fif’ has brought in two these past two nights. She usually sleeps most of the day.
She brings them in alive and lets Lettie play with them for a while until she gets bored!
It is then up to me to find and catch them before letting them go as far away as possible from the house.
Having had a couple of visitors gate crashing through the "cat flaps" recently we decided to fit an electronic 'door'. We had to get Fif' chipped, Lettie had already been chipped when we picked her up. Fitting the door was not a problem but getting the cats to use it has been more difficult. Fif' has now accepted it and has no problem using it now. Lettie is having more of a problem adapting to it. But then she had a problem using the original one. Hopefully it will all be sorted out soon.
June has been a peculiar month. It started hot with temperatures of over 30 degrees then the temperature dropped down to less than 15 and yesterday it was over 37!
Then we had a mouse problem. Both cats brought into the house several mice which they then let loose, became bored and abandoned them. It became so bad that several traps were brought into use which eventually solved the problem. I am sure we got the cats to solve any mouse problems rather than extubate the situation.
Then Lettie went missing. We had just printed off a “Perdu” poster when she reappeared. She was totally unaware of the stress she had caused – just tucked into a meal and got on with life!