Monday, 30 April 2012

Whimsical Windows Delirious Doors 22

Our favourite restaurant which has the nickname "That Polish Place". The sun was so strong and the windows so clean, you could see the houses opposite reflected.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Maman et chaton

They say I'm a cat
I'm not sure about that

My paws have a life of their own
My body is slim,
But my how my back legs have grown!
Sleeping and snoozing on Saturday
They say its a sin
But us Kangaroo kittens are rebels
And that's why my name is Roo-Pin

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Hidden Extras

Yesterday this sign appeared at the end of the street where I work.
There were no Hobbits or blue Avatar type creatures in the local pub, but there were some excited tourists rubber-necking from air conditioned coaches.
It was very tempting to run down the street screaming in some incomprehensible language and pretend I was part of the movie shot......

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Mouse in the library

Ruppin protects the library from blue mice with grey silk tails.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Whimisical Windows Delirious Doors 20

Doer Upper
Greytown, Wairarapa

Saturday, 14 April 2012

A day in the life of Ruppin

Learning to do laundry

Learning to be a reindeer

Learning to pose

Monday, 9 April 2012

It all started with a walk in the Botanical gardens

.....and an advertisement in the holiday newspaper. Today the SPCA was overflowing with cats, kittens and desperately needed foster homes and adoptions - we read the advert over coffee. An hour later we were the proud owners of this little boy. He was named Tank (you should see the size of his paws). We have renamed him Ruppin (after Arthur and Ilya Rupin my favourite artist). The Queen of Spice is not happy and hissed at him, the Gentleman of the house was terrified (yet again - you would think he would learn that 2kgs of fluff is not a big challenge when you are 7 kgs and could sit on it!).

It will be an interesting few days. Ruppin has eaten half a teaspoon of cottage cheese and has already attempted to shin up the Austrian curtains in the spare bedroom. Mercifully we have old furniture.....

Friday, 6 April 2012

A walk in the park

Colours and textures at Wellington Botanical Gardens, and a sleepy duck's back.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Cat names

Borrowed the idea from "The Defective Yeti" blog. As we all know, cats have more than one name. Otto is our "almost 12" 7kg, soft and gentle tomcat, Cumin is his 2 year old female charge.




Secret Actual Name



Name According To Otto


Redheads have more fun

Prior Name



Generic Nickname


Twinkle / Chippy/ Niblet

Nickname When Bad

He’s never bad

Jaeger Meisie

Nickname when stretched across sofa

Panda draught excluder

Sausage roll

Nickname When dozing



Nickname fluffed up and territorial

Ottopuss Maximus

Bottle brush

Nickname when walking on us in bed at 4:00 AM

Elephant cat


Nickname Reflecting How Cat Came To Be In Our Possession

Latte stealer

Con artist

Monday, 2 April 2012

Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors 18

Recently I had a few slides put onto CDs from the days I lived in Central Europe. This was taken in Znojmo in the Czech Republic (a fantastic town with amazing restaurants and artisan craftsmen). I don't know who lived in this house, I can only guess it is someone who made armour. Any other suggestions?

Sunday, 1 April 2012


New favourite restaurant, Elements in Lyall Bay. We celebrated a friend's 50th there last night and the food was superb.