“What strange phenomena we find in a great city, all we need do is stroll about with our eyes open. Life swarms with innocent monsters.” ― Charles Baudelaire History is part myth, part fact. When I first read about the city of Kuching, which means “Cat” in Malay, I imagined a place once home to… Read More Kuching: Colonial Centre of the Cat Empire
The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” – Anna Quindlen Five years ago today I started my big adventure of house sitting. These have been among the best five years of my life as I reflect on adventures big and small, the myriad things I’ve learnt about life,… Read More Happy Adventure-sary!
Lisa was so different to her sister Athena- lithe, intense, profound, I knew when I first met her over a year ago that she had used that secretive and mysterious power of the feline realm to call me to care for her while her owners, Pascal and Martine, were overseas. Athena on the other hand,… Read More In Celebration of Small Things : The Cat Who Loved Goat’s Cheese
In Celebration of Small Things: Love and Loss In this house sitting lifestyle my animal companions have taught me many things about love and loss. Important lessons on how to live and love in the moment without any expectation or guarantee that either will continue. I’ve also learnt the depths to which an animal will… Read More In Celebration of Small Things:Love and Loss
W is for Weather and Words to describe What cats think as they look through Windows “His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name: His ineffable effable Effanineffable Deep and inscrutable singular Name” T.S. Eliot ‘The Naming of Cats’ It’s one of the… Read More W is for Weather and Words to describe What cats think as they look through Windows
Les Chattes de Paris Do French cats speak English? Do they understand French spoken with an Australian accent? Of course they do! Of course It’s not the words that matter with these highly sensitive creatures, it’s the energy and intention behind the spoken word. Mouflette and Crumpet are two charming little cats who live in… Read More Les Chattes de Paris
Winter has come early to Tasmania. The official start of the season is June 1st but last Thursday, temperatures plummeted, winds were wild and snow fell halfway down that magnificent mountain which embraces Hobart. Such a sudden climate change from the brilliant Autumn days of clear skies and bright, though weak sun, was the topic… Read More A Fire In Winter
Who knows what they get up to in their private lives and what they know about other dimensions of life? We are such an anthropocentric species that we can’t imagine the richness and depth of the lives of animals. I love writing stories about the character of the animal which seems to emerge as our… Read More The Secret Lives of Animals