Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Going Gently



When I started writing Going Gently , way back in December 2005, all I wanted to achieve was a sort of diary that would chronicle a lifestyle change between city and countryside. Over the years, almost everything has been immortalised in this strange non place which is the Internet, the interesting,the sad, the happy and for the most part, the mundane.
Having a " tablet" means that little moments can be captured when they occur, so to speak, and so the above photo was " captured" just before bed last night.
It's been a tiring holiday weekend, the fox attack on Friday has ment that in between sorting out practical anti fox measures ( a local gamekeeper!) I have spent much of my time acting like a worried sheep dog.
Last night, I was wet and cold and knackered after a third day " keeping an eye on things"
Perhaps animals sense that sort of thing, for Albert sat on the back of my chair all night long, with a supportive paw balanced sweetly on my shoulder

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  1. You look like I feel this morning in that photo.

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    1. I felt like shite tom
      How's the hangover?

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    2. Breakfast at Morrison's - not as romantic as Tiffany's, but a lot greasier.

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  2. Sorry to hear you've been having a tough time John. Glad you've got Albert there to look after you. Keeping animals is so often a mixture of sunshine and showers isn't it?

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    1. Too bloody right..... But that's the price you pay

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  3. I have followed your many hilarious antics via the lovely Lady Mondegreen. I have commented to Janeane that I would respond sometime with wit in return. However this post just reminds me how great a cat is for knowing how we feel. So thanks for the posts that are so addictive that I find myself checking daily from down under in faraway NZ.

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    1. Welcome gill......nice to have you aboard xx

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    2. John, you have quite a sizeable Kiwi fan base now! Growing by the day.

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  4. Albert understands - just as we do.
    Hope you can get over this trying time quickly and start living again - properly. Wishing you well.

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    1. Oh things aren't that bad ray..... Just a little irritating

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  5. The comforting paw is sweet. What about getting a llama to protect the menagerie?

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    1. I think I would prefer a gun andrew

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  6. A comforting paw and a doggy lick is sometimes all it takes to take the stresses and strain away.

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  7. "Why not simply put out bowls of fox meat each evening so that Foxy Loxy doesn't need to replicate scenes from Culloden?" - Albert.

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    1. Not a good idea YP
      I will be knee to nipple in foxes if that happened

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  8. That supportive paw says it all John.

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  9. The rewards that one gets from animals make it all worthwhile John. XXXX

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    1. Well the little moment did make me smile jac

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  10. Albert is soooo much nicer than our Jazz. He looks like him, but obviously has a nicer nature. And I love the support he Albert gave you.

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    1. He's a sweet cat.... And shows the dogs as much affection as he does to us

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  11. What a lovely sweet cat you have as I'm sure all your animals are.

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  12. Animals can understand basic feelings like fear and anger/irritation etc. So, I think Albert was supporting you.

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    1. Either that or he's got his claws caught in my pyjama top

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  13. Cats especially have that quality don't they? whereas dogs are always there in your face ;) SO sweet

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  14. That "touch" is priceless.

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  15. You look worn out John. Treat yourself 'gently' as you do to the welfare of your animals. x

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    1. I was buggered simone...... My face looks like a butter pat does it not?

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  16. Tou two are very sweet. Not everyone can say they have a gamekeeper! Is he a looker? ;)

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    1. Fraid not! Definitely not a mellows

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  17. Oh dear...remind me to read your posts in order...I have to go and find out about the fox now...sounds bad :-(

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  18. Albert is such a sweetheart. He's telling you how much he appreciates your protection and care.

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  19. Albert could be watching himself on the screen..

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  20. In my world, cats never disappoint. "You go, Albert"

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  21. A dog lover relative of mine once said, "Cats don't give a shit about you, why should you give a shit about them?" Well, I guess you've proved him wrong.

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  22. One of the reasons I love cats.
    Jane x

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  23. My cats are every bit as loving as my dogs...You look weary wish I were closer I'd fox watch so you could rest...take care of yourself!

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  24. Yes, animals do know when that extra touch is needed.

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  25. Just a matter of time before all the critters are inside where you can keep good watch and dear Chris is the only mammal outdoors. I'm just sayin'

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    1. It's crossed my mind Donna!

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  26. What a lovely companion he is.

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  27. Cats know things. They see tired people.

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  28. I so badly need a dog cuddle right now. Do you hire any of your animals out?

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  29. Oh, yes. Albert knows. Stuff like this really exhausts one. Occasionally, my dog with wanderlust gets out of the yard and takes off. I'm always so tired after these episodes. It's not always easy to find him, and once he really got lost. I got him back because of a sweet miracle.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. My nerves would be in shreds if any of the dogs dissapeared!

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  30. Starsky and Hutch have nothing on you two.

    My only question is donuts or scotch eggs on stakeout?

    hope this next week is much better for you all, John.

    take care and (to quote another seminal police show); let's be careful out there.

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  31. I hope things are sorted out soon for you. What a sweet cat.

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  32. Would low voltage electric fencing be a solution or would it be an issue for your own livestock? Something like this?
    http://www.electricfence-online.co.uk/shop/electric-fencing/electric-fencing-kits/electrified-netting-kits/50m-electric-fencing-poultry-357701.html
    Mind you, looking at the cost, you'd need to sell your body.

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    1. They are useful....I used to have one, but with the sheep and geese. , electric fencing is difficult..... It's also expensive.... If this rogue fox cannot be sorted by the gamekeeper then I suspect I will return to some sort of electric fencing

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  33. Aw, good old Albert. Nothing like a friendly paw when you need one.

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  34. That's very sweet indeed. Blogging is a strange thing isn't it. The mundane can be very addictive...x

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  35. Grace would do the same with me. She seemed to know just when i needed it most, and the most amazing transfer of love came out of that little paw. JoJo prefers sitting on my lap and headbutting me, then sits comfortably and purrs. Phoebe licks my hand or face while purring, letting me know she's got it covered. Jim hasn't really seen me in such a moment or if he has, he hasn't felt compelled to help in some way.

    Amazing how they seem to know, though, when we need them.

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  36. Blimey you look knackered!!

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  37. A special little moment. Good boy, Albert. John, you look so tired. You need a day (or three) off!

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  38. The same thing happened to me with my cat a few years ago. I had gone up to bed with a migraine and when I opened my eyes she was by my head and just put out a paw on my shoulder. Priceless. Hope you feel better soon. p.s. becoming a more regular reader now, loving the blog!

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  39. Albert looks just like my Toby John! The paw says it all really doesn't it? Hope your batteries are recharged soon.

    Jo in NZ

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  40. Don't kid yourself. Albert was just waiting for you to get up and go to bed so he could claim the chair for himself!

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  41. This is quite a touching photograph.

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  42. Very nice...Sydney, our oldest (17 1/2!) and my baby since he was a kitten, must always sleep where he can touch me if he can. A paw, his head, his back leg, he always wants to touch me, like he feels safe when he knows I'm there. Or perhaps he's making me feel safe too.

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  43. sweet Albert...yes animals do sense "things"...they're much better at it then humans...a throw back to their living in the wild perhaps.

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  44. Can't find an email on your bloody blog so I'll put it here...hope you read it. Here's a blog you must follow so that you can go meet her and her donkey when she walks thru your neck of Wales. http://seasidedonkey.co.uk/ We need pictures.

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  45. I love you John, but right now, I love Albert more.

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