How great is it to really be able to see the night sky? Undiluted by urban lights, this amazing twinkling, ever-shifting canvas above us, with the mighty milky way stretching out across it. It’s a nightly wonder I am so pleased my boys can enjoy out here. For the last few days, the stars have … More Moonlight and Mosquitoes
Look behind you! A kitten makes its first appearance. Ever since we noticed that this little fella behind our occasional visitor, My Muse or Duchess as we call her as – she has a slightly superior attitude- last week, we’ve been a little preoccupied, some might say obsessed, with three, welcome joyful, playful distractions in another stressful week. Duchess, … More Distractions come in threes?
has brought me kittens.. I should say again, she brought me the two that feature in the other cat photos in this blog, volunteer mousers who started to come ever closer and are now with us for life. So, we need to tame this occasional visitor and current cork tree resident (she doesn’t come in the … More My muse
Being present, the gift of cats is surely how to be mindful? Happiness is..being a cat on a strawbale, just enjoying the morning sunshine. May had quite a few challenges, serious illness in the family and the loss of one of our hens and our smallest kitten. So we are taking stock and enjoying each … More Happiness is..
Example. ‘You’re the responsible adult. You are supposed to stop me.’ Says Jack, whilst weaving ever more precariously from side to side, atop a straw bale which is atop a wheelbarrow which is atop a stony hillside. Meanwhile. ‘When are you going to let me drive the car?’ Muses Harry.
Searching for the world’s most endangered cat – the Iberian lynx. We love our hillfarm but when we do explore further afield it often involves cats! This stunning cat is so rare we are unlikely to catch a glimpse but we did our best anyway! The Iberian lynx was considered probably extinct in Portugal until … More Cats, gorgeous and rare
It’s a garden full of ripening tomatoes, melons, peppers, and we are busy plucking peas, lettuce, and beans, strawberries and little courgettes, with all the sense of urgency that brings. Echoed by the relentless hum as the late spring air is filled with the beating of the wings of thousands of insects. The bees and … More Lazy cats and busy bees
The things you don’t see when you are all tucked up in bed.. There were clues that we weren’t the only ones enjoying loquats, loquat stones and half eaten loquats suggested another visitor was swinging by at night for a healthy feast. So we set up our camera trap and saw these amazing results. Our … More Wildlife on our doorstep
It’s an Alentejo dinner party.. … More Delicious pie
When your own cat disrespects your wildlife monitoring efforts! Mind you the only other footage was of a marten, umm, marking its territory.