Tag Archives: cat

A garden without a cat – what happens?

Mr Darcey
Mister Darcy in young hunter mode

We have had a few cats over the years. I can’t really remember living without one. At times we have had three at the same time.

Mister Darcey, a handsome and very aloof cat, with two white hairs on his chest and black stripes on his black fur in the summer sunshine, succumbed to old age and illness a month ago or so. We miss him and keep seeing black shapes out of the corner of our eyes.

But what is amazing is the birdlife in our garden since. in his final days, he would lie on the grass and watch a magpie walk past him just a few feet away. He did love to Cath a magpie. We knew he was on the way out when he couldn’t even be bothered to twitch his tail.

We’ve never bothered to cage or cover raspberries before. We picked quite a few, then I went out to pick the final berries… and they had all gone! That never happened before. We were always happy to share the fruit, but not to be raided.

We picked a good quantity of ripe gooseberries too. Mrs Rayner made some wonderful chutney with them. The remaining fruit had ripened and we decided to pick them after a walk. But they had gone! All of them!

Pigeons (I think) are intent on digging up the roots of my French beans. A robin has become very friendly and watches me dig or weed from within touching distance. I hold my finger out for him to sit on but he hasn’t fallen for that yet!

We had always had the occasional bird brought in as a gift and found remains around the garden, but I never knew how much the cats were keeping birds “under control”.

We are not planning to get another cat anytime soon. But I think I’m going to have to learn new bird avoidance gardening techniques soon.

Drawing Professor McGonagall form Harry Potter as a Cat

In this video I draw and paint in watercolour, Minnie the cat pretending to be Professor Minerva McGonagal, head of Gryffindor House at Hogwarts School – from J K Rowling’s Harry Potter Saga.

This is part of my 100 Cats series, and was commissioned by Gill Ward in an online auction that was raising funds for the late children’s author, Tommy Dombavand, who sadly died earlier this year.

It is mostly painted in water colour and the final yellow and green were added with Dr Martin’s Radiant watercolours – Daffodil Yellow and Chartreuse Green.

Find out more about Tommy Donbavand here: https://www.youtube.com/user/tdonbavand

and at his website here: http://www.tommydonbavand.com
With award winning children’s author and illustrator, Shoo Rayner

Support this channel and get so much more by joining me on Patreon ?? http://bit.ly/ShooPatreonPage

Cats love Scary Stories

Teeth-into-a-goodbook-scaredy-Cats-There are only four days to go in my KickStarter Campaign to make a new edition of the Scaredy Cats book. There are lots of reward levels available – one must surely suit you… and your cat.

The cat on your lap loves to have scary stories read to them – and this is the perfect collection of fantastic, feline fear!

Feel their claws dig in to you knees as you whisper the story of Frankatstein. Listen to the growls and whimpers as you recount the evil doings of Catula. Is there a cat in the world that doesn’t love to hear the creepy story of the Killer Cat Flap?

Treat yourself and your moggy or a cat-loving household you know. You might even enjoy the stories yourself!