I spent nearly a full three weeks in Galicia during September, and it was glorious. The weather was gorgeous in terms of warm sunshine, but the lack of rain was a definite worry, and people were talking about that. Soon after I arrived there was a bushfire just over the valley and I watched for a while as two or three helicopters went back and forth with water scooped up from the Cabe River. Apparently the Galician fire service has a reputation for being 'the business', and they certainly react quickly around here. They went to help in Portugal recently too, when there were terrible fires over the border. Here is a photo which is so bad (apologies) it has a paint-by-numbers look about it. But you'll get the idea!
Chubby Chops has become a permanent fixture around the garden, in case you hadn't noticed, and I noticed that he had a bit of a cold. I will try to embed a video here so you can hear his chest (I kid you not - but you have to be patient!). If the video does work you'll see that he is trying to figure out if I have anything to give him! I spoke to a couple of very helpful vets about what to do and in the end we got some antibiotics into him via some syrup on his food. The verdict was it was probably cat flu and best to try and get it sorted before the winter. I am crossing my fingers that we have succeeded but I won't know until Adam and I are back in Galicia later this month. Thank you Jane for doing dose 5! CC is a sweet-natured fella who seems to know that discretion may be the better part of valour, and is quite the ladies' man.
Speaking of which, Husky was neutered last week. He was a handful to trap and decant from trap to cage, but I managed it just about. He sauntered off in a relaxed manner when I let him go a few hours after the op, and was back for dinner that evening! 1 down, around 4 males to go ... Here he is:
There have been lots of humans around lately and Cristina was Cat Feeder of the Month for September - yay!
We have all been dining on an abundance of grapes and figs, and I know for a fact that the badgers have been joining us in the latter. I have footage on the wildlife camera to attest to badgers, foxes and boars being a bit partial. What a shame cats don't eat figs! We have had a massive crop of them. In making the cat food stretch out however, I have started to adopt our neighbour Josefa's tactic of adding pasta ... more on that, and maybe a photo, later.
Finally, many thanks to some people who have donated to the Butterfly Cat recently. This will help hugely in the purchase of cat feeding stations, which are being built as a I type! Thanks Jennifer, and thanks Jane & Trevor.
Adam and Janey, London and Lugo