Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Life in Lockdown - Day 60 & 61



Tuesday (day 60) started in the usual way with a Wii Fit session, it had rained for most of the previous night and when I popped outside to refill the birdbath I could see new signs of life in the beds.


After catching up with blogs and our fruit & yoghurt breakfast, Jon announced that he was off to the coal house to reorganise his tools. How many saws does a man need?


I decided that, with the temperature set to rocket later, I could safely pack away my boots.


I don't usually do this as I need boots for festival season but, now they've all cancelled, I'm safe to pack them away until the Autumn.


I swept the floor, scrubbed down the skirting board and gave everything thorough dusting.


The shoe rack - which long time readers might recognise as the Utility shelf that used to hang on the bathroom wall before we redecorated last year - now houses my Lottas.


And the Ghanaian basket contains my sandals & Indian chappals.


I removed my velvet scarves leaving my silk ones suspended from the scarf holder, which Jon made from garden wire and cup hooks.


The contents of the wardrobe remain the same, I was still wearing my Afghan a few days ago.


After reading my friend Betty's blog post first thing this morning, I followed suit and put a few of our houseplants outside in anticipation for the promised sunshine which, by 11am, had burst free from the clouds. 


After I'd pegged out the washing, I watered the plants on the patio and set about repotting the Dragon Tree which I've had for years and, after months of looking sickly and spindly, has flourished with all the love and attention I've lavished on it during the lockdown. 


After our noodles, I checked the Kinky Melon bank account and was amazed to see that the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme payment had already gone through. I never expected that.


I celebrated with my favourite Indian tea and tested out my new reusable tea bag, which gets the thumbs up!


Jon spent the afternoon tinkering with Ebbie.


Me, on the other hand, changed into a bikini, slapped on factor 30 and read my book in the garden. And how about this for a coincidence? My book is set in the Iranian city of Isfahan and I'm lounging on a Ghalamkar bedspread, the style of Persian textile printing which originated in Isfahan three hundred years ago. How do I know? It's stamped "Ghalamkar, Isfahan, Iran" on the back. A jumble sale find way back in the noughties.


The lads kept a watchful eye on me.


Book finished, washing & houseplants put away, and the car and the coal house locked up and it was time for our tea, a veggie burger in a salt and pepper bap (found in the depths of the freezer) with salad, which included rocket and lettuce from the greenhouse.


Entertainment was the final two episodes of Fenix that we'd intended to watch the previous evening until we realised that there was another episode of Age of the Image we'd missed. As I'd finished A Good Place To Die in the garden earlier I started another book when I went to bed.


After my Wii Fit session today (day 61) I took all my houseplants outside to give them a good dose of sunshine, noticing that the first Oriental poppy of the season had burst into life.


My garden's a jungle...



Free from the usual clutter of plants I cleaned the kitchen windowsill and when Jon got up we had our usual fruit and yoghurt.


After breakfast, we wrapped Frank in a towel and tried to get a good look at his mouth as we'd noticed he'd been dribbling for a couple of days and was a bit out of sorts. Unable to get any closer, Jon called the vets who suggested he brought Frank to the surgery but, with the vets having to observe social distancing, Jon would have to hand Frank over at the door and sit and wait in the van until the vet had examined him.


Jon arrived home half an hour later, without Frank. Due to him living as a stray for the first part of his life, his teeth have never been great but it appeared that several of his teeth were badly infected and needed to be removed under anaesthetic. The vet hoped to proceed after blood tests and would call us later to let us know when we could collect him.


I do what I always do in a crisis and threw myself into a frenzy of activity. I pulled out everything from under the spare room bed, swept the rug and put it all back neatly (our travel bags, a suitcase full of dressmaking patterns, a doll's house extension and a Victorian top hat in a box).


A couple of years ago Jon & I had decoupaged this unicorn head, added some ridiculous pink false lashes and gilded her horn. I thought it was about time I displayed her in the bathroom.


Outside I added a few more plants to my Ikea lampshade planters and then gave everything a thorough watering, including Jon & the houseplants.


Inspired by Beate's plaits and headscarf I followed suit, tying one of my vintage Indian silk screen-print scarves around my head. The 1990s Diesel cut-offs, Boden bikini (I'm wearing the bottoms under my shorts ready to strip down to once my tasks were complete) and oversized '70s sunglasses were all charity shopped.


Like me, Jon's not one for sitting around dwelling on stuff. He continued working on Ebbie and planted some Rosedale lettuce seeds before making our lunchtime noodles.


After lunch, we lay in the sunshine with Stephen Squirrel who, by 3pm, had suddenly realised that the family unit was incomplete.


Jon's just brought Frank home, he's had 5 teeth removed and is currently hiding under the bed in the spare room, I'm glad I cleaned it earlier.

Tea will be a paneer curry with a garlic and coriander nan, accompanied by a beer and followed with rum and cola in front of The Great British Sewing Bee, we need it after today!

Stay safe, keep healthy and be positive.

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  1. I'm so pleased that Frank is back home with you where he belongs and in a nice safe hidey place xx

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    1. Thanks, Flis. He's still under there, I'm so glad I cleaned it! xxx

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  2. Awww, poor kitty! My Maurice had 2 teeth removed last Autumn, first day after the surgery was really tough on him but gradually he felt much better. Is Frank on painkillers and antibiotics now? My vet prescribed them both for Maurice. I've never seen a cat drugged up to his eyeballs on opiates before,so I did not know should I laugh or should I cry :-))) But it helped. Please give a gentle hug to Frank from me and my cats!

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    1. Thanks you so much, Daisy! That's really kind of you to let me know that Maurice wasn't that good the day after surgery, it's put my mind a rest. Having five teeth removed in one go would be bad enough for a human, wouldn't it? He has got drugs, Jon's going to try and tempt him with a bit of food first so he had administer them. xxx

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    2. I feel for you Vix! I remember Maurice hiding under furniture, not responding to my calls, not interested in food and his sweet face swollen so badly he looked like a member of the Habsburg family! I was so anxious and helpless, checking on him every 5 minutes, not seeing any progress...I know, some people would say "oh it's only a cat" but he is my precious furry baby who found me in my darkest hour and helped me to survive :-) Cats are fighters, Frank will be getting better and better every passing day, I know I could say "don't worry" but I know from my own experience it is a useless advice :-))) Stay safe and well, Vix xxxxxxxx

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  3. Glad your Frank is home, you must have known where he would go to recover! I too go into a flurry and get loads done if I am anxious. Yep, we too got the grant come through for the hubster so very pleased. I put my plants out for a sunbathe yest too. I would love to have the type of skin to sunbathe but alas I burn maybe if I factored up and just went out for a short while? this weather tempts me. Mind you I can't stay still for too long anyway. Like you said the other day I have never seen our garden looking so good, our homes are lapping up all this attentionxx

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    1. Thanks so much! Isn't it funny how we react to tricky situtions in such different ways? I must have subconciously known Frank would seek refuge under the bed to have cleaned underneath it, it's defintely not something I'd have normally done!
      What a shame you burn easily, it's so lovely to be out when the weather's lovely. You need a huge hat!
      I'm still amazed about the ease of applying for and getting that grant! xxx

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  4. Such a trauma when something happens to one of our family.!!! Good he is ok now. I realised that I was dribbling with drooling looking at your wardrobe, and had to reign myself in. A friend had a job back in the eighties of sewing and fixing up imported gear from India, so that they could be sold. Now I really don't know where they can be bought in NZ. Unless it's some obscure old op shop in the back of beyond. Never mind all the other fabulous gear that you have, Sigh.

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    1. Thank you! The old Indian stuff is getting rarer and rarer, due in part to how fragile it is. I bet there are a few boxes of clothes imported from Indian in the 1970s still stashed away in a stockroom somewhere waiting to be discovered!
      I haven't bought any clothes since lockdown but spotted an amazing 1970s Indian cotton Ikat kaftan on eBay yesterday and was amazed to win it for far less than that kind of thing normally sell for. That cheered me up a bit after the Frank trauma! xxx

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  5. Poor Frank, at least you caught it and got it sorted, can't imagine how much the vet's bill was. I've not been stress cleaning but I was stress hedge trimming which gave me a huge workout yesterday as also had to rake the mess up afterwards. Enjoy your R&C tonight, well deserved

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    1. Thank you! Yes. Cat dentistry is eye-wateringly expensive. Mind you, all our dentists have been closed since lockdown, there's been cases lately where people have been forced to extract their own teeth! It comes to something when our pets can be attended to more quickly than a human.
      Don't mention hedge trimming, I'm trying to ignore ours! xxx

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  6. Well I started off feeling as if we were having a girly day going through your wardrobe, then shock horror set in with the news of Frank. I almost ran off and started doing some cleaning myself.
    But then all was well again when he arrived home. Poor Frank I hope he soon gets over his experience and comes out from under the bed. I could do with a lie down myself now after all that drama xxx

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    1. I know, we see it all in this house! He's still under the bed, we've been warned that it could take up to a fortnight for him to recover. Jon's going to try and tempt him with something yo eat in a bit although if I'd had five teeth out I'd not have much of an appetite either. xxxx

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  7. Oh, poor Frank! I'm so glad you noticed he was out of sorts and got him taken care of! Stephen will be glad to have him home, I'm sure.

    I'm so envious of your gorgeous weather! I'm also coveting all those Lottas! What a veritable rainbow you have, Vix! I always keep a couple of pairs of boots out in my warm-weather wardrobe as it can go from a hot sunny day to wind and rain here at the drop of a hat.

    Enjoy your rum night!

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    1. Poor Frank. Cats are so hardcore, aren't they? Toothache's vile, no wonder he was a bit quiet. Stephen's making enough demands for two cats, he's driving us mad today!
      I have stashed my Frye boots in the cupboard under the stairs just in case, knowing the UK it'll probably snow next week.
      Sending you heat and sunshine! xxx

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  8. Quick healing wishes for Frank's mouth and I hope he is soon out and about. Hugs to all. It is scary when our fur babies are sick.

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    1. Thanks so much, Marjorie. It's horrible, isn't it? You feel so useless! xxx

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  9. Poor Frank, hope he heals well. On a brighter note I've just heard Greece is now open for business so fingers crossed you may get your holiday there later this year. We were supposed to be there now (sob) with a group of customers (we are motorcycle tour operators). I will have to wait until next year at least - we are doing a great job of eliminating the virus here in NZ but have been advised that international travel is some way off yet.
    Love reading your blog and am amazed at how busy you always keep even in lockdown 🙂

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    1. I meant to say Greece is open for tourism in July...not just yet

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    2. Much love to you in NZ! The UK is so impressed at how your country has dealt with the pandemic and are rather envious of your wonderful Jacinda.
      I bet you're so sad about your tour being cancelled, what an awful time for the tourism aindustry, as if running your own business isn't tough enough. We've been avidly following the Greek situation and hoping against hope that we can go away in September.
      Thank you for your kind words about Frank and for commenting, it's lovely to hear from you. xxx

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  10. Isn't it wonderful when you go out into the garden in the mornings to find lush new growth! It's amazing the difference day by day in plants and veges. Gardens really do reward us with spectacular shows if we spend some time nurturing them. Your garden is looking amazing.

    You look fantastic basking out in the sunshine. Obviously having way too much fun with that hose! Loved seeing your collection of colourful scarves and clogs. They'll be perfect for the on-coming Summer.

    Poor Frank, 5 teeth is an awful lot to have removed. I do hope he's recovered.

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    1. Hi Suzy! Hope your birthday was as fabulous as you are! It's lovely to go out and discover new life, every day there's something different. I'm sitting her watching another Oriental poppy gradually burst from its ud, I wish I had time lapse photography!
      Summer is going to be very different this year, no festivals but for once in my life I won't be living out of a suitcase and can wear clogs and play around with headscarves, silver linings and all that!
      Frank's still very out of sorts, apparently it can take a few weeks to recover, it's hard not to get over anxious about it all. xxx

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  11. Sending love and kisses to Frank, bless his heart. Hope he feels better very soon.
    Thank you for doing these posts Vix, very uplifting in these turbulent times.
    I look forward to each one and enjoy them very much.
    Pam in Texas.xx

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    1. Thanks so much, Pam. It's lovely to hear from you. Hope life's good and you're safe and well. xxx

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  12. Poor Frank! My last hobo kitty had cruddy teeth also from his life as a stray. He's lucky to have landed in your family where he is well cared for. I need to take Teddy to the vet but don't want to go until I can be in the exam room at the same time. Hopefully that will happen within a month or so.

    I do LOVE your unicorn!!!

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    1. Goodness knows what these poor cats eat when they're on the streets! Thank goodness we rescued him when he did, at least it was only 5 teeth!
      I don't blame you for postponing Teddy's visit, she'd hate being in the consulting room without her mum's reassurance.
      The unicorn would fit in very well with your goth flamingoes! xxx

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  13. Glad to hear Frank is doing better. Tooth extraction is miserable-he has my sympathies. Hopefully you'll have something soft for him when he feels up to eating again.

    That bikini top is cute! I really like the colours.

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    1. You've had some nightmares with your poor teeth, haven't you? I feel so bad for putting him through the trauma of multiple extractions but hopefully he'll thank us in the long term.
      I've never owned any Boden before - I had to splash out a quid on it. For a strapless bikini it's amazing, it never moves! xxx

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  14. How is Frank today? Poor baby must have been feeling pretty miserable and is so lucky to have a good family to love him. Wasn't the weather gorgeous yesterday, you are looking very buff Vix. You reminded me that I need to lose some lard so that I can fit back into my shorts.

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    1. Thanks so much, Cherie. He's still under the bed, he looks quite bright eyed, Jon's going to try and tempt him to eat something in a bit although we've been warned it'll take a while for him to start feeling better. Poor lad. xxx

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  15. Ahh poor frank, Milo was doing this funny raspy thing with his mouth on Tuesday untill we realised he had a bit of bone gristle stuck between his teeth!! So I had to bloody fight with him to release this nightmare from him, he must have felt better afterwards as he sat on my lap all afternoon!
    Sadly I can’t wear sandals as I have EDS and my feet look like they have been trapped in a vice ! Plus I am double jointed and my toes look weird ! I’m like you with your hip except my joints can dislocate quite easily and I can do circus/ party tricks!!!! With my joints.
    Keep Jon away from teng tools as Paul was naughty and spent some pennies on a new wootist . I told him off so he has let me back on eBay ! And the other second hand websites !! Love the unicorn I have a felt narwhal my mum bought it for Xmas for me one year . I just wish he was bigger.
    I am the clutter queen .!!!! just ask him indoors. Everyone goes wow when they enter my home as it has shelves full of gachapon! I will never ever grow up! Hell im 45 why should I! Take care both of you and I will have a gander at Barry M . Keep safe.

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    1. Hello, Alison! Poor Milo. I'm glad you sorted that bone gristle out. We could see something on Frank's gum, it turnd out it was his own claw where he'd tried to pull at his tooth and got it stuck - ouch!
      Double jointed toes? I'd love to see them. My elbows are like that, they freak people out and I like it!
      At least with Paul being so naughty it means you can be, too. Clutter is good, imagine living in one of those mimimalist cubes with nothing but a single grey vase on a shelf, I'd be climbing the walls.
      Barry M have some amazing lockdown deals at the moment, I might have splashed out on something I don't need but will make me smile! xxx

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    2. OMG poor frank !!! Yeah when you have EDS all kinds of weird things to your joints as it makes them hyper mobile and Painful as on friend called me I’m a babe with mobility aids! Except I hate wearing them as Japanese like to stare. I see it looks like another covid spike is heading your way! Why do people act so stupid! Mr Arbe is still hoping for the olympics to happen not a cat In hells chance.
      My mums house is like a bloody hotel. She cringes when she comes here ! But then calls it homely !!! make your mind up woman !!!! But she does live on a ladela estate.

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    3. I understand your reluctance to use mobility aids. I have no problem with being looked at but used to hate having to rely on a stick as complete strangers would ask what I'd done or offer me lifts - kind but embarrasing.
      That second wave looks imminent. Have you seen those COVID-iots packed on English beaches with no regard for social distancing and yes, the idea of staging the Olympics is sheer lunacy. I'm not so much worried about catching coronavirus, I just don't want to be around stupid people! xxx

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  16. Poor Frank. Sending him lots of love and gentle cuddles.
    It's great to see you making the most of this glorious weather and I just love the top you are wearing while repotting the Dragon Tree. X

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    1. Thanks, Jules. He's just come and sat next to me, I'll tell him!
      My top is made from a vintage silk sari from a tiny shop in Jodphur, I wish I'd have bought all his stock! xxxx

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  17. phew - i´m so glad that frank is at home again - 5 teeth pulled out is not fun, but i´m sure he will be out and about after a good nap! lisbeth is sending him a *get well soon* too!
    yay for #bikini gardening and thanks for mentioning me <3 your version with the indian silk is fabulous.
    ebbie and your borders look great - you´r and jon´s work are paying out nicely.
    speaking of cars - my driving lessons started again yesterday - it was a rough start but after 15min i was back into driving a car.....
    love the unicorn!
    xxxxx

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    1. Thanks, Beate! He's brighter this morning but we've been warned it may take a few weeks before he's back to normal again - although, as we know, cats are never normal!
      I'm so impressed with you taking driving lessons, I had 16 in my twenties and just couldn't master it. Wishing you loads of luck with it. xxxx

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  18. Oh poor old Frank! I do hope he's recovering well under the spare bed...

    I loved your unicorn head; I bet it looks great in the bathroom. And as for your clogs what a lot of Lottas you've got. Lovely colours and I like the display stand in your wardrobe; clever Jon!

    I've been giving my house plants a dose of sunshine too as we've had such a lot of it lately. They seem to appreciate it.

    My neighbour, who runs a house sitting/pet sitting/pet exercise business also got her payment through in record time and it was a lifeline for her as her business is down by 70%.

    The garden is looking fab as are you!
    Take care and stay safe,
    xxxx

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    1. Thanks, Vronni! He's finally emmerged from under the bed, thank goodness I'd had the foresight to sweep the carpet underneath it, he'd have been grey with dust as well as half bald and toothless.
      I'm amazed at the ease of claiming for the self-employment grant, I wonder why they can't manage it for benefit payments when people have absolutely nothing to live on? xxxx

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  19. Hope Frank is a bit better Vix.I should think his little mouth is quite sore but I expect he has tablets to help x

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    1. Thanks, Flis. We ended up taking him back to the vets for a pain killing injection as he wouldn't eat anything and we couldn't give him medicine on an empty stomach. He perked up last night and has eaten really well now...phew! xxx

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  20. he'll be allright i'm sure; at the moment my daughter, her husband, my grandson and their 5 cats are a surrogate family upbringing and trying to socialise 4 kittens whose mother was killed by a car... the little ones are still bottle fed, and Fran, my grandson, is becoming a specialist on the subject, two days ago he inetrrupted his online classes, and called a friend for help, because the young ones urgently needed feeding and washing their... you know whats... Vix, all the best, you're a great!

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    1. Oh no, those poor kittens. What a lovely family they are going to so much trouble, has Fran got ambitions of becoming a vet now? Sending you, the family and the kittens lots of love! xxxxx

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    2. thanks, they'll be happy to get your love, but Fran is to young to decide yet (11), on a more joyful note, all kittens are already future loving families waiting for them, they also have funny names, and are getting house trained with great success, moreover, starting to eat some barf :)

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  21. i wanted to say you're a great queenager, but thougth you're much to young for that.

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    1. I'll happy accept the compliment - thank you! xxxx

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  22. Oh, poor Frank! That is a lot of teeth to have pulled in one go, and he will likely feel rather miserable for a few days. Is he a fan of wet food?

    I'm really enjoying your lockdown updates - your days are so much more productive and interesting than mine. There's not much to blog about when you are working from home, although I am very grateful I'm able to do so. That unicorn head is wonderful, as is the print on your Ghalamkhar bedspread. My fave photo is the one with you and the hose - you look like a naughty teenager!

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    1. Thanks, Shelley! luckily he prefers wet food to biscuits. He's managed a tin of tuna, some garden peas, cat milk and a few prawns now so he's not doing too badly.
      I'm so glad you're enjoying my posts, I never thought anyone would be interested in reading about every day stuff but I think it's quite comforting. xxxx

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  23. Poor Frank! I'm sure he's going to be feeling miserable for a couple of days. Our previous cat hid under our bed for two days after she'd had an operation. I used to bring her some water on a dish so that she at least got some liquids in. Love your shelf of Lotta's, what a cheerful sight. Good to hear that payment went through so fast! I love poppies in all shapes and sizes, and we've just bought pots of oriental poppies and Iceland poppies. There's some flowers in the latter, and I live in hope to get some in the former too! Sending healing vibes to Frank, poor chap! xxx

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    1. He's out from under the bed, that's a start! Don't you feel awful though? Jon's definitely not Frank's favourite person at the moment after sujecting him to two vet visits in 24hours!
      Poppies are gorgeous, aren't they? When our Orientals bloom it's usually a sign that there's torrential rain on the way and they're battered into submission before we've had time to properly appreciate them. xxx

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  24. Im having trouble with blogger, sometimes it doesn't send my comments to you. I was just checking back and it hasn't come up again so here I am - sorry your Frank is feeling a bit down in the tooth so to speak! Amber lost all her teeth but the gums harden and they manage to eat even hard biscuits just fine. You look lovely in your shorts :) I love the unicorn head, would like that on my wall! Really enjoying your diy and gardening. Betty x

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    1. Blogger is weird, thanks for persevering!
      I remember you mentioning that Amber had lost her teeth, now he's got a bit of his appetite back the tooth loss doesn't seem to be bothering him too much although he's not happy about being grounded! xxx

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  25. I'm glad Frank is home and ok, you must be relieved. I hope he makes a quick recovery.
    The clogs look lovely and colourful all lined up. It must be fun choosing which to wear. I love shoes.
    The heat's back this week, yay! Reading in the sun feels like an addiction in this weather, too hard to resist. Hope you're having fun with that hose!! xxx

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    1. Thanks, Sally. I think recovery wil be a slow process but he's a bit brighter this morninf, thank goodness, I don't think our nerves would stand a repeat of that dreadful allergy he had last year.
      You can't beat reading in the sun, can you? When I look back at some of the best books I've ever read they were usually ones I read on a beach! xxx

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  26. I love reading your blog, and recently have enjoyed following you around your garden which looks fab by the way, so when I found this group on Facebook (Garden Art Junk) I thought you may like to join and share your amazing garden ideas and pick up some new ones yourself.

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    1. Hello Julie! Thank you so much for recommending that Facebook page, I've joined and it's wonderful, you know me well! xxx

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  27. Sorry to hear Frank had to have 4 of his teeth removed, he is a strong cat, I hope he will feel better soon. It's good that the vet is working.
    I love your garden shots. You look fantastic in a bikini and shorts. I also loved the link between the blanket and the book you were reading. The car Jon is working on looks great.

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    1. Thanks so much, Ivana. It is really fortunate that the vets are still open. Jon said it was extremely strange, handing over Frank in his box to a gloved and masked person, sitting in his car and waiting for a telephone call from the vet. xxx

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  28. Poor Frank! And if dental work on cats in the UK costs what it does here, poor you! But it's healthcare money well invested because the procedure not only restores your furry friend's present good health but also serves to prevent heart disease when he's a venerable feline.
    You might be amused by the advice some young (oldsters know better) American vets prescribe to avoid cats' dental issues: I disgraced myself when a Dr. X held up a toothbrush with a long handle and a few bristles and told me "Twice daily..." Actually, I think the patient laughed, too.

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    1. Hello Beth! Tell me about it, I think the bill was almost as painful as Frank's gums! Still, at leat the vets were open during the pandemic, if it had been Jon or I we'd have little chance of being seen for a while!
      Can you imagine brushing a cat's teeth? Madness! xxx

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  29. So glad you were able to get Frank to the vet and treated. Five teeth! Ally had two teeth removed one year ago in May. She was also a stray, but decided to live with us. Now she's a total housecat. Aragorn is another stray that's been coming around for about 6 years. He has some kind of eye infection now. I guess we'll have to figure out some way to get him to the vet. What an awesome unicorn! Love seeing your incredible wardrobe too! Sending healing vibes to Frank.

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    1. Thanks, Cheryene. Aren't they a worry? Is Ally all better now? Frank definitely seems a little brighter this morning. I hope you manage to capture Aragorn and get his eye seen to. I'm so relieved vets are still open. xxx

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  30. I'm glad Frank is going to be fine after his Dental surgery! I just got my own Crown glued back on that had fallen out during Pandemic, I had to wait a Month until the Dentist's Offices reopened. Odd that Dentists were closed down yet Liquor Stores remained open the whole time as Essential Businesses? Crazy World we're living in. You always inspire me with your flurry of activities and finding productive things to do around the Home and Garden!

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    1. Thank you! It'll be a slow process but he's definiteoy brighter this morning.
      It's the same here, dntists haven't been able to source adequate supplies of PPE so anyone in need has to go through a triage system within the NHS and, providing the problem is considered urgent, they're sent to an allocated hospital - often a two hour drive away. There's been reports on the news of people pulling out their own teeth in desperation. xxx

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  31. Poor Frank, hope he's recovering and is comfortable enough to go out from his hidding place. Love that you keep yourself busy when something stressful happens!, I believe that it makes a difference!
    And it's so lovely to see you enjoying the sunshine and warm weather, looking fabulous in your summery attire, such joyful photos!. And love that you were reading a book about Isfahán on an Isfahán bedcover!, that's amazing and put a smile on my face!
    Love to see your Lottas collection looking like a rainbow! and I like the hanger you've installed on the cupboard door for them. Brilliant!
    Your garden, your colorful wardrobe and your fabulous home are always a joy for sore eyes, these pics cheer me up!. The unicorn is absolutely lovely!!
    besos & salud

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    1. Thanks, Monica! Frank's out of his hiding place and shouting to be let out, he must be feeling better!
      I'm so happy we've got some lovely weather, it makes up for last week's cold and gloom and it's quite a relief, I've got nothing else left to clean! xxx

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  32. I hate it when one of my cats has to be left at the vets, the house feels weird. I do what you do and keep busy, and I always shed a little tear of happiness when they come home. I'm glad Frank was returned to you safe and well, if a little shocked. I hope he's feeling a little better by now.
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    1. It really does feel strange when on eof them is missing, isn't it? We're all walking about on tenterhooks, especially Stephen who still seems particularly spooked. xxxx

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  33. Oh poor Frank I hope he's feeling a bit more Himself now. When we had Benjie she got to the point where she had so few teeth left we had to get sachets of wet cat food and still mash it right up for her. My Mum still has a few of those Iranian table cloths my Dad brought several back with him from when he went there in the 70's with the RAF.

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    1. Thanks so much! He's doing really well now, he was wrestling Jon earlier and went to bite him and then realised his fangs were missing, we had to giggle! xxx

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  34. Oh poor Frank! I'm glad he could at least come back home to recuperate. You make staying at home look glam-like a movie set.

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    1. Thanks, Sam! I'm glad they were able to operate there and then rather than him having to come home and back again, it's traumatic enough as it is! xxx

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  35. I hope Frank is recovering. Sounds very uncomfortable.

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  36. I bet Frank was a lot happier with his bad teeth out - our old cat, Boycie, was so much livelier after her dental work.

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    1. After a hairy 24 hours he's really well, he was even eating biscuits this morning! xxx

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