As an animal lover, I couldn’t not mention the sadness I feel for all the poor dogs who have perished in the arson attack on Manchester Dog’s Home. It is heartbreaking and quite impossible to comprehend why someone would want to harm innocent animals. Selfless people risked their lives in trying to get the dogs out and happily many were rescued. These are being looked after and an online appeal has already raised 1 million. Just goes to show there are a lot of good people out there too. If you have not come across it already, here is the link if you would like to donate.
Purrfectly positioned in the fashionable Marais district of Paris is a cafe which doesn’t only serves coffee and croissants. The Cafe des Chats is home to 12 furry feline residents, that offer ‘Purr therapy’ to its curious clientele. 🙂
The cats are all adopted rescues , chosen for their happy and affectionate natures. From the pictures I have seen and the reviews I have read , the kittys appear to be content and at home. Their contentment transfers to the customers, who have been flocking to the cafe for a cafe-noir and the chance to pet a puss-cat. Stroking cats has been proven to reduce stress and have a calming effect so ‘Cat Cafes’ have hit upon a great idea. Of course there are sensible rules to adhere by and at Le Cafe des chats ,customers must not disturb sleeping cats, feed the cats or use flash photography.
Cat Cafes have also padded their way over to London. Originally a Japanese invention , the cafes proved popular , especially with people who loved cats but had restricted space to keep one at home. With this in mind, Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium opened in Shoreditch, East london in March. Named after Alice’s kitten Dinah in ‘Alice’s Adventures Through The Looking Glass’ this is a tea room that serves tea and cake in vintage china and is home to eleven lovable moggies. The cats like their Parisienne counterparts are rescues. chosen for their amiable natures.
The cafe has proved so popular it is essential to book and there is a £5 entry charge for a 2 hour time-slot. Strict rules concerning the animals welfare apply and Dinahs is closed every afternoon for a short cat nap.
Have you ever been to a cat cafe? I must admit I find myself very curious. As an animal lover I would love to visit and see how the cats react around people. Cute cats and cake. Hopefully there is everything to love. 🙂
Well what has put a smile on my face recently ? Life has been pretty good of late. I can’t really complain. I’m a wee bit scint ~ I don’t think I’ll ever get used to getting paid four weekly ( even after all this time! ) , but apart from that…..everything is tickety boo. 🙂
Facebook Can Be Great ~ Recently social media has really helped my friends who run a farm animal rescue centre. They have found themselves in the awful situation of having to move and rehome most of the animals. Finding loving homes for farm animals can prove difficult so I’m greatful that Facebook especially is proving to be a great way of spreading the word. Today the first of their hens have gone to a new home with some lovely people. That makes me happy! If you can help ( the farm is based near Settle in Yorkshire) their email is firstname.lastname@example.org
How beautiful is this Hawthorn blossom I spied on a walk on Monday. Nature is so breathtaking at times.
Eighties Band down the Local !
Was out on Friday and we ended up seeing 80’s band The Blow Monkeys in Clitheroe. All a bit random. They were quite big in about 1987, around the same time as Curiousity Killed the Cat. Their biggest hit ( No, it wasn’t their only Hit !) was called Diggin Your Scene. Do you remember them? Anyway I enjoyed a bit of Eighties Pop nostalga. Showing my age now!
Jane and Lisbon got together. ❤
And I was really pleased with the season 6 finale of one of my favourite shows The Mentalist on Tues night. Patrick Jane and Theresa Lisbon have admitted their feelings for each other finally. Yay ! I can’t wait until season seven to see how this storyline develops. 🙂
Boo hoo I may not be able to blog now until after my next payday. 😦
Seems I have nearly used up all my storage space for photos and images on WordPress….and I’m going to have to pay for more space If I want to carry on. 😦
Has anyone else used up theirs? You find out by going into Media on your dashboard. Photographs are a big part of my blog so I’m a bit gutted to be honest ( maybe everything is not all tickety boo then! ) ~ any re assurances would be appreciated. 🙂
I thought I would just do a quick post about a local animal rescue charity ( based near Settle in Yorkshire ) which is heart breakingly having to close due to financial reasons. Two of my dear friends run it and they are absolutely devestated that this has to happen.Their priority is of course that the animals they have can be rehomed to loving secure homes where they wont be in any danger of being mistreated or sold on. Their charity is called The Great British Farm Project. and they have a Facebook page .
Here is where I share five things that have made me smile or that I have enjoyed over the past seven days. 🙂 My Thursday Favourites.
Shetland ~ TV Series
An atmospheric scandi influenced but still homegrown crime drama, returned to our screens this tuesday eve. Loving it so far. Well worth a watch ~ not only for the rugged and remote Shetland scenery.
This bright and cheery spring flower that my blog is named after is blooming in adundance now the sunshine is here.
A Preston Poodle Wins Crufts.
This rather regal looking Standard Poodle has become the 2014 Crufts champion. And deservedly so! I smiled when in an interview his owner confessed that ‘Ricky’s ‘ favourite pass times included sleeping on his owners bed and routeing in the bin. Just like any other dog then. 🙂
The Great British Farm Project Charity Auction.
My friends Tracy and Stephen run a farm animal rescue charity near Settle in Yorkshire called The Great British Farm Project. At the moment they have a lovely charity auction going ahead on their facebook page ( see link above) to raise money for the animals. Kind people are donating bits and bobs for the auction. ( I shall have to donate a tea cup candle! ).And I have my eye on these pretty vintage china brooches. Go check it out. 🙂
Team GB Winter Paralympics.
Enjoying the Winter Olympics on TV. Thoroughly amazed by the blind skiing. How do they do it! Well done to Team GB. 🙂 Below are Kelly Gallagher and her guide Charlotte Evans who won Britains first ever Gold on the slopes.
Dog friendly hikes and exploring, mostly around New England. Our Adventures includes: waterfalls, the beach, conservation land, lighthouses, state parks, the woods, the mountains, statues, and castles.