Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A game of cat and mouse!

Hello Dear Readers,

As I am incapacitated at present darling hubbie has been taking some pictures for me!

This is our first white peony in full bloom at last!

Our first white peony


And here is our cat, Missy, who waits patiently for her little playmate, Mrs Mouse, to come out!

Missy on the prowl.

A waiting game!

That's not a stick up her nose!
That's not a stick up her nose! It's a plant she likes to rub her chin on. 

Mrs Mouse is a little reluctant to come out at the moment as she had a fright recently when Missy picked her up and dropped her unceremoniously amongst the pot plants for a little game.  Part of  Missy's little game is catching Mrs Mouse, then releasing her, only to chase her again!

A waiting game!
A waiting game....

As luck would have it, we were both in the garden and I was able to capture our protesting cat and take her away from the area, whilst dh rescued the frightened Mrs Mouse by encouraging her into an empty flowerpot in order to release her to go back to her little home in the rockery!  (If this situation reoccurred now I would be of no assistance as my back is still giving me trouble.)

Mrs Mouse hiding between our doorstep and plant pots.
Mrs Mouse, hiding between our doorstep, the wall of the house and a flowerpot 

I hope it doesn't sound mean returning her to her little home, of which the cat is aware, but for all we know she has a family there to look after, otherwise we could take her to an open field and release her well away from the cat.

Luckily for the wildlife, Missy is getting on in years now, therefore she hasn't been bringing any livestock in through the cat flap like she used to.

I hope you are having a good week.

Barbara xx

P.S.  Whilst typing this I have just noticed a sparrow coming onto the lawn and taking away pieces of dried grass.  Does this mean they are building another nest?


Amy at love made my home said...

Your peony is beautiful isn't it!! xx

deanna7trees said...

poor little mouse. nice that you are watching out for her. such beautiful flowers. hope your back gets to feeling better soon.

FlashinScissors said...

Thank you Amy. The second "white" peony is an even bigger flower but it is a bit pinkish! Still lovely and it's only in its second year in our garden. Love your post about blogging tips! Barbara xx

FlashinScissors said...

Hi Deanna, Hubbie is being kept very busy on "rescue duty" in the garden at the moment with other cats coming here to hunt. Thank you for your kind comment re my back. Barbara xx

Josie said...

Our cat brings them into the house alive and then lets them go, they are quite tricky to catch armed only with an old tea-towel!

FlashinScissors said...

Hi Josie,

Like yours, when our cat was younger she would often bring in a live mouse and release it in the hall to play with. As you say, very difficult to catch, we found a very small cardboard box with a hole cut in it did the trick as the mouse ran along the skirting board and jumped in the makeshift "mouse hole" for safety. My husband then had the job of going out, sometimes in the middle of the night, to release the mouse in a nearby field. Barbara xx