July 7, 2010 – Summer, sun mildly shining and history repeating. In days just like these, exactly one year ago, the first photo’s of Paddy and Dushi exploring the great outdoors that is our garden were made. They didn’t venture out very far the first week or so. Only went as far as the trees at the end of the terrace and then up. Trees were a perfect playground and, when tired out, turned out to be a perfect place to sleep. If birds can do it, so can kittens. The pictures of those days had to be shared with the world and so Cats in Trees began.
Today the weather is the same as one year ago. As are the trees and again there are kittens in them. The same, and yet different. The death of the original Cat in Trees, Paddy, leaves a big empty space. She was the true heart and soul of this blog.
Meanwhile, the new kittens come up with new antics. And, as children of their time, this generation has developed new qualities. Last night they turned out to be football-proof. A goal by the favoured team (the Dutch) would send millions of cats scrambling to safety in the most far away corners. Not so for this generation: the cheers were loud – it being the semi-final of the world cup – and many – it took three goals to bring Orange into the final – but the kittens remained unfazed. They stayed in their curled up positions, not even opening an eye. Only purring when petted.
The past weeks were extremely busy for Photoguy. As it left him tired and more and more depleted of extra creativity (luckily he did have enough to do his job), Cats in Trees-activity ceased for a week. Not to worry: everycat is fine, it’s just Photoguy and a whole lot of work. But even now all the work is done, successfully, he really needs a vacation.
For someone like Photoguy that means less time behind a computer.
Cats in Trees is back in the air, but will remain for the time being on an irregular summer schedule. We certainly hope to inspire him for a World Cup special post for the final next sunday (“Hup Holland Hup”).
We will celebrate our anniversary, basking in the glow of yesterday’s historic Dutch victory and the mild summer sun. In doing so we will certainly remenisce about the first year of blogging for Cats in Trees and the wonderful experience it turned out to be. Our thanks go out to everyone for visiting our blog, the many comments and especially for the friendship shown in the best and worst of times.