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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Whilst waiting to be plugged in...

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Been struck down by severe writers block recently. Whilst waiting to be plugged back in - here's at least a picture to celebrate all the marvellous photographers in the world who makes an art of seeing the beauty in Gods little people. Thanks for capturing these bright lights. I salute your endeavour.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Where a cat belongs

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Been to New York quite a few times, and each time I have left I've always drawn a sigh of relief that I didn't encounter a cat in the streets of New York. Until this time!

One day, as my husband was willingly driving me down one of the big avenues in a wheelchair (quite an accomplishment in the streets of NY) we came by a spot where a homeless man sat with a cat. I felt my husband push a little faster, and I knew that he'd hoped that I hadn't spotted the man and the cat in the mass of people. But of course I did and my heart sank at the sight. The homeless man sat on the ground and the cat in a fixed pose next to him. Accompanied only by three bowls for the cat. One with food, one with water and one tiny little box which acted as a toilet for the cat. Don't even know how it was physiologically possible for the cat to do it in such a small box. But what pained me most was that it was evident that the cat had been trained to sit in this motionless position. And it caused the greatest sense of contradiction to watch this scene. On the one hand I felt such an ache on behalf of the cat not being able to exercise it's natural instict to roam around marking it's territory and having a magnetically recognisably place in nature. And on the other I had to feel pleased that the cat wasn't moving out of its spot due to the endless stream of cabs and cars on the huge avenue.

And no, it's not that I wasn't sympathetic to the homeless man. I imagine that he onced rescued this cat when it was a tiny abandoned kitten, and how it had become his only company. It's just the pain I felt at the cat having been trained into this kind of motionless life. As we passed I felt the greatest urge to turn around and talk with the man but decided not to as I felt I would get too involved in a story I couldn't really do anything about anyway. Frankly I felt in such a contradiction that I wasn't even able to give the man a bit money.  When I think about it now, it kind of bothers me as I'm certain he'd have used every penny on the cat. It was evident that he greatly cared in his limited kind of way.

Well, if nothing else, this pair has been in my prayers ever since. 

It's not that I'm an expert telling where cats do and don't belong (cats are masters of that themselves aren't they!?), but for sure they DO NOT belong on Manhattan.

As always, I will try to counter act a story of something which I believe is fundamentally wrong in this world by an image of how it ought to be. Therefore this pretty little image.

Image© via soenyun.com

P.S. Thank you Sunshine for the fine award today. I'm truly honoured.



Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Yo lady, you got something for us?


Hello again friends, finally back from NY city.  Apart from a badly sprained ankle already on the 2nd day, which meant goodbye to walking around the city, my friends in Central Park didn't disappoint! Had to curb my eager to feed both the squirrels and the birds - due to a recent outbreak of rabies in the park there were signs everywhere requesting for people not to feed the wildlife. But...

When my husband and I went for a morning coffee in the café behind the Boathouse we were soon joined and eyeballed by these persistent little friends. So as we were enjoying a cup of coffee and a bun, there was nothing for it but to let up and share...

- and we were happy to!!

For anyone who knows this spot in the world you'll know it's also a gathering place for people who take their dogs for a morning walk. It simply couldn't be a merrier place to have your morning coffee.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Off to see my friends in Central Park


Off to New York but will be back blogging again in mid August.

Here it's another image by the insanely talented Central Park wildlife photographer Lincoln Karim.  I'm truly inspired by this mans dedication to his art (and the well-being of the wildlife in the park!) and am gobsmacked by the level of detail caught in this image of a cormorant landing on water in Central Park. You can almost hear the skidding!

Image ©Lincoln Karim

Monday, August 2, 2010

The wonders of tender touch



Thanks to EASE Animal Sanctury (more about EASE to come) I was introduced to "Tender Touch" and the marvellous work of Tender Touch practitioner Deidre Chitwood. It was truly heartwarming to read about Deidre's marvellous work with animals, and I was elated to find this amazing (above) story among the video clips on her website. I can highly recommend that you pop over and read about Tender Touch if you're not familiar with it.

This is one of those stories that makes you want to weep at the thought of the quality of patience and genuine good in caring humans. I simply L O V E this.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Christian, the real lion king

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Maybe you are one of those more than 14 million people who's watched the story of Christian the lion on Youtube? If not, then here's a story that will melt your heart.

The story goes like this...

In 1969, two men named John Rendall and Ace Berg saw a lion cub for sale in Harrods. Cramped and lonely in a small cage, they decided to bring it home. A local vicar allowed them to exercise the cub, now named Christian, in the church grounds but he very quickly became too big for their flat. The only thing they could do was to try and reintroduce him to Africa, which they managed to do (in this video you see them travelling to Africa with him and releasing him into the wild). A year later they wanted to visit him but were told that he was now the head of his own pride and as such was completely wild and would not remember them. Undaunted, they went anyway. After many hours of looking for the pride, this is what happened when they finally found the wild lion... WATCH VIDEO

You can watch the story of Christian in many different versions on Youtube, but I like this one because it shows more sequences of just how close a bond these two men had with the young lion cub. Also this particular piece of music finally found it's rightful place of usage :-)

Above, it's a young boy having a playful moment with Christian. From Christian's facial expression (doesn't it almost look human??) it's no wonder he's captured the hearts of millions of people.

Enjoy!