I've always thought of Ginga as a punctual sort of cat, mainly because he knows exactly when I put the goats to bed at night and the moment that the latch clicks home on the gate he appears on the deck ready for his tea. So when I returned home after a short holiday I was a bit surprised that he wasn't waiting for me. I put his absence down to the fact that it is the season for tom-cats to be a bit distracted, and expected to see him for breakfast. But he didn't turn up for breakfast either. When he missed dinner again I became a bit concerned, but Nairn assured me that Ginga had been hanging out on the deck the other night so I felt he wouldn't be too far away. Five days later Ginga turned up, desperate for food and holding out a rather mangled paw for me to inspect. I'm quite certain his meow changed to owwwwch, he certainly wasn't a happy cat and I could see a hurried trip to the vet was required. Ginga didn't agree ....
My goats are often accused of being fat. I defend their weight pointing out that they are fluffy and not as fat as they look. Although it is true that they are well fed and pampered it is also true that their size is exaggerated by a fair amount of fluff. I'm not sure why they are so fluffy, I haven't seen another wild goat with a coat like they have and they live in an insulated hut so they can't be cold, but they are ridiculously fluffy. Jezebel in particular shows off her angora lineage in winter - last spring I collected all fur she shed and had it spun in to a hat and gloves!
We've been lucky enough to enjoy several weeks of sunshine now and the goats are starting to shed and look a bit slimmer. It's just one of the many signs that spring has arrived on the West Coast, along with the lambs and the calves and the daffodils (if they avoid the attentions of my goats). The other day I even had a rescued duckling in my office for the morning! But lets face it, the West Coast isn't known for a warm and sunny spring so we don't expect these conditions to last long.
In early 2012 Penny & Nairn moved from central Wellington to South Westland. Welcome to the record of their adventures.