Gardening alone can be lonely

It has been almost five months to the day since we lost our wee beloved Toast the Cat.  And we have missed her terribly.  I keep thinking I see her out of the corner of my eye, but alas no.  It is a handbag on a table in a dimly lit room or the meow is the squeak of two latches creaking together in the wind.

Toast the Cat
I miss Toast the Cat so much.

Even as I go through my garden photos looking for just the right image to compliment an article, she’s there, on almost every page.  I never realised just how many photos I took of her.  Almost everyday I’d find her adorable in the garden and capture the moment.

Hello world, I'm Fennel
Hello world, I’m Fennel

So over these past few months I missed her presence, sleeping in the warmth of the spring greenhouse, using my freshly dug garden as a loo, and photo bombing me as I tried to get that perfect shot in the fading light.   There was an emptiness in the garden.  A hole that couldn’t be filled in with a wee seedling or a shovelful of rich compost.

Sleepy kitten
Kittening is exhausting

This catless state couldn’t be allowed to go on.  A good garden needs a cat.  After much searching, yesterday we brought a wee bundle home to enrich our lives with her kitten craziness.  Our family has expanded by one and Fennel is 8 and a half weeks old and a bundle of energy and has the sweetest meow and a very loud and satisfying purr.

Keyboard kitty
Ohhh whatcha doing? Can I help you?

For now, she is exploring her world indoors and making herself at home.  I had forgotten just how energetic kittens could be – it has been 16 years since we last had one and it is a lot faster paced than a sedate elderly cat.   Interestingly fingers dancing over a keyboard are too much of a temptation for a curious kitten not to join in with, so I have to type even faster to complete my work uninterrupted.

Kitten in the fennel
The big outside world can be a scary place when you are a teeny tiny kitty.

The big outside world of the garden is still a little bit scary for her, (I tried to show her the garden but she was a bit frightened and dug her claws into my shoulder) so over the next few weeks I’ll slowly invite her to spend some time hanging with me while I work, and teach her in the ways of the garden.  The benefits of snoozing under the shade of the corn, chasing the birds out of the strawberries, dancing with butterflies and pouncing on the marigolds swaying in the breeze and sleeping in the warmth of the greenhouse – just like Toast used to do.

Another gratuitous kitty photo
Another gratuitous kitty photo – already there are many to choose from

So join us over the summer and watch wee Fennel grow into a cat, and learn to love the garden, which I’m sure she will.

Come again soon – I will get gardening done, once I finish being distracted by oodles of cute.

Sarah the Gardener  : o)

10 thoughts on “Gardening alone can be lonely

  1. Feeling that loss, we too are thinking of adding a kitten again after our lovely gal Rani crossed the rainbow bridge 3 months ago after 20 years in our lives. I think we must be mad as we have a ten year old dog and are retired and not nimble! !! Love fennel and love her name. Looking forward to her journey through her photobombs 😼

    1. They make such an impact on our lives, but you never quite realise it until they are no longer there. Kittens bring such joy, I hope you find the new family member to suit your household. : o)

    2. Have you thought of getting an older cat from a shelter? There are always plenty looking for homes, and an older cat might be better if you don’t feel up to handling a kitten!

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