Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Cat paradise .....and more pink flowers

I told master and mistress it was time we went for a drive. And preferably a little bit further than we went the other week when we got stuck down the river bed (click here).

As we approached the river bed (ok the stream bed, the arroyo in fact) Mistress said very clearly: "Going straight on at the cross roads."

The crossroads is actually the end of the tarmac road, the start of the dirt track and is bisected by the arroyo. I had a little laugh to myself. I don't usually, but clearly mistress did not fancy spending another two or three hours down the river bed, five minutes walk from home, digging ourselves out of a hole. So on up the dirt track we went.

Driving up the track in my Landy

Sunday morning is always quiet in Spain, because people like to stay in bed till at least mid-day. Then we went down another track and across the big river. Except there was no water in it. I have posted this photo on our Landy blog but I think I should put it up here too so you can all see how dry it gets even in the middle of winter.

Dry river bed

When it rains lots, and the snow in the mountains melts, the river is in full flow from bank to bank. It is hard to believe looking at it right now though.

Then we went on some road which was dull because I couldn't smell anything so I lay down.

As we climbed the hills, I looked out of the window again as there was lots to see and some different smells.

But the best bit of all was when we arrived at the village car park. There was a very tiny car parking gap. And just next to the tyre of the car on our left was a little gatito.

Ohhhhh. I was so excited. I started to do boundaround. Then master opened the door and decided to do up his bootlace and a million trillion - well four - cats charged across the car park. I was beside myself with excitement. What a brilliant place. I couldn't wait to get out.

"You just stay here and guard the coche, Pippa. I've opened the window, it's nice and shady, and we won't be long," said master.

What? What? You two are wandering around Cat Paradise and I have to stay guarding the coche and squeaking away at the nasty gattos? Huh. I howled as they walked off. But they didn't come back so I settled down to Guard Duty.

Mistress took a nice photo for me as she wandered round Cat Paradise Village. I think it is a shame I did not get chance to greet these fat friendly cats don't you?

Fat cats

Twee rustic house. Well, that's what mistress says

A well-earned rest on the way home

Here is a boat. Inland. How silly

Waiting to jump out at home - do I smell more cats?

And when we got inside I went to sleep on my sofa.

The end of another hard day

Now. *Important PippAnnouncement*

I would like all my girlfriends (all those who still love me an eensy teensy bit that is) to be my Valentines. I will try and visit you all personally on Valentine's Day and will do a post to mention you all. And yes, Bella, of course I haven't forgotten about you. Silly darling.

Well, that will keep mistress busy on Valentine's Day. She will be stuck in front of the computer all day. Hehe!

Speaking of Valentines, Randi says it is ok to show photos of pink flowers, although Cleo says it is not very masculine.......but as you know I am a sensitive dog. So I will leave you with some pink flowers that I saw on my drive.

Almond blossom - for all my girlfriends


Jackson said...

So didn't you even get a GLIMPSE of those cats? That's not fair.
Flowers are OK for eating and weeing on and that's about all. J1 likes them though. J x

Marvin Risotto King said...

oh Pippa, I think you have a nice life indeed in Espana.

Although I could not cope with the sight of cats........and not being able to chase them.

I have a tale to tell you in much confidence about my experience with Cats but Jeannie says she will save it for Green Eyes........whoever Green Eyes may be?

Dear Dog, I am living in a parallel universe sometimes. I liked the pictures of you in your Landy.

oh and Jeannie says to bark to your Mama, she has Big In Japan on my Blog, I tell you these hooooomans are taking over, at this rate they deserve to be sitting in front of the computer all night catching up with our stuff.

Love and licks, Marvin xxxxxx

Tasha & Eva said...

Dearest Pippa,
Of course, we'll be your Valentine....or would that be Valentines? Guess what was delivered today? Our lovely holiday from you. We plan to post about it tomorrow.
Momma finally confirmed that the box is on a slow boat to Spain. She forgot to include the note from us so you'll receive that in a seperate envelope. We're thinking that we need to get a new Momma. This one is getting old, slow and forgetful.

Tasha & Eva

Sophie Brador said...

Almond blossoms are pretty. I'm going to pretend those are just for me.


The Brat Pack said...

You're so lucky to get to go cool places. It stinks you didn't get to get out and see the cats though.

I still think you need to write a relationship book.


Ferndoggle said...

Pippa, I would be honored to be your Valentine! And pink flowers are very cool...and studly.


Randi said...

Hi Dear Darling Pippadog...

I don't think it was fair that you had to be watchdogPippa over the Landy when your peoples went on a fun kitty adventure...The least they could have done was bring back a kitty for you...or let you roam around a little...you must be a very tolerate Pippadog to be in such a wonderous kittyland & not be upset & pouty...

I can't wait to be your Valentine Pippa...you are so sweet, sensitive & so handsome...

Love & Licks,

ps...Landy rhymes with Randi..maybe that's why you like me so much...

JB's Big World said...

Oooh, cat paradise? Sounds wonderful. But I bet those cats can run really really fast, right? Just like me!

Harry said...

What a pity you didn't even get to bark hello to those cats Pippa!

Ma likes the pretty pink blossom photos!

Toodle pip
Harry x

Kathryn and Ari said...

You are a caninaturalist extraordinaire! What a grand day out (or in the landrover, as the case may be). I love the almond blossom photos and can only image how wonderful they smell. We're getting another foot of snow here today. Would you like us to ship it to you for use in your arroyos?

PS- Happy Valentine's Day. We envy your girlfriends. They're very lucky dogs.

Pacco de Mongrel said...

me n all cats are long time enermy...i wouldn't want to take a pic together wit them...

btw...the RED hibiscus is my national flower...

Kapp pack said...

Thank Woo for the flowers. You are looking expecially handsome these days! Looks like you had fun time with your humans!

Woo woo, Kelsey Ann

Natasha Fernz said...

Hey Pippa...

Hmm you should come visit us then... it's cat paradise just outside our fence!!!

Mommy has 4 cats eating outside permanently and several wandering ones too... and this doesn't include Mishka who has already acquired a PR status in our house! Hmphs!!!


Gus and Louie said...

awesome pictures.. We can help you herd those cats. We practice on ours all the time..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus and Louie

The Husky in the Window said...

Oh Pippa the blossoms are beautiful and what a great day you had. You had to be so tired when you got home.
Husky Hugs, MayaMarie, Missy and Bella

The Army of Four said...

Wow. I could stare at those cats ALL DAY LONG!

Play bows,