This is the sixth in a series of seven, actually eight I now discover about the kittenhood our black feline, Pearli.
The princess and the rain
In the second year of Pearli’s human life, we had a particularly wet, cold winter. The cold and rain put Pearli into a perpetual pickle.
Like all pussy cats, she hates the cold and the wet. She indulges in all sorts of things to stay warm: In the middle of the night, she will beat the Cat’s Mother around the head until she’s invited to sneak under the duvet to snuggle up. In the early evening, before the Cat’s Mother adjourns to the kitchen to conjure up something for dinner, Pearli hounds her until she sits on the sofa so that she has a warm lap to inhabit. She starts off, curled up like a songololo, and once she’s warm, the Cat’s Mother is permitted to retire to the kitchen with Pearli remaining on the sofa, fending off the cruel, cold world. Once the fire’s lit, Pearli graduates from the sofa to the closest cushion and, again, starts off doing the songololo impersonation, and as she thaws out, unfurls herself. But it’s less the cold that thwarts her than the wet, especially when it’s rained for days, and the ground is waterlogged. Caught in a rain shower, on the way home from her usual morning tea date, she has been known rudely rush past, grumbling and muttering to herself, not stopping to greet. What a pickle if she’s in doors, and go out she must. She does, following a great deal of contemplation and protestation. Here’s a little taster of what goes down before she eventually braves the wet and the cold (with apologies for the Cat’s Mother’s poor cinematic skills!)
Next time: Pearli on the Ramparts
It has been a very long time since we had rain like this. This post was originally written in July 2015. Since then we’ve had consecutively drier years until this year which, although we’ve had rain, is still dry. We’ve just come out of a week of unseasonally hot winter weather with two days where the temperature was as high as 27 and 30°Celsius in a week where it’s been over 20°C each day!