These photos were taken with the camera in my phone in poor lightning conditions, electric light on one side, a window on the other.

We were on the bed, Freya and I, enjoying a read. My book was The Huguenots of London by Robin Gwynn. Freya doesn’t look very impressed.

Freya doesn't look impressed
Freya doesn’t look impressed

Then suddenly, Freya darted to the window. Something has attracted her attention…

Is there something out there?
Is there something out there?

Freya, you must know, is unusual in that she doesn’t like other cats, which is why she is always bad tempered when we take her to the cattery. What had she seen?

Uh-oh, bandits at twelve o'clock high
Uh-oh, bandits at twelve o’clock high

A white cat had the temerity to sit on Freya’s personal garden wall!

Peekaboo in there!
Peekaboo in there!

Not only that: he was bad mannered enough to look right in at Freya!

Maybe if I pummel on the window, it'll go away
Maybe if I pummel on the window, it’ll go away

Freya tried her usual tactic of beating a tattoo on the window. It had no effect.

Hello, hello: are you still there?
Hello, hello: are you still there?

There was only one thing left to do and Freya did it: she turned her back and walked stiffly from the room to show her disdain. (She came back later, of course, to make sure the interloper had gone.)

Cats are curious creatures but, then, so are tigers, so I guess we make a pair.

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About SilverTiger

I live in Islington with my partner, "Tigger". I blog about our life and our travels, using my own photos for illustration.
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3 Responses to Confrontation

  1. Reluctant Blogger says:

    haha good old Freya. Cats are so comical. But you are right, she does not look at all impressed that you are reading.

    Phoenix is OK with books but she loathes my laptop and jumps on it on purpose whenever she can to try to wreck what I am working on.

    • SilverTiger says:

      I think cats are more aware of what is going on around them than we sometimes give them credit for. This is what enables them to sit on the book or newspaper (or computer keyboard) that we are using in order to divert our attention to themselves. Dogs would feel guilty at annoying us but cats have no concept of guilt.

    • SilverTiger says:

      The inclusion of loan words is common in minority languages. You can hear a similar thing if you listen to Asian language radio stations in the UK (and presumably in other host countries) where even words like paint remain in English.

      To speak a language fluently – and to increase one’s vocabulary – requires lots of time spent in the linguistic milieu and a good ear.

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