A couple of extra ups and downs


the view

Unbelievably, we’ve had three consecutive days of dry weather. The new conservatory looks so nice with a blue backdrop!


The dry spell had been forecast so on Sunday we decided to take the opportunity to tackle the re-covering of the polytunnel. It was a family affair and seemingly Big Fella decided that my dad needed some supervision.

Polytunnel down

We now have a clean and shiny, hole-free tunnel (holes courtesy Hamie) and Kevin has even installed a couple of anti-Hamie devices including a scratching post at each corner and the removal of a couple of branches from the adjacent pine tree which were a perfect launch pad, the polytunnel roof being the perfect landing pad, provided of course that claws were fully extended for health and safety issues! He’s also fixed a chicken-wire extension on top of the tunnel door in the hope of deterring landing facilities, should an alternative launching platform be discovered.


Polytunnel up

However, the jury is still out on whether Hamie is ever going to be fit enough to launch herself from anything. Our poor wee lass is still poorly although we brought her home from the vet’s today. After a second X-ray yesterday, the vet could see that the amount of fluid affecting the lung has reduced slightly. Her breathing is still somewhat laboured but she’s on antibiotics/anti-inflammatory medication until the end of the week so hopefully matters will continue to improve. The other worrying point is that she hasn’t eaten since Friday morning and she is now supermodel-thin. The vet thought that she would probably be better off at home with regards to this issue and Kevin is going to bring some fish home this evening after work. Usually she can’t resist a bit of fresh fish, so fingers crossed! Hamie loves to be outdoors but we had to compromise this afternoon by allowing her into the polytunnel while we worked. Patches came to visit but decided that Hamie smelled funny!

hamie and patches


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6 Responses to “A couple of extra ups and downs”

  1. Teri Says:

    I used to raise show cats and used this recipe for feeding sick cats or kittens who couldn’t nurse. It works great.

    ingredients: (NOTE: you can easily double this recipe!)

    1 packet Unflavored Knox Gelatin

    2 Egg yolks (ONLY the yolks)

    2 Tbsp. Full fat Plain Yogurt(not low fat)

    1 Tbsp Mayonnaise(not low fat)

    1 tsp Light Karo Syrup (corn syrup) (light meaning in color-not the dark Karo syrup) OPTIONAL

    1 can Evaporated milk (not condensed milk), evaporated Goat Milk or 2 cups fresh Goat’s Milk

    8 oz (one cup) Boiling water


    Mix unflavored Knox Gelatin with boiling water. Set aside.

    Mix together egg yolks, yogurt, mayonnaise, Karo syrup and evaporated or goat’s milk. Combine with gelatin mixture and mix well by hand or in a blender. If you mix in a blender, be careful when blending hot liquids!

    Keep in the refrigerator for seven days or pour into ice cube trays lightly coated with cooking spray and freeze. After freezing, put into freezer-safe ziplock bags. These will keep for months.

    Please note: When refrigerated, the Glop will solidify. It will return to the liquid state if heated slightly in the microwave. You can also add a bit of liquid vitamins, such as Petinic, or a capsule or two of Acidophilus to the mix. But these are optional.

    • garybuie01 Says:

      Thank you so much for that Teri! Yesterday evening and overnight Hamie managed more than one fillet of white fish and some cat milk. However, if she doesn’t progress I shall endeavour to obtain the ingredients of your invalid preparation. She’s still breathing quite badly today but I guess we just have to be patient. We return to the vet on Friday for a check-up & final injection. Thanks for your concern.

  2. cecilia Says:

    Poor Hamie, hopefully the fish works! Lovely tunnel house.. c

    • garybuie01 Says:

      Well Cecilia, she managed over one fillet of white fish and some cat milk overnight so hopefully this will kick-start her appetite. She’s certainly got a challenging path out of the woods yet though I’m afraid.

  3. Le Petit Potager Says:

    Christine, how good to have Hamie home again! May be a slow recovery with all that’s happened to the wee lass……….best wishes. Elaine

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