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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happy Holidays!

I know we all view and celebrate the festive season in different ways but I hope all The Ladies Of Autumn are warm, loved and full of your favourite foods. My focus, as always, is on the poultry. The abundance of succulent birds at this time of year brings out the writer in me:

Once in royal David's city
Stood a livid Tortie cat. 
Denied access to festive poultry
Just made to wear a demeaning hat.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Ivy's Gotcha Day

Ivy, we hope you have a great day and don't mind if we postpone your celebration for a little while.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Farewell Admiral Hestorb

As a recent member of the Ladies of Autumn I was very flattered to be asked to join a society that counted Admiral Hestorb amongst its members. I was very sadden to read of her passing and offer these flowers as a token of my esteem for the lovely Admiral.  I was just getting to know you dear lady but admired you greatly. ~Scylla

Fly Away Home, Admiral Hestorb

Admiral's Mom, Carole, wrote today:

'My little one flew away to the Rainbow Bridge today. We, her Doctor and I have worked very hard to enable her able to enjoy her life and all the love she has received and that she freely gave back, but she was tired and whispered it was time to go. She flew away and took my heart with her. I will always love her and I will always miss her. She was the most loving girl I could ever have been fortunate enough to have. We have just sailed that sea of grief and tears as far as we were able to go together. Thank you darling girl, for choosing me to take care of you and love you these fourteen years. To all of her friends, thank you from the bottom of my heart for caring about my girl in the last stages of her illness. You have truly been a comfort. Much love to you all.'

Bess & Staff: *sobbing* We are so, so sorry. Our thoughts are with Lady Bianca's family and friends. She will be missed so much by all of us. She really was THE Lady of Autumn.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Birthdays & Gotcha Days

Hey, everyone! I have been catching up with some Ladies Of Autumn administration. In preparation for the New Year, I have been trying to update our birthday list. I have contacted all the Ladies with a Twitter and/or Facebook account. I haven't got all your e-mail addresses, unfortunately, so please post details of your special day if you would like to be lavished with virtual gifts on your birthday.

Ana Here , Test post

Hi Bess ~ It wurked Me iz here …..

Mewsings of Garden Cottage Cats

Me figured we test post to make sure ^..^ we up & running & ready

come on efurybody help The Ladies of Autumn Blog stay up & running 

    Purrz Efuryone ~




Carry on~

Anyone fancy a tickle?

Beautiful Lady Of Autumn, Mezzy, hasn't got a Facebook account or Blog so she will probably never read this. I met her on Twitter, her user name is @mezzymeddles. She is an absolute darling. Definitely one of the friendliest, most enthusiastic and genuinely lovable characters I have had the pleasure to meet. She has been a great support to my emotionally labile typist. Just wanted to say, Mezzy, we love you.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

It's Admiral Hestorb's Birthday!

Many Happy Returns, Dearest Lady Bianca

Here she is. The one. The only. The original Lady Of Autumn. 

It's been another hectic year for Admiral Hestorb. I gather she has spent a considerable amount of time supervising the outfitting of five squadrons of vessels used to escort ships across treacherous waters in what I would imagine was an extremely dangerous classified operation. She also got married on 29th October 2011 to her sweetheart, Nik. And when she is not on the high seas or in her love nest, Lady Bianca has been oozing autumnal charm all over Twitter and the World Wide Web via her many Blog concerns. She is one busy and beautiful lady. Everyone loves her. We hope you have a very happy birthday, Admiral Hestorb. May all your special birthday wishes come true (but no dedding of mousies today, don't want to spoil your appetite for your fancy Birthday tea, do you?).

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

The Ladies Of Autumn Blog Editor

Dear Ladies,

I wondered if anyone was interested in taking over the authoring and editing responsibilities of The Ladies Of Autumn Blog? I have not been able to give our lovely alliance the attention it deserves. I am also not comfortable with actively recruiting new members, I tend to leave the enquiries to trickle through to me. I am happy to alert people to the existence of our group but if people do not respond then I do not persue them. As a result, there has not been much activity on the Blog and no new members for a while.  My typist tends to spend more time on Facebook too and worries that the Blog is becoming somewhat neglected. Ideally, the new editor would take over The Ladies Of Autumn Facebook page too. The Facebook Group ticks along quite nicely without much intervention.

Please respond directly to this post or e-mail me at:

Many thanks, Bess.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

A Time To Remember

A Tribute to those who are no longer with us

Dear Charybdis & Jess both passed away in the month of December. The Ladies Of Autumn would like to send their regards to the friends and family of both lovely girls. We are thinking of you and your loss. Thousands of miles separate the members but the love we have unites us. It makes us stronger and can help us in difficult times. Well-fed Jess & Daddy's girl Charybdis may no longer be here but they will never be forgotten. Please have comfort in knowing that they will always be in our hearts.

Friday, December 02, 2011

Tallulah's Gotcha Day

Time to Party! It's Tallulah's Gotcha Day!

Ladies, today is the Gotcha Day of the gorgeous and very supple Tallulah. A special day for a special Lady Of Autumn. I summoned my Staff to bake you a cake, pretty one. It's not everything I'd hoped for but I've had a little nibble and it's adequate in the taste department (it may need a bit of extra Nip).

Monday, November 28, 2011

Vanilla's Tuna Day

Today is Vanilla's Tuna Day (AKA Her birthday, I do believe)

My darling, what do you buy for the Lady Of Autumn who has everything? Nothing. That's right. You make her something special. This is what I've done. I've made you some fancy grub for your tea. If your Slattern doesn't roll in until late, fear not, you've got some top notch Oriental nosh to tide you over. Have a great Tuna day, Vanilla!

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Ladies Of Autumn Cocktail Lounge

Harvest Moon refurbishment update:

The Ladies Of Autumn Cocktail Lounge, Harvest Moon, is currently undergoing major refurbishment. I had hoped to have our lounge open by now but the specifications have been altered several times to accommodate our needs. I wanted the finished result to be nothing less than perfect.

The cellar has been converted into a habitable space and this has been divided into several rooms to which I refer as Scout's Suites. Scout will be able to use these rooms for quiet reflection and to create her Blingees in peace. I will place a spittoon in a room without lampshades as requested and this will provide an area in which Scout can behave in an un-ladylike manner.

There are several intimate lounges on the top floor. Leaves Lounge is dedicated to Nike and has a Grecian theme. Fancy statues and so forth have been ordered. The Pussy Willow Lounge, named by Mitalee, provides a private area for couples. When designing this lounge, I considered the needs of newly-weds, particularly Admiral Hestorb and her husband, Nik.

I have also created an extension to the ground floor for Vanilla's Boudoir, a members-only facility in which our very supple Whitstable Cat showcases her bowl dancing prowess. On the second floor, I have crafted a large library and music room for those Ladies seeking culture and knowledge (Rossini & Lady Gaga on the juke box for MoMo).

I have to submit the planning application by 09:00 GMT Wednesday 23rd November, if anyone would like to suggest any changes or additions to our Harvest Moon Cocktail Lounge Complex, please let me know.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Scout's Synchronised TLOA Leg Rub

SCOUT'S A THINKING ... that next Wednesday 22nd November is the day for an international, simultaneous, highly coordinated, super-sweet TLOA LEG RUB. We all cozy up to our owners -- or whatever human is in the house at the time -- as a joint show of thanks. How about 10 p.m. Greenwich/London time? (That's 5 p.m. in NYC, 4 p.m. in Texas, 9 a.m. Thursday in Sydney, etc. etc. etc.) Here, a tabby shows how it is done (click on the link, Ladies). (Everyone give a shout if you like the idea. Or hate it.) (twitter hashtag on this: #tloalegrub)

I think Scout deserves a big round of applause for a fantastic idea. I struggled to find a nice photograph of a Lady Of Autumn rubbing a humans leg in appreciation so here I am. I did not really get into the spirit of the human leg rub although a #tloalegrub did occur. When faced with the choice of human or chair, I opt for a nice chair leg rub every time.

Sage's Random Shout Out Blingee ('cos she's gorgeous)

the ladies of autumn pictures


Charlotte - joined November 2011
I was a classic rags to riches story. About five years ago, I was in a home where there was a big dog and I was a kitten at the time. My previous owners soon realised that they did not want me and I was extremely timid and shy 'cause of the big dog. They gave me to their friend to give me away . This 'friend' owned a dodgy convenience store which has since been closed. I had been staying there for about 1 week when this girl came in to buy some milk and saw me. That was the start of a new beginning for me. A fabulous life! Her housemate soon saw my charm and totally fell in love with me. Since then, my new mother had gone to London to work and I officially adopted her housemate as my slave. I love lazing outside in the courtyard or verandah on a sunny day to catch the warm rays. On a cold day, the best thing to do is curl up near the heater while the slave watches TV and does other mundane things. When my slave was doing my bidding and blogging for me, I had a blog "Purrparazzi"....

Alas, the lazy slave has let it lapsed and while it's still there I can only visit it to re-live my past adventures.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Anipal Academy Award Winner 2011 - Best Smile & Best Photograph

The annual event everyone has been anticipating for twelve long months took place over this weekend 

(11th - 13th November 2011):

Anipal Academy Awards Ceremony 2011

And here is the beautiful winner of not one, but TWO, Anipal Academy Awards in the categories of Best Smile and Best Photograph. A huge, enthusiastic, even frenzied round of applause for the gorgeous, fearless and just so cute, Lily.

And don't think that those fine pair of award-winning pins have escaped our notice either : )

Monday, November 07, 2011

The Ladies Of Autumn Cocktail Lounge

I ordered the Staff to find a premises for The Ladies Of Autumn Cocktail Lounge. I gave them the brief that we didn't want a huge refurbishment project, we needed something that, with a little cosmetic tinkering, would be ready for patrons within twenty-fours hours. They failed me. Clueless pair. So I called Phil & Kirsty who, with Sarah Beeney's assistance, found this property, already a functioning bar and lounge. What do you think, Ladies? There is some interest from other parties, so we'll have to move quickly. Also, if we proceed, what shall we call it? Nike (on Twitter) suggested 'Leaves'. Any other suggestions of names that would ooze autumnal sophistication and decadence?

Friday, November 04, 2011

Flossie & Minstrel's 5th Gotcha Day Celebratory Blingee

the ladies of autumn pictures


Kalimah - joined November 2011
Tasha writes: this is Kalimah Anukusunamun Thurston. She's 6 years young and she adopted me & her daddy in 2008. She used to live in a free roaming cat colony at a local shelter. Her favorite foods are roasted chicken, white tuna, and ham. Due to an unknown food allergy, Evian water seems to be the only thing that clears up her lip sores. She hasn't had an occurrence in 3 years since she started drinking Evian water. Kalimah knows 5 commands: sit, stay, lay down, up and come. She's addicted to getting brushed and loves to go on walks, but I have a stroller for her so that she can attend picnics, outdoor concerts and the farmers market with us. She's the apple of her daddy's eyes. He calls her furface. When Kalimah came into our lives, we didn't just save a life... she gave us one. We're truly blessed.


Zelda - joined November 2011
Okz,,uz nose my buddy Jane Tortie Calico,,, I donz habs a story like hers , but Iz was born inz a closet inz Begas wiff 5 udders,,,2 torties anz 2 tuxies anz 1 tom cat,,,,we were bornz onz May da 5th,,,did Iz tellz uz Iz was pretty wenz Iz waz born?,,, My mooma is a tuxie anz 2 ob my current family is also tuxies,,,ebery heard ob Mikey Tux Cat?,,,yup,,himz my brudder,,,,anyway,,da hoomans had da udder tortie adopted along wiff da tom cat tooz a gud family anz I remained wiff my mum anz siisy named Tiny anz Mikey,,,,,Mikey is a food hog,,,,,,wellz any way,,,I amz a lady anz love to be petted like all felines,,,,,* giggles *,,,,,I LUB DIS PLACE!!!!!,,,


Jane - joined November 2011
Okz,,,Imz not sure wen I waz born but da hooman fink Imz round 2 1/2,,,wen I waz almus 1, I waz abandoned wiff another cat anz we didnt habs a home for a few weeks anz den we saw our current hoomans come home one day anz we decided dat we needed to adopt them,,,MOL. So da other cat is a tuxie anz we fight constantly,,,she thinks she better denz me. da hoomans took us to get fixed after somebody got knocked up,,,,* points paw at tuxie * anz all waz fine until one day wenz da hoomans went off tooz work I sleeped out da front door anz played all day in da yard anz round 4ish dats wenz da twouble started wiff dis microwave dog anz his buddy attacked me,,I was jus minding my own bizznez,,,,da hoomans came home anz found meez onz da back patio all bloody anz cut up anz denz dey took meez tooz da animal dr anz Iz habs tooz stay ober nite getting stitch's anz wearing da cone ob shame-NOT FUNNY,,MOL,,,I had da tip ob my rite ear remobed cuz ob demz stoopid dawgs,,,I had a couple stitch's above my rite eye,,,,one ob my rite claws ripped out,,,I hope it got stuck inz dat stoopid dawgs head,,,I fought da good fight but dere was 2 ob dem stoopid dawgs,,,well anywayz,,,da dr presented da bill too da hoomans anz I taut da animal was gonna need stitch's affer da hooman dad saw da bill,,,,,$900 anz change,,,WOW,,,

so inz da summer we mobed to a new howse anz allz was fine until one nite I decided to escape thru da front door anz explore round da hood,,,,da hoomans came outz looking for meez but I hid real good anz before I knew it it was da next day anz I habnt eating since da day before but I still hid real good while da hoomans were searching for meez,,,,da hoomans looked all round da neighborhood calling my name but I wouldnt gibs up my secret hiding place,,so 4 days went anz I didnt budge,,,,finally onz da 5th day I had enuff ob dis secret hidding place anz decided to be found,,,,now da funny ting is dat da hoomans had been searching for meez all throughoutz da neighborhood anz inz da back alleys anz called da animal hospitals anz animal control, but little did they know dat I was inz da next door neighbor's garage,,,,yes, I finally got tired ob playing hide inz seek inz my secret hide out anz decided dat I needed food anz water so I started clawing at da window wen i saw da hooman mom sitting onz da front porch anz she came running ober to da garage door wiff da owner anz denz da door opened anz I jumped inz her arms anz she took meez inz da howse where I gobbled upz da food cuz I had lost 4 lbs since,,,,anz denz I seenz my buddy,,,da hooman dad,,,himz my buddy since he took me inz ober 2 yrs ago,,,,he started tooz rub meez all ober laffing seyin how much he missed meez anz nebber do dat aginz,,,I swore tooz himz dat Iz wood nebber do dat aginz,,,so Imz back wiff da hoomans anz da 4 udder cats anz feeling much bedder anz oh yea,,,,I HATE GARAGES!

It's Flossie's Gotcha Day

Happy Gotcha Day Flossie!

 Flossie, a group of us stayed overnight at Tankerton Towers and went on an early morning fishing trip in Whitstable's historic harbour. We know you like your Felix Ocean Feasts but check out our catch! We arranged for our Staff to prepare and cook the fruits of our labour for your delectation whilst we put up our paws and enjoyed a few Niptinis.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Ali Zophia

Ali Zophia - joined November 2011
Hello! I am a diluted Tortie, Ali Zophia is my name, but they call me AZ or Z or Zkhat.  I guess that is OK but I prefer my whole name.
I came here about four years ago, and this is my third family.  It was hard to get used to changing again but my new Mom was patient and we get along fine now.  The one thing I have never cared for is a dog and we have a Lab/Border Collie here named Stella.  She is just too exhuberant for me!  But I am not so scared of her anymore.  I am faster and smarter than she is!
Here is a picture of me playing Slinky on the stairs which is my favorite exercise.  I am an indoor cat, so I have to make my own activities.
I don't have a blog of my own, but I can use Stella's when I want to.
Thank you and meow, meow,
Ali Zophia Tortie

The Marriage of Admiral Hestorb & Nikita

Admiral Hestorb and the love of her life, Nikita, were married on Saturday, 29th October 2011.

It is with great delight that I have been permitted the honour to announce the union of Lady Bianca & Nikita. They enjoyed an intimate and elegant ceremony and are now sharing the happy news with their loved ones. Congratulations to you both; two hearts beating together, stronger forever as one. Hugs and kisses from The Ladies.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Party at Castle Felinestein

Welcome to our Halloween party at the Castle Felinestein! On paw to welcome you are Bess and Scout, both founding member of The Ladies of Autumn.

You’ve all come a long way and we hope with not too much mishaps as we have received messages from some kitties who were detained at some disruptable place.....

Olive: Are we there yet?
Gracie: I can't see a thing in this light.
Opus: I think we have blown something.

Hope they make it safely here. We have heard a thing or two about that Bates Motel.

Now we all know none of you are fraiddy cats but given the reputation of the castle it’s best that you follow some instructions not to get lost.

Firstly, there is no electric power this neck of the woods, but we are kitties and we can all see in the dark, right?
Secondly, there are quite a few reports of haunting over the centuries, of mieowings and purrings where there were no kitties, of rubbing of crinkly paper when no one was around, whistling when there was no wind etc.
Thirdly, this is a big place and parts of it are not in good repair. There are staircases that fall away and doors that open to rooms with no floors. Please all follow the path lit by the kitty pumpkins and not to deviate.

Do not, and I repeat, do not get distracted by indistinct flares or torches. If you think you are being watched, you probably are...

Is that you, Mica Minnie Moo? Uh oh, now you see her, now you don't.

Let's proceed! Follow the kitty pumpkins!! Head down the cloisters ….

Out to the fields, Bess has sussed it out, so it's alright to proceed.....

And to the cemetery yard where MoMo will be serving you the first course, her celebrated dish of Gnat Broth….

Bubble, bubble,
Double toil and trouble,
Fire burn and cauldron bubble,
Come and get your broth, pronto!

I hope you have enjoyed your broth and feeling warmer and braver. Do you want to know the ingredients? Let’s see, gnats, snake gall, bat wings, chicken feet, toad tongues, lizard eyes… Perhaps you should ask her for the detailed recipe later.

What’s that noise? Anyone hear that scream? Or was that only an owl screech? Let’s go inside and continue the party. A storm is brewing.

Remember to follow the kitty pumpkins! Through the door …

and up the stone staircase…

Do not mieow at the stone gorgoyles, they may answer back or come alive. Just keep on going.....

Now, what? The instruction says we are to go to the north tower. Follow the kitty pumpkins…

What do you say? Shall we enter? Do I hear a consensus 'yes'?
::3 paw taps::

Welcome, efurryone!!!! Glad you made it here safely. Let me introduce Admiral Hestorb (curled up on the floor), Scout (by the fire place) whom you have already met and One Fine Kitty (up on the top of the book shelf).
Make yourselves comfortable, grab a cushion, pick a party hat and relax….

Light the fire and let the food and drinks be served….

Still hungry? More substantial fare to come...

Uh oh, the pawparazzi is here. Oh well, every celebrity party has them. Nice poses now, kitties!

First, the hostesses, Admiral Hestorb...



Next we present the members (in bold) and the guests with their families or singly,
The furries AFSS, Artemisia (aka Arty Mouse, aka The Butt), Socks, Scylla, and Fenris...

The family of furries from Friends Forever

Allie as the Devil, Cliff as the Fairy, Tamir as a Fireman, Ellie, the Princess, Cubby as a brave soldier and forever in our hearts, Angel Sniffie..

Next to come are the Kwee kitties...

Domino, Pungy, Odysseus sitting on the fence and Oliver looking out from the window...

Miss Duchess, Sneaky Pie and Piewhackits..

Followed by those from Twinkletoes Tails,
The beautiful white Witch Julie, Cowboy Karl and Pirate Oui Oui...

Their sister Mica Minnie Moo declines to be photographed and is in hiding, looking down from the attic room that you saw earlier.

Clementine, Ben, Samantha and cousin Lester ......

Chef Moosey and Master Sammy....

Miss Gemini, Cheysuli's sister...

Gracie!!! Good to see that you made it here on time. Hope the car is OK for the return journey.

Another Lady Gracie...

The lovely Jelly Bean and her brother floofy Armani in a bandana....

The flamboyant duo, Ruis and Karl

The floofy Zoey as the Super Mouse...

Vanilla the pretty witch...

Cloon and the lovely Neytiri....

Odin and Gris Gris...

Alfie and Milo, the gardening kitties....

The Furry Bambinos - Angel Cookie, Angel Sky, Bat Cat Sunny, Clown Panda Bear, Dracucat Padre, Pumpkin Lady Caramel, Witch Meerkat...

The Critters - Devil Duffy, Witch Esme, Princess Issa, pirate Leo, Crazy Pumpkin Lady Mitelee, Sleeping Beauty Tulip....

Bringing up the rear is cute Truffle, the youngest of our guests...

It's cold, windy and stormy out. Please feel free to take your cushion and join MoMo in the Turret Room for the night...

We also have a premiere showing of 'Cats - Night of Terror' featuring Skylar Fruffybottoms (see promotion poster below), with guest appearances by Bess and Vanilla. Bet you didn't know we have such diverse talents in our alliance.....

When you are ready to go, please pick a bag or carry basket, fill it up with the little gifts and don’t forget the chocolates and treat jars for your moms.......

How do you get home? I hear somecat asks. The way you came, of course.
If you really can’t find your way back, go and find Cheysuli...

She is an expert on getting lost - she has been doing it every Friday for years. She has plenty of contacts to help you get home. No, Castle Felinestein is not on any map or GPS.

Thankyou all for coming and celebrating Halloween with us. Have a safe journey home!

Colorful Calicoes Scylla & Chimera

Scylla is in the top two pictures and Chimera is in the side and bottom pictures.