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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.

Colorful Calicoes Scylla & Chimera

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