Snake Speak

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At the heady heights of our obsession with all things Harry Potter, we collected many objects associated with the young wizard’s tale.

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Ha! Ha! No, that’s not me on a bad day in the middle there – that’s Voldemort, of course! And the strange-looking brown thing on his right is our very own “sorting hat”.

When Tottie and Teddy put it on their heads several years back, it sorted them into Gryffindor without hesitation.

I was sorted into Hufflepuff! (Hmmmf. Yes, it’s true I’m at home in a greenhouse and I’m a little rotund like Professor Sprout, but surely the sorting hat missed my heroic qualities and bravery? Well, not in the face of mice, of course, or rats, oh and yes some spiders, snakes, flying in airplanes, thrill rides, swimming in the sea deeper than my knees, sharks … hmmm …)

Anyway …

If you’re not or never have been into the Harry Potter books or movies, well, you’ve probably already moved on to the next blog you follow, but if you are a little kooky about all things Hogwarts – I’ve got one question for you!

Q: Aside from the great Harry Potter, who else was sorted into Gryffindor AND can speak parseltongue (snake language in J.K. Rowling speak)?

Harry and the Burmese Python. Photo courtesy of: http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Parseltongue

A: Tottie

Yes, Tottie!

Who knew?

On our recent trip to Australia Zoo in Queensland, Tottie showcased her parseltongue skills in style.

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Tottie positioned herself beside a very large glass enclosure to get a closer look at the majestic python.

And the reptile noticed the interested onlooker straight away.

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Tottie translated for me afterwards and the encounter went something like this.

“Hello,” said the python.

“Do you know, according to Wikipedia, I am one of the five largest snakes in the world.

“My wild relatives average 3.7 metres (12ft) long but can reach up to 5.74 metres (19ft).

“Ah, you like water, too.

“My species are often found near water and are sometimes even semi-aquatic.”

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“My, you’re lovely, Tottie – and so very tall”

“Right back at you,” said Tottie. “Your skin is totally awesome.”

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“Why, thank-you,” the python replied. “I love your pretty bracelet and I’m so glad to see you are not wearing snakeskin shoes or carrying a snakeskin bag.

“My kind are considered ‘threatened’ because, historically, we have been slaughtered to supply the world leather market.

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Tottie: “Oh! That’s terrible!”

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“I’m so glad you think so,” said the python.

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“You don’t mind if I get a little closer to your fluffy, cuddly blue skin, do you?

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“Oooh! So cosy!

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“Happy dance!

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“Did you know, Tottie, like all snakes, Burmese pythons are carnivorous.

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“My species use their sharp rearward-pointing teeth to seize their prey of birds or mammals and then wrap their bodies around the prey, at the same time contracting their muscles, killing the prey by constriction.

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“We are very strong and must be looked after properly if people wish to keep us as pets.”

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“Oh! That’s fascinating information and so true about looking after pets properly,” Tottie said to the python.

“I’m so glad we can speak together in parseltongue, but I’m so sorry I can’t free you like Harry did in Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone in the US).”

“Oh! That’s OK. I quite like it here, really. I have a huge enclosure and interesting faces to look at all the time.

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“Do come back and visit again, Tottie, and bring your Harry Potter friend with you next time!”

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Parseltongue:

“Psā!”

“Efe iska?”

He, he, he!

Tigger and Oscar hit the big time!

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teddyandtottie:

Tigger and Oscar featured on Katzenworld this week among some other super cuties! Yay! Thank-you the good folks at Katzenworld!

Originally posted on Katzenworld:

Hi friends and followers!

Please find below photos of participants of last weeks photo challenge and links back to their own Blogs:

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Photo by The Canadian Cats

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These two tummy beauties are from Teddy and Tottie. :)

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And these beauties are from Three Cat Yard.

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And these two super special tummy pictures of Andy are from Weggieboy’s Blog!

Would you like to see your own cats here next week? Well the rules are simple.

All you need to do is post a photo or photo story of your furfriend on your own Blog and add our photo challenge photo (Click on this text to get the photo) to your post. :)

And to make it fair your cat photos don’t have to be a tummy shot we do understand that not all cats like showing their belly! So any fun photo story will be fine…

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ZZZZZzzzzzzzz – Sleep Like No One Is Watching!

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Oscar certainly lives by this rule.

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There’s often fur and legs everywhere.

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And, whilst walking past, you catch a glimpse of super cuteness that instantly puts you in two minds!

Ooohhh! I really, really want to leave him in peace in the lovely land of REM, but that pink nose, mouth and paw pads – and all that superfine fluff – is screaming out for a big squeezie hug!

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Luckily for Oscar, he is not the only one who sleeps like no one is watching in this household.

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Mind you, I don’t think Tigger realises that Edward B. Bear and Puss-In-Boots don’t sleep when he does -

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and are constantly watching as he quietly snores his way through several hours,

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and many cute poses …

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Aaawwwww!

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Now you’re just playing it up for the good folks on the www, Tiggy Wiggy!

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How lucky we are to have such cuties but, boy, we miss our handsome Dee Dee so very, very much!

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Oh! August, Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

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WARNING: Boomdeeadda, Simply Made Kitchen and CraftsMarking Our Territory, A Random Harvest, The Creative Cat, Bliss In Images, Nikitaland and many other good friends in the Northern Hemisphere who struggled bravely through a torrid winter may not wish to see any of the white stuff again so soon. So, perhaps you might like to look away now.

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Just when I thought there was nothing prettier than a frosty morning – along came a super cold blast on the first day of August – and, guess what, we got pretty, pretty snow – and lots of it!

Like real, hanging from trees,

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fluffy, deepish,

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Hollywood movie set snow!

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Well, we were promised snow down to 500 metres – and my little town sits at about 460m, according to the www, so we thought we might be in with a chance of some of the white stuff in our very own Oasis and Desert.

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But, alas, we again had to travel a small distance to a nearby Mount, that sits at about 640m (I know, everyone in the Swiss Alps and Himalayas just fell over laughing!), and lo and behold there was real, full-on snow on about the top third of the mountain. Wow!

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This is a big thing for we Victorians.

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We don’t often have so much snow fall so very low, the kids love it and, with it falling in buckets locally, we don’t have to travel about six hours in the car and put chains on our tyres just to see it.

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There were news crews and everything atop the mountain and adults not really dressed for snow and minus 1 degrees celsius temperatures throwing snowballs at one another and building snowman after snowman! Sales of carrots went through the roof at the local general store!

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And, did I spy proof of the existence of a mythical snow monster as I danced through the Winter Wonderland singing:

“Let It Go

Let It Go

Can’t hold it back anymore … “

And a Boomdee favourite:

“Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we’ve no place to go
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

And my best Bing Crosby impersonation of:

“I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas.”

But, oh yes, back to the mythical monster.

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Could I have found proof of the existence of the Yeti?

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No, it’s not the Yeti, it’s …

Super Snow Jetty! He, he!

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Faster than a speeding snow storm,

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able to make doggie snow angels in a single bound,

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“I’ll stand by you, citizen!”

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His spiffy tartan coat is a tribute to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow at the moment.

And then school finished – and Teddy and Tottie got to see and play in the most snow they have ever seen in their lives!

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So much fun was had that we vowed to give up our Saturday morning sleep-in to head up here again in the hope there might be – gasp! – even more snow!

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“Oh, brother!”

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Yes, it’s true, I’m a crazy snow lover as well as a Mad Cat Woman!

Although, some wise words from Nikitaland are well worth remembering:

“Snow is beautiful until you have to shovel it!”

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**** Frozen ****

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The Oasis has been covered in white wonder (more commonly referred to as frost) these past few mornings and I love it!

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But not everyone is happy about the icy mornings.

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And here’s why.

Jet: “So, we dogs have to brave the cold winter mornings on our walks whilst the cats stay inside doing this …

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“Hamish and I are calling the pet union!”

Oh! Jetty, it’s not that bad. At least you have a coat. You should try being parsley …

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… or strawberries …

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or a metal ant in a red pram!

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Can you see him?

He’s trying to serve us some frost on a plate, the dear soul.

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And while I was crunching around in my gumboots in the chilly Oasis Out The Front Door …

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marvelling at tiny little icicles …

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Teddy and Tottie were pretend ice skating on the deck in the Desert Out The Back Door.

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And then the pet union arrived and insisted it was only fair that the cats ventured outside, too.

So, Oscar puffed his fur coat out as far as it could go and braved the frozen posts of The Oasis’ veggie patches.

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And proclaimed: “I don’t know what you dogs are complaining about!

“It’s not that bad.”

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And then whispered: “Quick Mum, can you get my organic wheat bag heated and ready for when the pet union leaves.

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“Aaaaah! That’s more like it!

“I love Winter!”

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Welcome distractions

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Tigger and Slinky were happily distracted by glimmers of sunshine on this cold winter morning.

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Brrrrrrrrrrr!

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Not satisfied with the odd glimmer of sunshine, though, The Givers have headed way, way north for a couple of weeks in search of much warmer climes.

So we are pet-sitting their border collie – a welcome visitor – whilst they are away.

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He is a welcome distraction for Jet who absolutely loves doggie company on his early morning walks.

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 Another welcome distraction has been reading some fabulous novels – and marking my place in said books with my unique, feel good bookmark all the way from the USA! (OK, so it’s not meant to be a bookmark but it works really well as one and puts a huge smile on my face every time I open my book!)

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Can you see any hints as to who this beautiful handmade card and envelope might be from?

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It’s very “gardeney” and has gorgeous stamps.

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And do I see a neighbourhood cat there called Mighty Mouse?

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Yes, you guessed it!

This beautiful handmade card and envelope (repurposed from a lovely gardening calendar) was sent to me by amazing blogger Alys of Gardening Nirvana.

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And just look at Alys’ beautiful business card below (there were many more details on the card but I blocked them out just in case Alys didn’t want all her details broadcast on the www).

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If you’d like to see more of what Alys makes when recycling her beautiful gardening calendars feel free to click here and here.

The happy vibes emanating from Alys’ pretty business card have inspired my final welcome distraction of the day.

Do you remember I made some flowers for Mother’s Day using the talented and lovely Lucy from Attic 24’s pattern?

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Well, I’ve finally turned them into something that I’ve become a bit obsessed with lately …

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I’ve strung them all together and lookey, lookey …

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a happy flower bunting to grace my newly sorted craft room.

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Yes, I’m a little “hung up” on bunting at the minute and am using all sorts of unusual things to make the joyous dangly things.

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Stay tuned soon for a craft room update and some vintage bunting love and craziness!

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I hope you’ve had plenty of welcome distractions in your day today.

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Fallback Comfort

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After the sadness of last week, I’ve been seeking comfort in loads of hugs, walking Jet and in my love of crochet.

Jet and I swapped our sad faces …

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for slightly happier ones …

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when we discovered a new walk with a mysterious path …

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that led to a beautiful little waterfall.

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and nature’s version of the Stairmaster 6000!

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We even felt comforted enough to try our hand at some artistic shots on our walk – à la the amazing Laurie at Life On The Bike And Other Fab Things.

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We are not in the beautiful Laurie’s league when it comes to artistic photography,

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but we love how she inspires us.

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Do yourself a favour and be inspired by Laurie’s incredible blog today, too.

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The walk was good – almost as good as time spent crocheting.

Crochet can be very therapeutic in sad times,

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 so every chance I have had over the past few days, I’ve cried and crocheted, cried and crocheted.

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It has helped a lot – and I have completed a few projects in the process.

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This is an example of my baby girl Bavarian crochet pram blankets in my Etsy shop.

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and an example of my baby boy Bavarian crochet pram blankets – also in said shop.

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This is one side …

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 … and this is the other.

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I’m also in the process of making one of these, a little larger, for a dear friend.

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I have been keeping busy with other crafts and organising my craft room, too – another post for another day.

But perhaps a sneak peek at the reorganised craft room as a very small thank-you for all your wonderful support over the past week.

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I read your comments every day – they are all absolutely beautiful.

Thank-you again.

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