Saturday, 18 October 2008

morning constitutional



Vortex has fallen in the water before once, but that was at our old, 'mill pond' like mooring. Falling in on the tidal Thames is a whole different matter.
Fortunately Vortex isn't the kind of cat to put of the inevitable, so after about two days here we heard a loud miaowing in the mornign and found him crouched, shivering and very disgruntled, inside a huge tire fender hanging from one of the garden barges. He must have jumped onto a sloping skylight, slipped on the morning dew and fallen in, and then swum to the garden barge, climbed up the rudder and into the tire. With a neighbor hanging onto my legs i managed to get him out and once we had dried him out in front of the stove he was fine and back exploring, jumping, hopefully with a little more forethought, between boats, and guarding the boat against the local cats.

4 comments:

bowiechick said...

He looks terribly unimpressed. Nothing like almost drowning to give them a bit of humility. BTW, what kind of cat is he as his markings are beautiful?

steve said...

he's a bengal, a descendant (i think 3 or 4 generations?) of a siamese and an asian leopard cat.

Darla The Explorer said...

He looks like a fierce guard-cat. Good thing I know he's actually really sweet!

VallyP said...

I've come here via Melissa's blog, and have really enjoyed going through some of your older posts and this one too. I live on a barge in Rotterdam, but love reading about other bargees, so I'm becoming quite a barge blog follower. Looking forward to catching some more of yours later. Seems as if you've got a great community there near Tower Bridge. One of our friends here is restoring her barge in Rotterdam ready to take its place at the new Thames moorings near Tower Bridge...maybe you know of her and her friends? Lise from Denmark and Martin and Charlie who are also taking a barge over from the Netherlands.