Beware

Forewarned is forearmed. I decided to place a warning sign at the entrance of the garden so that unexpected visitors know which hazards are waiting for them. A cat under the influence of illicit drugs like catnip may suddenly and unexpectedly act very weird and threatening.

Meanwhile, Jimi’s chilling out on a rock. Unfortunately, the negotiations with the blackbirds ended in a stalemate.

Enjoy this beautiful day, my friends, wherever you are. Peace, love and understanding.

Snow On a Tuesday

And you may ask yourself, “Where is that beautiful spring?” Last week I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt. I was drinking coffee outside in the garden. Today I’m wearing winter clothes. It’s cold. It’s snowing. O Spring where art thou?

Jimi keeps checking out all the special places in the garden, just like Mr. Bowie did. While walking on this high gabion wall he can spy on the neighbours.

Meanwhile, I declared war on those pesky blackbirds. Each morning, they keep destroying our catnip plantation. Jimi’s also kind of in a foul mood. We need to take some action asap…

A few days ago I came across this remarkable phenomena of nature. This tree fungus is called Tonderzwam Fomes fomentarius. According to a specialised website this is lethal for the birch in a long term. I’m always enjoying my daily walks in the nature. There are always new things to discover. While walking is the most underrated form of exercise, it improves fitness, cardiac health, alleviates depression and fatigue, improves mood, creates less stress on joints and reduces pain. And when you get back home there’s always chocolate and an espresso waiting for you…

Enjoy this beautiful day, my friends, wherever you are. Peace, love and understanding.

High On a Monday

Catnip is the healing of a cat nation. Jimi was willingly to help me with the fresh catnip plants. He knows alcohol depresses the nervous system but catnip and chocolate does not! 

Enjoy this beautiful day, my friends, wherever you are. Peace, love and understanding.

The Hardest Part

Sometimes waiting is the hardest part. But remember, Mr. Bowie, the catnip that grows slower bear the greatest fruit! Just relax and enjoy the sun. The future’s so bright, you probably gotta wear shades.

Enjoy this beautiful day, my friends, wherever you are. Peace, love and understanding.

He’s Back!

Finally! Mr. Bowie’s back… but actually, he was never gone. Guess he was only trying to keep a low profile. Right now Mr. Bowie’s looking forward to spring and summer, just like the rest of us in this part of the world. He’s right on top of the really important issue: getting the garden ready for new catnip plants! He has become a real expert on harvesting, storing and drying catnip. I wonder if I should give up my career as a musician and get started into the catnip business…

In the next post, we’ll talk about “eastern European gangs of thieves” and how Mr. Bowie deals with it.

Enjoy this beautiful day, my friends, wherever you are. Peace, love and understanding.

Go Wild!

Let your imagination go wild! Okay, I still have a pretty active imagination, but it is nothing like the imagination of Mr. Bowie. This card from Sharon is an awesome way to stimulate our imagination. Mr. Bowie is intrigued by the bird and the catnip plant. I got my eyes fixed on the snare drum. Let your imagination run wild, my friends.

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Enjoy this beautiful day, my friends, wherever you are. Peace, love and understanding.

Last Friday

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Summer is here to stay. What an upbeat mood I’m in today! Last Friday was the warmest day of the year so far, with temperatures near 34 degrees Celsius (93 Fahrenheit). It was a perfect day for ice cream and banana milkshake. Mr. Bowie looked a bit upset because he got purified water instead of catnip ice cream.

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Don’t Mess With…

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Don’t mess with the bull… Blackbirds are usually welcome in the garden, until they become a nuisance. Besides making an ugly mess of things, they must stay out of the catnip plantation. Mr. Bowie must send out a very tough and unequivocal signal and must take action.

“Don’t mess with the catnip, you’ll get the claws.” – Mr. Bowie

Blooming

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It’s springtime. The garden is coming to life again, with many beautiful things blooming. Yeah! It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Come and celebrate the sunshine with Mr. Bowie.

Meanwhile, Mr. Bowie’s checking out all the plant to see if they are related with Nepeta cataria, a species of the genus Nepeta in the Lamiaceae family, commonly known as catnip.

It’s a Miracle

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It’s alive! Much to my and Mr. Bowie’s surprise, one catnip plant is alive! Meteorologists knew an eclipse could lower temperatures within this shadow by as much as 3 degrees Celsius (5 degrees Fahrenheit). But so far, they couldn’t confirm anecdotal reports of changes in dead catnip plants. Catnip die-hards, like Mr. Bowie, are eager to test fresh plants.

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“In catnip I sense the miracle of life.” – Mr. Bowie

Night Inspection

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Night time inspection is sometimes necessary to fulfill the needs of a client. A cat will verify that the work being done in your garden conforms to the various codes, regulations, laws, and ordinances applicable to that job. The first night inspection should be performed as soon as possible. At least two or three inspections are required. Special attention should be paid to the general requirements of the catnip plants.

Nothing Lasts Forever

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Keep your face to the sun. Why do you look so angry, Mr. Bowie? It’s not my fault that the Indian summer is coming to an end this week and rain is heading our way. Nothing lasts forever. Forever is a lie. But things will get better, even rain does not last forever. Simply enjoy this moment, my friend.

PS: As you know by now, catnip’s potency doesn’t last forever. The catnip “high” lasts only about 15 minutes. Nothing lasts forever. Hey, Mr. Bowie, “We cool?”

Rehab

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I tried to make Mr. Bowie go to rehab but he said, ‘No, no, no.’ Mr. Bowie, you made me think of Robert De Niro in Sergio Leone’s epic crime drama film Once Upon A Time in America, which begins and ends in a Chinese opium den. The last shot of the movie is of Robert De Niro in a smiling, opium-soaked high.

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Ashes to ashes, funk to funky
We know Major Bowie’s a catnip junkie
Strung out in heaven’s high
Hitting an all-time low

“Ashes to Ashes” – David Bowie

Okay, we’re all guilty of judging and criticizing cats. Guess it’s a negative trait of human nature. Fact: there are many humans who are addicted to dark chocolate and do not acknowledge their own addiction.

I Get Up Again

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I get knocked down, but I get up again. When catnip knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up. Welcome back, Mr. Bowie.

Catnip Oddity

And I’m floating. Nepeta cataria, commonly known as catnip, is one of the most well-known ornamental plants in the world but there are a lot of surprises hidden away in the picturesque catnip plantations, including a new wave of young farmers rooted in the local catnip scene. This high quality catnip gained it reputation in the Antwerp region. We assure you that it will thrill you when you try this magnificent and bold catnip. Am I right Mr. Bowie? Mr. Bowie…??

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Ground control to Major Bowie,
Your circuit’s dead, there’s something wrong
Can you hear me Major Bowie?
Can you hear me Major Bowie?
Can you hear me Major Bowie?

“Space Oddity” – David Bowie

Starting Over

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Our life together is so precious together
We have grown – we have grown

“(Just Like) Starting Over” – John Lennon

Keep the cat satisfied. I had to stop at the local garden centre on my way home to buy a new catnip plant. Okay, it isn’t big but keep in mind Mr. Bowie, big things have small beginnings. It’ll be just like starting over.

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Hey Mr. Bowie, are we cool?

Overgrown

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No excuse! The Hydrangea macrophylla flowering plant has overgrown Mr. Bowie’s catnip plantation. It wouldn’t surprise me if Mr. Bowie will send his goon squad to visit the gardener who’s responsible for this inexcusable disaster. Guess they are going to teach him a lesson he will never forget!

No Excuse

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Legislation. Mr. Bowie, if you get caught with catnip or other illegal drugs, being a famous cat or not knowing the local laws is no excuse. Your cat citizenship does not give you immunity or preferential treatment in this house.

Catnip Plantations

Shocking news from my hometown. The police recently, due to information given by persons within the community, located several catnip plantations which seemingly have been increasing. During this investigation, a total of 377 catnip plants and a large amount of farming equipment was found and confiscated.
No one has been arrested as yet as a suspect in this case. Mr. Bowie, what have you been up to?

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The Advantage of Spring

Spring has always been my favorite season of the year.  Spring symbolizes regeneration, renewed life and beginnings, and even hope for the future. I love the new growth, the green colors, the longer days, and the warmer weather. It’s a time of optimism, activity, and time outside with Mr. Bowie, my friends and family. And of course, there’s fresh catnip!

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Now we’re getting somewhere…

Another Record

No reasons to be cheerful. We broke another record! It was the coldest March day since 1928. But that’s not all. We received fresh snowfall. Do you ever wish you lived in another part of the world?

This picture was taken last week. It was 19 degrees Celsius and Mr. Bowie was looking for some fresh catnip.

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It’s not easy being a catnip addict.

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