Saturday, October 08, 2011

Another year has flown

Minibu is on my lap grooming before settling down, and Bushka is already asleep in her favourite place. We placed a lambswool mat on a window sill, behind a curtain. She likes it there as she is warm and safe and has a panoramic view out onto the world from our third floor flat window, as in the previous post!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Here is an HDR picture taken from our sitting room window...
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Friday, July 30, 2010

Bushka is alive and as adorable as ever! She recently had a professional combing and the removal of a few 'lumps' of matted fur. She almost looked like she had lost weight. She's quite into having her tummy stroked these days.
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Water on a hand

I have been experimenting with a Cannon Ixus 100 and 'hacked' software that pushes the electronic shutter speed to 10,000ths of a second. Quite cool effects like totally stopping a drip of water in mid-air.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Thames by dusk

I was driving back from work the other evening and was struck by the view over across the Thames to the South Bank.

Funny really, I drive this way every day, but sometimes I just stop and think. Nice view!
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Friday, August 29, 2008

Bushka by Dawn

This blog is about Bushka, so time for an update. Bushka (nee Cecilia) remains a lovely Maine Coone... She has grown in confidence going outside - at first she was a scaredy cat, jumping at her own shadow - but she now scampers outside fearlessly, rides in the lift (elevator) with aplomb, and has learned that if she meows loud enough at the door we'll let her back in again!

The other night I was aware that she had decided to lie down next to me in bed - but surprised to find her still there in the morning, lying on her back with her head on the pillow. Are cats really supposed to do that?!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Putney Zoomer rides with friends

Having taken the X9 across Northern Europe, I thought I'd take the little Zoomer across London!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Bike trip to Germany

Went for a ride with friends from the X9 Riders Club last week. We rode from the UK to France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany - 1,200 miles there and back. Great rides in forests, past vineyards, up mountain, alongside rivers - great people, and some excellent food.

This is the video I took (just over 5 mins).

Monday, May 26, 2008


We've noticed that Minibu has recently starting vibrating her tail - not a swishing, but a rapid 'vibration' - with her tail held straight up and usually a slightly arched back. She does this when she sees us unexpectedly in the garden, or sometimes when we are giving her her favourite food or even a back rub.

I knew it meant she was happy, but a dig around with Google confirms this:

"According to experts, a cat’s tail will vibrate when she’s happily anticipating something desirable, like a treat. Some cats may also quiver their tail when they’re excited but uncertain of a situation."

So - Minibu seems happy :-)

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Phoenix to land on Mars

NASA - Phoenix set to land on Mars
May 13, 2008: NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander is preparing to end its long journey and begin a three-month mission to taste and sniff fistfuls of Martian soil and buried ice. The lander is scheduled to touch down on the Red Planet on Sunday, May 25th. Phoenix will enter the top of the Martian atmosphere at almost 13,000 mph. In seven minutes, the spacecraft must complete a challenging sequence of events to slow to about 5 mph before its three legs reach the ground.

Update - Landing Successful! Video link HERE

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Bushka - Outdoors Portrait - May 2008

Back to the cats! This is Bushka enjoying the gardens now that 'summer' seems to be here. Over her shoulder Minibu is lying on the cool earth in the shade.... Both cats enjoy being outside and we try and let them run around for several hours each day.

They let you know when they want to come in by racing to the door when we go out to call them. It's really good to see them 'socialising' with other people and other cats.
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Monday, May 05, 2008

Lama 5 outdoor flight

This was the first outdoor flight of the electric Lama 5 helicopter. May 4th was a calm and sultry afternoon in London - perfect for some outdoor flight...

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Gourmet flight to France

On Friday 11th April Tony and I flew with Matthew to a delightful restaurant near to St Malo. Boasting no less than 3 Michelin stars, Les Maisons de Bricourt, offered us the perfect excuse to nip over to Cardiff (to collect Tony) then head South in Matthew's beautiful Cirrus SR22, overflying Jersey and Guernsey before making landfall at Dinard and then heading over for a fabulous lunch!

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Zoomer ride to Hendon

Thought I would take the Zoomer up to the famous 'Ace Cafe' one Saturday and ended up joining friends from the X9 riders club on a jaunt up to Hendon where there was a bike show.

In mostly urban driving the 50cc Zoomer had no problem keeping up with scooters powered by engines over 10 times its size! Sometimes, even on a bike, less is more :-)

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Airborne Lama 5 fascinates Bushka & Minibu

Do they look terrorised by those whirling blades of death? Yeah, right - not a bit!