Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Fletcher of the day: Broom

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RICE!

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Fletcher of the day: Popcorn

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Fletcher playing

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Fletcher of the day: Belly

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

I rented a bike for an hour

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Entrance to the Kusama exhibit

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Exhibition at the Tate Modern

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Westminster

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Royal guard

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Looky kooky

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Stuffed squirrel at the Riding House Cafe

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Friday, February 24, 2012

More disco balls

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Disco balls

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Fletcher of the day: Drum

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Fletcher of the day: Smiley

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Fletcher of the day: Iris

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Fletcher of the day: Sitting with Papa

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Freddy

In the summer of 2007 a cat started hanging around our garden.  Maarten, my husband, had a fondness for cats, which I did not share, being highly allergic (as is my husband). This young-ish cat (we later found out he was about 2 at the time) would sit on the roof of the shed in our garden and meow and purr when we got near to it. On sunny days when we were out in the garden, the cat, whom Maarten started calling 'Fred', would get closer and closer. Near us on the ground, next to us on the chair, with Maarten in the hammock. I was very reserved around the cat, being allergic. I said to Maarten ' Do NOT let that cat into the house!'

I suppose Fred decided that he wanted to live with us so he stayed outside our bedroom window and meowed and mewed all night long. He didn't leave, not even to eat. So of course I fed him. Of course I let him into the house. Of course he started sleeping on our bed. Of course we fell in love with him.

We didn't have a cat door and there were a lot of neighborhood cats, so leaving a door open for him to go in and out of didn't appeal much. It wasn't a problem for Fred, however. He came in by jumping for the fence in the garden on to the window about the garden doors and climbing through, then jumping on the bed. On me. In the middle of the night. But still, we wanted to keep him.

I went to my doctor and explained that we had a cat and he said 'But you are allergic!' and I said 'I know, but I really really like him'. He gave me allergy pills, which I took for a month and then decided to just see what happens. I got used to him and have hardly any problems with him at all. Not the case with other cats, though.

We live at number 41. Freddy (originally called Kiwi) lived at number 26. His former owners brought him and his brother home from a shelter and were frustrated by the power struggle between the two cats. They were always fighting. Freddy decided he wanted his own home and he picked us, an occurrence for which we are thankful for every day.

Freddy changed us. Not only turning me into a cat person (a fact which my sister STILL finds hysterical), but by opening our minds in ways we never imagined. When you don't have a pet, you are happy and content and life can be good. But have a pet, the right pet, intensifies your happiness and broadens it. 

What the cat also did for me was to inspire me to start taking photos. The first really good photo that I believe I took,  was this one of Freddy

Of all the things a cat, A CAT! has inspired me to take a journey I never would have imagined taking for myself. I like to say that the furball is my muse.

In addition to inspiring my photographic journey, Freddy has also been with us during some very important moments in our lives.  When my husband was going through chemo, I had this photo enlarged and we brought to the hospital to hang on the wall during his 6 day chemo cycles (every 21 days for 4 months)
Every time they started his IV at the beginning of the visit (not the most pleasant moment) I would talk to him about Freddy; about what he did that day, or remind him of a Freddy story. It always served as a good distraction. When I was in the hospital giving birth to our son, Fletcher, Maarten brought the poster with him and hung it up in the birthing room, to the delight of myself and the nurses.

We have another cat, Miss Pebbles, who is adorable and unique in her own adorable way for reasons I will expound upon another time, since I want this to be about Freddy, my bubbelah.  On Friday I took him to the vet to look at a bump in his stomach. The bump is just below his nipple and turns out it isn't bump but a tumor. It looks like Freddy has cancer. Breast Cancer, of all things, in our male cat. On Tuesday Fran (our lovely vet and very good friend) will remove the tumor and find out if it has spread. I know he is just a cat, but he means a lot to Maarten and myself, So I hope you will spare a positive thought for him on Tuesday.





Fletcher of the day: Sand

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Bergen aan Zee this morning

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Fletcher of the day: Papa and Fletcher

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Green

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Heart

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Keizersgracht at night

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Fletcher of the day: Wocka Wocka

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Cuddly kitty

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Fletcher of the day: Vliegtuig (airplane)

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Canal boat in Amsterdam

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Fletcher of the day: Chocolate Heart

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Happy valentines day!

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Fletcher of the day: little helper

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Fletcher's first time on skates

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Fletcher of the day: Fletcher on ice

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Walking on the keizersgracht

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Downtown

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Fletcher of the day: Carrot

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Thursday, February 09, 2012

Fletcher of the day: Sled

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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Fletcher of the day: RICE!

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Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Fletcher of the day: peek a boo

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Monday, February 06, 2012

Fletcher of the day: smiley

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Fletcher of the day: (yesterday) High five

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Sunday, February 05, 2012

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Saturday, February 04, 2012

Fletcher of the day: haircut

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Canapés

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Ready for the dinner party!

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Beautiful winter day

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Friday, February 03, 2012

Fletcher of the day: snow

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Fletcher's first snow experience (oh mooi=oh wow /pretty)

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It's time for Boerenkool

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12:50 Snow!

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11:30

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