What a wonderful and happy day it is today!! Matilda (the stray cat that roams around my mom and dad’s yard for a few good months now) came this morning at their doorstep with a most precious gift – her kitten!!
I literally cried with joy when my mom called this morning! A few days ago we were sure that Matilda is pregnant again and that she abandoned her cubs or that her babies got killed. How wrong we were!
As mentioned in the previous posts, we are not sure where she gave birth or to how many kittens, but we know for a fact that she got a rough time and a ugly bite from one of the other stray male cats.
Now we can declare that Matilda is officially part of the family, because today she was brave enough to truly trust us ; she marched right into the house, with her baby tailing after her, as soon as the door was open!
We welcome them with our arms open , and since she is a mommy and she is so protective of her kitten, Matilda and the little one were put in a separate room just to make sure that Arielle won’t cause any drama .
Soft and dense rain embracing the nature for the last two days. The sound of rain soothes me and it is one of my most favorite sounds. Honestly, it feels more like autumn than summer.
This weekend I had time to sort out all of my photography and noticed how many I have made and how few I have posted on my Instagram! Now it’s time to sort out all the photos that I have made with my phone…
How’s everyone celebrating summer so far? Here some days are sunny, some are rainy. The weather is warm but not near to what we normally have here. Temperatures are not high and there’s plenty of humidity in the air. Some parts of the country are facing floods, not even close to what they’ve predicted for the year-drought.
We won’t be having any summer holidays this year and we won’t be getting any days off either. Husband is quite busy with his carpentry workshop and we are currently implementing part of the business plans that we’ve been working on for a while.
As for me, currently helping him to go in the direction that we both agree on with his part of the business. I’ve stopped my workshop for now, at least won’t be shipping internationally until this virus madness ends. The post office is way too slow and is causing unnecessary drama that is being added to our problems .
Meanwhile, there’s plenty of work to do! One reason why I love summer is because of all the herbs that need to be collected! So happy I was able to make lots of spruce buds syrup! Al ready sitting for two weeks now.
I also picked up plenty of Thymus Serpyllum to dry for tea.
This year I was also able to focus more on Dandelion. First time trying to make coffee from dandelion roots! Loved the smell and taste of the coffee so I collected MORE roots!
The process is quite easy: wash them, cut them in small pieces, roast them in a pan in the oven. The taste of the coffee it all depends on how much you roast the roots. Let them cool and put them in your coffee grinder. You can make the coffee with your espresso machine, I personally prefer to make it the traditional way- in a pot on the stove.
Then I also home made tomato sauce . I like to froze it in cubes, wrap each cube individually and store them in the freezer.
And because it is summer I’m oriented on greens and simple light foods. I don’t know why I’m losing appetite in summers, or better said – I eat less food and drink lots of water ,tea and fruit juices.
So yesterday I made this yummy tart with herbs from the garden : green onion, green garlic, orach and forest mushrooms.
A while back I was posting about the stray cat that eventually got ,sort of , adopted by my parents. (Matilda’s story right –Here– ).
Matilda got really docile and allows us to pet her. She still comes every day for food and she spends part of her time in our garden or sleeping on the chair that is at the front door. She refuses to get inside the house, not that Arielle would ever accept that , but overall she got familiar with the place and considers it as her own territory. Also she gave birth but we don’t know where. She didn’t choose the barn where my dad prepared a place for her, or the place that my mom made . At this point we aren’t even sure if her kittens are still alive. Matilda comes and goes.
A couple of days ago she got into a big fight with 3 other stray cats and one of them managed to bite her pretty bad. Mom wasn’t able to catch her and take her to the vet , she is yet too wild and will scratch and bite if you try to pick her up. Mom wants to take her to the vet to spay her…but this task remains impossible at the moment. We are not giving up on the idea ! The good part is that mom picked up some medicine for Matilda’s wound and allows my mom to take care of it.
After we were done hiking and picking up spruce buds we went back at my parents for lunch. Since it was a sunny day we decided to take our orange boy with us so he can enjoy some sunshine too. I knew that the first meeting between Arielle and James will be interesting , but for sure I did not expected what followed !
Of course, Arielle wasn’t pleased to meet her new little brother ! Lots of hissing, cat arguments and PLENTY of drama!
I know it’s all about territory and what not, but slowly the hissing stoped and our boy got adventurous and started to explore the surrounding, under Arielle’s careful observation. I sure didn’t expected to see James being so fascinated by the outdoors, all the sounds, wind, sun , grass and flowers, considering that 6 months ago he was also picked up from the streets!
And of course, James tried to stay away from Arielle’s gaze as much as possible. We also didn’t allowed any physical contact between them .
At one point he was sunbathing right in front of Arielle ,but James was so focused on her (and Arielle on him, and the rest of us on them both) that he didn’t noticed Matilda. We didn’t noticed Matilda bolting in out of nowhere. She approached James from behind and tried to headbutt him. Rub her head on his. It all happened so fast!
James was caught off guard, jumped and hissed back at her. And from there all hell broke loose. Matilda is one feisty cat! The good thing was that both my husband and dad jumped in and managed to break the cat fight. We weren’t expecting Matilda to show up, and we definitely didn’t expected such reactions from neither of them! I mean, both James and Matilda are extremely friendly with other animals. More friendly than Arielle. Matilda first befriended our two dogs , before allowing us to pet her or come anywhere near Arielle. But I do believe that her outburst and violent reaction to James’ hissing was because of her last altercation with the other stray cats. My heart breaks for this little girl, to be honest .
The good news is that none of the cats were hurt. I managed to lift up James by the collar and my folks were fast to jump in and grab the other cat. I had to take James inside the house in order for him to calm down , just enough so we could put him in the cage and drive him back home.
The sad part is that at one point I was hoping to find fosters or people willing to adopt the kittens, catch Matilda, spay her and bring her over to our apartment so James wouldn’t feel so lonely anymore. Bad idea for now, but I’m not giving up on her!
Hello, June!! You quickly came but it’s nice having you! Nice having a bit of sunshine after two rainy weeks . Nice being in the forest again!
When I hike I don’t always hike with something in mind. But the nature always gives something to me so I don’t leave empty handed. The forest always offers small treats to whomever visits; for some people these small treats are ignored or insignificant, but for me these are small precious treasures.
So today I was treated with a hand full of Oyster mushrooms,and two more types of eatable shrooms that I sadly don’t know the name of in English.
What I really came for today was spruce buds for tea and syrup, and it turned out to be a productive day. I usually make a big quantity of syrup that will last for an entire year and I make for both my parents and in-laws too. So this is just part one from the spruce buds operation . Tomorrow is another day dedicated to this natural healing gem Hoping to collect more tomorrow.