Wednesday, 25 July 2012

faerie bowers

Let me tell you a secret.  Shhhh...   I don't want those peeps of mine to hear.

I have secret places in my garden.  Little secret gardens, if you will.  The peeps don't know about them.  These are little spots where only cats will fit.  Cats...  and faeries.

When the peeps walk into the garden, they see this and they see that.  They see the big things.  But I, being a cat and all, see the little stuff, too.  I see the nooks and the crannies.  The little places where a cat like me can curl up for a nap.  Places out of the heat from the midday sun and places out of the sight of the peeps' prying eyes.

One of my favourite little hidey-holes is this tiny spot under a big old multiflora rose bush.  Its branches arch out over the lawn like a big ol' giant protective arm.  I have a little nest under there where I like to curl up.  In the early summer, the honey-like scent of the roses is intoxicating and the sound of the bees buzzing around them lulls me to sleep.  The peeps will often wander around the rose bush but their eyes are on the flowers and they never dream of looking down by their feet.  I'm safely tucked in down there, out of harms way, dreaming of the things about which we cats dream.  Mmmmm....  so lovely.

In the winter, I don't hang out in that spot much 'cause once all the leaves of the rose bush have fallen, it kind of loses its hidey part of the hidey-hole.  But the bush is covered in teeny-tiny rose hips and birds flit about in there, eating 'til they can eat no more.  They're awfully fun to watch and so I do.  Bird TV at its finest!  They could a PBS special on that, I'm sure.  Why stop there?  CNN should stop by and film a documentary!  I should give them a call.  I'll put that on my list of things to do.

My other favourite hidey-hole is under another shrub.  Actually, it's a whole hedge of shrub, I think.  I don't know what kind of plant it is and neither does the peep.  The peep used to say, it's the free hedge but I don't think 'free' is the name of a plant or anything.  You see, these bushes set seed like mad and little baby ones pop up all over the place.  The peep is pretty sure that this is how the previous owners of our house came about planting this hedge.  It was free.

Now the peep calls it the ladybug hedge 'cause ladybugs lay their eggs on it every spring and the peep really loves those ladybugs.  And all that seed it produces?  Well, the chickadees love that.  They hide out in that hedge all winter long, snacking on that seed.  It's pretty much an all-you-can eat buffet for them, I think.

But my favourite part of the hedge is...  you guessed it...  my hidey-hole.  Just like the rose bush, the branches on these shrubs arch out.  There was some paving next to that hedge but it kind of led to nowhere.  I mean really, that's exactly where it led.  I'm not kidding about this.  I am not exaggerating.  It was a straight line, with no stops in between, from here to nowhere.  So the peep has allowed those branches to cover at least half of that paving.  Now, she has a bit of a path and I have a whole lot of hidey-hole.  Oh, it's so great.  No one ever sees me under there, all safely tucked away in my little spot.

Peeps never enter my hidey-holes.  This is primarily because, well, peeps just don't fit in there.  But faeries do.  Uh-huh...  that's right...  I said faeries.

Okay, I've never actually seen one of these faeries but I've heard of them.  I'm pretty sure that one day, one is going to come visit me.  And when they do, they're probably going to want to have a little tea party or something in one my secret hidey-holes.  That's what I'm thinking.  I'm also wondering about something...  Are fairies tasty?  Just wondering, that's all.  Just wondering...


33 comments:

  1. The first picture of you is purrfect. Sure to charm all the ladies!
    Don't eat the fairies. You never know what they might bring you. Like your favorite kind of food, maybe?
    Just guessing.

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  2. good luck with those fairies..... we love those hidey holes - they look like great places to snooze.

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  3. We're sure those faeries will keep your hidey holes safe for you Nerissa.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

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  4. We think a faerie bower is wonderful. We don't know if faeries are tasty, though. If you ever find out, let us know. Maybe they taste like chicken?

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  5. I've always been drawn to the little things in a garden, those tiny little flowers that seemed to be designed for faerie table tops

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    1. Hi Nerissa,lovely photo's,don't eat the faeries as the bring good luck

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  6. The old house used to have a hedge with a wall behind it. All the stray cats used to sit on the wall cos they were hidden. The cats upstairs hid there too. I have plenty of hidey holes in the house that the peeps don't know about.

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  7. OH NO! Nerissa, Musn't eat da Faeriez! EFUR!! Dey can get furry mean!! Lolly here,,, i know alllll about faeriez, i see dem all the time! an sumtimez dey get me into trouble. Us felinez are from da world ov da fae and datez back eonz ago...... we are furry mystical & Magickal it'z owr Heritage,,,, and da fae watch ofur us in dis world. Be Good to da Faeriez ^.,^
    We all LIKED dat story, you know how us Garden Catz are big on da Fae ^.,^ ♥♥xoxo♥♥

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  8. Our kitty Girl Kitty has some hidey holes like that under a rose bush and in some tall weeds. It is nice and shady under there .
    Listen, thanks so much for telling us about your Dad and him not being able to use his hind legs. That sounds like the closest thing anyone has come to what is wrong with Mahoney. That could very well be what happened to her. Thanks for telling us about that.

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  9. Be nice to faeries, Nerissa. They are our friends...kinda like ladybugs, we think. :)

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  10. You and Austin both, Nerissa! He loves his hidey-hole under the hebe bush! He’s often away with the fairies too!!! xox

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  11. Oh Nerissa I would love your hidey hole. It's fun under bushes like that. I don't get out by myself as I always have a harness and leash on, but I've crawled under a couple of bushes like that here, and it's so cool under there.

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  12. My cats love hidey holes. The harder it is me for to find them, the happier they are ;)

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  13. Fairies have magical powers, Nerissa. Catch one and tell it to bring you some nip! or tuna...

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  14. they will probably join you to have some catnip tea!

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  15. How cool to share your hidey hole with faeries!!

    The Florida Furkids and Lexi

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  16. Nerissa, both places sound divine! You are so so lucky to have little spots of your own.

    Oh, but I wouldn't eat the faeries, else they won't visit you again.

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  17. Faeries...roses...hidden secret hidey holes...hmmmm...Nerissa, it all works for me...If I liked to be outside, I would be asking to come hang with you...paw pats, Savannah

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  18. Nerissa! You described those little places so well I HAVE TO teleport over so you can give me a tour!! And listen, be careful of those fairies. They're not as cute as they seem. Tell your Human to watch True Blood, MOL! I say: Eat 'em if you can!

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    1. You teleport over here any time you like. Just give me fair warning, okay? So that I can send the peep out for those special jars of baby food you like so much as treats. We'll have a tea party! purrs

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  19. Lovely places for a lovely cat to hide!

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  20. Nerissa, Unfortunately the Human did not see any astronauts near that rocket ship -- they might still have been inside though. I had no idea you were so interested in astronauts? Were you one in one of your previous lifes???

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    1. No, I've never been an astronaut... not in any of my nine lives. But way back when, I realized there were people in six of the seven continents reading my blog. No one from Antarctica, I'm afraid. I think it's 'cause not a lot of penguins have internet access. So, in order to make up for no one from Antarctica reading my blog, I figured I could get someone from the space station to do so. I'm thinking that's the better possibility. But so far, I haven't found any astronauts. Probably have better luck finding a faerie.

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  21. Oh Nerissa - your special hiding places sound quite nice! I guess we all have them. I used to spend more time outside when I was younger and loved to get UNDER shrubs in the cool, quiet spots and take a nap. As for faeries - I totally believe in them. So does my Mom...she wrote a kiddies book about a special place in a magic forest and the "protectress" was a faerie so they MUST exist right? My Mom wouldn't make that up now would she????

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

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  22. Lovely Nerissa!! Now that is one special hidey hole secret place just for you and the faeries!! Take care
    x

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  23. Wow! We has special hidey holes in our garden too! Me is not to sure about fairies over here in Canada, but we has a house brownie that has been with us forever!
    Kisses
    Nellie

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  24. We have seen fairies flickering outside on warm nights, but we have never seen one up close!

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  25. My garden don't have fairies but lots of bugs, and it's fun to catch. But now we have lots of rain and so cold...I prefer secret hiding hole in da house like blankly...nice and warm : )

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  26. Your hide holes sound just super. I wish Dad would let me escape to outside more. Yes, I do think fairies are tasty!

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  27. I feel sure the fairies would talk to we cats. I'm sure of it.

    Maybe Wolfie will come to court so I must bathe and be ready. But likely my Mancat Boomer will be here tonight with chick-hen.

    Purrs

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  28. I'm pretty sure there are salmon-flavored fairies. That's why they are so magical. ...and delicious.
    xo, Katie

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  29. Hi Nerissa! I've been 'bandoned by my Human and I sure would like to come ofur and hang out in a fairy bower for awhile. Okay by you?

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    1. What time will you arrive? I'm sending the peep for a couple of jars of that baby food you like, right now. We'll have such fun!

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