Friday, May 22, 2015

Saying goodbye and saying hello!

 
 We had Thea for nearly a year..... she was our dear little pussy cat and we got her from the RSPCA at 6 months of age. She loved to be outside but we tried very hard to not let her out (for the toilet) after 6pm as she was tricky to get back in. On this particular afternoon it was about 5.30 and she was keen to get out. I made the call for her to be let out and that she would be fine, we had plenty of time to get her back in....... sadly we couldn't, even the next morning my super man couldn't find her... she hadn't come home!
 
 
By 9.15 I had a real urge to go and look again..... calling and shaking her little treat tin..... finally we saw her hobbling at the church next door, trying to get home but not being able to walk well with what looked like a broken front leg. Once we picked her up and carried her home she flaked it in the sun on the mat.... her breathing very laboured..... it didn't look good.
I rang the vet and we were there in the hour. Our amazing vet was totally brilliant, Thea had been hit in the head.... her eyes were of different sizes, she had lost her front main tooth, her front leg was fractured at the shoulder..... she was in a lot of pain..... we had to say Goodbye.......
It was a very hard time for us, especially for Sophia and I, we were hit that day too! There was a hole... a fluffy void that needed filling again...... Sapphire went over and over it, again and again
"Where's Thea?"
"She's gone, she's died!"
"What happened?"
"She was hit by a car!"
"What type of car?" (i love that question, as if there is a type of car that hits cats...
"A fast car" we would reply.

The next day I was chatting to Mum, she's an animal lover too so she got my sadness and emptiness. I told her that we were going to go to the RSPCA to just get a fluffy FIX! She said to me....
"Well you know what Sharn, there is no reason at all to think that the PERFECT cat is there for you all right now, just waiting for you!!!"
WOW Mum, that was pretty huge words but I held onto them, and was excited to see what we might find!
We were only looking at Kittens at my husbands request, he said that he wanted them to grow up with us from the start. Hannah was the first to find "the one" she was a little tortie and quite frankly wasn't the nicest looking.... I didn't feel to "PULL" we kept looking.... after a number of cuddles of sweet little fluffies we went to the final cage.
There was a whole family of kittens... 2 ginger, 1 tortoiseshell and one grey tabby! OH MY I've ALWAYS wanted a silver/grey cat ever since my Petshop days.... He was totally friendly and purry and I was loving him!! HE WAS THE ONE!!
 
 Introducing Cobweb

Hannah again wanted to tort but we said no, it's this one.... YAY! This was late on Friday afternoon, they were closed on Anzac day and so Sunday we were to pick him up!
So how did we end up with TWO??
Hannah really wanted the other kitten, she kept on about it and how lovely she was.... it was obviously a seed cause then Allan and I started talking about it, I asked friends their advice and by Tuesday afternoon Allan gave us the green light to bring her home! WE HAD FAMILY!! OH WOW SOOOO AMAZING!!!
 
Brother and Sister
Chokolait and Cobweb

The rest is all pure bliss! They are the most wonderful kittens we have ever had! Thea most certainly paved the way for our family, because of her Esther is now an animal lover, because of her we knew we needed to have another cat after her passing, because of her Sapphire knew how to be gentle and care for pets! It's been the best and we are ALL loving them both soooo much!
Smiles The Torrents'

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Wonderful World Wednesday - Praying Mantis

What do you do when the children find a Praying Mantis?? Gather round and look at it, oh and grab your camera too!
WOW this little guy was super amazing!! He/she (do you know how to tell the difference??) was sooo happy on my hand, and I was soo happy taking pictures of it! You can even see this little bug cleaning.... WOW AMAZING!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
What cool insects do you like to watch??
Smiles The Torrents'

Monday, May 4, 2015

Wet Weather = Puddle splashing!

It has been a HUGELY WET DAY today! Rain and Wind and Rain and wind and... well you get the picture! I decided to take the girls out hunting for some puddles....... we found a beauty!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Once we were all effectively wet we walked back home to warm and dry in front of the toasty fire!
Turned out to be a pretty awesome wet day - YAY!
Smiles The Torrents'

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Winter veggie garden

 

I've not ever bothered with a Winter veggie garden as the sun doesn't really reach that part of the yard at this time of the year. However I was talking to one of my wonderful friends Hubbie, and he encouraged me to give it a go!! Esther is one of my keen gardeners, she loves to get out there and get her hands dirty! I love that cause then it motivates me to get out there too! So after much weeding and digging we were ready to plant!
 
 
 

We planted some Spinach, cauliflower, carrots and parsley! What a fun afternoon in the veggie patch we had.
Smiles The Torrents'

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Wonderful World Wednesday - Huntsman and Wasps

 

The strangest thing happened the other day after it rained, I noticed 3 dead huntsman around the place, one inside and 2 out in the backyard! It was something I'd not seen before.
Then as the sun warmed up (and so must have the spiders) the dead spider next to the steps had attracted some wasps. YUMMY for them, the two of them were enjoying a tasty lunch!!


 
 A black ant joined in while the
Wasps were fighting.

We notice some fighting between the wasps on and off during the course of the meal but then they would forget about each other and simply eat again! Sapphire and I found it very interesting indeed!
Smiles The Torrents'

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Wonderful World Wednesday - Peacock feathers

After our Wetlands walk last week we headed to The Gorge. I had noticed that the Peacock's had been moulting and most of their tail feathers were gone and growing new ones. I thought perhaps, just perhaps we might find a tail feather in the bushes so the look was one to see what we could see!!

Little did I know that we would come home with SOOOO many wonderful samples of Peacock feathers!! I did end up finding a tail feather, the one with the eye on it and with the help of my beautiful girls we found feathers from all over the Peacock's body!!


We had such a great time that after Sapphire's sleep we ended up going back and that's when Hannah found 2 MORE eye tail feathers!! She was over the moon with her find!!
They are sooo amazing to look at and study, each one with it's delicate details.
Smiles The Torrents'

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Happy Birthday sweet Sophia

Our beautiful sweet Sophia Mae is turning 9 today!!
WOW what a wonderful year of growth and learning it has been....
what an exciting time ahead it will be as she gets closer to DOUBLE DIGITS!!
We Love you sooo much precious treasure,
Happy Birthday
Love Daddy, Mummy, Hannah, Zeke, Esther and Sapphire 
xxxxxx