Adventure, baby!


Xenia – Water Cat

Xenia is clearly a water cat. To save our sanity with her incessant meowing at the tap, we bought her her very own cat drinking fountain. As you can see by the video, she totally loves it. Can a cat explode if they drink too much water?

House Guest – Welcome Xenia

Alec and I ended up with an unexpected house guest who will be staying for most of the year. Xenia is Shelley’s Himalayan cat who was in need of a temporary home while Shelley and Eric are off in the UK.

She arrived on Saturday and it has been an interesting transition period for all of us! Xenia is so sweet natured and affectionate, she is a great little friend to have in the apartment. She does however has a persistent meow that keep going after dark. The first two nights we got little-to-no sleep. We bought Feliway, a cat pheromone that is meant to calm down cats, and locked her in the kitchen out of desperation at night. We found one of these worked – not sure if it’s one or the other, but she is definitely calming down and settling in. Last night I was only woken once by some meowing that only lasted a few minutes. I count that as success! Hopefully she will continue to feel more at home and stop the night-time singing.
She has a thing for drinking water out of the basin. I caught her doing this last night …
Close-up – look at that tongue!
Dissatisfied I turned off the tap.
Slurping off excess that sprayed on her nose. Very tidy.

It’s really nice coming home to a little person at night, especially since I’m usually alone a lot while waiting for Alec to get home from work or wake up on weekends. Alec is really enjoying having a little friend while he is up late working as well.

Our Pre-wedding Shoot with the Dogs

Somehow I managed to get Alec to agree to a pre-wedding shoot with the dogs. I was super-keen to get some really nice photos of our little family as I have few if any that are really nice quality, and the pooches can’t be involved in our wedding at all.

We met our wonderful photographer, Vincent Lai, at Bicentennial Park for an hour of pooch fun.

I just love the photos – here is a small selection of my faves.


Date Night – Dugongs!

A lovely date night spent in Pyrmont and Cockle Bay. We started with dinner at Bartino, the Spanish tapas place near work, then walked across to the Sydney Aquarium to see the dugongs I had bought tickets for Alec for his birthday.


Turtle ‘tocks! Apparently turtles wedge themselves in odd positions when they are going to sleep to prevent drifting.

Alec meets the mermaid.

Unexpected party of three.


Last stop, Lindt Cafe, for hot chocolate and chocolate shake for me.

Lovely, lovely evening out 🙂

Lisa’s B’day Dinner

For a belated birthday celebration, we had dinner at Not Bread Alone at Crows Nest. I did take pics, but the lighting was terrible and the photos were awful, so no food pics!

The lovely birthday girl with Matt.

Happy to be out of the house after a week on the couch.

Back at Lisa and Matt’s – meet hat cat!

I think Monkeypants objects to her new nickname.

RSPCA Million Paws Walk 2009

The RSPCA Million Paws Walk is one of my favourite days of the year. Last year poor Kahlua had an ear infection and couldn’t make it, so this year it was lovely to all go together again.

The girls were in fine form. The sun was out, there were thousands of gorgeous dogs everywhere – what a glorious day.