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Goodbye Little Friend

8 Jan

Our scruffy little cat, Ming the Merciless, had her final visit to the vet today. She’s been poorly for a while now and Husb had to make the decision to let her go.

We rescued Ming when she was just a tiny, starving scrap about 10 months old. She was extremely ill from neglect and after 4 nights at the vet’s hospital, touch and go, we brought her home and she promptly went to sleep stretched along Husb’s legs. We had three older cats and she was very scared and reacting aggressively with them but she obviously felt secure when she was with Husb. We had her for 17 years and up until quite recently she still cwtched up to him on the settee. They were pretty much inseparable and she brought so much fun into our house, it was worth all the effort to save her. Her illness left her with weak lungs and one eye and we were lucky to have her for so long.

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Ming the Merciless and Sparta Puss hanging out together



Across The Planet

12 Dec

annwyl KATHE


It’s lovely to see where artwork can get to when it leaves me and it’s released out in the wild. I did this mixed media piece, “Annwyl Käthe” – stamping, chine collé, stitching and hand written text – in an edition of 15 for the annual Leftovers print exchange organised by Wingtip Press in Idaho, USA. Part of Leftovers is an annual international touring exhibition and this has just featured in a show at the Wharepuke Gallery in New Zealand.



It looks gorgeous. Maybe someday I’ll get across the world for a visit. If you are a printmaker and want to get involved in Leftovers VIII, please click here.

Paws On The Pooter: 8

10 Dec

ming bed 2

I think today’s my last chance to get my paws on the pooter box for a while. I’m Sparta Puss and my simian servants have been away for a few days, getting some sunshine. Idiots, all they have to do is lie on a cushion in the window if they want sun! I’ve been allowing you to see pictures of my and my roomie, Ming The Merciless while the monkeys are away. Here’s Ming, taking it easy on one of our beds. The apes think the beds are theirs. What do they know? Hah!

It’s been nice chatting, but I have far more important things to do now. Like convincing the kitty sitter to give me the rest of that packet of treats before my pet monkeys come home. Ciao Miao!


Paws On The Pooter: 7

9 Dec

cross and purring

Sparta Puss here. The hairless monkeys are away for a few days and Ming The Merciless and I have a kitty sitter, a pleasant enough she-ape who can be persuaded to give me bigger portions than my simian servants do. My usual she-ape calls herself an artist which means that she stares at me while rubbing a tube with dirt in the middle of it onto a piece of paper. Then she shows it to me and says, “Look Sparta, that’s you”. What an idiot. No wonder I look so cross 😡

Paws On The Pooter: 6

8 Dec

Psychedelicat 1


The bald monkeys are still away and I’m getting bored. The kitty-sitter is nice enough but I can’t wind her up too much in case she withholds my treats. I like winding up the hairless apes. It’s fun. I like the noise the she-monkey makes when I throw rats at her. A high pitched screaming. And she jumps on chairs. It’s sooooo funny! She’s an idiot. This is a watercolour she did of someone else’s cat. I don’t like it. It’s not me.


Paws On The Pooter: 5

7 Dec

sleeping cats lie

The hairless apes are still away so I’ve been trawling through the photos on the pooter box to find some of me. And my homie, Ming The Merciless. Here I am catching up with some sleep and the she-monkey has drawn me. She says that I’m a poser. She’s an idiot.

The kitty-sitter is a nice she-ape who can be prevailed upon to give me treats. I just act like that kitty on the Shrek film. He’s got it sussed. She can’t resist me.

Paws On The Pooter: 4

6 Dec

14 cat n boots


I Am Sparta Puss! And my simians are away for a few days and they’ve left us with a kitty-sitter, a hairless she-ape who gives me treats on demand. She’s well trained. She’s lived with cats before, I can tell, she knows her place. Here’s one of my places, lying flat out on a pair of monkey legs in front of a fire. The monkey complains that her legs hurt. She implies that I’m a bit on the heavy side! She’s an idiot.

Paws On The Pooter: 3

5 Dec

cat and cut


Sparta Puss here again, monkeys-who-can-read. You’re quite clever really, for simians. I’m clever too. Here I am helping the hairless she-ape to cut something called lino. She makes stuff called art from it. She’s an idiot.

I’m off to exploit the kitty-sitter now. Toodles!

Paws On The Pooter: 2

4 Dec


Hello again Hairless Apes. The monkeys are away and the kitties will play! I Am Sparta Puss! I thought I’d take over the pooter box while the apes aren’t around and show you some drawings of me and my roomie, Ming The Merciless. Here she is, dozing on top of the bed on top of a blanket on top of a cushion on top of a rucksack in front of the radiator. The bald she-ape called her The Princess And The Pea. I don’t know what that is. She’s an idiot!

I gotta go now and convince the kitty sitter that I need more cat treats. Ciao Miao!

Paws On The Pooter: 1

3 Dec

Greetings Hoomins. Sparta Puss here. The manky monkeys have gone away for a few days – for some sun, they said. Wimps. Why don’t they just grow a fur coat like me?! So I got my paws on the pooter box and I’m going to publish a few drawings – of me of course. And maybe Ming the Merciless.

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Me when I was a kitten. I’m adorable. They called me the fourth kitten of the Apocalypse. I don’t know why.

Don’t worry about me and Ming. They’ve arranged a kitty-sitter, a very nice hairless ape who can be manipulated into giving me bigger portions 😀


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