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Freyja shows off her battle scar...

Freyja’s Baldy-Belly

Diminutive little Freyja may not look it, but she is six months old now, and had to have a trip to the vets to make sure there will be no other wandering stray kittens needing homes in a few months time. That was yesterday. Today she has been running around like an idiot antagonizing Arthur, and finally decided to have a rest from this on some extra-large bubble-wrap and show off shaved belly. I actually think she has barely noticed the entire episode, apart from being cross at not going outside.

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Freyja shows off her battle scar...

Freyja shows off her battle scar…

Self-Portrait in Red Tarn

Self-Portrait, in Red Tarn

I’ve walked to the top of Helvellyn an uncounted number of times over the last 30… 35… years, but I’ve never swum in Red Tarn, although I’ve often wanted to. I am usually with people who tell me this would be ridiculous, or it is freezing, or I do not fancy walking home in soaking wet pants, or I have taken other ways up to the peak which have afforded a bird’s-eye-view, but do not take me actually past this tarn, one of the highest in England, Google tells me.

This time I came prepared, not only with costume but shoes to swim in (so as to avoid this sort of scene). But it is one thing to want to leap into the clear, cold, deep and gloomy-blue waters of the tarn; and quite another thing to actually be there, staring into her inky depths.

I did one loop of the edge and it was a glorious cool kilometre or so, but I wouldn’t cross the middle, not on my own. I never did discover why she is called Red…

Self-Portrait in Red Tarn

Self-Portrait in Red Tarn

All the fun things in the Garden

All the fun things in the Garden!

Freyja has had her jabs, her microchip and is allowed out (supervised as present, as she is still a mad little kitten). She has discovered that the garden is just absolutely full of fun things; Arthur is at pains to point out that he is not one of them.

All the fun things in the Garden

All the fun things in the Garden