I like the way that I can tell when all of my photos were taken. Thanks to my camera I know that on 14th May last year, at 5.35pm, we were enjoying an apéro in the evening sunshine when a lot of meowing started to come from somewhere about half way up our lime tree.
Click on the picture to enlarge and see exactly where the meowing was coming from. Daisy is a very athletic cat and regularly goes up and down all of our trees almost effortlessly.
So we were a bit perturbed to hear her making a fuss when perched up in the lime tree on this day.
Normally her descent consists of literally walking head first down the tree trunk until she is three or four feet off the ground, then jumping down. Occasionally she will use her claws to let herself down backwards very slowly until she gets to the three or four foot point. Then she turns upside down and jumps to the ground all in one smooth action.
This time, the meowing made us wonder if there was a problem, a sore paw or something. Nick and Hugo tried to encourage her down but she stayed put.
So Nick put a ramp up against the tree and we waited for her to come down by herself.
We all waited and waited. Several glasses of rosé passed and finally, after a few false starts, she started to back carefully down the ramp.
The process seemed to take an age but slowly and steadily, under the careful watch of Hugo, she made her descent. Once she was about three feet from the ground she turned and jumped off. That was at 6.18pm.