Sunday, November 29, 2009

Winter at Murlyka

We've been having our first skiffs of snow here. Although it was warm this morning, I did my daily exploration of the yard across a snow covered field.
The rest of the cats aren't so adventurous - they tend to want to be upstairs close to the fireplace and aren't interested in poking their noses out the door, let alone walking in the snow.
This is a picture of Ali and her daughter Charlotte (soon to be called Tinker in her new home). They love the Dream Curl and spend a good portion of the day playing or sleeping on it.

Wishing everyone a cosy fire or an electric blanket (my favorite)


Saturday, November 7, 2009

Welcome Prekrasne Roxie Hart of Murlyka

Great News! The newest member of cattery has just arrived after her long journey from Arizona. Despite over 12 hours in transit to Vancouver she came out her carrier purring and happy to be here. The next day she had another plane ride to join us here in Nelson - she was so laid back that she slept in the typist'`s lap in the airport lounge waiting for the next leg of her journey. And as you can see she's a beauty! She's a very feisty little girl who nothing fazes and who has made herself right at home. We are so happy to have her here.


Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Murlyka Litter C kittens have blossomed

Murlyka Litter C kittens hiding out above

My first grandchildren have finally graduated from 'boy' and 'girl' to their official Murlyka cattery names. The typist names the kittens after her favorite roses and each kitten born at Murlyka cattery will have their namesake rose planted in our garden. I suggested that we name them after different grasses (my favorite thing in the garden) but that was vetoed.

So it is my pleasure to announce Murlyka Charlotte, one of the most beautiful David Austin roses. Its a warm beauty just like our little girl.

The little boy in this litter is named after Charles Austin - a warm apricot rose.
Our little Austin is the warmest little fellow himself - full of purrs and cuddles!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Belle & Murlyka LItter C

Our babies are growing up. Belle Story is 16 weeks old and is going to her new home with Katharine and Aaron tomorrow. Murlyka Litter C kittens are now exploring outside their nest. Belle thinks they are her new toy. Belle loves to chase her own tail - she now seems equally fascinated with the tails of her neice and nephew. The kittens aren't so sure - its hard enough walking without someone trying to grab your tail all the time.


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Friday, October 9, 2009

Home # 3

My daughter Ali is very fussy about where her kittens live and who gets to see them. As a result the newest litter is now on their third or maybe their fourth home. Here you can see she's tucked them into a little cave - its very cozy when Mom is in with them. As the kittens are just over 3 weeks and are becoming more mobile everyday - its probably a good spot for them to begin to explore. We are trying to choose names for our Litter C roses and we hope to post the results soon.
Happy Thanksgiving!

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Bonnie settling into her new home

Aren't these great pictures? Our dear Bonnie (now called Mango) is settling well into her new home in Orleans, ON (close to Ottawa). Christine sent us these beautiful pictures of our spunky girl. There are two older cats in her new house so her family is very carefully introducing them to each other.
Now if Bonnie-Mango takes after her old daddy she'll get along with any cat... I'll update you soon....

Our dear little Belle Story will leaving for Vancouver this weekend. Its a bittersweet time - we are happy they are going to such great homes but we will miss them greatly!

Bye for now


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Thursday, September 17, 2009

I'm a Granpa!

Murlyka Alina (my first born) had her first litter on Monday night. She had one big classic tabby boy (maybe he'll take after granpa) and one not quite so big but just as beautiful mackerel tabby girl. The boy is in the top picture and the girl is posing with her Granma Anya - who just couldn't leave the kittens alone (You know what first time granmas can be like). The kittens and mom are doing fine. They came just in time because our Murlyka B litter will be leaving in the next few weeks - so we won't be without kittens. Those kittens keep you young!

Bye for now
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Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Window Kittens!!!!

Belle and Bonnie love to sit on the window above the typist's desk. They have a great view of the pond from here and of course get to assist with editing, plus getting frequent head scratches.

In case you're wondering -
I'm taking things easy in the late days of summer - mostly sleeping in the shade, chasing a few grasshoppers and of course eating grass- my favorite snack. But on the work side I'm helping with the pond design and site location for my new house. I'm getting very excited about the new digs!!! - We'll profile my new house in a later post once its built. It even has a guest room for visiting cats!
Hope you're enjoying your summer.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Happy 1st Birthday Sasha and Ali!

Hard to believe that only a year ago Anya and I had our first litter of kittens. But the calender doesn't lie and I'm proud to say in the past year Alexandre (Sasha) and Alina (Ali) have grown into beautiful cats. The great news is they are still here with us at Murlyka so I get to enjoy them everyday.

Ali has become a doting older sister to the litter B girls. Here she is grooming Belle And as an equal opportunity cleaner - here she is cleaning Bonnie.
Sasha prefers the more manly pursuits of chasing butterflies and grasshoppers. Pictures to follow.

Bye for now
The Finnish Flying Feline

Friday, August 14, 2009

9 weeks old - the fun continues!

Yesterday was a day of firsts. Their adventures included- their first car trip, their first visit to the vet and their first vaccinations.
They were a little shy at first but soon warmed up in the vet offiice. Bonnie weighed in a 1.18 kg (2.6 lbs) and Belle at 1.12 (2.47 lbs). However the vet noted that Bonnie had a very, very full bladder as usually the kittens are only about an oz (30 gms) apart in weight.

Bonnie and Belle turned 9 weeks old today. My beautiful babies are having a lot of fun. They have now taken over the upstairs and keep everyone amused. I even got in this week's photos although through the window. That darn typist said I could not come in because my feet were muddy. The typist can be such a party pooper sometimes!

If you want to see more pictures of the girls in action check out their latest album

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


Bonnie and Belle have very fun filled days - at six weeks they began venturing out of the kitten nursery and gradually exploring the whole house. But at seven weeks they still like the cat room the best because it has the most fun toys but then - everything is a toy for a kitten. For more photos of them at play - check out
Murlyka Litter B almost 7 weeks

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

The kittens keep cool during the heat wave!

Hi there - after a week of rain and great thunderstorms - I like them if I'm safe in my house - not so much if I get caught in the rain- we are having some real (or at least typical July weather ) of 30 degrees or so.
The kittens spend most of their days in the relative cool of the cat room. As you can see from the latest movie I made (they are doing all the things big cats do now). Playing, cleaning and sleeping - whoops I forgot eating!!! I'll get pictures of that in the next blog.

Bye for now Nökö

Thursday, July 9, 2009

The B litter Roses have bloomed

Well the kittens are almost 4 weeks old and they have been given their official registered names. They will be given "home" names by their new owners but on their registration papers they will officially be Murlyka Bonica and Murlyka Belle Story also known here as Bonnie and Belle. Now you might wonder where the names came from. Certainly not from me - the typist asked me to name my favorite things - but she didn't think that eating, head bunting or sleeping were good names for kittens. She said one of her favorite things are roses - so the kittens are named after some of her favorite roses that start with B.
Bonica is a pink rose bred in France. It's described as delightful and known for its health and constitution. She has at least 10 Bonica roses in her garden and now we have a healthy Bonica kitten. The Rose:

Our Bonica:

Belle Story is an English Rose named after one of the first nursing sisters to join Britain's Royal Navy in 1864. Besides being a beautiful and rather unique rose, I think the typist liked the nursing connection.
The Rose:

Our Belle Story:

Bye for now Nökö

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The kittens "bust out" of the big house (Basket)

The kittens are 25 days and getting more and more mobile. Here is a slideshow of them "escaping" from their basket.


Thursday, July 2, 2009

Update on life in Murlyka cattery

Well the lazy days of summer are here and today I had a great time chasing butterflies, rolling in the dirt and sleeping away the morning in the old hazel nut tree.

Now I know you really are much more interested in the kittens - so here are their latest photos. Big continues to be much more cooperative when taking pictures. Little just wants to be on the move and takes off when the camera appears and her closeups look like a little fox slinky away in the forest. They both are tottering around but still like to stay close to Mom and their nest.

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