Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Count Down


I’m not sure what the tally is, but our cat has been using up his nine lives; regular readers have met Dandy the cat before,

In yer face

they might also remember that he fell in the pond back in the summer

Brave face

He’s always shown a preference for drinking spring water from the pond, rather than tap water, so when I spotted paw print on the ice the other day

On thin ice

I had my suspicions that they were his. This morning when I came down,  I found a distressed and soggy cat sat on top of the central heating boiler, it seemed obvious what had happened, a look at the pond confirmed my fears, that at some stage during the night he had fallen through the ice.

Cat hole

We can’t help but think he was very lucky to have managed to get out; before the sun melted the snow on the bank, you could see exactly where he had hauled himself out. One lucky cat; at 13 years of age you’d think he’d have a bit more sense.

This cat has made us all laugh


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

13 thoughts on “Count Down

  1. A wonderful post, enhanced by delightful photo’s.

    He is indeed amazing and at his age – perhaps a rocking chair on the porch – may be more suitable 😉

  2. Poor kitty. As cold as it looks there, hopefully he won’t get sick from his dip in the frigid water.

  3. Perhaps two bowls of spring water might help – one beside the pond and one inside.

    We had a cat who would only drink from the tap in the sink and would sit on the bench till it was turned on.

  4. That is a beautiful cat. I am glad he managed to find his way back onto solid ground.

  5. Dandy is first cousin to the Cowboy. Moss would never get up to such shenanigans. I’m glad he rescued himself, but then it would never occur to me that he couldn’t. Very resourceful cat. Not a lick of sense, but resourceful.

  6. Blimey, I bet he was miserable. Smart though, going the boiler to warm up. When mine come in from the rain, they use the bed to dry themselves. Our bed, you understand, not theirs…

    Glad he was able to get out, he’s a beaut

  7. Oh my goodness! That second photo of your cat after he’d fallen into the pond kind of sums up his feelings about the whole business. Falling through the ice, though, must have been even more traumatic! Amazing that he was able to get out on his own! Imagine seeing him fall through and then watching him struggle and not be able to assist! He obviously has great survival instincts. I’ve seen that video before, but it’s one that is absolutely priceless! 😉

    • I wonder what time he did it; I can’t help but think it must have seemed like a long time before the central heating came on!
      He’s always been a hardy sort of cat, he just lies on the lawn and goes to sleep.

  8. Ha ha ha ha!!! That video is brilliant!!

    Hope your cat has recovered well, I’m guessing he stayed pretty close to the boiler and radiators for the majority of the day after!

  9. What had they put inside that printer? There must have been a human hand in it, one way or another! Great cat though.

    We had a dog who would jump through the ice if she felt it was getting in the way of a swim. Dogs have no feelings. Cats though should have more sense.

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