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Boing!!!

Yes, spring has sprung - sorry, I couldn??t resist the cheesy title! I had some free time this afternoon so I popped up to West Dean Gardens while the sun was shining. While the walled gardens are still pretty bare there were lots of crocuses and snowdrops flowering elsewhere and there was a definite feeling of spring in the air.

Of course a visit to West Dean Gardens wouldn??t be complete without a few minutes spent with the resident cat, Hortus. When I first found her she was sitting in the fig house in between the heating pipes enjoying the sunshine. She couldn??t quite muster the enthusiasm to come and say hello to me so I took a few piccies and left her to her sunbathing. When I passed by later she??d come out of the greenhouse for a stroll and seemed quite keen to say hello. I sat down on a nearby low wall to save me crouching down and a split second later I had a cat on my lap demanding attention! We sat there together in the sunshine together for about 15 minutes before Hortus decided she??d had enough and walked off. As we sat there I wracked my brain as how to get a photo of us together. It then occurred to me that I could try my iPhone so I sneaked it out of my pocket without disturbing her highness and took a few shots at arm??s length, hoping one of them would be useable. The one I??ve posted here certainly isn??t a masterpiece of a portrait but it??s the best record I have of my close encounter of the feline kind!

Snowdrops bobbing gently in the sunshine

I like the patterns created by this espaliered apple tree against brick wall

Hortus was in reflective mood when I arrived…

Me and my friend - who'd have thought a garden cat would be such a lap cat?!

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    • # Heather

      2 and 3 are lovely. I also like your self portrait with your garden friend. Looks like good company :)

      2010.03.09 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Tom

      My yes!! Looks like spring has come to your area!! Looks like Hortus was in a bad mood!!

      2010.03.09 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Dorothe

      Great light in the #1, fantastic colours in the #2 and a lovely cat portrait!

      2010.03.08 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Kelly Lamaster

      #2 is just lovely and the portrait is adorable. :) I like how Hortus seems very aware her photo is being taken and wants to make sure you get her good side. hehe

      2010.03.07 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Marsha

      Love #2....fantastic color and depth!!! The story (and shot) about your experience with Hortus made me smile :))

      2010.03.07 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Eiram

      You are soo lucky! It is snowing again in Prague...bleh...

      Horfus is beautiful!

      2010.03.06 Edited Reply Cancel

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