Boing!!!

by Helen Hooker March. 06, 2010 4518 views

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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Mary Brown 7 years, 7 months ago

Wonderful shots, I love the light in all of them!

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Pandka 7 years, 7 months ago

What a beautiful shots!

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Heather 7 years, 7 months ago

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

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Tom 7 years, 7 months ago

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

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Milton Jacob 7 years, 7 months ago

lovely set with variety.

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Dorothe 7 years, 7 months ago

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

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
John Wright 7 years, 7 months ago

At last, at last!

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Jarvo Laysell 7 years, 7 months ago

Very nice set. Love the cat; she looks very proud.

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Kelly Lamaster 7 years, 7 months ago

#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

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Azra Kukura Burzic 7 years, 7 months ago

nice

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Sachiko 7 years, 7 months ago

Lovely flowers & lovely cat !

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Contesina 7 years, 7 months ago

I like snowdrops and of course, the cat ;)

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Soubhagya Sagar Behera 7 years, 7 months ago

the 2nd one for me! the colour of the flower, dof and the detail is just fantastic!

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Marsha 7 years, 7 months ago

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

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Tomie Poodle 7 years, 7 months ago

wonderful shots!

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Neil Rosenberger 7 years, 7 months ago

Great set !! Love the shots of Hortus !! cd

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Eiram Marie 7 years, 7 months ago

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

Horfus is beautiful!

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Birthe Vikoren 7 years, 7 months ago

Lovely set!
# 2 is stunning!

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Lynda 7 years, 7 months ago

Great set and nos 1 and 2 are stunning.

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Huiching 7 years, 7 months ago

Wow. Beautiful set!!! And the light in #1 is just perfect!!!

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
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