Monday, September 22, 2008

The Big Bang


On Sunday morning I was in the garden, hanging out the washing in the sunshine, when I paused to stroke Cassie, our girl cat.

Suddenly there was an ENORMOUS crash which reverberated around the city. I checked for Apocalyptic horsemen galloping through the garden. I didn’t see any.

Cassie was no longer much in evidence either. One second she was basking on the lawn, having her head patted; the next she was a furry black streak, diving into the lilacs.

Then I remembered having heard that this was going to happen some Sunday morning soon, about 3 miles from where we live:

http://www.edinburghnp.org.uk/page/bhb_videogallery.aspx
This, then, was that Sunday.
Cassie tiptoed cautiously out of the lilacs and zoomed into the house. She retreated under the table and stayed there for some time.

A few moments later, Sirius, our boy cat – who had clearly been further away at the time of the Big Bang – dashed into the kitchen, panting and wild-eyed. His panicked gaze fell upon his food bowl and we could see him thinking: This might be my last meal! Better make it a good one! Rushing over, he started cramming cat biscuits into his mouth like a man in a pie-eating competition.

The pair of them still look suspiciously over their shoulders when they go outside.

18 comments:

Fairlie said...

Trust a cat to head for the food bowl when the world is ending.

Stomper Girl said...

That was actually slightly apocalyptic to watch. Glad the screams were ones of enjoyment! Now, where's my food bowl?

widget said...

Wow! Great explosion. No wonder the kiddies were concerned. My girl would not be out for months!

Jellyhead said...

That was an impressive demolition. Poor bewildered cats!

Jellyhead said...

P.S. your medical certificate for yesterday (Monday) is in the mail ;-)

Molly said...

Sounds like an excellent reason to dive into the lilacs!

Linds said...

I like the way your cat heads for the food bowl! Sensible lad. I would have been in the lilacs too, head first!

Loth said...

Drat! I was out of Edinburgh on Sunday and missed that! Thanks for the video link though.

PS Are those your lost marbles the cats are guarding in the photo? :-)

Lily said...

Just watched that video... all I could think was, "or I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down." Hope the smoke's cleared and the kitten's recovered.

Thimbleanna said...

Holy Cow!!! That was a fun video to watch -- is, er was, the building very far from you? Wouldn't you hate to live in those little buildings right next door? What a dusty mess they must have had to clean up -- guess I shouldn't complain when I can write my name in the furniture -- at least it takes weeks and weeks for mine to get that way -- not just a minute!

Poor, poor kitties. I'm sure they got lots of cuddly tv time that evening! ;-)

Ali Honey said...

I hope the dust has settled there now. I think your 2 cats are distantly related to my old black Inky......very jumpy!

I wonder what the apocalyptic horsemen would have looked like?

fifi said...

I would dive into Lilacs at the least provocation!

Tanya Brown said...

Oh, my! Yes, that would elicit a reaction from the catlets, not to mention anyone else who isn't deaf!

velcro said...

That building was an eyesore - used to get the bus past it everyday for years, but not so much of an eyesore as the varicose vein flats down in Granton opposite Scottish Gas. They were so awful that you couldn't help but marvel. I wish I had got some photos of them before they were demolished.

meggie said...

I wish I had some lilacs to dive into.
Poor Kitties.

leslie said...

Gosh, Isabelle, I hope the people who lived nearby were warned to shut their windows from all that smoke and dust!

Gina E. said...

I hate seeing that kind of thing. Those buildings didn't look so old. Unless they were structurally unsound, it is such an awful waste of resources to destroy buildings just to rebuild something more modern.
Sorry if you think I'm a killjoy, but wars and natural disasters do enough destruction without this kind of thing going on. Yeah I know it happens all the time, but that doesn't make it right.

Tall Girl said...

Horribly reminiscent of 9/11