Monday, 22 September 2014

wise man and the tortoise

I open this post following such a long period of blogging neglect; 
BUT with a joyful shot of my dear Father on his 92nd Birthday. 
Some of you may recall my previous post which was full of concern for him. 
His pacemaker is fitted and he is once again back to being a marvel!

Hip hip hooray to Dad

.. and now to introduce you to a new member of our family!

meet Freddie!

He is about 30 years old, and I am still trying to ascertain quite what species he is. 
Suggestions welcomed.

I want to say a special thank you to Cathy over at  for her support and guidance (she is a wealth of information about both tortoises and cats and a lovely person too!)

Freddie's first day creates shock waves throughout the feline kingdom of Haven House!

Mr Bingley even throws caution to the wind and attempts the 'conga' dance behind Freddie!

I would like to think that Freddie, if he could, might quote Terry Pratchett at this point...

"You can't trample infidels cats when you're a tortoise. All you could do is give them a meaningful look"

a moment of reflection when Fred meets 'pottery' Fred ... 

His Summer shed is built ... a 'Fred Shed'... but it won't be long before he hibernates for Winter and then he will be sleeping somewhere frost free.

Mr Bingley attempts a 'takeover' on Fred's Shed!

But only Fred sleeps in there 
(... well maybe the odd snail, spider, mouse...too)

The wise man and the tortoise travel but never leave their home.

We look forward to visiting you 
and hope all is well your end.


  1. Welcome to the family, Freddie! Your Mom has done a fantastic job making sure you have the best. I hope your Kitty Brofurs don't try to steal your veggies like what Tutu does with mine. That crazy girl snatches my lettuce right out of my mouth!

    Your Tortoise Girlpal, Dino

    PS/ Thank you for the kind words about our Mommy!

  2. Congrats to your Dad. May he live forever !!!

    I have been gone from blogging for a while. Thus, I have missed a lot of your posts. I'll go back and read them.

    Your two purrballs are as cute as can be. Your new turtle is sweet.

  3. Oh we enjoyed your post. So glad that your dad is doing well again. Handsome fellow.

    And nice to meet Freddy and to catch glimpses of the lads in their explorations with their new family member.

    Happy Day, Helen!


  4. Welcome Freddy!
    Things are never dull in your household :)
    Glad to hear your Dad is doing well.
    Ear scritches to Mr. Darcy and Mr Bingley

  5. We're so glad to hear your dad is doing so well. Happy birthday to him, and many, many more!

    Welcome, Freddy! I hope the boys treat you well.

  6. Freddie, Welcome to the fameowly !
    I'm pretty sure you will have a lot of fun time here :)
    Ps : your house is pretty awesome big !

  7. I LOVED this post~! It has been SO long since we have seen you. And hallo to Fred. Mr Bingley, my mom is daft over you still!

  8. And your Father looks 10 or more years younger than his age. Truly he does. Very handsome.

    Katie's Mommy

  9. WTG on the Fred Shed!! Love him, and his name...I missed you, welcome back!

    And your Dad looks marvelous--mine will be 80 this January. Amazing.

  10. Welcome, Freddie! It sounds like you have found yourself a wonderful home!

    The Chans

  11. So good to see you again!! And with a new being for us to follow!!! Although Fred could never be a threat to the popularity of Darcy and Bingley!!!

  12. Great news about your Dad! Please wish him the happiest of birthdays from us, okay?

    Welcome to the family, Freddie! You've found yourself a terrific one to call your own.


  13. A Happy B-Day to your dad and Happy Day to Freddie too! Purrs...

  14. Hooray for you Dad! Oh, and hooray for Freddie too!

  15. we are so glad you handsome Grandpa is feeling chipper again. Sick grandpeeps can be scary
    Hugs madi and mom and it was so nice to have you visit

  16. Welcome back with such good news about your Dad. Fred looks as if he is loving his new home and his new friends Darcy and Bingley:)

  17. Hi Helen...

    I was hoping I'd find a email... I've been thinking about you and note you haven't been around online with the furry lads for a while now. I hope you and your dad are doing okay. And that it's just life happening that we haven't seen you around. We miss you!!

    If you get this, I'm hosting an Advent Christmas giveaway this weekend... Advent Calendars from Jacquie Lawson. I thought you'd enjoy the calendars, if you don't already know about them.

    Sending you and the lads purry hugs and good wishes for the season coming up.


  18. I LOVE this! I have finally met Fred!


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