City Wildlife #1

It’s no surprise on Instagram most accounts I follow are nature based. Lots of animals, rescue centres, shelters and organisations, landscapes, the seas and oceans. I get a little envious of golden misty foggy wood scenes as I grew up in the countryside. However I equally get envious, maybe more of beautiful seas and oceans waves and shorelines. 

Get that itch! Heron

This year when out, more so at the zoo I tried to take less non zoo resident photos otherwise my photos are almost the same repeat each week. I look for the light, parrots, ducks at the park, birds flying, trees, nature cityscapes while trying to avoid taking photos of humans. Sometimes I don’t mind humans in them. If I can I like the focus on nature. She’s the star of this planet. Anyways, wildlife from July at the Barcelona Zoo, at the park: Parc de la Ciutadella , in the city.

Wrong camera speed. Wherever Mama duck went, they went. It was so cute when they started diving with their bums sticking up out the water
I think a crane nesting above an enclosure
I watched him/her land on the leaf and as soon as I said thank you silently for letting me take their photo, it flew away
Ducks at dusk
Zoo cat
Zoo cat

This summer I saw so many butterflies! Colourful ones at the zoo. White ones while running along with dragonflies. A few moths too and hardly any mosquitos!!! I think mosquitos only bite me when they’re desperate however this year the apartment was almost free of them. That doesn’t mean I didn’t escape not being bit by bugs this summer. It’s almost as if the mosquitoes knew and let the other bug have its go. On holiday I got bite by a tick which got infected, ending up in ER as it wasn’t clearing up. The night before going in the skin around it started to swell up. The doctors were closed and I didn’t want to chance it over the weekend. A course of antibiotics cleared it up and I’ll be left once the redness has gone down another white patch of non pigmented skin to join the other assorted bites and cuts white patches.

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12 Hours In Madrid Part 1

A few weeks ago we spent the day in Madrid. My one day holiday vaccay this year. With 2 cats both on medicine twice a day it’s tricky to escape somewhere. While I’m fine with friends looking after them when I’m away, administering medicine, is different. It’s something I’m okay with and have accepted as those 2 mean so much to me.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I still don’t know how I got ready in just over an hour. We decided to take the train as it was slightly cheaper and quicker than flying from Barcelona. Continue reading “12 Hours In Madrid Part 1”

Greek Gods aka Cats

During the fews day I had exploring Athens with P, one thing I noticed were the many street animals. Packs of dogs flaked out in the hot sun which upset me. They looked well fed, nobody paid them much mind, I didn’t see anyone abusing them but I’ve no idea how they survive the winters or if anyone looks after them. Maybe a local rescue group cares for them, maybe locals treat them as community dogs. Maybe they’re part of Greek culture.

The entrance sign outside the Ancient Agora and Stoa of Attalos, strictly says no dogs allowed inside. This girl’s clearly a rule breaker! Her pack might have been by the Aeropagus Hill a 10-15 minute walk from the Ancient Agora near the Acropolis gates. I think those dogs and the beach dogs had it better than those flaked out in Syntagma Square. As it got cooler in the evening, they got active. Those in the square must have amazing street smarts if they cross the road as the square’s an island and the traffic never stopped even at 1am! One dog was camped outside MacDonalds. Great for food scraps, not good for their health! I couldn’t help but wonder if maybe they’re a by-product of Greece’s current economic situation. I didn’t see any puppies, but there were quite a few teenage and older dogs.

Street Dog at the Ancient Agora

Cats however always seem to do better being feral than dogs. There’s always a cat lady willing to feed them! If you happen to be a cat living around the Acropolis then you must be revered as a cultural icon!

Leading the way up the Acropolis from the Ancient Agora.Cat Ancient Agora

This guy kept watch over looking the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, built by Herodes in memory of his wife. Love his braces!Cat at the AcropolisCat at the AcropolisThis guy kept guard by the Sanctuary of Zeus Polieus and the back of the Acropolis.Cat at the Acropolis

This guy helps out the guards by the small guard and information station.Cat at the AcropolisCarved in stone. Guarding the gate out.Stone Cats, Acropolis

I’ve no idea why this lady feeding the cats on the path down outside the Acropolis has her face covered. Maybe she didn’t want to be known as cat lady, maybe it’s her sun protection! The cats didn’t care. All these guys had great manners and waited their turn!Feeding cats near the AcropolisFeeding cats near the AcropolisFeeding cats near the Acropolis

This handsome tabby hung out by a beach restaurant near the last tram beach stop Asklipiio Voulas, 50 minutes from the centre. One eye on ear rubs, the other on food!Beach catWhy do you think cats have always been revered in ancient cultures?