vilakins: (writing)

I rather think this Calvin strip is very much me at the moment. I barely have time to catch up with LJ these days let alone decent writing time.

I think I'm going to have to write in my lunch hour, especially now the Bluecoat system we're trialling at work before we sell it to clients has suddenly decided that my flist is a phishing site. :-(

At least I've thought up more of the story while walking up and down the hill the office is on.

Anyway, have a very moving link about the 'elephant whisperer' wild elephants gathered to mourn. Me, I've always thought cats were telepathic; this proves at least some animals are.

[Edit] Have another link: a great Dorktower strip. :-D

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (cute vila)

I took Jasmin back to the vet this afternoon for a check-up to ensure that the infection in her ear had cleared up (which it had) and while I was paying, a woman came in with a little brown and white dog on a leash. "This is Bodie," she said to the nurse in reception. OK, I have friends who have talked about this fandom and I couldn't resist; I asked if she had a Doyle as well, and she laughed and said yes. The same breed? Yes. I said that was very cool and cute, then when I took Jasmin out to the car, there was Doyle in the one next to it, barking wistfully through the windscreen at his owner whom he could see through the vet's window. As I pulled out, she came out to get Doyle to take him inside to be with Bodie. Awww. :-D

vilakins: (beta delta)

There were two brief off-and-on-again power cuts last night (while we were watching Life of Brian and both times they made my PC reboot which showed me that the UPS is fried. Sigh. Greg's going to bring home a spare one from his work. His PC, much newer than my old one, was fine even without a UPD as it has a bigger power pack with a built-in surge protector.

This was in the news today, about two otters in Nelson: inseparable for 15 years. Awwwwww. [loves otters] Make the picture bigger; it's sweet. I'm glad they had such long and happy lives.

vilakins: Vila with a party hat and a glass of wine (xmas)

It's Christmas Eve here, so I'll take the opportunity to wish a very merry, peaceful, and joy-filled Christmas to all those who celebrate it.

These photos are from the SPCA newsletter, and were taken in their offices: something for everyone! The parrot is called Louis, and the rat's Hannah. :-)


vilakins: Vila with a party hat and a glass of wine (xmas)

It's Christmas Eve here, so I'll take the opportunity to wish a very merry, peaceful, and joy-filled Christmas to all those who celebrate it.

These photos are from the SPCA newsletter, and were taken in their offices: something for everyone! The parrot is called Louis, and the rat's Hannah. :-)


vilakins: White tiger cub biting a plush tiger cub (cuteness)

We got our new kitten, Jasmin, on Sunday. She was very scared when we got her home, never having been in a car, or away from her litter mates and her mother before, but at least she was eating and using the litter (though not always) which was a good sign; some kittens go off their food. She spent the night in our bedroom, but mainly behind some of my clothes on a shelf. She explored yesterday and met both cats (Claudia being unimpressed as I expected; it took her two weeks to get to love Tessa) and Vic being quite interested). By evening she was feeling relaxed enough to purr when I cuddled her, and to play with a knitting needle.

Last night she was on my pillow, and in the morning had a snuggle under my chin. She had a big game of tubes after breakfast (like all our cats, she loves playing with a length of computer cable with the wires removed) and I even got an action shot!

Bengal boy, miniature horses, and Jasmin kitten (5 pics) )

vilakins: White tiger cub biting a plush tiger cub (cuteness)

We got our new kitten, Jasmin, on Sunday. She was very scared when we got her home, never having been in a car, or away from her litter mates and her mother before, but at least she was eating and using the litter (though not always) which was a good sign; some kittens go off their food. She spent the night in our bedroom, but mainly behind some of my clothes on a shelf. She explored yesterday and met both cats (Claudia being unimpressed as I expected; it took her two weeks to get to love Tessa) and Vic being quite interested). By evening she was feeling relaxed enough to purr when I cuddled her, and to play with a knitting needle.

Last night she was on my pillow, and in the morning had a snuggle under my chin. She had a big game of tubes after breakfast (like all our cats, she loves playing with a length of computer cable with the wires removed) and I even got an action shot!

Bengal boy, miniature horses, and Jasmin kitten (5 pics) )

vilakins: (cool stuff)

Back in June, I was given cat slippers by the pet supermarket for buying Hills Science Diet for the cats. I was there again today and I got a small pack of freebie biscuits and...

more slippers! )



Wow, a post that isn't an art post! Well, I haven't been doing much lately but art and reading and watching the Olympics. A TiVo is essential for this so you can FF at a minute a second past all the boring stuff like beach volleyball and the cycling pursuit (however the hell that works) to the interesting stuff like athletics, gymnastics, and diving. Why do they have beach volleyball in the Olympics? And why do they show it for hours on end? For that matter, I have strong objections to a lot of the team sports because they field obscenely highly paid professional players. The events I like best have individuals competing against each other.

For me it's anything in the main athletics stadium, gymnastics, diving, rowing. Which events do you like best?

Ooh, and we've gone up to #17 on the medal table. That's not bad for a country with the population of a small city.

vilakins: (cool stuff)

Back in June, I was given cat slippers by the pet supermarket for buying Hills Science Diet for the cats. I was there again today and I got a small pack of freebie biscuits and...

more slippers! )



Wow, a post that isn't an art post! Well, I haven't been doing much lately but art and reading and watching the Olympics. A TiVo is essential for this so you can FF at a minute a second past all the boring stuff like beach volleyball and the cycling pursuit (however the hell that works) to the interesting stuff like athletics, gymnastics, and diving. Why do they have beach volleyball in the Olympics? And why do they show it for hours on end? For that matter, I have strong objections to a lot of the team sports because they field obscenely highly paid professional players. The events I like best have individuals competing against each other.

For me it's anything in the main athletics stadium, gymnastics, diving, rowing. Which events do you like best?

Ooh, and we've gone up to #17 on the medal table. That's not bad for a country with the population of a small city.

vilakins: (lazy)

I finally downloaded the pictures that have been languishing in my camera for up to six weeks.

Three animals and an afternoon tea )

vilakins: (lazy)

I finally downloaded the pictures that have been languishing in my camera for up to six weeks.

Three animals and an afternoon tea )

vilakins: The word chocolate in many different languages (chocolate)

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I have you're well-supplied with chocolate, macaroni cheese, cuddly cats, and an excellent vintage, and are as happy as this laid-back guy. And for added plushness, here's a fluffy baby otter with its mum.

vilakins: The word chocolate in many different languages (chocolate)

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I have you're well-supplied with chocolate, macaroni cheese, cuddly cats, and an excellent vintage, and are as happy as this laid-back guy. And for added plushness, here's a fluffy baby otter with its mum.

vilakins: (nikau (NZ!))
[livejournal.com profile] trixieleitz posted about the kitten on the motorway yesterday. Today, it was a penguin on the Harbour Bridge!

I tell you, it's all go in Auckland, the city where I once saw sheep which had escaped from Cornwall Park blocking traffic on a main road.
vilakins: (nikau (NZ!))
[livejournal.com profile] trixieleitz posted about the kitten on the motorway yesterday. Today, it was a penguin on the Harbour Bridge!

I tell you, it's all go in Auckland, the city where I once saw sheep which had escaped from Cornwall Park blocking traffic on a main road.
vilakins: (joy)

Hee! The latest Listener interviews Jin the Otter after her month at large. In case the article disappears, I've put the text under a cut, along with the very cute chatty otter picture that was in the Listener but not on their site.

Bwhahaha!

Cry freedom: interview with Jin the Otter )

vilakins: (joy)

Hee! The latest Listener interviews Jin the Otter after her month at large. In case the article disappears, I've put the text under a cut, along with the very cute chatty otter picture that was in the Listener but not on their site.

Bwhahaha!

Cry freedom: interview with Jin the Otter )

vilakins: My cat Tessa (tessa)

They found Jin the lost otter! She escaped from Auckland Zoo almost a month ago, promptly swam the harbour, and was finally captured today on one of the Gulf islands where a yachtie spotted her. Judging from the places she was sighted, she's covered a huge area. I'm impressed.

According to one of Greg's colleagues whose wife works at the zoo, Jin's less than impressed about being caught; mind you, she was in the trap the zoo set for her all night. I'm glad she's safe and back with her fellow otters again though. It's been very cold and she'd only have been able to form a otterpile of one. :-P

[Edit] I just saw a news item about her, and her keepers said they were getting postcards from all over NZ and the world signed 'Jin'. Hee!

Text of article )

vilakins: My cat Tessa (tessa)

They found Jin the lost otter! She escaped from Auckland Zoo almost a month ago, promptly swam the harbour, and was finally captured today on one of the Gulf islands where a yachtie spotted her. Judging from the places she was sighted, she's covered a huge area. I'm impressed.

According to one of Greg's colleagues whose wife works at the zoo, Jin's less than impressed about being caught; mind you, she was in the trap the zoo set for her all night. I'm glad she's safe and back with her fellow otters again though. It's been very cold and she'd only have been able to form a otterpile of one. :-P

[Edit] I just saw a news item about her, and her keepers said they were getting postcards from all over NZ and the world signed 'Jin'. Hee!

Text of article )

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (wild creatures)

Wonderful: I didn't realise till now that Auckland Zoo has Asian otters! I too can go and see otters! And I will, along with the new touchable cheetahs (scroll down).

Worrying: I know about the otters because one of them, Jin, escaped last week. She managed to swim the harbour and has been seen in Devonport. I hope the zoo staff succeed in catching the poor little thing soon. I'm so worried about her, I resisted all the Lost Jin jokes. :-(

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (wild creatures)

Wonderful: I didn't realise till now that Auckland Zoo has Asian otters! I too can go and see otters! And I will, along with the new touchable cheetahs (scroll down).

Worrying: I know about the otters because, one of them, Jin, escaped last week. She managed to swim the harbour and has been seen in Devonport. I hope the zoo staff succeed in catching the poor little thing soon. I'm so worried about her, I resisted all the Lost Jin jokes. :-(

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (wild creatures)

For those intrigued by the red pandas in my previous post, here's a better picture, scanned from this week's Listener (the article was about baby boomers; the woman in the pic was a high-powered executive who turned fulltime mother).

Red panda being fed )



You can see their size and utter cuteness there--aww, look at the little tongue! She's probably feeding it fruit; they love that. The zoo hold 'encounters' like this at set times of the day and I'm going to plan my next visit around a few of them. I want to meet a red panda and touch one of the new cheetahs we're getting at Easter. :-D

Sadly, red pandas are endangered. If you want to know more about them, see this excellent article in the Wikipedia which makes it clear that they're not really bears but in a class of their own. Auckland Zoo has at least six that I could see, constantly climbing and moving about, except for one who went to sleep, zonked out flat along a tree trunk. :-)

A few years ago, one escaped from Wellington Zoo and climbed a tree across the road and was found when people reported a large, strange, red cat in the tree. That was the first I'd heard of them and they're among my favourite animals now.

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (wild creatures)

For those intrigued by the red pandas in my previous post, here's a better picture, scanned from this week's Listener (the article was about baby boomers; the woman in the pic was a high-powered executive who turned fulltime mother).

Red panda being fed )



You can see their size and utter cuteness there--aww, look at the little tongue! She's probably feeding it fruit; they love that. The zoo hold 'encounters' like this at set times of the day and I'm going to plan my next visit around a few of them. I want to meet a red panda and touch one of the new cheetahs we're getting at Easter. :-D

Sadly, red pandas are endangered. If you want to know more about them, see this excellent article in the Wikipedia which makes it clear that they're not really bears but in a class of their own. Auckland Zoo has at least six that I could see, constantly climbing and moving about, except for one who went to sleep, zonked out flat along a tree trunk. :-)

A few years ago, one escaped from Wellington Zoo and climbed a tree across the road and was found when people reported a large, strange, red cat in the tree. That was the first I'd heard of them and they're among my favourite animals now.

vilakins: White tiger cub biting a plush tiger cub (cuteness)

We don't give each other cards, flowers, or presents for Valentine's (which was yesterday). Instead we go somewhere fun for a meal, and this year it was Auckland Zoo. We ordered a 'deluxe hamper' for two from the Darwin Cafe (really an unbleached cotton bag of food) and ate it at one of the wooden picnic tables while listening to live jazz at the rotunda through the trees. Then we wandered around on a calm, warm summer evening.

The first animals we saw were some of my favourites, red pandas. I love red pandas. They're an adorable mixture of cats, bears, and raccoons, and I could have spent ages watching them. I was furious with myself for forgetting my camera, but Greg used his mobile to get some pics in the fading evening light. Opposite the red pandas were the meerkats, much smaller than I'd thought, looking like earnest little bandits; so cute. We saw lots of other animals (mostly submerged hippos, a lion, a huge rhinoceros, lots of zebras and springboks, lemurs, and various primates) and ended up where the band were, where we had dessert: a Tim Tam cornetto each which I'd been wanting to try (and very nice too). It was a lovely evening.

I'll be back though--the new cheetahs are coming at Easter, and they'll be trained for public encounters like Charlie and Delta in Wellington. [bounce]

Pics of red pandas, lemurs, and carp )

vilakins: White tiger cub biting a plush tiger cub (cuteness)

We don't give each other cards, flowers, or presents for Valentine's (which was yesterday). Instead we go somewhere fun for a meal, and this year it was Auckland Zoo. We ordered a 'deluxe hamper' for two from the Darwin Cafe (really an unbleached cotton bag of food) and ate it at one of the wooden picnic tables while listening to live jazz at the rotunda through the trees. Then we wandered around on a calm, warm summer evening.

The first animals we saw were some of my favourites, red pandas. I love red pandas. They're an adorable mixture of cats, bears, and raccoons, and I could have spent ages watching them. I was furious with myself for forgetting my camera, but Greg used his mobile to get some pics in the fading evening light. Opposite the red pandas were the meerkats, much smaller than I'd thought, looking like earnest little bandits; so cute. We saw lots of other animals (mostly submerged hippos, a lion, a huge rhinoceros, lots of zebras and springboks, lemurs, and various primates) and ended up where the band were, where we had dessert: a Tim Tam cornetto each which I'd been wanting to try (and very nice too). It was a lovely evening.

I'll be back though--the new cheetahs are coming at Easter, and they'll be trained for public encounters like Charlie and Delta in Wellington. [bounce]

Pics of red pandas, lemurs, and carp )

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (me)
The Humane Society's Disaster Center has 200 people rescuing and caring for pets and animals in New Orleans (thanks to [livejournal.com profile] hafren for the link). I've sent them a donation.

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vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (me)
The Humane Society's Disaster Center has 200 people rescuing and caring for pets and animals in New Orleans (thanks to [livejournal.com profile] hafren for the link). I've sent them a donation.

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