People have been wondering what happened to fellow animal lover Peter Vigger's floating £1500 Duck House. The Sock got it for a fiver on ebay and is hoping that the cats will turn out to be rather less fussy about it than the ducks were.
Nothing is too good for the puss-babies but the Sock knows she has broken their hearts by destroying the shed that they loved to sit on top of hidden by the mass of overgrown wisteria and jasmine. The shed is being replaced by the new greenhouse arriving in June and the Sock is thinking about putting a nice cushioned rocking chair in there for them. In the meantime the Bedsock has built them a cat platform at the apex of the trellis. They were both told that under no circumstances were they allowed to go on it which meant there was a fight for which cat would sleep on it first.
Cats are contrary creatures - the Socks' previous cat Binky used to sleep hidden in the middle of the raised scented bed. Planting up the bed for the following year the Sock left a cat-sized space in the middle for him. He immediately transferred to the herb bed moulding his own Binky shaped space in the crushed herbs.
The Socks were also busy on the DIY front over the weekend making their own willow obelisk. After seeing the ease with which Toby made one on the GW 35 minute task slot she had assumed that any idiot could construct one and bought a kit from the Malvern show. The instructions said "soak the weaving rods in water (pond, stream, bath etc.). This proved difficult as the Sock doesn't have a pond, stream or bath and didn't fancy sharing a shower with them for a week.
The Sock had a mental image of working in happy harmony with the Bedsock weaving the willow wands together but had forgotten that the Bedsock has a totally different approach to problem-solving to her. This is to immediately think of 100 ways it can't be done and then work out the best way to actually do it - whereas the Sock just gets on and ...er... does it. So the Sock's brain exploded with frustration as the Bedsock stood around thinking things through whilst she was itching to get weaving. The Sock was then forced to undo the bits she had "done wrong".
The result is extremely rustic although the mange-tout will no doubt be happy enough to climb up it.
The Socks intend to construct the new Gabriel Ash greenhouse themselves. The man on their stand at Chelsea assured us that it was idiot proof! Watch this space!
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