Monday 10 February 2014
My dears, can you guess where I have been? You never will so I shall just have to tell you. Cliff came rushing up to me the other day all of a quiver, he was fair vibrating with excitement. He had been surfing the interweb and he came across a website announcing a course all about blogging and building websites. He showed me the programme on my CatPad and I could see why he was so excited. It might have been written with us in mind! The only slight fly in the ointment was that it was being held in London. When I dryly pointed that out to him, he laughed with such vigour, I had to have a wash to hide my displeasure… Of course, he quickly noticed and apologised. You see, he happened to know that Buff, one of my Staff, was going to London on the train and he would be driving one of our vans to the station meaning we could jump aboard.
I must say, having to avoid humans and getting wet paws aside, I rather liked travelling by train. The swaying was very soporific and on the way back, we had a carriage to ourselves so we could look out the windows. The only thing that bothered me was that I had not paid for a ticket but Cliff assures me that even if humans knew we were travelling, they wouldn’t make us buy a ticket. Isn’t that nice?
London itself was both exhilarating and breath-taking. I don’t mind admitting that I was more than a little scared. Luckily, the venue was very close to the train station in a building that was positively decadent. The meeting itself was splendid. It confirmed what I have long suspected: I am not bad at blogging given I am a cat and have never had any formal training. That said, I did pick up a lot of tips when it comes to prose and grammar. Cliff says his technical stream was “mind blowing”. He says he can’t wait to get his paws on the system back at the office. The first thing he is going to tweak is the Events Calendar.
In fact, may I take the liberty of suggesting that you navigate there and have a look. I am willing to wager a bag of sardine tails that you will be surprised by the variety of events we run or host. My favourites tend to be the Experience days for kitlings and the car boot sales. If I am honest, I can take or leave the dog training. They can be so slow at learning, I get overcome with frustration and have to have a wash or even a nap. And let me tell you, when you have a busy schedule an unplanned snooze or wash can play havoc with your day!
Now if you will excuse me, I have to check on Cliff’s beloved Beefy Bits. They are fiddly to make and one has to be patient but it is worth it. I actually came up with the idea for Beefy Bits when I saw a recipe for something humans call Jerky. All you have to do is slowly dry small chunks of beef cat food. Well, I say all but one does need to take care to press all the moisture out before setting them to dry.
PS: I seem to have gone on a bit. I hope you forgive me.
PPS: Apparently, the term Jerky comes from the South American word Ch’Arki who used the drying technique on alpacas or llamas. We sometimes have such guests here at Wood Green…