Monday, March 31, 2008

Moooooooo!

Ginger and I fancied a saucer of milk but all we found was this big cow. We think it might be the wrong sort of cow though.

Purrs
Fred

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Scary Plants

We've been exploring the jungle and discovered all types of scary plants. We hope none of them are cat-eating plants! Yikes! We wish Faz was here to protect us just in case!

Fred & Ginger






Saturday, March 29, 2008

Jungle cats

Fred and Ginger here exploring the rainforests of the tropical north of Australia. Can you see us posing on this branch?

This is the coastline where we are staying, we are about 100kms north of Cairns near the Daintree.

And here we are overlooking the Mossman River just down from the gorge and rapids. We didn't go white water rafting, as us cats don't particularly like getting wet.

As you can see it's very beautiful but it's also very hot and sticky and the mosquitoes are very tenacious.

Purrs from us - Fred and Ginger

Friday, March 28, 2008

Next stop - the Rainforests of North Queensland

Hello all, we're in tropical North Queensland but we are in the middle of the rain forest so having difficulty posting.

Faz tells us that she has the cat sitter wrapped around her little paw and is getting midnight snacks as well as breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea. We wonder what she is going to look like when we get home?

Purrs from us - Fred & Ginger

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

I am blushing ...

Hi Guys, FAZ here, look what I got whilst the others are off gallivanting around the world (and you can scroll down to read Fred and Ginger's latest adventure too):

Charlie invented the following award which we were honoured to receive from The Cat Realm crew:

"
I would like to thank the totally hip, coolest and funnest cats, who were super-quick with the photos, good humoured and loads of fun to be with in blogland (I look forward to more!): Now you must pass it on to three hip bloggers to perpetuate the spirit of hip-ness, for which, if you need any help, you can refer to Zaphod Beeblebrox, who said, "I'm so hip, I can't see over my own pelvis!" Congratulations!"

Thank you so much Guys! Now I'd like to pass it on to my talented beading, blogging buddie The Lone Beader, the generous and artistic Maggie and Zoey at Zoolatry and me old mucker Pablo .

Cats have it easy

As we cats knows our needs are simple; a food bowl, a warm place to sleep and a litter box is all we desire to be content. But look what Japanese humans have to put up with when they need to 'go'. It takes a degree in 'toilet technology' to work out how to flush it.

We'd love to know what the 'oscillating' and 'massage' functions do?

And this was our favourite bathroom in a restaurant in Tokyo - the toilet seat lifts and the inside of the toilet lights up in neon as you approach it. And this is our friend Akira who lives in Tokyo taking the picture.

This picture below shows where the humans wash their hands - this also lights up and the water disappears into glass beads. What a fuss! Much easier just to lick your paws clean.

Purrs Fred & Ginger

Monday, March 24, 2008

Scary Gods, Kabuki and Samurai

Hi There, Fred and Ginger here again - Day 3 in Tokyo and we have been seeing some very interesting sights like this scary samurai warrior below who helps to protect the Imperial Palace.

Or this famous Kabuki actor from the 19th century.

Or this Shinto God who provides safe water to drink and keeps you healthy.

Japan is full of amazing things.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Eating like emperors in Japan

Day 2 in Japan and we ate at the most wonderful restaurant we read about in London. It's called Aronia de Takazawa. It only has 2 tables for 4 as the chef likes to concentrate on preparing a perfect food experience for his guests.

We had the 10 course menu which was without a doubt the most wonderful experience.

The restaurant was down a small non-descript side street behind a simple brown door. The door opened to a long white staircase heading up to a smallish wooden room with two tables. We were the second table to arrive.

We started with an 'amuse bouche' of a tiny portion of frozen macadamia nut oil dipped in honey and a small creme brulee of pate de fois gras. Our bouches were definitely most amused by this.


We then had a mouth size portion of vegetable terrine made with perfectly cut tiny squares of pickled vegetables in a beetroot jelly which refreshed the mouth.




Our next course below was entitled Spoon and Seafood, which was lobster, squid in a squid ink jelly and a scallop wrapped in a paper made from its own essence.

The fourth course was Wakame Pasta (sea food pasta) with clams in a lovely light broth. This was followed by Smoked Jelly (below) which was raw trout with a small piece of jelly on top. If you ate the trout on it's own it was like sashimi but with the smoked jelly it tasted like a lightly smoked trout (FAZ would definitely like this one).

Course 6 was Cappuccino of Guinea Fowl - bite size pieces of guinea fowl in a foam made from reducing the stock made from it's bones for 3 days. This was divine.

Next came the best course which was Amadai and Chocolate (sadly no picture). Bite size portions of tile fish with the scales still on (but crunchy and edible) with kumquat and roasted Japanese mushrooms on a lick of chocolate - delicious.

Course 8 was Wagyu - Japanesque (this dish was meant to show how outsiders see Japan). A combination of beef, seaweed, 3 year dried soy sauce, and radish pickle.


Then there was a tiny candy floss of menthol, which you put in the mouth and ate in one go. Your whole mouth and nose became alive with the taste and smell - this refreshed you fully for the final course.

For dessert, Takazawa Special Camembert (below) - this was not camembert at all but an icecream cake made to look like the cheese it even had the exact same consistency when you touched it. On the side was a spoonful of manuka honey ice cream and wild berries collected by the chef from the mountains and mixed with bitter herbs for health.


This was a sublime experience and well worth a visit if you're ever in Tokyo. Sorry Faz wasn't able to share the experience but her table manners can sometimes leave something to be desired.

Purrs Fred & Ginger

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Fred and Ginger in Tokyo

Dear all, Fred and Ginger here. Faz is at home in Wimbledon and we are on our tours again. We arrived yesterday in Tokyo and visited the Meiji Jingu garden and shrine. We saw a beautiful Japanese bride and her wedding party at the shrine getting married.





The sun was shining and we spent lots of time watching the carp in the pond, it made us so hungry we went out to a Sushi restaurant in Tsukijishijo for dinner and ate sushi until we couldn't eat any more.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Knock Knock Who's There?


Do you think braer fox lives in this house?

Monday, March 10, 2008

We're being battered by high winds

From bbc.co.uk

Waves at Trearddur Bay in north Wales

A powerful storm has hit the western
and southern coasts of England,
with forecasters warning of more to come.

There has been widespread disruption to roads, rail and air travel, while almost 12,000 homes are without power.

It's very scary.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Sunday, March 02, 2008

On my throne

I am Princess Fazbucket the First.
Queen of all I survey.