Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Corner View - Winter





Winter here in Salalah is a bit like spring in most other parts of the world. It is pleasantly warm and sunny, wih daytime highs of around 26°C and nighttime lows of 19°C. In fact, it's an ideal time for planting seeds. My New Year's resolution was to make a herb garden, and it's now well under way. Seeds only take a few days to germinate here, and I'm now beginning to transplant some of the seedlings to the earth. They include coriander, basil, parsley, thyme, dill, chives, celery, lemon grass and chili peppers. Most of the plants should be ready to pick some time in March or April, when the temperatures will be up in the 30°s, and it will be getting a little too hot for planting seedlings.

Whilst I was out in the garden I heard the plaintive cries of a two-week old kitten, which had been left on our roof by its mother. We really had to get him down, as he sounded quite distressed. He's got one wonky ear, but he's cleaned up quite well and is happily taking baby formula from an ear dropper. His name is Fred. Our other cat, Sid, who I also found abandoned, is a little bit jealous of him though. Every time he sees the kitten, he walks off in a huff, and only deigns to come home again when he's hungry.

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11 comments:

  1. Lovely warm winter story and the feel of earth.
    And so sweet, the cat just doing what it does as cats do:) Good luck with your plantings!

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  2. I like how you tell stories and how informative they alway are. lucky traveler !
    and I love cats, this black kitty is adorable !

    and regarding Tampere, I wouldn't mind spending a year or so there to "feel" & live the seasons... and take photos of course :)

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  3. jealous all around. what a cutie pie! fred is the perfect name for a cat. i am living vicariously on many levels with this post, ian!

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  4. wow. fab. I want to start with herbs again but a bit more difficult here.
    yours is a cheat's winter, though (can you see how I gradually start turning green? ha ha!)

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  5. Congratulations on keeping your New Years resolution! And give my best to Fred and Sid.

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  6. ha ha ha, love your stories, as much the herbs (facinating how soon you'll be eating them!!!!), as the history of your cats! good soul!!

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  7. Now that's a sweet winter story!

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  8. I would love a winter as warm and beautiful!
    I am glad you were able to rescue Fred. Hmmm... do you think Sid's mistress drop the kittie off for him to join in the parenthood? Fred sure looks a lot like Sid. Smile... Enjoy your golden weekend! xo

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  9. Sounds like my kind of winter. Good luck with your herbs :)

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  10. Un jardin en Paradis.

    Fred is a lucky cat!

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  11. Wonderful winter story! Just Sid obviously still needs some time to realize this... ;)

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