Big Dreams, Small Spaces Diary: A Cat’s View

Miaow there,

My name’s Rumbles, short for Mr Rumbleson Aria Wallington-Anderson. I wanted to tell you my side of the story. Here I am as a young strapping kitten back in 2012.

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Our garden used to have a jungle in it.

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Then one day it was gone.

My pet humans, Walls and Topher, kept putting new things in for me to sleep on though. As they should.

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Walls knows it’s a tough life protecting my pride land.

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He kept bringing new growing things in and putting them on their shrine to me.

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I like to acknowledge these gifts, but not too much. You have to keep them on their toes these humans.

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Here I am posing for my annual portrait.

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Walls is handy because he always holds a warm bed for me to sleep on.

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He is a bit stupid though. So I have to monitor what he does.

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I’m very effective at keeping unwanted enemies out of the garden. Nothing gets past my watchful gaze.

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And I often like to pose wistfully next to a flower so Walls and Topher can capture my best side.

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One day Walls and Topher started bringing lots of stuff into my pride land for me. Including this fetching yurt.

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One day a human called Donty came in and fixed my tree for me so I could pose on it properly again. Like a lion.

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From my mountain I kept a watch in the day time.

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And my surveillance, hidden in the undergrowth.

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No one messes with me.

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I’m as sharp as tiger.

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I’m as invisible as a panther.

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One day Walls and Topher started to improve my palace and pride lands for me, and brought in lots of other humans to help.

Quite early on I set about specifying how I wanted it all to look, giving out various commands.

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They didn’t really get it right, because they’re not the smartest, but they tried. As long as they’re doting on me constantly, that’s all that matters. I am a generous ruler.

The humans they brought in created a large cat walk for me. It was the best in the land.

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And Walls surrounded it in gifts.

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Really, this was quite catisfactory but I made sure Walls saw nothing but my distain at his attempts.

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Here I am fearlessly purring at a giant snake.

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Then the cat walk became a special bridge with a modern floating jungle on it.

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In my palace the humans had installed a large adventure park for my amusement.

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Complete with a catisfactory throne.

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When they weren’t around I loved it, but when they were I made sure they felt belittled for their attempts.

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They kept rearranging my new pride lands jungle and I humoured them by appearing to be interested.

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After a while, eating my meals in the adventure park became a little demeaning.

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I commanded that they put it back to the luxury I was used to.

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I gave my best sad face, which always works.

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Walls and Topher seemed a bit tired at this point.

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So I took sympathy and told them they could shower me with gifts. Which of course they did. I was very happy.

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They even installed a giant drinking bowl for me

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A new outdoor throne was built with things that complemented my fur.

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And I got back to my royal duties of protecting the pride land.

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I definitely never fell asleep while on duty.

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Back inside my palace things were getting back to how I wanted them.

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Walls, Topher and my other human minions even installed a big viewing gallery so I can maintain my royal guard when it’s too wet for my beautiful fur to go outside.

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The Donty human came back to check that my pet humans Walls and Topher were treating me OK. I said they were average but they could stay.

As a special treat, you can all have my latest portrait.

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My tail ends with news that Walls and Topher brought in this giant cat bed. They tried to sit on it but I immediately told them to jog on.

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Miaow for now,

Mr Rumbles

 

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Jack Wallington

I'm an RHS qualified garden designer living in Clapham, London who loves growing plants and designing with them. Follow me on Twitter.

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