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During our various city wanderings this past summer we encountered lots of fine, furry felines. In celebration of today’s autumnal equinox, or vernal equinox if you’re reading this in the southern hemisphere, (and because there simply aren’t enough pictures of cats on the internet ;-) here’s a glimpse of how Holland’s urban kitties while away their lazy summer days…

the cat days of summer

listening to the symphony in his head
[haarlem]

the cat days of summer

ziggy stardust *
[haarlem]

the cat days of summer

21st century broomstick
[haarlem]

the cat days of summer

heatwave face
[gira @ home, haarlem]

the cat days of summer

puny humans!
[leiden]

the cat days of summer

lunch leftovers?
[leiden]

the cat days of summer

aahhh, that’s the spot…
… wait, where are you going? I have so much more to give!
[haarlem]

the cat days of summer

yellow eyed yogi
[haarlem]

the cat days of summer

hangin’ out on his hog
[haarlem]

the cat days of summer

siamese twins
[leiden]

the cat days of summer

just chillin’
[haarlem]

the cat days of summer

ginger repose
[top: leiden, bottom: haarlem]

the cat days of summer

happy equinox, folks!

* although Bowie’s eyes are technically not heterochromic the moniker “Ziggy Stardust” seemed to suit this elegant fella very well

RIP Casey Copperfield
This post is dedicated to the memory of Casey Copperfield,
beautiful kitty of blog friend Carol

On a recent day off we took advantage of the fine spring sunshine and made the brief 42 minute train journey to Delft. Despite its proximity, famous blue ceramics, and Vermeer connection I hadn’t visited the city before, and was hopeful to catch a glimpse of that particular quality of light and shadow so singular to Vermeer’s paintings.

      Johannes Vermeer, View of Delft, c. 1660 - 1661

view of delft, johannes vermeer, c.1660-1661

view of delft, april 2015

views of delft, april 2015

However, the uncharacteristically clear blue sky and intense spring sunshine had other ideas… and made for far less subtle, but equally rewarding, colours and contrasts.

view of delft, april 2015

delft blue

view of delft, april 2015

play of light & shadow

view of delft, april 2015

building bling!

view of delft, april 2015

for the cows
(as a vegetarian i find the consumption of veal [kalfsvlees] one of humanity’s more dismaying culinary practices… but i’m not averse to a nice bit of art deco stained glass typography!)

view of delft, april 2015

blue segues into green

view of delft, april 2015

city garden

view of delft, april 2015

magnolia, grape hyacinth

view of delft, april 2015

gateway to oz?

view of delft, april 2015

beneath our feet – spring growth, and a handpainted
reminder about what’s important embedded into the pavement

view of delft, april 2015

paparazzi-ing the locals!

After several weeks of posts about my travels in a far off land I think it’s time for me to face reality and return to the streets of Amsterdam! And what better way to do that than with a fifth instalment in my ongoing (if infrequent!) ‘Amsterdam Cats in Windows’ series…

hello, sailor!


the welcoming party


20th century art lover
favourite collar?

yves klein blue!


maitre d’


dutch delight


honorary felid


technology overload


the effigy


the decoy


lemurcat!


ivan the (not so) terrible
[mouser & all-round tough guy at the neighbourhood russian supermarket]

[Looking for Part I, Part II, Part III and Part IV?]


‘Panthera Pair’ limited edition silkscreen print – detail

Close your eyes for a moment and imagine our planet without wild cats. No tigers. No leopards. No lions. No jaguars. (To name but a few of the 37 wild cat species, many of which are severely endangered). Doesn’t bear thinking about, does it!

Some months ago I watched the very compelling BBC documentary ‘Lost Land of the Tiger’ which documents the activities of a group of scientists (led by the CEO of the Panthera wild cat conservation group) as they work to gather data on the dwindling tiger populations in the Eastern Himalayan region and to figure out solutions for their future survival in the wild.

I am deeply impressed by their work and would like to support it as much as possible. These limited edition screenprints are part of that effort… and here, dear readers (yes, I am trying to butter you up :) is where you come in. These prints are for sale in my shop (a three colour print in vibrant yellow, orange & black, and a black & white version for the minimalists out there) – I will donate 100% of the proceeds of every print sale directly to Panthera. Together we can make a small, but not insignificant, difference!

Please click here to buy a print and support worldwide wild cat conservation >

You can read more about the great work Panthera does here >
And you can watch clips from the BBC documentary ‘Lost Land of the Tiger’ here >

Thanks for reading, thanks for buying, and thanks for spreading the word.
If I could purrrrr I would…

We have visitors staying with us at the moment and are taking the opportunity to do a bit of exploring beyond Amsterdam. Our first port of call, last weekend, was the tiny, picturesque village of Giethoorn (no roads – bike paths and boat waterways only – so no noisy, polluting traffic. Nice!). The weather wasn’t kind to us, but we couldn’t let the April showers dampen our rambling-spirits.

The absence of car traffic results in cleaner air, which in turn allows numerous magnificent lichens to thrive.

And the abundance of water (not just the stuff falling from above – we are, after all, below sea level here!) means fabulous fungi, startlingly green mosses & grass, and a myriad of water birds abound.

And I should also mention that Giethoorn might be home to some of the planet’s friendliest cats! On our wanderings we met a new one at almost every turn… they don’t require coaxing, they come rushing along the paths to meet you.

A town full of friendly felines (and well-fed woolly sheep), even a damp town, is alright in my book!

some of my work, available on etsy
support worldwide wild cat conservation

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A gift from a friend @jessebreytenbach a couple of years ago, this tiny, beautiful artwork has taken on a deeper poignancy and significance… [Artist: Stephanie Simpson @me_and_norman] - #stayhome #isolation #art #hope #collage #foundtext #goldleaf #gold #crescent #moon #spring #blue #sky #birds #seagulls #soar -
There’s a cat among the pigeons... A very good reason to #stayhome Be safe, be well. - #idiom #pigeons #cat #grayson #grey #greeneyes #ThinGreyDuke #onelungedwonder #MegaLung #GraysonTheGreat #socks #catsofinstagram #catsofholland -
Venetian grafica, part II - #venice #winter #urbanenvironment #streetart #graffiti #urbanart #vermeer #scubamask #architecturalsculpture #stonework #pinecone #water #reflections #canals #seaweed #shrine #jesus #lion #planetearth #strongman #flare #emergency #climatechange #pattern #texture #colour #art - Credits: The ‘woman in scuba mask’ street art is by Blub, based on Johannes Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ c.1665. Other artist’s unknown (to me). - [Photos taken in November 2019, shortly before this vulnerable, fascinating city was once again flooded, and long before Italy went into the current lockdown state]
Venetian grafica, part I (part II to follow, because Venice is an incredibly visually rich place – what textures! what colours! what magnificent, ancient urban decay! – and I was incapable of culling my photos down to just the ten permitted by IG in a single post!) - #venice #urbanenvironment #streetart #graffiti #urbanart #architecturalsculpture #stonework #medieval #embellishment #grotesque #chimera #water #reflections #canals #damp #edvardmunch #scream #selfie #baroque #vivaldi #scubamask #violin #owl #tourist #raven #plaguemask #pattern #colour #art #climatechange - Credits: The ‘man with violin’ street art is by Blub, based on an anonymous portrait of (probably) Antonio Vivaldi c.1723. Other artists unknown (to me). - [Photos taken in November 2019, shortly before this vulnerable, fascinating city was once again flooded, and long before Italy went into the current lockdown state]
The only thing crazier than one one-lunged-wonder is two one-lunged-wonders! - #grayson #onelungedwonder #MegaLung #ThinGreyDuke #GraysonTheGreat #doppelgänger #doublevision #tightsqueeze #thecrazies #grey #cat #greeneyes #darkroom #blackoutcurtain #window #reflection #russianblue #catsofinstagram #catsofholland
Glasgow grafica… - #glasgow #scotland #winter #urbanenvironment #streetart #graffiti #urbanart #mural #mushrooms #amanitamuscaria #highrise #highway #creatures #animals #cat #entangled #yarn #birds #beak #steeple #sandstone #gardenshed #hedgehog #treeskeleton #silhouette #concretejungle #pattern #colour #art - (December 2019)

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