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Yours Paw-fully

Pagli at play – photo Lynn Hurry

Excuse my not very demure posture but as you see I am rather pre-occupied.

As I hope you realize, this is Pagli, main sponsor of the Mr. G’s  Ponderings Blog

You may not know,- and why should you?-that Mr G. has now been sending out his Ponderings for exactly a year. The very nice people at Word press have kindly relieved him of his manual donation (as he prefers to call it) so many more months to come.
That being so, I have allowed him to take a little time off. Knowing how much you will miss the Ponderings, I gently refused his request for a mini-sabbatical of 2 months. Generously, I have given him a few days off this week and about 4 the following week.

This means that you will be Pondering alone for a short while.

As we reach this important anniversary, I congratulate myself for making it all possible with my threats and encouragement a year ago. I can purr and claw at will so Mr G has worked quite hard to keep the Blog fresh. Of course he’s been helped by a number of friends – Joyce and Gill and Diana and Piers (who is a wiz with the graphics) and Kay and Julia and Beth and very importantly Lynn. Her amazing photographs of foxes, birds, and other animals have introduced us all to the Life of the Vicarage Garden in all its variety.
Lovers of the fox pictures will be pleased to hear that we are planning a book of photos and reflections using some of Lynn’s selection. (she’ll have to wade through hundreds!) You’ll be the first to know when the book is produced.

Mr G always thought that his Blog could be a showcase for others and Joyce’s Tweets and Gill’s Lake District views of hills and flowers have enhanced the Blog. The recent little competition brought contributions of art, poetry and photography. There will be more competitions later.

We look forward to more contributions in the future.

Regular bloggers will be aware that God has played a big role in the Ponderings. That’s both deliberate and also joyous. You should always try to write about what you love and in the love that is given to make that possible. The last year or so has been difficult for all of us and we have been trying to focus on the otherness of our world, the contrasting light and amazing things in our world. Maybe we are learning to appreciate our God-gifted planet more than we ever did. The world of Nature,of creativity, of time for kindness with all seem to feel more real and more precious the more we are living closer to the things that threaten us.

We always need to keep telling ourselves – we are Stewards of the earth not owners. We are given the great work of cherishing all that we have received from our Creator. People might use threats that we shall be accountable and judged and blamed on the ‘day of judgement’ but even if that might be so, we cherish, value and enjoy the creative world around us now  because it makes us more human.; We enjoy and we love more because of it. It isn’t future blame but present delight which should enthuse us.

I hear Mr G waking from his nap now so I must scurry off to love creation a bit more. (Even if that means playing with a toy mouse rather than a real one!)

Blogging will return soon.

Here’s something to think over
It’s from a book of ponderings by Dag Hammerskjold who was General Secretary of the United Nations, until a plane crash took him from us. He was also a devout Christian. This little prayer to God, speaks volumes, especially as we move forward after such a difficult time. It also espresses an aspiration which fires this Blog.

For all that has been thanks;
for all that will be, YES!

Meanwhile pawfully and prayerfully I wish you a renewed vision, much joy and a delightful time.

Pagli – Ji

Christmas gifts

Pagli writes:

I’ve been very busy lately catching up on my sleep. Though I no longer go ‘clubbing’ as they’ve all closed down because of Covid, I still patrol the steets most evenings. I am a member of Neighbourhood Catwatch though our main watching is of dogs and foxes. It can be very dangerous work.

When I am not out on the streets, I have been turning my attention to Christmas. I have made a very long list of things that I find essential at this time of year. The important things, I’ve found, is to make as big a list as possible knowing that the Servants who look after me are usually prudent (their word) or mean (my word).

I find that they are wise to the fact that items put at the top of the list are not as important or as expensive as those at the bottom of the list. In the past they have worked downwards from the top and they never reach the things I really want. So, this year, I have placed my ‘desirable’ items right in the middle! Clever ploy, I think.

But you mustn’t believe that all I think about is myself.

I have been searching for the ‘purrfect’ gift to give to my servants. Surfing on Amazon I found just the thing! So, I’m sharing it with you so that you can leave the details lying around for your cat to see. I believe there are similar items for dogs, rabbits and parrots but you can imagine that I am less interested in them.

So here it is, the purrfect gift for our slaves to purchase as a reminder of the their need to keep quiet during these cold months.

I look foward to speaking with you again once I have caught up on my sleep.

Pagli.

A word from Pagli

I’m so sorry that I haven’t been around very much of late.
As winter approaches, it’s important to get out as much as possible before I enter the annual cat ‘lock-down’ until Spring. I do get out a little even then. I do hope Mr Johnson won’t fine me too much but as long as I don’t meet with more than 5 other cats I should be all right.
I’m afraid my servant has decided that I have to stop going out ‘clubbing’ now the nights are getting darker – though being crepuscular (big word!) I am far better at dawn and dusk than he is!
There is some new housing being built near us at the moment. There are one or two noisy dogs moving in but also I spotted a largish tabby the other day. He looks peaceful enough but you never know.

Anyway, I’ve included a little prayer on behalf of my pussy-cat friends, including the black and white cat who visits me most days (though not one of the cats who live next door – she’s always chasing me!)

I’m sorry that you have had to put up with the blog bits my servant Mr. G has been putting on here and I promise to write more often.
Paws and peace to you from Pagli-ji.

THE CAT PRAYER

Lord ,
I am the cat.
It is not exactly that I have something to ask you!
No!
I ask nothing of anyone –
but,
if you have by some chance, in some celestial barn,
a little white mouse,
or a saucer of milk,
I know someone who would relish them.
Wouldn’t You like, someday,
to put a curse on the whole race of dogs?
If so, I should say

Amen