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The Beast

Uncle B heard the most horrible galomphing up and down the roof today. Her ran out to find…this.

I really like the full size, color version. It’s like one of those Find the Hidden Pictures thing you used to see in Highlights for Children in the dentist’s office (if that made sense to you, you are American. And old).

Can you spot: a wheelbarrow? A chicken house? A fallen tile? A sheep? A holly bush? A lavender? A fruit cage? A hop vine? The first daffodil of Spring?

And some horrible child had always drawn a circle around all the right answers in crayon.


Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: February 13, 2019, 8:53 pm

Looks like a scene from that Sherlock Holmes Classic

The Cat Of The Badger Villa

Comment from Gromulin
Time: February 13, 2019, 9:23 pm

Goofus and Gallant FTW!

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: February 13, 2019, 9:29 pm

I’m ashamed to have to admit that was taken with my (cheap) fone. Lord knows how many chimneras I have in the house but, as the great David Bailey once said: ‘the best camera is the one in your hand’. He’s right. By the time I’d have found a ‘real’ camera the beast would have moved.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: February 13, 2019, 9:42 pm

Very clever, for your black and white cat to pose so artistically on your white house, with black trim, with his pink nose and mouth picking up the colors of the ancient slate tiles.

The glossy black trim looks freshly painted. It reminded me of my second father who every year painted the white trim on one side of his house, slowly working his way around the house, every five years. A small chore, instead of a big chore.

Re: first daffodil of spring. I was in east central Texas last week, and saw some bluebonnets, which cheered me enormously. We’ve had a dreary winter this year.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: February 13, 2019, 9:53 pm

So did ye pull out the hose and wash ‘im down right proper?


Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: February 14, 2019, 12:48 am

I see that spot from where the roof tile separated and slid down the roof to land on the gutter beneath the overhang…

Comment from iamfelix
Time: February 14, 2019, 6:52 am

He’s a sturdy looking fellow. I imagine he’s quite good at galomphing. Much like my Bing, also rather sturdy.

Comment from peacelovewoodstock
Time: February 14, 2019, 12:19 pm

Tommy Timbertoes!

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: February 14, 2019, 3:46 pm



Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: February 14, 2019, 5:30 pm

I like the eerie “through a glass darkly” images through the window from the color shot.
A railing in the back and what looks like the foot of a bed or the back of a chair up closer.
Or is what looks like a railing inside actually a gate attached to a gate post outside reflected in the glass?


Did his galumphing dislodge the tile?

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: February 14, 2019, 7:29 pm

The slipped tile is a problem. The house is Kent peg tile hung with a huge roof (that shot makes this place look like a bungalow – it isn’t). These are clay tiles some of which are simply pressed into place. As the roof heats up and cools down they expand and contract, eventually crack and then slip. Replacing them is a major job, especially since ‘elf and safety mandated that ladders is t’evil.Which means scaffolding. Which calls for moneys.

We get very high winds here, too. That doesn’t help either.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: February 14, 2019, 8:13 pm

I don’t suppose you could slither up there with Weasel holding you up by the bottoms of your feet and use some contractor grade adhesive smeared all over the top “insert here” bit of the tile – done in the dead of night of course so the ‘elf and safety minded don’t see it.

that’s what I’d do, but I’m a miscreant from afar with outlandish foreign ways.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: February 15, 2019, 11:31 pm

Would this:


give you enough of an advantage to let you stand on terra firma whilst smearing some of DurnedYankee‘s “contractor grade adhesive” in that gap in the tiles, and then stick the prodigal back up where it belongs? Or is that gap more than 4’ beyond where you can reach?

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: February 15, 2019, 11:50 pm

That would be “Cat on a Not-Tin Roof”.

Comment from dissent555
Time: February 16, 2019, 7:02 am

@ Gromulin – LOL. Yeah.

Yes, I am that old. Not much I can do about it.

Oh, and can someone tell me why the batteries in your cheap digital thermometer are always low when you try to use it again the following cold season.

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