19 September, 2016

Goodbye Aragon

- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa

Two False Bay years

We have closed a chapter that began when we returned from Switzerland for the third time. We adopted an SPCA companion for Henry. Camps Bay memories and Porterville photos.

July 2014 in Porterville

When we moved Chocolat and Aragon from Porterville to False Bay they enjoyed exploring a new garden. Meeting the neighbours was a bit more tricky for Chocolat defending his patch.

November 2014
as we move in at False Bay

December 2014
Iceberg roses and cats

Soaking up the grateful sunshine thru the bay window.

May 2015
Giraffe and Chocolat

July 2015
Chocolat and Aragon enjoying winter sun in the garden

It is almost a year since we said goodbye to Chocolat - who was a feral cat, born on the empty plot across the road, and brought home by Henry. "Here you go, little fella. I'll be moving on and there'll be space for another cat here - you!"

January 2016
Thomas and Aragon

We found a third companion for Aragon, as she had outlived both Henry and Chocolat. Last November we adopted Thomas. Again from the SPCA.

May 2016
cosy and comfortable in the winter sun

Cats 'sleep all day' but Aragon was less interested in going outside. Didn't walk to the gate to look out at what was happening on our street. She ate, carefully, and not much. Last week we had that cautious and dreadful conversation with a locum vet from New York (!) We could ... leave Aragon at the vet to rehydrate, put her on antibiotics. Then risk an anaesthetic to find out why her mouth bothered her. Or we could do the right thing for her. Let a nineteen year old cat cross the rainbow bridge in peace. Gentle, kind, patient and respectful - later the vet showed us an ulcer on her tongue, caused by kidney disease.

June 2016
Little old lady Aragon and large fluffy Thomas

RIP Aragon.

This morning's service from the Season of Creation was themed on water. With a fresh creed.

'We believe Earth is a sanctuary, a home for us to share with all creatures.
We believe every creature joins us in praising God'.

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  1. I'm so very sorry, it's never ever easy letting our purr babies go. Sending lots of love. RIP Aragon

  2. Diana, I'm so sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful and beloved member of your family...there will be a hole in your heart forever...held together by the memories you have of her.


  3. I am sorry for your loss.
    I loved this quote,

    "We believe Earth is a sanctuary, a home for us to share with all creatures.

    We believe every creature joins us in praising God'."

    Love and hugs for you ~ FlowerLady

  4. So sorry to hear your news, our pets always leave such a gap when they go but they also leave happy memories.

  5. Aragon was a beauty. Nineteen years is a long life for a cat but that doesn't make the loss any easier. I hope you're comforted by the fact that you gave her a good life. My best to you. Give Thomas a pat on the head for me - I'm sure he's missing his companion too.

    1. Now we understand why, altho Thomas tried his best to make friends, Aragon didn't want to 'play'.

  6. So sorry to read about Aragon, and after 19 years it is really like losing a family member. I'm glad you have Thomas.

  7. So sorry to hear about Aragon, what a lovely cat. She looks just like our Skimble, such wonderful companions.

  8. I'm so sorry to hear about Aragon, it is such a wrench when our beloved animals are no longer with us. Aragon was so lucky to be rescued by you and given such a wonderful home. Thinking of you. Sarah x

  9. I'm sorry for your loss, Diana. Aragon had a good, long life with good companions and good spots for lounging. -Jean

  10. Still healing but wanted to write a quick note that I am thinking of you as your beautiful Aragon has passed over. Such a long wonderful life that you made for each other.