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From the Archives: Supervising the Harvest, 2008

tortoiseshell cat in garden
Cookie supervises the pea harvest.

From 2008, Cookie, as Garden Goddess, settles in a soft bed of tall grasses, violets and wild strawberries and autumn wildflowers at the edge of my pea bed to enjoy the dappled sun on an August morning and supervise my work. So far that year, the peas had done well, but of course it would have been all different if Cookie hadn’t taken the time and effort to ensure their success. And she didn’t even like peas. She was that generous.

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Namir keeps watch on the edge of the garden and the “wild area” leading to it.

Namir was ranging elsewhere in the yard as I remember and also in the other photos I took that day. Apparently he was leaving the supervision of me to the Garden Goddess while he stalked and eradicated all the voles and chipmunks he could get his paws on before they ate the roots of all the rest of my plants.

I harvested the last of the peas today and removed the plants, turning them into the soil, and I remembered this day as I was working today. I could remember the warmth of Cookie’s sun-washed fur under my hand and the rustling of Namir as he came through the plants to check in with me now and then, his gray and white face and tourmaline eyes turned up to me.

How can anyone garden without cats?

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7 thoughts on “From the Archives: Supervising the Harvest, 2008

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    • Deb, I’m glad Cookie was never able to tell anyone about the nonsense I talked about, or the songs I sang, she was “that generous” too!

  • We couldn’t agree more but how do we get our cats to help with weeding? Seeing old pics brings comfort of pleasant memories. Thinking of you and sending purrs.

    • Layla, I thought of you this morning when I was out there, and when I posted this. Miss Moses used to helpfully eat grass along the edges of my garden, but that was about as much “help” as I got. It’s always wonderful to remember.


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