Running and Resting

Good evening friends. They finally finished the roadworks on Bankastraat so it was all ready in time for today’s race.


For some reason the humans are rather obsessed with running at the moment. They both ran in the 10k CPC Loop today. We watched it for a little while but found the endless stream of runners boring so eventually turned our backs on the whole tiresome event. 


The girl was very proud of her medal though and we were forced to be in the obligatory photos after she had finished. 

As if this wasn’t enough, the boy has now signed up for the Roparun too and intends on running from Paris to Rotterdam this summer.

 

(He’s the beardy one holding the sign)
We prefer the act of resting over running and have completed at least two resting marathons this week alone. 


We are natural ‘resters’ and should be awarded medals for our ability in this sport. 

In fact speaking of resting, we could do with some sleep now. Have a wonderful week. Love Bella and Esme xxx

A Busy Week

Good morning! All is well on Bankastraat and the orange men have finally finished putting in the bike lanes so things can now return to normal.


We have only been in trouble a few times this week. Once when Bella stole the girl’s snack bar…

Once when we dressed up in the boy’s trainers…

And once when we repeatedly lost our foil ball under the spare room door and meowed loudly until the humans returned it each time… (A great game!)


The humans have been quite well behaved and have been busy training for the CPC race next Sunday. They were only in trouble once when they rudely placed a mint tea on our scratching tower. I was most offended.


Apart from this error they have had quite a good week. The girl finally finished her first novel (it’s not very good as there’s still only 1 cat in it) and they have been out exploring the Mondriaan art exhibitions in The Hague.

They also went to a gig last night (which means they will be uselessly tired all week) and saw Amy Macdonald which they thought was pretty good.

Have a wonderful week! Love Bella and Esme xxx

A Quick Update

Good morning friends! The roadworks continue here on Bankastraat which is keeping us very busy.

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There are so many things to keep an eye on and we’re pretty sure that the orange coated men put a drain in wrong yesterday – not that they bothered to listen to us.

The girl is on holiday so wants us to sit on the sofa with her while she reads but it’s just not possible at the moment. We must keep watch over our precious street.

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We helped the boy to fix the Hoover the other day. He was very grateful for our help naturally and only got a little testy when Bella ran off with some screws.

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We have only been in trouble once this week which is excellent for us. The girl has a strange rule about us not playing in the clothes washing basket but if she’s going to leave it open she really only has herself to blame…

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She is going to the cat cafe with her friend Susan today and is very excited about it. We think it’s rather rude that she goes off to pet other kitties but we are totally in favour of a cafe that worships cats!

Have wonderful Wednesdays!

Love Bella and Esme xxx

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Half Term Break

Good morning friends! Half term has finally arrived for the girl so she’s feeling very happy and is spending the morning in bed with coffee.

We are also here with her to ensure she doesn’t relax too much and fall back to sleep though.

This week has been a good week. All is well on Bankastraat and the diggers and road works have been great fun to watch. The humans also bought us an awesome new bouncy toy.

They let us play with it before bed time which wasn’t their best idea as we were really excited and couldn’t sleep for ages afterwards. On top of that they also gave Bella a new dice which is her favourite game ever! She spent all day sneaking up on it yesterday.


Unfortunately for us, both toys are now lost or broken so we’re back to scratching the curtains and the sofa. 

We have only been in trouble twice this week which is pretty good. Once was for pulling down the clean towels to sit on…


And the second time was when the girl discovered that we have been helping ourselves to her water at night.



In our defence, we didn’t know this cup of water was specially for humans. We thought it was a general night time cup for all of us to share from – apparently not. The humans have now replaced the cup with a water bottle so there is definitely no more sharing. 

Today we have a busy day of carefully observing the red digger outside the window. We shall report back when we have more news on this. 

Have a good weekend. Love Bella and Esme xxx

Snow Patrol

Good morning friends. 


There’s been a lot to see on Bankastraat this week and we have been very busy watching all the snow.


We carefully observed all week and eventually decided that we should investigate.


So the humans let us out onto the world’s smallest balcony. 



We investigated the snow for exactly 30 seconds before heading back inside. We like the snow but it’s much nicer to watch from the comfort of the indoors.


Apart from the snow, it’s been a quiet week. Bella has helped the humans keep their accounts in order…

And we waited patiently for the pizza man to arrive the other night…


Worst luck, we still didn’t get any though!


 Today we are back on snow patrol although I’m already a little sleepy…


Have a happy Wednesday. Love Bella and Esme x

More roadworks on Bankastraat

Good morning!


We continue to keep watch over our lovely Bankastraat on this dark and cold week.


The roadworks outside are still in progress and are right up against our front door now!


We are still not allowed to go outside and explore though which is annoying.

I ate my breakfast high up on the side this morning (where I like it) and the humans had an argument because the boy thinks I should eat on the floor with Bella but the girl understands my need to eat on the kitchen side. They always disagree about this so I like it best when the girl feeds me.


Bella got quite protective over a box of eggs this morning.


She was doing a really good job of guarding them and continued even when the boy started to cook his breakfast.


The humans seem to be having a good week. They are complaining about the state of their ‘climbing hands’ but then they do insist on climbing!


The girl received some lovely flowers from a parent at school so that has made her very happy.


And the boy met the grumpy cat at the pet store where they buy our litter which made him happy.


All in all a good week so far!


Have a happy Thursday! Bella and Esme xxx

More roadworks on Bankastraat

Good morning!


We continue to keep watch over our lovely Bankastraat on this dark and cold week.


The roadworks outside are still in progress and are right up against our front door now!


We are still not allowed to go outside and explore though which is annoying.

I ate my breakfast high up on the side this morning (where I like it) and the humans had an argument because the boy thinks I should eat on the floor with Bella but the girl understands my need to eat on the kitchen side. They always disagree about this so I like it best when the girl feeds me.


Bella got quite protective over a box of eggs this morning.


She was doing a really good job of guarding them and continued even when the boy started to cook his breakfast.


The humans seem to be having a good week. They are complaining about the state of their ‘climbing hands’ but then they do insist on climbing!


The girl received some lovely flowers from a parent at school so that has made her very happy.


And the boy met the grumpy cat at the pet store where they buy our litter which made him happy.


All in all a good week so far!


Have a happy Thursday! Bella and Esme xxx

Radiators & Vampires

Good afternoon friends! 

This week the weather is still freezing so we have continued to live on the radiators. 


The girl has been her usual geeky self by attending some education research conference where she bought yet more books about teaching. She’s obviously not very good at her job as she’s always trying to learn more about it, poor thing.


The boy helped remedy her geeky-ness by taking her to a Dropkick Murphys gig. 


They both seemed happy about this. We were not as it meant we were alone for an entire evening – inconvenient. 

The boy also made his own stock cubes this week which was fun until he refused to share them with us.


In other news, I have been in trouble twice for a) pulling on the strings of the girl’s apron whilst she was cooking:


And b) cleaning personal areas of my body on her new Shabbies handbag:


She’s particularly sensitive about her Shabbies items. We’re not allowed to scratch the boots, the bag or the purse. Most unfair. 

We ended the week by watching the film that we were named after last night. 

I am apparently named after a mummy vampire and Bella is named after a girl who falls in love with a vampire. It was quite a good film with lots of biting and running around in it. 

Time for a nap now. We hope you all have lovely weekends. Love Bella and Esme x

It’s Cold Outside!

Good afternoon friends and a very belated ‘Happy New Year’ to you all!

This week we have mainly been observing Bankastraat from the comfort of the bedroom radiators (and the humans’ clean washing).

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It’s so frightfully cold outside that the Dutchies are all wandering about on their frozen canals!

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We, on the other paw, are not moving from our radiators and may have taken on a little extra weight over the Christmas period due to our lack of movement.

The humans are also looking a bit porky at the moment and are busy running and climbing in an effort to shape up. The boy has recently discovered De Uithof bouldering wall so is spending lots of his time clambering around there. He tries his best but he’s still not as good as us.

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The girl has joined her work place band this week which may sound cool but she actually plays the flute and is the dorky looking one with glasses.

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Our favourite moment of the week so far was when the humans purchased new bedding and we dived on to pluck the hell out of it – it’s now looking much more loved.

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Have good evenings everyone. Love Bella and Esme xxx

Bella’s Turn at The Vets

Good evening friends!

Bella fell off our cat tower the other night and managed to dislocate her pinky toe.

The humans were thrilled as they got to call the emergency vets and pay hundreds of Euros to get someone to see her and do x-rays and things.



Bella was apparently much braver than me at the vets but she was quite sad and quiet after the vet put her toe back into place.

The humans brought her home and gave her a special towel to sleep on and fed her the best meat. 



She found it hard to walk with her bandage on though and decided that the only place she wanted to rest was next to the boy’s feet.


They humans fussed her all evening and then put on an expensive, soft collar they had bought to stop Bella chewing at her bandage in the night time.

After all the fuss and the €350 vet’s trip Bella suddenly felt fine though and decided to remove her bandage the very next morning.


This just goes to show how strong and brave she is. 


She carried her bandage around with her for a while which seemed to annoy the humans.


They decided she no longer needed the soft collar which we overheard the boy calling ‘useless’ and she was really happy as it meant she could start jumping around properly again.


She is now fully recovered and enjoying sleeping on the tea-towels again. 

Good evening. Love Bella and Esme xxx