Life, photos but not the universe

animals, eyes,

To see or not to see …..  (Well, approximately to see anyway)

Some time ago, Tosca (small, black and white, furry, feline and somewhere between wholly evil and totally enchanting) got something in her eye and after visiting an opthalmic cat surgeon had to have an operation, stitches (once) and eyedrops in her eye four times a day.  This involved whispering sweet nothings to her, cornering her in the bathroom, turning her upside down in my arms and delivering said drops to an area roughly covering three quarters of her cute little black and white face (with special attention to the green and furious bit).  There was wriggling, cursing, squirming and noisy complaint – sometimes even a bit of scratching and yelling.

Last week, Barney had a cataract removed from one eye. He too has to have eye drops four times a day.

He swears the eyelid has a mind of it’s own, since the minute I approach it with the dropper it closes firmly.  ” I can’t help it” he says, smiling sweetly.  Holding him upside down in my arms is not an option (he’s a big lad) and cursing, swearing and yelling would be taken badly (big and sensitive).  And yesterday I realised that perhaps a triumphant “GOTCHA!” when I get a drop in the eye is also counterproductive.  So now I’m being polite and casual and not saying anything at all except “look over there a minute” and pointing vaguely at somewhere far above and behind him.

For the next three weeks, he’s confined to quarters, (well unless I’m prepared to take him somewhere) and must avoid dust and exertion.  He’s been juggling one new eye, one old one, one pair of specs and one eyepatch for several days now without quite arriving at a combination that allows reliable vision in any situation.  It’s going to be wonderful when the surgeon says he can go and get a pair of specs to match his new visual arrangement and even more wonderful if an appointment for the other cataract to be removed is arranged very soon!

Meanwhile I get a regular close up view of his exceptionally big, soft, brown eyes.  But no time to take pics – as soon as the drops are successfully dropped he does a lot of blinking and wiping – I don’t think he’d appreciate a request for a quick eye shot!

Anyway, yesterday, I took him to a stamp auction and while he was no doubt peering and swopping eyepatch and specs over stamps and getting lots of sympathy from all the aged and shortsighted stamp dealers, I visited a nearby reservoir.

Perhaps because of the polite eyelid wrestling match that preceded the trip, I made some spectacularly random decisions about f/stops and apertures and most of the photos I took came out white.   But not all.

Little boats!

(When I arrived all the boats had white sails and all were heading briskly, with the wind behind them, towards the sailing club.  By the time I was half way round the reservoir, a whole new lot were out there with red sails.  Much better!  I waited a bit but no new flocks of purple, blue or green sails replaced the red ones.  No matter.  Red is fine)


May 17, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,


  1. Oh come come–no upsidedown headlocks for himself?! How boring……not even a good chase around the house?!

    Geeze…..what fun is that?!

    k….maybe the fun is in carting him to the stamp show and snagging some cool photos of LITTLE BOATS!!!! Woooohoooooo!!! With red sails even!!!

    Poor himself. I do hope the process is a smooth one for him.

    HEY!!!! He could practice talking like a pirate and carry a stuffed parrot! 🙂

    I mean, if he’s gotta don a patch……

    Comment by Mel | May 18, 2011 | Reply

    • He has been offered a stuffed grouse Mel. Indeed, somewhere in the house we have crutches. And it didn’t take long before the Arrrgh crept into the conversations around us!

      Comment by letouttoplay | May 18, 2011 | Reply

  2. …..and what about the wooden leg too? It’s a pity the census (we had one too) is finished: under occupation he could have put ‘Pirate (Rtd)’. Or Buccaneer, if he’s into alliteration.

    Comment by Christopher | May 18, 2011 | Reply

    • Perhaps the car insurance renewal form will do instead Christopher.

      Comment by letouttoplay | May 18, 2011 | Reply

  3. little boats!!


    such lovely colours!


    (hope Mr B’s recovery is speedy and the application of eye drops becomes a matter of routine)

    Comment by english inukshuk | May 18, 2011 | Reply

  4. Ooh you’re back!!!!

    Comment by letouttoplay | May 19, 2011 | Reply

  5. lovely hug! thanks lovely mig!


    Comment by english inukshuk | May 20, 2011 | Reply

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