Two collared doves rest. One on the arm, one on the back of the flaking bench. Like two balls of pale clay they seem to melt a little in the late afternoon sun. They retract their legs and lower slowly - wrapping wood in soft balled feather. Their white rimmed eyes blink slower blinks, their beaks mutter soundlessly. The privilege of watching animals sleep.
A small cyclone of black fur panic. A cat trapped in our conservatory. It throws itself to the four corners trying to find escape. Windows appear the correct shape but don’t work the same in this house. They are closed. A double glazed cage surrounds cat and drives it crazy. Clinging with front paws and climbing claws cat abandons floor and heads higher. Shimmies sideways along the top of the door - a four legged spider. Black face gets lightly draped in cobwebs. Foolish home-owner has now noticed cat and is beckoning and rubbing empty fingers together and repeating clickety sounds of ‘kittykittykitty’. Foolish person disappears and reappears outside looking in at cat. Person is where cat wants to be. Cat investigates, tentatively exits conservatory, through kitchen, through hall where daylight smell gets stronger, into lounge where fool is pointing at open doorway. Cat pauses then exits as if rebounding on invisible elastic. A shriek of teeth and feet across the lawn, flying over the low wall without the slightest jump, up the tree, barely shifting the leaves. And gone.
[It felt improper to photograph the doves as they slept, but I took the above with their permission, moments after they awoke. The cat declined the offer to pose for me.]