Siamese cat Spock, a blue point

Siamese cat Dracs, a lilac point
 

Ann's Page

 
The Stowaway Chicks. Some Unexpected companions on a trip to Sri Lanka.

In January, I was busy packing for a holiday in Sri Lanka, when I noticed that some of the latest new hatchings were doing their best to stowaway in my suitcase. After days of systematically removing them, I thought I was travelling with a chick-free case. Of course I should have known better. These chicks are more than a match for any mere mortal!




I couldn't quite understand why I could hear the sound of gentle snoring from the vicinity of my spare pillow when I woke up on that first morning of my holiday.

Then I opened my eyes fully and looked across.




For a while they kept a low profile and didn't leave the room.

I noticed my supply of biscuits and cashew nuts was dwindling and discovered they were keeping bodies and souls together by having midnight feasts at my expense.




Of course it didn't take long. These chicks are far too feisty to stay confined for any length of time.

They first ventured onto the hotel's Terrace, where they could get the lay of the land.




Unfortunately, one chick stayed in the sun a bit too long. (There's always one isn't there?!) He got so sunburnt that he lost all his down and was forced to stay in the room for a couple of days feeling sorry for himself until the rather violent shade of red he'd turned had faded and the down grew back in again.



Once they'd seen the pool, it was a foregone conclusion that they'd be in it.

One chick couldn't swim, but a few lessons soon put that right.




After that, there was no holding them and a daily swim became the routine.



Followed by rest and relaxation.

Having learnt their lesson about not staying in the sun for too long, they were careful to take precautions.




Naturally after a strenuous few hours stretched out by the pool, appetites were sharpened. Their confidence, by now sky high, the bowls of cocktail mix on the Terrace tables beckoned.



It was inevitable I suppose that once they found the tables on the Terrace and the food there, they were also going to come across the drink.

The local spirit is called arrack and when one of the guests misguidedly left his glass unattended for a while, this is what happened.




Unfortunately, they developed a taste for it and the next thing I knew, they'd made friends with Karu, who worked at the bar.



Of course the inevitable happened, they overdid things as usual and ended up smashed out of their tiny minds.



I wasn't exactly thrilled to bits when they woke me up rolling back to the room at 3 am singing the "Birdie" song at the tops of their voices, but they paid the price the next morning.

Four very subdued chicks appeared, hats low over their eyes and ears to shield them from the bright lights and the general hubbub of the Terrace.




Just as they thought the day couldn't get any worse, Aruni presented them with the bill for the previous night's dissipation. That knocked them for six as they hadn't realised arrack came at a price!

Not that they were daunted. I discovered when I came to pay the extras at the end of the stay, that they'd just charged it to my room!




I thought I'd escaped from them, temporarily at least, when I went on a day trip to an Elephant Orphanage.

How wrong can you be?

They'd somehow managed to hid in the car and when we stopped for a tea break en route, it was to find the 4 of them perched on the shelf behind the rear window. They'd even had the foresight to bring a banana with them for their lunch.




They were actually no bother for once as, like everyone else, they were utterly spellbound watching the elephants relaxing in the river and there wasn't a chirp out of them.



All good things come to an end and after four weeks of heat and sunshine, the return to the "frozen north" of England came as quite a shock to their systems, but they'll have plenty of stories to tell their grandchicks in the years to come!


 

You can never be sure what you'll find on Ann's Page. It changes when Ann gets some inspiration and it's completely different each time. Often there's more than a dash of humour in it. If you'd like to see what was previously on Ann's Page, click on one of the links at the bottom of the page, or go to our Archives If you'd like to know when Ann's Page changes, please feel free to join our mailing list.

 

Join the mailing list
Enter your name and email address:
Name:
Email:  
Subscribe      Unsubscribe

 

Previously on Ann's Page

PAUL'S DESK
You'd think buying a desk would be a simple matter wouldn't you?!
NORMAN - THE KESTREL WITH ATTITUDE

Don't you just love it when wildlife refuses to cooperate?
THE BOYS PRESENT A CHEQUE TO THE PDSA
Includes their own inimitable comments on the event.
COMPETITION
Catsup's first competition
THE PERILS OF PAULINE
A not so simple trip from New Zealand to the UK
SPOCK AND DRACS PICK THE COMPETITION WINNER
The boys hijacked Ann's Page to show pictures of themselves drawing the winner of their competition.
MARK'S DISCLAIMER
If you think the "no blame" culture has gone too far, this ahould make you roar with laughter..
CAPTION COMPETITION & MÉIA'S GIFTS
An amazing picture of Siamese cat Lili and pictures of the boys with some gifts Méia sent them.
RIVERBOAT - CLASSIC TV WESTERN
All about Ann's favourite Western from the 1960s and how she's been watching it again.
FREE STICKERS AND A PICTURE PUZZLE
Help to publicise Catsup and have some fun with our picture puzzle featuring the boys in their "office".

HOW A COTTAGE INDUSTRY STARTS
Handicrafts with a vengeance! Ann gets carried away making things out of card and paste.
HONE'S EVERDAY BOOK & A PRIZE DRAW
Entertaining excerpts from a book published in 1825 and the chance to win one of the boys books.
HOW TO DEAL WITH JUNK EMAILS
Replies Spock and Dracs have sent to the junk emails they've received.
THE CHANGE OF LIFE
A humourous look at the changes to Ann's life since the boys came to live with her. 
CHEQUE PRESENTATION & LOCAL FUNDRAISING DAY
Ann presents a cheque to PDSA's Director General and attends the Gateshead Fundraising Group's "Scrufts" day.
CAT REGISTER & RESCUE SUCCESS STORIES
Stories and pictures of kittens rescued by a small Scottish charity. plus a look at one of their fundraising events.
A WORD OR TWO FROM CHAOS
An article by Chaos, a very articulate, chocolate pointed Siamese from Georgia USA.
ELSA SPEAKS
The thoughts and observations of Elsa, an oriental chocolate spotted tabby living in Worthing.
SRI LANKA
About a wonderful trip to Sri Lanka in 2003
ALEXANDER
About a beautiful half Siamese cat who lived with me for over 17 years.
PDSA'S NEWCASTLE PETAID HOSPITAL

Pictures behind the scenes of a PDSA PetAid hospital and the Catsup team handing over a cheque for £1,000

THE GIRL'S OWN PAPER

About a Victorian weekly magazine plus a chance to try your hand at one of the puzzle poems it contained.
THE BOYS' EMPLOYMENT BUREAU
Spock and Dracs hijack Ann's Page (again!) to promote their employment Bureau
THE SCAMS OF SPOCK AND DRACS
A warning to visitors of all the moneymaking schemes The Boys have lauched.

Copyright Ann Dickinson 2000-2010