Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tasha Tudor, Fancy-footed Lola and my sweet Ebony

Today we celebrate Tasha Tudor. She was born August 28, 1915 and her work is cherished around the world for its' whimsical imagery and celebration of simple pleasures.
With her constant companion, Minou.

If you read my last post I'm sure you noticed Lola's big paws. Lola was a rescued cat that one of my client's found behind her office. lost and emaciated.
Home she came and now she lives in the lap of luxury.
See the extra thumb

Lola is a polydactyl cat. A polydactyl cat has more 'toes' than your normal everyday kitty-cat.
 The most I have seen is 6 on one foot and 7 on the other. That was our cat, Tina many years ago. I'm not sure how many toes Lola has but I'll find out from her owner.

A polydactyl cat is a cat with a congenital physical anomaly called polydactyly (or polydactylism, also known as hyperdactyly), a type of cat body type genetic mutation that causes the cat to be born with more than the usual number of toes on one or more of its paws. Cats with this genetically inherited trait are most commonly found along the East Coast ofNorth America (in the United States and Canada) and in South West England and Wales. The Carleton Place area where I live has many of these beautiful, big-footed cats.

Ebony has tiny feet but a big personality.

She is another one of my client's cats who I will be saying "so long" to today after caring for her for 2 weeks. She is 14 years old, but, like so many of my blogging friends, does not look her age at all. She has been such a treat to care for; always happy to see the lady with thumbs arrive. The sound of me cracking open that scrumpdillyishus can of cat grub sends her heart a flutter.
I'll miss her but she's already booked for a time in September so, "See you soon, sweet Ebony."

My favorite time of year is just within reach. I'm already planning the flowers for the porch and thinking about going through my Fall clothing. Pumpkin muffins have been dancing in my head lately.
The colours of Fall & hot chocolate, warm sweaters, new runners, Calico Cats. Love, love, love.

hugs, Deb


  1. I love all things Tasha Tudor ... what a wonderful artist, animal lover, gardener .... Tiff was my polydactyl kitty ... looked like he was wearing mittens. Lola and Ebony are gorgeous and so lucky to have you looking after them. Mina was the vets again ... a follow-up from her first visit. This time her glucose was normal (high normal, but normal) so no insulin ... YeeHaw!!!!! There is a *new* probiotic powder for cats that we are trying for her still soft poo. Always something!!!! Hugs--

  2. I am thinking all cats should live in the lap of luxury. If only it could be true!

    I love fall too Deb. I just wish it lasted longer!

    xo Catherine

  3. Tasha Tudor has been like a memory mentor to me--ever since I bought her first book. I feel I can channel her love (and my grandmother and mother) of gardening through my paper flowers to bring them to life.
    Your "clients" are so adorable and I love seeing the personalities of each one. Bailey had big paws and because he was a Bi-color, Seal-point Mitted Ragdoll, looked like he was wearing white Ugh boots. Still missing him a lot, but seeing your kitties help. XOXO

  4. Happy Birthday to Tasha Tudor. I am a big fan and have her Tasha Tudor's Garden, which I love reading.

    Love the kitties.


  5. I love big paws and tiny paws....oh I love cat paws!!!

  6. I do not know about the polydactyl cats. You are a fabulous source of information. Tasha is a wonderful inspiration and Happy Birthday to her.

  7. I do believe that all of Ernest Hemmingway's cats were polydactyl too.
    Jane x

  8. I love polydactyl cats. There is nothing cuter than those extra toes. In all my years, of owning cats I have had two. Harvey the six toed guitar man was such a love. The other was so long ago I can't remember her name. I think it is wonderful that you love and form special attachments to the cats you care for.

    Tasha Tudor was such a wonderful lady and found such joy in so many simple things that sometimes I forget to appreciate.


  9. My friend has a polydactyl cat. She named her "Toes", hehe.

  10. Such a perfect post for me! I've been in love with Tasha since I first saw her home in a long ago Victoria magazine and my beloved Sarah cat had six toes on her front paws. ~ Maureen