The secret life of Tigre
I seldom speak about Tigre. When we moved in Cà Rossa I was worried that changing house would had upset her. She demonstrated a great sense of adaptability and developed a kind of secret life instead. Tigre lives outside, day and night, in the garden and the surrounding countryside. She also spends ages snoozing by the windowsill, where I left an old jumper of mine.
Sometimes you just look out of the window and there she is. Not looking around but inside. Inside the house, inside your soul when you met her evil eyes, yes because she is always pissed off and you don’t even know why… Sometimes, while I’m having dinner and give a glance out of the window, only her yellow devilish eyes are out there in the dark, like an owl watching its prey: she scares the hell out of me.
She hates everyone, meowing grumpy if you don’t feed her at anytime. Her only ally is Rudy, they get on very well together and she becomes nice and soft when he’s around, playing with her. She slap him in the nose if he is sleeping on the sofa, just to wake him up and play. Rudy let her feed from his bowl sometimes.
Last night though, I went out to feed her before going to bed and there she was: sharing her pap with a little hedgehog, calmly. I suddenly realized she doesn’t belong to me but she belongs to the surrounding nature, creating links with other wild animals in the countryside and living her life better than when we lived in the other suburban flat. Maybe she’s only having a kind of ‘teenager time’ (I guess Rudy is a teenager too, that’s why they’re so close).
In other fronts, Mina is getting everyday bigger, I bet it’s just a matter of days now. I hope everything is going to be fine for her… and for my sofa.
The garden looks like a still life these days, there’s no frost enough to take some nice picture but they forecast real cold is coming in a few days.
In the meanwhile I’ve been totally captured by Benjamin Moore website lately. I’m choosing the colours for the inside walls upstairs, I like a lot colourful houses because they feel cozy and happy, and also because a ‘total white’ wouldn’t last more than one hour with me and the dogs around…
I love this website because of all those fancy names they give to colours, names that suddenly make you feel like you need a wasabi wall in your kitchen, maybe with a chocolate truffle accent. You can also upload a picture of yours and easily you can virtually paint your home with all those beautiful and oddly named colours.
It is very funny to see how a dull plaster wall could immediately light up and make a room feel wider or smaller or taller. I was so thrilled by this colours that I rushed to a shop and ordered a few, so next friday I’ll probably take a day off to paint some rooms. Shame Benjamin Moore doesn’t sell his products in Italy, so I had to adapt my choices to some italian products but I think I found something very close to what I wanted.
An App is also available on iTunes, you can take a pic with your phone and then tap the colours on the screen to find out the correspondent shade of paint and its bizarre name so you finally can paint your house to be paired with some mature crab apples in the garden… when they say perfectionism…
Will Cà Rossa be painted Caliente? I haven’t decided yet, I think I have to delay the external walls painting until next spring though.