The Mousehole Cat

Another birthday meal (the OH, not mine) at the Old Coastguard Hotel in Mousehole (Mowzel) on Thursday was very different to the one on my birthday there a couple of years ago. The weather for one thing. The crowds for another. Celebrating a birthday in Cornwall during a school holiday is a bit of a challenge, but we struck it lucky last week with the parking. It was very hot too after an absolutely dreadful day the day before so after lunch we didn’t linger too long in the winding streets: just long enough for me to have a nosy around and see what plants were growing in the stone walls and tiny courtyard gardens, which is how I came across this gorgeous ginger cat posing quite beautifully for me next to a coppery pot.

The Mousehole Cat is aΒ Β picture book favourite, the dramatic and moving Cornish tale of a cat and a fisherman who brave the stormy seas to save their village. Mowzer was a black and white cat by the way.


  1. beetleypete says:

    A belated Happy Birthday, Jude.
    The grab-shot of the cat was great!
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Not mine, Pete. Should have made that clearer, but the OH. He kindly allows me to share in the birthday meal. πŸ˜€

      1. beetleypete says:

        Oh well, Happy Birthday to him instead! πŸ™‚

  2. BeckyB says:

    A very happy if somewhat belated Bday to you Jude. I think I might have borrowed the cat!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I must edit this. Not my birthday – that is in October, hence the difference between the crowds and weather – and I was tempted by the cat, especially when he looked up at me when I called him.

      1. BeckyB says:

        Oops – I caught one word, fell in love with the cat and made 5!! Just let the OH know instead how much we’ve all been celebrating πŸ˜€

        1. Heyjude says:

          Haha… yes I’ll be sure to let him know πŸ™‚

  3. The colour of that cat is gorgeous and the picture book looks like a wonderful story/picture combo! And best wishes for the coming year πŸ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      I will accept the best wishes even though it wasn’t my birthday! The book is lovely, sent it to the grandsons for Christmas.

      1. I see from a response you made to another blogger that your birthday is in October. Me too!

  4. Tish Farrell says:

    Belated birthday wishes, Jude. And a finely caught marmalade cat.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Wouldn’t have minded taking him home, he is exactly the sort of cat I would like. And not my birthday, thank goodness, I am aging faster than I want as it is! Shall go edit before anyone else makes the same mistake.

      1. Tish Farrell says:

        Oops! Know what you mean about swift addition of years, so definitely don’t need other people’s as well. You may have the best wishes anyway πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

        1. Heyjude says:

          Thank you Tish. Can never have too many best wishes!

      2. Sue says:

        Oh, don’t, Jude…does no one read?

  5. pommepal says:

    Happy birthday to the OH Jude, any excuse for a meal out… what a gorgeous light you caught that cat in

    1. Heyjude says:

      He’s not too pleased at the way the years are adding up, but not much we can do about that! He had a good day as an old musician friend from Canada was over and they spent the evening playing music together which they both enjoyed.

      1. pommepal says:

        That sounds like a great way to spend your birthday, with old friends, doing something you love

  6. Sue says:

    I’m amused by the comments, Jude – clearly no one paid a scrap of attention to your words in the post!!! Hey ho! Mouse hole cat looks pleased as punch to be posing for you…..

    1. Heyjude says:

      I suppose I didn’t make it clear that it wasn’t MY birthday. Anyway I have added the OH now so no more mistakes. The cat is a beauty and looked up at me and the camera as soon as I spoke to him. I just loved the copper pot next to him too.

      1. Sue says:

        The copper pot is a thing of beauty, Jude!

  7. Joanne Sisco says:

    He is a handsome guy! Cats are so photogenic – especially when they are posing.

    1. Heyjude says:

      True! I cannot resist a cat photo opportunity.

      1. Joanne Sisco says:

        … or a cat video on youtube 😸

        1. Heyjude says:

          Haha… no I can resist that. I don’t look at YouTube or FB πŸ˜€

        2. Joanne Sisco says:

          Smart woman! It’s a black hole that sucks you in and pops you back out hours later πŸ˜‰

  8. janesmudgeegarden says:

    I’m reminded of the Church Mice books by Graham Oakley, lovely books and favourites of our son when he was small. There’s a wonderful ginger cat in them.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Oh, yes. He does look like that cat. I may have read a few of those books to my children. I love children’s books.

  9. Pete Hillman says:

    Lovely composition, light and rich colours here, Jude. And oh, I take it wasn’t your birthday πŸ˜‰

    1. Heyjude says:

      No, not mine though I am happy to share. The light is so clear down here at times.

  10. Ali says:

    Such a beautiful photo with the light and the ginger cat! I love Mousehole! What a beautiful part of the world.

    1. Heyjude says:

      He was so obliging to look at me when I called him.

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