Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet,
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
like being on a boat? You’re a cat after all and I didn’t think they like
Yes yes and
yes! The truth is I LOVE being on the boat! I’m known affectionately as ‘puppy’
by my humans who swear that I’m more like a dog than a cat. Even though I’m not
too keen on getting wet, I occasionally jump in!
ever been for a swim?
Yes, this year
in Ponza I’m not sure what came over me, but I decided to leap off the bow of
the boat and do a couple of laps of Nocturne.
ever fallen in?
Uh humm… Yes
very embarrassingly I fell in one evening in the marina. It was very dark and I
just misjudged the distance between the boat and the pontoon.
always lived on a boat?
No I was 10
months old when my humans adopted me and gave me my furever home. Unfortunately
even though dad lives aboard full time mum commutes for work and I travel with
her because otherwise she gets lonely. So I spend half my time onboard Nocturne
in Rome and half the time looking after my pet turtles in our flat in Nice.
mind the long trips in the car? How long is the commute?
No I like to
sing for about an hour and then I usually go to sleep and arrive at our
destination whether it’s Rome or Nice feeling nice and refreshed. Mum and I go
together every 6-8 weeks and the journey takes about seven and a half hours.
the best thing about being on the boat?
the freedom. I love being outside and watching all the wildlife and the
stunning scenery and sunsets. Nothing beats being out on water. We’ve been
lucky enough to see sea turtles and dolphins and I’m always on the lookout for
more marine friends.
the worst thing about being on the boat?
don’t usually suffer from it but if we are in a rolly anchorage and the humans
start fussing about it, I sometimes feel a little queasy too. Luckily the
humans don’t like it, so if we can, we tend to move, take a break on shore or
sleep through it!
your future plans on the boat? You say you’re a wannabe cruiser?
right. The humans and I are planning and working towards setting off cruising.
This means we are hoping to set off around the world on our beloved Nocturne.
We’re hoping to leave at the end of 2014 but it’s not definite yet.
route do you intend to take?
We don’t have
any set plans yet, but we’re roughly thinking of crossing the Atlantic and
heading for the Caribbean before sailing down through South America. The humans
really want to go to Alaska one day too (where Nocturne used to hangout)… I
don’t mind as long as it’s not too cold.