Sunday, 3 May 2015

More Oakland, More Cats

I was early for my cat appointment this week so I took a tootle around Oakland. Actually I was looking for a cash machine, but en route I found a huuuuuge lake. 
Oakland Lake
There weren't any ducks visible but there were geese flying about and also the usual urban birds. A blackbird had found a chunk of bread and was about to fly off with it when something slightly bigger - possibly a Thrush? - strong-armed it away from him. To add insult to injury, the Thrush didn't even fly off but just sat there munching on it. 
Oakland - Two Birds
The poor blackbird was left hanging about waiting for a chance to get it back. Can you see him on the left? I felt so sorry for him!

Next to the lake was the Cathedral of Light. It looked fairly impressive from outside - quite like Liverpool Cathedral. 
Cathedral of Light, Oakland
Artistic close-up. 
Cathedral of Light, Oakland
There was a service going on or I would have explored inside too. 

As often seems to happen, a block or two away from the money buildings, you get the run down houses and homeless living on the street. 
Spooky House in Oakland
This weird house reminded me of The Munsters! The van outside is a phenomenon I've become familiar with since moving here. It seems like white vans and trucks are fair game for graffiti artists, judging by how many of them you see covered from top to bottom. I have no idea how the owners feel about it but you certainly see a lot of them. You also get the wall-based graffiti although it tends to be murals rather than the tagging you more often see in London and Tokyo. 
Oakland Graffiti

After a good perusal of the area I was ready to catify myself, and I was not disappointed. 
Ginger Cat
He later moved from the 'bagel' to the 'baguette'. 
Ginger Cat Sleeping
Then there was a guy called Pilgrim who I just read was adopted this morning. 
Sleeping Black and White
So adorable. Then a different ginger boy was curled up with his mouse. He had assumed more of a 'croissant' position. 
Ginger Cat Sleeping with Rat
And then there was the little 8 month old who was my best buddy on this trip. I didn't get his name but he was so adorable. He was very curious about anyone going past outside. 
Black Cat Looking Out of Window
I started off sitting in that chair and he came over and jumped up in my lap and was adoring the strokes. Anytime anyone went past he'd put his paws on my shoulder to get a good view out. 
Black Cat Paw with Claws
He really was instantly loveable. I can't wait until we're in a flat that allows pets so that I can actually leave one day with my adopted cat. This little black cat was just the latest in a list of cats I've longed to be able to take home with me!

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