While the cat is away, the mice will play! And when the owners of the cat are away, the cat-sitter will play! With the cats. Guy and Kate were away for a long weekend and had asked me to feed the cats and water the plants. Well I would be honoured, of course! The previous time I'd done that, I had been cuddling with the lady cat, but this time, her brother overcame his normal aloofness and went into full tart mode. Spiffing! I miss cats, and hope to one day have one myself again. But until that day comes I'm happy to sometimes get the opportunity to cavort with other people's felines! And I'll happily water a plethora of plants while I'm at it. And then it still counts as doing someone a favour!
This blog started as a tool to keep my Dutch friends informed on my whereabouts when I moved abroad. It quickly also became an external memory for my own use. It largely failed as a stage for discussions on whatever is worth discussing. And it has become a way of sharing my scientific knowledge with a lay audience. And who knows, it could become even more! And whatever it is you are looking for among all this: welcome.