Friday, November 25, 2016

Eric's Day Flashback - Forbidden Sunspots.

This week the flashback comes from December 2010 and is called:

Forbidden Sunspots.
Yesterday when I got caught checking out the Bonsai tree, that was not the only reason I was caught out. Can you believe we are not allowed on the worktops? You only have to look to see that it is the most wonderful sunspot and mum thinks I shouldn't be up there. She's crazy!

Anyway, after I had enjoyed the sun for a while I decided to see what the little tree smelled like.

Then I checked to make sure it had enough water. Nope, looks too dry to me. Mum should be grateful that I let her know it needed watering instead of making me get down.

This is the Bean's Christmas Cactus. It used to belong to our dad's mum and is very old. They brought it with them when they moved when dad was a very small boy so must be at least 56 years old. It lives in the porch. Mum just put it on the worktop to take the photo. It lives outdoors in the summer and has often had big pieces broken off when we get strong winds, but it seems to survive everything.
Update.
We still have the cactus so it is now at least 62 years old. It doesn't have as many buds this year so may be coming towards the end of it's life. We did have strange weather this year though, so that could be the reason for less buds.

32 comments:

  1. Some things you just have to try for yourself!

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  2. You were so handsome sitting the sun. and 62 years old?? That is seriously pawsome.

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  3. Sigh! Eric was the handsomest man cat...nest you yous dearest Flynn! Wes used to has a old, old Christmas Cactus...alas it bought the big one when Mommy moved from Vancouver to Edmonton it was -45 (c) when she got there and back of the car was just too cold for the poor thing.
    It is beauteous!!!
    Kisses
    Nellie

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  4. Yeah, its hard when the sunspots on the countertops are forbidden! Lucky fer US, if there are sunspots on the counerrtops, they are also on floor at the deck door.

    Congrats on yer cactus. We have a Hoya that is 35 years old but that sure isnt 62!

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  5. We don't understand why the humans try to keep us off the counters. Don't they know we're up there when they're not around

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  6. Oh, Eric, we love the pictures and thank you for letting us know about the Christmas cactus. Yours is amazingly huge and beautiful. Ours is almost one, but it has a long way to go..YEAH! Pawkisses for a wonderful weekend :) <3

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  7. That does look like an amazing space for sun puddles! That is really something that the Christmas cactus is still with you.

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  8. I am not allowed on worktops either. But I still jump there and get splashed with water.

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  9. All we get from Mum is "GET DOWN NOW" if we've been on the worktop - as if !!

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  10. WOW! An old plant passed down through the years is a very SPECIAL plant indeed. You take care of it Flynn! It is a grand spot for sunpuddles though - maybe you could talk her into just one fleece blanket up there for you to sun yourself?? Hugs and good luck!

    Love, Sammy

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  11. We never heard of a plant living that long! How cool is that! Great seeing Eric!

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  12. Gosh!! That's an old cactus!! Well observed Eric! You could have watered it yourself, of course!

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  13. Wonderful memories of Eric. We think that forbidden sunspots are the best ones!

    Amazing that the cactus has lived so long. Very cool!

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  14. Forbidden sunspots are the best. We had a big old window over the sink that we weren't supposed to use but we loved it!

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  15. Oh, that worktop looks sooooo inviting! We don't blame you for being on it! That is one special plant!

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  16. I used to have a Christmas Cactus years ago, grew like a weed! I just love them and love these photos! catchatwithcarenandcody

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  17. what a lovely forbidden spot by the poinsettia...
    that cactus is amazing. 62 years. WOW
    Hugs madi your bfff

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  18. Sixty-two! I wonder how long they last in the wilderness with animals eating them and the weather eroding them.

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  19. We do not have any sun puddles in the kitchen. So we are allowed to enjoy them all!

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  20. We didn't quite get why you aren't allowed to be there... it's in your house? You're the boss? Everything is yours!

    Mom says that she'd like to have some cat-free-spots as well, but that she's too lazy to be consequent, so she figured that she wouldn't even try. Haha.

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  21. Very cute flashback. I can see why your Mum wouldn't want you up there with a poinsetta nearby- they are poisonous. Beautiful cactus, I am glad you still have it. I have some about 25 years old , but I never put them outdoors.

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  22. Wow! Who knew that a plant could live so long!

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  23. Oh wow that cacti is amazing!!!! Love seeing Eric, he was one seriously handsome mancat 💖

    Purrs

    Basil & Co xox

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  24. The words sunspot and forbidden should never be in the same sentence!! We feel for you!

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  25. The colours of your furs and the plant are rocking!

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  26. What a lovely cactus! The last time our mom had one, it would bloom at Thanksgiving or MLK Day in January. It finally gave up the ghost altogether.

    P.S. Eric paid as much attention to that rule as we do!!

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  27. That is fantastic on the cactus.

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  28. Aren't worktop's the best,Eric? Beans keep such interesting things up there. Maybe you just thought the fine old cactus was a bit lonely and needed some kitty company. You gave your mum such beautiful photos of you, dear. We love you and will always miss the kitty company you shared with us.

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  29. Forbidden Spot ? MOL... I think Angel Eric knows what I mean =^x^= lovely photos of him. I do love all.

    and Wow Wow Wow ! 56 years olds Cactus ! Impressive !!!

    I hope Flynn and the fameowly are well
    Have a lovely weekend

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  30. Wow,that is amazing that your cactus lasted that long. It was gorgeous in that picture. Eric, we all like to explore everything around here. You all have a great day.

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  31. That handsome Eric sure was a free spirit, wasn't he? Lovely pictures, and a great flashback!

    The lifespan (so far) of that Christmas cactus is phenomenal. 62 years! WOW!

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  32. Our kitchen has a big south exposed window but we too are not allowed up on those nice warm counters. We say phooey, we will go to the dining room then and se the sunpuddles on the nice soft carpet...or...um...the dining room table, MOL!!"What a lovely Christmas (zygo) cactus! Amazing! Petcretary had some big ones but she gave them away when she moved from Canada to the US, way back in 1987...it bloomed like that twice a year. We think they like the cooler days and long dark nights to get them to bloom well. Petcretary has just bought a couple of new ones, they are scrawny looking besides yours:)

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