You could say I’ve had my up’s and down’s recently. Possibly you could say Pride Goeth before a Fall, though I really wouldn’t recommend it since saying it could prove painful..
“A big hole” Gizmo replied. “A well” said Ginger, “and we’ve not seen this one before”.
I followed my friends through the village, letting them set a brisk pace so no-one else got there before us. Not that it really mattered to me if they did since wells aren’t something I especially claim an interest in. We reached the Church and all in turn jumped over the stile and headed for the path. Ginger and Gizmo walked on the grass beside the path on either side of me who sauntered gently along it. At least I did at first because you will remember the Church path is very steep and it had been collecting a lot of skywater . Though most of it had run away along the sides , some had remained in the soil. My feet were becoming quite muddy and I was starting to slip and slide.
Eventually we reached a point where the slip and slide couldn’t be stopped and my body picked up speed. “Hey, wait for us” called Ginger rushing along beside me.
“Sorry Ginger, I’m just so interested in seeing your well” I said rather than admit I had no choice since even putting my front paws down hadn’t slowed me. On I went gathering speed and leaving my companions behind until my forward motion was checked suddenly and my feet felt nothing. I was just congratulating myself when my motion took a different turn, downwards. Judging by the bricks I could see before me I guessed I had now found the well.
The journey downwards took a long time it seemed and when the landing finally came, fortunately for me in water, the light seemed a long way away. I heard Gizmo call “Are you alright Oscar?” to which I replied as nonchalantly as possible, having just lost at least one more of my nine lives “Yes, thanks Gizmo. Just wanted to see if there’s anything interesting down here. There isn’t so you can help me out as soon as you like.”
There was a lot of muttering from above until Ginger finally leaned over and said ” We have no way of helping Oscar. Gizmo will have to go and find a Longlegs to help.” I told him “Not one of my Longlegs please” but Gizmo had already gone.
Time passed with Ginger asking me what I could see down there until I finally convinced him that he had the light up there and down here it was still dark time. Soon enough I heard voices.
“Sorry Vicar” said one I recognised as My ‘The Him’ this damned cat seemed to be wanting me to follow so I did. I was just going to show Mellor’s where to plant my rhubarb too.”
“Interesting “said the Vicar, “I thought he’d be the one to know the right spot since I gather he did a lot of planting with Lady C.”
Hello, I thought, I’m down here waiting……….
The Vicar stuck his head over the edge of the well. “My word, there’s a cat stuck down the My Lord, and I think it’s yours.”
Joining the Vicar in blocking out what little light there was came My ‘The Him’ and stating the obvious said “Yes, that’s Oscar, in trouble again I see.”
The heads disappeared for a moment then I heard the Vicar call out to his verger “Hoskins, be a good chap and bring me a rope and a bucket.” then turning to My ‘The Him’ said “They only found this well yesterday, I think it dates from before the civil war and I wanted to see if there were any marking on the wall to date it. Maybe it could be brought back into service, even as a wishing well for the children.”
“Interesting Vicar ” said My ‘The Him’ “but I don’t think it’s that old since there were no buildings here then. I’d say Victorian.”
I let out a mew to remind then I was there and they shut up. Just at that moment Hoskins returned with the rope and bucket. In short order they had the bucket on it’s way down to me and I was able to stop pedalling water long enough to climb in. In less than a minute I was back on dry land and able to say thank you to my saviour. “Well done Gizmo” I said “I’m very grateful. I entwined myself round the ankles of the Vicar and of My ‘The Him’ as a small thank you for the part they’d played but My ‘The Him’ jumped back saying “Oh no Oscar. You’re not sending me down there.Back away.”
I did so reluctantly.
Later on, back at home safely I cringed when My ‘The Her’ saw me and started singing, “Ding, Dong, Dell, pussy’s in the well.”
I tried to tell ‘The Him’ that he was right as coming up in the bucket I’d seen scrawled on one brick in the well, Joe Bloggs woz ere 1839, but as usual he didn’t understand me.
45 responses to “Ding, Dong, Dell”
Too bad The Him couldn’t understand cat. Great photos, David.
I always had a problem with that John. Glad you liked the photos.
Great story – but today I think the photos stole the show! (Sorry Oscar!) 🙂 xoxo
So glad you liked them Pauline, I hope my comments didn’t hinder.
xxx Massive Hugs xxx
Well Oscar is the cat about town and too bad “the him” is not able to speak cat “what we have here is a failture to communicate” (Cool Hand Luke) I always enjoy Oscar and his exploits. The photo’s are adorable especially Amelie OMG, so cute. David, Rag n Bone Man blew me away, I’ve never heard of him before and I love the song, his voice gave me chills. The other video they said it’s not available in my country, humph…. Thank you for another great story and truly amazing music. Have a lovely week dear David and massive hugs my friend.
I always had deafness when Oscar spoke Suzanne, his fault for not speaking human. I’m so glad you liked the pictures and Rag n Bone Man. If you get chance you should look at his hit single ‘Human’ on youtube and perhaps ‘Skin’. That’ll more than make up for not seeing an old Deacon Blue song.
Have a wonderful new week,
xxx Gigantic Hugs beautiful one xxx
Well, well. That was quite a story.
From such a small incident too. I must have had imagination overload that day.
xxx Huge Hugs Anne xxx
Forgot the hugs.
xxx well-done hugs xxx
Thanks so much. ❤
Hehehe nothing like a good old-fashioned bucket to get one out of trouble when it comes to wells – remembered my childhood in Croatia: no taps just outside well and bucket for water. Those were the days I reckon 🙂 Massive hugs, David
I sometimes thought it a shame the bucket was handy Ina. I’ve just had a friend been to Croatia and it’s the second time now. She loves the place.
xxx Ginormous Hugs xxx
She can join my club any time – I’m going there again early May to about mid-June 😀 ❤
Poor Oscar…however did he restore his dignity after that!
Such lovely photographs too!
As always, he acted like nothing had happened and expected the world to adjust to it. Thank you Helen, I’m so pleased you liked the photographs.
xxx Mammoth Hugs xxx
They were lovely…really made me smile to see them.
Oscar seems determined to get into trouble. He’s lucky there was rescue on hand. Great photos too. I love the way the kids use their imaginations. 🙂 Massive Hugs, David. Have a great week!
I was always sure Oscar couldn’t count to nine. He was lucky all the time in being rescued. Thank you, I’m glad you like the photos. I also love kids imaginations and enjoy Roobs having fun with a stick.
Have a wonderful week Diana, xxx Gigantic Hugs xxx
It seems Oscar got into trouble again. Lucky he wasn’t alone. Great pictures of the children. I love the pose Amelie made. 😀 — Suzanne
Whoops, I forgot the Hugs. Massive Hugs, David. 😀 — Suzanne
Oscar was trouble on four legs Suzanne. Manage another escape though.Thank you, they are nice photos but the one of Amelie is my new favourite of her.
xxx Sending you Mammoth Hugs xxx
Oh, Oscar and his adventures. I like the fact that he always managed to keep his nonchalant attitude (well, perhaps). Gorgeous pics. Happy week, David! Big hugs!
Oscar was nonchalant because I couldn’t put my boot behind him in public. I always wanted to remind him “Well, that’s another life gone.”
I’m glad you enjoyed the pics beautiful lady. Have a wonderful week Olga.
xxx Gigantic Hugs xxx
Wonderful pics, David xxx
Thanks so much Jane.
xxx Huge Hugs xxx
Lucky Grandpa 🙂
Guilty. xxxx Massive Hugs xxx
Love reading these have nicknamed one of mine as the ‘hellcat’ we have just had to get rid of the bread bin as she has worked out how to open it and believes the contents are there for her consumption during the night when I am not available to refill her bowl on demand, she keeps eating the monsters chocolate ship cookies he has for his supper and the mini cheddars he has for his packed lunches, She is not happy there is now a stack of tubs with the goodies secured within.
huge hugs xxxx
Oh, so you have an Orcar-ess do you. It sound like you have a lock on your bedroom door she hasn’t worked out yet as he would wake me at some very inhospitable times because he was wasting away from hunger, He never was, i was just a ploy to see what he could get away with. That’s why I don’t sleep at night….FEAR!!
Your ‘hellcat’ has developed a taste for some strange things unless it’s just nibbling the edges a bit to claim them and leaving the rest. You’ll have to put padlocks on everything then dangle the keys on a piece of string from a place she can’t reeach. That’ll show her who’s boss.
Hope you an the monster ar both well and Happy.
xxx Gigantic Hugs xxx
I’m glad Oscar was OK, and I hope no one else fell in the well.
The photos of your grandchildren are super-adorable this week. Hugs, David!
Oscar was always fine. Born under a lucky star I think. Nothing and no-one else was hurt. Thank you, I chose two pictures I could have fun captioning this week but I loved the pictures anyway.
xxx Humongous Hugs Merril xxx
I really enjoyed this post, David. Poor old Oscar. Thank goodness you found him.
I’ve always been plagued with bad luck Robbie.I’m so glad you enjoyed the post however. xxx Massive Hugs xxx
-grin- There’s something more than a little magical about this post, and the photos! Thanks for another entertaining peek into Oscar’s world. 😀
Thanks Andrea. It’s because of my very own Harry Potty waving his wand about. A peek at Oscar’s wold is usually enough. Hop you enjoyed Rag n’ Bone Man.
xxx Gigantic Hugs xxx
lmao – Harry Potty? Oooh…I’ll tell Reuben that, when he’s a little older. :p
Those two pix at the end are too perfect with the captions. Hilarious. I’m glad Oscar was rescued. I was worried about him!
I’m so glad you liked the pics and the captions Brenda, I thought they lent themselves to that.I think Oscar was born under a lucky star.
xxx Massive Hugs xxx
Grateful for massive hugs, and smiling for you.
❤ Hugs ❤
That miskerchievious moggy! Always up to something. What a character! Glad you got him out safe and sound. 😊
He remained the luckiest cat on the planet until he wasn’t. He really was a character.
xxx Gigantic Hugs Ali xxx
What an adventure. I bet Oscar would do it again lol.
If he was still here Catherine you can guarantee he’d be mad enough (Stupid enough) to do it again.
xxx Huge Hugs xxx