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June 11, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Position filled. Cartwheelin’ over the raves.

While the individual seemed small and easy to manage, the reality is quite different. The employment wording so benign. The initiated wouldn’t touch that one either polecat.

Cat walker needed.

“If the ‘fluffy’ excuse doesn’t work for one, it doesn’t work for all,” complained Molly Malamute who is already on reduced rations due to sluggishness in summer’s heat. So, with the astute wisdom of a dog, Molly took the job: “Win-win,” she grinned.

Apparently she caught the Belmont yesterday.

There is a reasonable facsimile track in the house which may not have the length, but has an added level of complexity with obstacles like bar stools, dining tables, foot stools and ladders in use for projects.

Nothing like thrills for heart pounding aerobics.

Cartwheels used to be the measure of fitness. 

Action photo of woman doing cartwheel.(Tanya Little/Flickr/

Cartwheels: attempting to defy nature and gravity. Possible on land or water. (Tanya Little/Flickr/

The crew of Peter Burling’s Emirates Team New Zealand demonstrated a textbook sailboat cartwheel on June 6th in Bermuda’s waters.

Pitchpoled after driving too hard and allowing the nose of the hulls to dig too far under water. (video and pictures here)

Not as bad as it sounds. Notice part of the crew stayed high and dry. Boat did get some damaged.

On smaller ones, you untangle yourself, dump water out of the sail (if it’s a traditional one, not like the America’s Cup sails), lift the top of the mast out of the mud if it’s stuck, then flip lines over the hull in the sky, and, using body weight and assorted curses, haul the darn thing back into upright into sailing position – and off to continue the race.

It’s a little more difficult with the America’s Cups catamarans, but the same concept….only this was on camera and in the 35th Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challengers Playoffs.

Sailing history was made on Friday when Emirates Team New Zealand sailed the entire racecourse up on the foils.

The catamaran was like a graceful barefoot girl flying down a hill with her hair flowing behind. Such delight.

Tremendous amount  of skill and practice involved. Well deserved applause and congrats Kiwi.

Races continue Sunday. Just like the Formula One of sailing. Keep afloat with all the news here.

And now back to the races, here….

Molly is proposing a swimming pool in the backyard – as a step towards in-house Ironman Triathlon events. Digging and burying being natural alternatives for bicycling for both cats and dogs.

We have discouraged competitive ladder climbs into the attic – which they happily agreed to since it’s a kazillion degrees up there. (Games humans play. So odd, the two agree.)

Drag race in progress…on the water, up the ladder, and all paws at warp speed.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.




  1. pensitivity101 / Jun 11 2017 12:49 pm

    Cartwheels were the only things I could do at school really. Handstands were a bit dodgy as I tended to topple over in a heap unless I was against a wall, and standing on my head was a definite No-No as my neck buckled!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 11 2017 5:24 pm

      I always envied the kids who could do handstands and then walk on their hands. Sigh. Couldn’t ride my bike without any hands either. But sailing is a whole difference balance. Thanks for joining this cruise.

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  2. shoreacres / Jun 11 2017 1:00 pm

    I can’t deny that I’m a cruiser, not a racer. I’ve never even had the urge with Hobies or whatever. I’ll sit on the bank, or on a boat, or in a bar, and cheer on the whole fleet, but the racing itself just doesn’t appeal. For one thing, it’s a heck of a lot of work, and I’m growing lazy in my old age.

    I’ll grant you this — the various big races, with all the big, techie boats, are spectacular, but I’m not sure the NZ team isn’t a great example of sailing that isn’t sailing any more. I’m not sure what it is, but… well, you get my drift.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 11 2017 5:45 pm

      Hobies are no longer competitive. HAven’t seen one for a long time..maybe in tourist resorts? – we traded ours off for newer cats as technology advanced (Do they still have races off TX City Dike?) That sort of racing is a tremendous amount of work and you end up battered and with boat bites at the end of the weekend. I’d rather be in the race than watch one anytime.
      All the new technology of the America’s Cup races make it so much more fun to watch – and you can freeze frame or roll back if you want to see what something was all about. Did you notice the guys(recruited soccer players) pedaling like riding a bike on some boats? (In place of double manned grinders seated in the hulls of some boats). Not working sails over lines – they are creating energy/storing energy for the hydraulics that operate mainsail and other stuff from a push button on the helmsman’s wheel.
      America’s Cup boats seem to be cutting edge of innovation. It all looks like sea birds over the water to me.
      Thanks for dropping anchor and leaving a comment


      • shoreacres / Jun 11 2017 6:09 pm

        I did see the bicycle-like pedaling and wondered about that. Thanks for the explanation!

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 12 2017 7:39 am

          The effectiveness/benefits of the bike pedals over the hands-on grinders is quite a discussion among the teams and engineers. Legs are stronger, but with the bikes there’s something sticking up blocking the wind (and every little detail counts at this level) as well as the fact that it’s faster to roll across the mesh deck and bail into the hull and start grinding with the hands than to roll across, get up on the seat, find the pedals, and get feet moving. Hydraulics doing what sailors used to do. The ancient mariners would be shaking their heads in disbelief?


  3. Kate Crimmins / Jun 11 2017 1:34 pm

    As temperatures soar my cats have a new exercise called snoozing. Preferably in the air conditioned house. As they domesticated, they got very used to perks. As for that sailing, it didn’t seem to be sailing but flying around on sticks. Amazing.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 11 2017 5:31 pm

      Have you seen that commercial with 3 dachshunds on a treadmill? No hope of that happening here. They look so sad begging for more food and listening to me tell them “No, if you keep munching like this, you’ll be bigger than a house by next fall”….(I worry as I wake up and see them staring at me… HAHA)
      These boats – close to flying. Remarkable engineering…(now that would be a real science/nature lesson worthy of school?)
      Thanks for sailing along

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      • Kate Crimmins / Jun 11 2017 5:35 pm

        My cat Hazel is on a diet too (sorta). I think she’s stealing food but I haven’t caught her yet. She’s too happy. When she’s on a diet she does puppy dog eyes. Haven’t seen those lately.

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 11 2017 5:52 pm

          Eyes are the giveaway…than and the the slower arrival when the fridge door opens.
          Summer’s going to be a real food fight around here…


  4. Amy / Jun 11 2017 3:18 pm

    Water seems to be a common theme this summer. Many blogs I’ve read are talking about getting kiddie pool for their dog. Not for the cats, though.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 11 2017 5:49 pm

      Normally we have a lovely splash pool for Molly and The German on the patio. But ever since Molly discovered the splash pad and dog friendly “concrete pond” at her favorite field and play spot, she turns up her nose at our little one…unless she wants a drink. (Previous posts have pictures of them with the pool from other summers) We are never going to hear the end of “If you really loved me and wanted to keep your long haired doggy cool, you’d put in a real pool – and we’d have parties. She’s miffed for sure.
      It’s hot – time to hit the water!
      Thanks for adding a splashy comment


  5. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy / Jun 12 2017 2:47 pm

    Sometimes I think sailing might be a good idea, and then I realize I am a person made for a boat with a throttle.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 12 2017 2:59 pm

      The motorized chase boats were having a difficult time keeping up with the giant cats in this race. Speed all depends on the location, the boat, the crew, and the skipper. (Although the cost of these sailboats probably rivals the cost of filling up the fuel tank on a speed boat)
      Getting out on there water is all that matters. Thanks for observing this wake zone

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  6. The Hook / Jun 12 2017 6:07 pm

    I once busted my knee falling off a sawhorse.
    No cartwheels for me…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 13 2017 7:28 am

      Not being one who laughs at the misfortunes of others, I will only say Target will be sad. (Oh, inside joke. Target store has a shopping app/marketing campaign called cartwheel.)
      Hope you got right back up and showed that sawhorse you cannot be defeated – or de-kneed – forever. They build on that sort of stuff.
      Thanks for falling into the comment pile!


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