Conflicting Passions

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Yes it is true, I have two conflicting passions.

I love birds, I could watch them all day. I am not sure why, yet when I am writing, I use the birds as an excuse to stop and have a cup of tea, they liven up my mornings. When I capture a moment on camera such as these two beautiful images, I am the excited nerdy bird watcher.

They dance on the barbed wire, flutter above the tall grass, free to roam the skies. As a child I imagined I could fly with them. As I grow older I choose to appreciate the smaller gifts in life, like a beautiful autumn Easter Sunday when the birds came to visit.


I snap as many photo’s as I can, knowing it is always a short speedy visit. They sense something in the air, before I see the danger hiding in the grass.

Yes it is true my other passion is our three cats.



PADDY and a visitor


and BOO the shy one.


I love my cats, their sense of curiosity and their funny antics chasing the wind or anything that moves, preferably a mouse. Cats make great companions and my children love to have a sleeping cat at the end of their beds to keep them company at night.

Yet I feel a great responsibility to nature. Anyone who owns a cat knows how cunning a hunter these cute furry friends are. We keep them inside most nights. They have bells but are very good at losing them. We are vigilant as a family to put them inside when the birds arrive in the mornings. How can I love both, it is hard, yet I do the best I can.

Do you have any conflicting passions?

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Everybody has a DREAM. Today is the first day of the rest of my writing life. Its a lonely world out there when you are learning the craft. This year, as the same as last year, I want to finish my first children's picture book. I have learn't many wonderful lessons on this journey. You are never too old to learn.
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24 Responses to Conflicting Passions

  1. We have the same dilemma. And yes, the belled collars never last for long on our cats either.

    • Jennifer like you, at least we are aware and try to stop it. I can’t imagine life without them as my child can’t handle yappy dogs although we have a work dog, she does not bark much. Our cats are quiet and sit on his bed when he is anxious, taking some of his fears away, I think they even sense it sometimes.

  2. I adore my cats and believe the only passion conflict I have is when I want to write or read and they want to play.

    • Christina I notice most writers either have a cat climbing all over their computer or a dog by their side. I guess it is because we are alone in our worlds when we write. Yes do that too!

  3. Oh my gosh, I love your photos! With all that beautiful wildlife, I don’t know how you get anything done. As for conflicting passions, I have too many to list!

  4. I received spam from your twitter account. Tell your followers not to open..”I saw a funny picture of you…”

    when it happened to me I, I was told to simply change my password

    • Thanks melanie, yes I was hacked and now I just delete those kind of messages. (”I saw a funny picture of you…”) Thanks to Kathleen who commented above, I got onto it pretty quickly and am a little wiser. Thanks for alerting me too, the community in here is pretty awesome.

  5. How I related to this! I write in my home office, with a couple of bird feeders hanging on a near-by window. I could watch the finches, sparrows, red-winged blackbirds and doves for hours. My conflict isn’t as dramatic as yours with the cats, but the beauty of nature is always pulling me away from my writing. But that’s not really a conflict, now that I think of it. Living something worth writing is the first step in writing, after all.

  6. Susan I agree with living something worth writing too and I do daydream whilst watching nature but it is a healthy passion. Nature amazes me often.

  7. Carol says:

    Hi Kath,
    I appreciated your visit to my blog today and am returning the visit. Your photos are lovely! I especially like that one of ‘Apple’ peeking out. I love birdwatching, too, and have my camera nearby on my desk. We’ve always had dogs, and they don’t show as much interest in our birds, although my Lab chased two deer into the woods yesterday.Yes, the distractions in our writing lives can be many. 🙂

    • Hi Carol
      I often sift through the maze of interesting blogs and find inspirational people like you that I can learn a thing or two from. Look forward to more posts from you. I love watching deer walk out of the fog in the winter/spring months, one day I spotted a pure white one, I have put him in one of my children’s novel’s. I get a lot of my ideas from just observing the little things around me. Thanks for stopping by Carol Ps that photo of Apple is one of my faves too.

  8. This is sort of silly, but I adore tea, could drink it all day long. However, I’d be hard-pressed to sleep if I did that, as I do prefer caffeinated tea over decaf. The taste is distinctive, and while I’ll drink decaf, oh my goodness I am always wishing it was the real thing. 🙂

    Great photos! Is that a hedgehog teasing Paddy? I suppose it’s not, but that’s my North American guess.

    • Hi Anna I love that first cup of tea to start my day. The little visitor is an Echidna, they are the cutest little creatures and rarely come this close to the house. He inspected under my car and everywhere around the yard. Prefer him to a snake mind you. Thanks for dropping in.

  9. Great pictures. I love animals.

  10. Thanks Jacqui I’m a bit of a sucker when my hubby brings an abandoned kitty home.

  11. Hi kath! I’m not a cat person but Paddy is adorable!!

    Regarding multiple passions – YES, I feel so conflicted sometimes trying to balance all the things I care about! Normally I can distill it down to two things (travel and writing) but when it comes down to specifics – sometimes I have to make a choice! Travel is exhilarating but writing requires stillness! So I struggle! Good to know I’m not the only one who is “multi-passionate”!

  12. Sarah
    Ahhh to be travelling and within that space I use to find the quiet place to fill my diary with what ever was on my mind and the amazing people I met. I might put a few old travel posts up soon. The world is beautiful, so much to see and learn.

  13. I have exactly the same conflicting passion as you! However we don’t get many birds where I live and I keep my cats inside because of traffic. When I can, I escape to a relative’s beach house and there I get lost watching birds play 🙂 – the cats are safe at home..

  14. Desi Clown says:

    I’m a dog person, but Boo looks so cute!! :p I’ve told this to you a hundred times probably, but the nature and wild life you’re surrounded by is just amazing. Reading about how you keep the cats away from the birds reminds me of my parents’ attempts to keep us squabbling children away from one another… Thank you for sharing such nice pictures 🙂

    • I also adore our dogs Desi but they go to work with Pete. The echidna at the door blew me away because we had just only arrived from the suburbs and had never seen anything like that up close before. Squabbling children, try living in a house with nine kids.

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