Thursday, 17 January 2013

Thursday travels

I try to get outside to inspect my kingdom every day. It's not always possible - either because Äiti isn't home or it is just a bit too cold and dark. But at the weekend both conditions were right so I climbed the great drifts.
 The snow was powdery - it is better like that as it is less hard on the paw pads.
 However, the toe fur does need cleaning more often.
 I survey things from the tips of great ice shelves.
And make mighty leaps across crevasses.
 Then I must trek huge distances.
Pausing to check mouseholes, just in case there is a chance that the gnawing hunger in my belly will be sated.
 And then I have snow all over my rugged cheeks.
But I am undeterred as I know I still have the energy and sisu to reach warmth and safety. The back door is perhaps just a poronkusemaa away....

Äiti's note:
poronkusemaa - this is an ancient Finnish unit of distance which corresponds to how far a reindeer (poro) can travel between needing to pee. It is about 7km.   When transport was reindeer powered, this was very important to know.
The new Finnish unit, punapippurinkusemaa, would be considerably shorter, perhaps 7m, since the young king finds it necessary to label so much as his own.

9 comments:

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

Ha ha ha ha ha! We spent a few fruitless minutes consulting the glossary you so thoughtfully provide before we realized that Äiti had provided an endnote today.

I am especially eager to see the Golden Glacier and hope it rises before winter is done (I did not know you during the Cold Season last year).

Shoot, I never pee anywhere but in my box. I am a Good Boy.

Sparkle said...

Puna, you even have your own Finnish unit of measurement now! I am EXTREMELY impressed by this!

The Cat From Hell said...

Me is furry happy that we now has light until almost 5 pm! Now if on;y it would stop snowing....
And we has elk, does yous think that haw far they travels would bes the same as a poronkusemaa?
kisses
Nellie

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties said...

How do you keep your paws fur from freezing if you lick your paws while you're walking in snow?? Or does it not bother you?? Makes me cold just watching, MOL

Pelle said...

Oh, nice to know the new distanses, the old one mum knew about. I admire You stamina, wandering out in the big freeze, brrr! I would not do that. I only go out to my balkony, after mum has swept the snow away.

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette said...

That is a most excellent photo shoot, Puna-Chan. We particularly like the leaping picture!

We have been told it would snow tomorrow. Lats time was a false alarm so we shall see. Oh, and #1 s going to the shop where they sell Party Mix today!

Purrs,
The Chans

Kari said...

We just can't imagine anyone wanting to put their little feet anywhere but someplace warm! And when you lick them, doesn't it make them colder? Oh, Punapippuri, you Finnish cats never fail to amaze and mystify us.

Eric and Flynn said...

We were like Spitty and were looking in the glossary before we saw Aiti's note at the end. Does the snow form snowballs on your pads when you walk? Mum has to put grease on the bottom of the horses hooves if we get snow. because otherwise they end up with 2 inch high platform shoes.

Derby, Ducky said...

Mum is laffing about the distance between pees! Even applies to humans, how far they can drive before needing a pee!