Thursday, 12 November 2009

Cat on the barbie

- Hi Honey, what's for dinner? - BBQ cat !
I never would have thought of an outdoor barbecue as a suitable location for a cat nap but when the cold mistral blows, the spot is indeed sunny and nicely protected from the wind...
(note: "barbie" is the Australian short for BBQ)

- Qu'est-ce qu'on mange ce soir ? - Du chat au barbecue !
Je n'aurais jamais pensé qu'un chat pourrait s'installer sur la grille du barbecue pour faire la sieste mais c'est vrai que par temps de mistral, l'endroit est ensoleillé et bien abrité du vent...

32 comments:

yvelinoise said...

Les chats ont un sens du confort très personnel ;-)

Celui ci a trois couleurs, il y a de fortes chances que ce soit une dame !

Bonne journée Nathalie

Owen said...

Lovely, hope he wasn't too greasy afterwards...

Makes me think of the old joke about the Chinese cookbook titled : 101 Ways to Wok Your Dog

booksandacupofcoffee said...

Bonjour! Nathalie,
Merci de partager...two beautiful photographs of the same scene
one a contrast in black and white
and the other in...colour.
DeeDee ;-D

Drew said...

Owens comment brought me to laughing out loud.

The color photo is excellent.
My eye immediately noticed how the cat is centered above the instruction label on the unit. (s'il vous plaît enlever des chats avant que vous commencez?)

Dina said...

Oi veh!
Reminds me of the cartoon of two old men hunched over a chessboard next to and almost over a fireplace. The caption (from the song) : Chestnuts roasting on an open fire ...

Nathalie said...

Les amoureux des chats n'ont peut-être pas trouvé ma légende amusante. Merci à ceux d'entre vous qui apprécient l'humour de la situation :-)

Nathalie said...

Cat lovers may not have found my caption funny. Glad some of you out there appreciate the humour of the situation :-)

delphinium said...

j'aime les chats au barbecue, j'amène les braises et les sauces, les chips, les salades et tout le reste. Je fais une tarte aux poires pour le dessert mais je m'installe aussi à l'abri du mistral. :-))

Chri said...

Les chats savent ce qui est bon pour eux et ne manient pas les... alumettes!

claude said...

Les chats ont toujours le chic de trouver la bonne place pour piquer un roupillon !!!

Bergson said...

mais il faudrait d'abord l'éplucher

spacedlaw said...

The cat does not seem to appreciate your intrusion...
:)

AnneduSud said...

Aucune affinité avec ces petites bêtes, donc pas de souci si elles s'installent sur le BBQ. En plus, en ce moment, on est plutôt envahis par la gente matou donc les voisins partent en chasse et les envoient à une asso qui à mon avis ne doit pas les garder très longtemps. Honte à moi mais j'assume mon manque d'empathie...

L'Émile said...

C'est très bon !
C'est comme du lapin !
Meilleur en civet qu'au barbecue...
Mais se débat beaucoup plus qu'un lapin quand il s'agit de l'estourbir.

Avignon said...

J'ai jamais tué de chat
Ou alors y a longtemps
Ou il sentait pas bon...

Thérèse said...

C'est la recette le texte au dessous? :-)

M.Benaut said...

Je préférerais le mien avec le katchup, non ?

Nathalie said...

MB - ketchup, sauce barbecue, sauce béarnaise, sauce au vin ou sauce au curry le choix est ouvert :-)))

Bleeding Orange said...

Il est vrai que l'endroit parait un peu saugrenu.
Mais les chats ont parfois des goûts surprenants !

alice said...

Le chat de Lucifer, évidemment.

Zuleme said...

I bet it is nice and warm after someone has cooked on it. And hopefully not too greasy!

jeff said...

M.... !... Owen m'a taxé la vanne...! Il me reste quoi ! Une chatte sous un toi brûlant ?...

...;-)

Djemaa said...

Merci de votre précision! Je retire ce soir la photo pour en prendre une autre. Et dire que je publie un livre dans lequel je prends la défense de ce grand comédien! Pascal Djemaa.

Virginia said...

How hilarious Nathalie. Cats are cats and they sleep where they feel cozy I guess. Great shot on the barbie. ( An Australian term that I think I'll adopt here in Alabama)
V

Nathalie said...

Virginia, do you mean Americans don't use the word "barbie"? Do they use the full name BBQ? How odd, I thought they were into shortening and simplifying all words, just like Aussies do.

Having said that, Australians call themselves Aussies but Americans don't call themselves Amies... :-)

Drew said...

Nathalie,
In America “Barbie” refers to a famous blonde hair doll that girls grow up playing with and dressing up into different fashion outfits. Today there is also a Ken doll, so Ken and Barbie can go out together on pretend dates, etc. When my children were little we even had a plastic sports car for Barbie to drive around in.

It can also refer to a grown woman who has blonde hair and lives her life based upon fashion and her attractive looks. This statement implies that the woman has very little intelligence and only survives based upon her physical beauty. Naturally something woman often find offensive.

The term BBQ is often used or simply the word barbeque (or barbecue) refers to outdoor cooking (naturally with BBQ sauce). I hope this helps. Believe me I still don’t understand all the customs or words use in French either. :)

Dina said...

Ha, I also saw your title and thought the cat would be sitting on a Barbie doll. I wondered where you had gotten an Aussie expression. :)

Nathalie said...

Thanks Drew, much appreciated.

Of course everyone knows Barbie and Ken, every little French girl has had at least one of those.

However Australians seem to have no difficulty using the term barbie not only in reference to the Barbie doll but also to the BBQ. No confusion generated, it's just a matter of context.

How many mischievous boys would have tried to put a barbie on the barbie? God only knows ;-)

Margarite said...

Such a wonderful photo, both in humor and composition. So catish of this feline...none of us cat lovers would surprised to see a cat on the barbie. The people I know in US call this thing a grill. BBQ is what you do on the grill. Not to your cat, of course, shoo him off first.

Odile said...

j'aime beaucoup celle en n/b.
Les chats sont d'excellents sujets.

Drew said...

Oh merci Nathalie for your response. I would have never thought of barbie on the barbie. Oh what a result that would have produced. Good thing I raised girls, lol.

Espresso said...

Very funny photo :)

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