New Furniture for the Melville Cat

by | Mar 14, 2013 | Instagram, Johannesburg, Markets/Shopping, The Melville/Brixton Cats | 16 comments

From the Melville Cat:

I really like living on the Lucky 5 Star Commune. There are nice people around here who pet me and tell me I am a beautiful cat. (Of course I know this already but it’s nice to hear it repeated.) I get lots of good cat food and milk, and there is plenty of game-hunting on the property.

cat and mouse

My most recent hunting success. It’s either a large mouse or a small rat.

The one thing I don’t like about the Lucky 5 Star is the lack of places to sit. Heather doesn’t have much furniture and she refuses to buy any, claiming she doesn’t need a lot of stuff and doesn’t have money for furniture anyway.

However, in the morning I like to sit in the kitchen and wait for Heather to feed me my morning milk. Heather won’t let me sit on the counter, which means I am relegated to the floor. This is unacceptable.

cat on floor

Sitting on the floor makes me angry.

So when Tenney, Heather’s dad, came to visit the Lucky 5 Star from America a couple of weeks ago, I suggested that he buy us some kitchen stools as a present. He graciously agreed. No one says no to the Melville Cat.

Heather and Tenney went to Long Road, a strip of quirky antique stores in Newlands. They found a shop there, called Retro Noah, that turns old stuff into new stuff.


This is Werner, the founder of Retro Noah. I’ve never met him but Heather says he is nice. He named his company after Noah, the guy who built Noah’s Ark. Apparently that guy was a pretty good carpenter.

The people at Retro Noah find old wood that comes from houses being torn down, or wood that’s going to be thrown away for some other reason. Then they turn the old wood into retro-style furniture.

(Please note that I don’t really care about the story of Retro Noah. I don’t care where the stools came from at all, actually. But Heather asked me to tell you because she thinks Retro Noah is cool. Ho hum.)


The people at Retro Noah can build whatever you want from their old wood — tables, or chairs, or picture frames or whatever.

Heather explained to Werner what she wanted and he made the stools for her. (Really the stools are for me but Heather can think what she wants.) Then Heather went to get the stools and brought them to the Lucky 5 Star.

stools and sign

Those are my stools.

name on stool

There’s a funky logo on the bottom of the stool seats. Heather says that Retro Noah has very good “branding”, whatever that means.

stools at home

Heather had to Instagram the stools as soon as she brought them home.

So, that problem is solved. Tenney is happy because he bought us a present. Heather is happy because the stools look nice and they were created “sustainably”, whatever that means. I am happy because I no longer have to sit on the kitchen floor.

cat on stool

Hooray for me. The end.

Retro Noah is at 172 Long Rd., Newlands.


  1. Fluffy Tufts

    Great stools and glad you don’t have to sit on the floor any more! 🙂

    • 2summers

      Thank you. I am glad too.

  2. eremophila

    Those are awesome stools! Heather obviously only gets the best for you Smokey, which is what you deserve after all.
    Actually, my new cat Pixel, has her stool to sit on, so I’ll send you a pic of it sometime – think yours might be a little higher, as befits your station in life. 🙂

    • 2summers

      Thank you, Australian lady. I look forward to the pic of Pixel’s stool. (Although I’m sure it’s not as nice as mine.)

  3. Lee

    Smokey.Please ask Heather to put a big thumbs up “like” button or at least a red heart on her wordpress blog. This post deserves a big thumbs up from me.:-)

    • 2summers

      Thank you Lee. It’s true, I have a lot of fans and Heather owes me for that. Thank you for the thumbs up.

  4. miadidthis

    Oh yay! I love Long street but I did not know about this place. Have been looking for stuff like his for ages! Super find Heather.

    • 2summers

      Cool, I’m glad to introduce you. It’s a great shop.

  5. addercatter

    You must be so happy to have a place above ground! I have a cat who looks a lot like you, her name is Addy. You two would probably be friends. She just made me buy a carpet covered cat tree, complete with 3 levels to sit on and 2 scratching posts. You would love it. They are a bit expensive, though I have heard they are inexpensive and easy to make. Maybe Retro Noah could make you one sometime! 🙂 Kat

    • 2summers

      Thank you addycatty. Sounds like you live with an intelligent cat. I will look into ordering one of these trees that you speak of.

  6. Tenney

    It was nice meeting you Smokes. Glad you like the new sticks.

    • 2summers

      Thank you Tenney, it was a pleasure meeting you too. I miss having you around.

  7. Rosie Bear

    Hi Melville Cat! Nice catch that – do you always bring your hunting trophies inside? (My cat, Lucy, is also a good rat catcher.) Like your new stools too.

    • 2summers

      Thank you, Rosie Bear. Yes, I always bring my trophies inside. I want Heather to admire them. Although she doesn’t always give me the reaction I’m looking for.

      PS: Why do you say that Lucy is “your” cat? The way I see it, you (Rosie) are Lucy’s dog. No?

  8. jonahkruvant

    Haha love this! My cat has many of the same tendencies (also a hunter)! I’m a follower!


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