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Karl Lagerfeld’s cat is the star of a new book

Karl Lagerfeld’s beloved Birman Choupette is being celebrated in her very own photography book.

Choupette by Karl Lagerfeld is filled with photographs taken by the late Chanel and Fendi creative director, and details the lavish life of the pampered pet.

Playing, sleeping, and travelling by private jet are just some of Choupette’s pastimes that are captured in the coffee table book.

Lagerfeld died at age 85 in February from pancreatic cancer, leaving behind a heartbroken Choupette.

The fashion designer was open about his adoration of the cat, whom he fell in love with after his friend babysat her for two weeks.

When Choupette’s original owner returned, Lagerfeld declared, “Choupette is mine, I don’t give Choupette back”.

“I never thought I that I would fall in love with an animal like this. You have to see her. You will instantly fall in love with her because she’s unbelievable,” he gushed.

Choupette was known to live a life of luxury. She used to eat her meals at the table with Lagerfeld from Goyard and Louis Vuitton crockery. 

She has two personal maids and an iPad, which Lagerfeld said she knows how to use.

Choupette is rumoured to have come into a large inheritance following Lagerfeld’s death, but she can also be considered a self-made cat thanks to her modelling jobs in Japan and Germany.

Karl Lagerfeld and Choupette.

How to keep your garden alive during water restrictions

Level two water restrictions are now in place for Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains and Illawarra.

But the tough new rules don’t mean you have to let your garden perish.

Here are some tips to keep your plants prospering and your flowers flourishing over a drought-stricken summer.

  •       Replacing lawn with permeable surfaces such as mulch, pebbles, gravel or native grasses can prevent water running off into stormwater drains.
  •       Add compost, worm castings, mulch and other natural organic matter to your soil. The more organic matter it has, the more water and nutrients it will be able to hold.
  •       Avoid artificial fertilisers, pesticides and other chemicals which can kill off bacteria and funghi.
  •       Use grey water on your gardens. Grey water is water that is collected from washing machines, sinks, showers and so forth. Put buckets in the shower and sinks to catch excess water.
  •       Wash your car on the lawn to allow the grass to absorb the run-off.
  •       Don’t cut your lawn too short while mowing. Longer grass will keep the soil moist and protect the roots.
  •       Use a wetting agent to prevent soil becoming water repellent. A splash of dishwashing liquid or clay in the water can do the trick.
  •       Clear weeds that are competing with your other plants for moisture.
  •       Use seaweed extract in your watering can or bucket to help plants with water retention.
  •       Wean plants gradually to cope with less frequent watering. Aim to water less often but for a longer time to strengthen water uptake and teach plants to expect less water.
  •       Opt for plants for that are adapted to dry conditions. Look for local native plants, foliage, shrubs, perennial plants, succulents, grey-leafed plants, and herbs such as thyme and sage. There are also a number of drought-tolerant edibles such as olives, grapevines, figs, almond and pistachio.

Read this to see what’s new under level two restrictions.