freddie mercury… ** FREDDIE MERCURY’S GARDEN LODGE ~ ROYAL CATS & KOI CARP FISH ~ the place where he lived ~ with Camilla ** part 3 of 3

 ** My Freddie Mercury **

It’s My Blog dedicated to My Freddie,
the greatest rock legend and the best musician of all time.

Freddie is my best friend
and  the most beautiful person
I’ve ever met in my life.
Love you Freddie 
…Camilla

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**FREDDIE’S LOVES**

 KOI CARP FISHES AND ROYAL CATS

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– ROYAL CATS –

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Freddie put as much importance on cats as any human in his life.
 Most of them were from rescue centers.
 Freddie got at least two from them, if not more.
Cats did get ordinary cat food at times,
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but mostly it was fresh chicken and fish prepared for them.
Their unconditional love gave him great comfort and company in his final days,and Freddie would never deny them admittance to his bedroom.
Freddie made his adoration of cats common knowledge.
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While on tour, Freddie would frequently call his home in London
to talk to his fur babies.

We don’t know how he talked to them, in meows or English – however.

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His song *Delilah* on Queen’s Album *Innuendo* was about his cat Delilah.
Freddie dedicated his first solo album *Mr. Bad Guy* to his fluffy little companions
Tom, Jerry, Oscar, Tiffany, Delilah, Goliath, Miko, Romeo, and Lily.

– KOI CARP –

Freddie was obsessed with the Koi Carp fishes.
This time Freddie was sick and he used the garden as a retreat from his sickness and the world of rock.

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When Freddie died it was the most famous collection of its type in the country.
The prized collection was built up from an original 15 to 89.
Freddie began with a collection of just 15 koi,
but over the years he acquired more and more of the fish
until his collection became one of the most famous in the country.
Freddie and his live-in lover, Jim Hutton, gave each other koi for birthdays and Christmas. Freddie’s passion for the carp was such that four years before his death he said:

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I’ve lived a full life and if I’m dead tomorrow I won’t give a damn.
I’ve finally found a niche I was looking for in my life.
To have my wonderful Japanese garden
with all this koi carp recently bought at such expense.
I love it.

 Almost £1 million worth of rare koi carp collected by Freddie have been accidentally killed by a gardener.
Freddie’s 89 fish, each more than 2 ft long, were worth about £10,000 each.
They were kept in a specially designed pond, which was the centre piece
of a Japanese garden at Kensington home, Garden Lodge,
where Freddie lived until his death in 1991.
 Freddie’s Koi carp fishes died from a lack of oxygen.
Carp can live as long as 100 years, but they are sensitive and need careful handling.
Their water must be filtered and kept above 35 F.
Without filtered water, they will die within a couple of hours.

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Freddie’s fishes are dead.
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having found happiness with his fish.
Mary Austin and her husband are devastated by the tragedy.
Mary made a promise to Freddie that she would look after the fish
following his death and has cared for them for 10 years.

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*This is not about money*.
Freddie asked specifically for Mary to look after the fishes.
Mary is very, very upset.

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Source: Queenonline.com, Queen archives