I loved Diana Birchall's lightbrightandsparkling post on just how a blog is finally conquered
by the lure of the feline.
Diana, author of the much-loved Mrs Darcy's Dilemma, vowed it would never happen but it has and in triplicate too.
Cats do seem to find their way in eventually in much the same way that they home in on a lap when you are reading a book.
While the lad's away with the dove-sleigh it seemed like a good moment to quickly sneak in a picture of the much lesser known Sister of Rocky again.
Tess really hates the limelight, a beautifully gentle cat with a lovely personality, timid but adoring of attention and spends hours each day like her brother doing this, but on a blanket of her own. You may recall that Tess was the one who cost that staggering amount of money at the vets this year for a minor op, and as you can see she's justified the expense in that she's still with us despite all those dire warnings about ageing feline renal function. In our experience the minute you fork out hundreds on them, no matter what age, they succumb to something.
we say to these supposedly non-pampered felines last thing at night,
'off you go and be real country cats, earn your keep, chase rabbits, catch mice and rats.'
and they obligingly set off to forage and fend across the moonlit fields, chance their luck with the foxes and the owls who hoot and screech around too. Then if something spooks the pheasants the birds all fall out of the trees and make a terrible din, (Concorde's supersonic boom when it reached the Western Approaches used to cause havoc at about 9pm every night ) it's all very busy out there and probably 'little people' to contend with too.
What brave fearless little things they are.
But fear not, we are pretty sure they nobly step forth and head straight for the straw in the woodshed and just carry right on sleeping.
Talking of God's own country as we were yesterday, and which Somerset might be but Devon surely is, names in comments for a copy of God's Own Country by Ross Raisin, another favourite read from 2008 and just see whether Yorkshire can compete.
Of course if you leave a comment you must assure us that you made your Christmas Cake in October and have been 'feeding' it regularly ever since, as we all have in Devon...or meant to.
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