... for all your kind words and messages, I can't tell you much we have appreciated them.
I've come to the conclusion that sadness is sadness, there are no varying degrees of it and, though we have really missed that old blogcat today, we somehow sensed that this would be his last summer but what a lovely one he's had, and as so many of you have said what an idyllic cat's life Rocky has led here, as do your cats wherever they are. His girlies, Muffin and Tess are at a bit of a loss over their absent hotwater bottle but stretching out to help occupy the Rocky-sized gap he leaves behind.
Cats don't ask for much do they, they just want to 'be' around but we are going to have to learn to cook standing close to the Aga now instead of a foot away, which will seem very strange.
I was very grateful to Justine Picardie who sent me a link last night to a piece she wrote about the loss of her Jellicle cat Lizzie two weeks ago, which sums it all up perfectly, and talking of Justine my thoughts on her new biography, Coco Chanel The Legend and The Life, will be making an appearance here later today
and my thanks to Harper Collins for permission to use this stunning photograph of Chanel which I like so much I'm going to use it twice.
Hot on the heels of the leg lengthening, two- tone slingbacks, I will post Justine's wonderful dovegreyreader asks... on Mademoiselle so we can have ourselves a CocoFest, and Justine will be around in comments over the next couple of days to chat and answer any questions you may have.
The last time Justine was here to talk about Daphne I think she made lemon drizzle cake, and you all had a party while I was away, this time perhaps we'll have madeleines as well and I'm staying around to join in the fun.
So it's the moment you've all been waiting for... dust off the little black number or hunt out your chic striped tops everyone, and quilted bags on chains will also be allowed, and perhaps we'll really push the yacht out and have a scratch and sniff Chanel No 5 screen too.