First, in June 2008, came a young sorrel Abyssinian cat called Sen-Chan and a slightly younger English Springer Spaniel called Tom. In October 2008, they were joined by Tama-Chan, a ruddy Abyssinian girl kitten. The three lived so happily together, playing and cuddling in the French countryside with their mistress, known as #1. But in early January 2009, tragedy struck and Sen-Chan went to the Bridge at not yet 18 months. For a while, it was just Tom and Tama-Chan and #1, remembering sweet and gentle Sen-Chan, and the one who came before him, the fierce and noble Ikkyu. But then, in April 2009, a little red furrball, Sei-Chan, joined the family! She was followed in October 2009 by Yuu-Chan, a playful but very mellow little sorrel boy. And then Tama-Chan had kittens and little Bibi, a ruddy male, stayed with us. Sadly, we lost our beloved Yuu-Chan in September 2010, but we soldier on and live and love in our little corner of rural France. And we now have a big little brother in Vidock, a Percheron stallion, a little little brother in Genji, a blue Abyssinian, and a big little sister in Violette, the Percheron filly.
Sei-Chan: We are posting a little later than usual today. We were entertaining last night, with eleven people here for a pot luck dinner, and they left pretty late so we were all pooped. We have more people coming to lunch tomorrow but at least we can get a little bit of rest today. The festive season can be exhausting, you know…
The weather has been rather grim this past week. Not cold but very grey and lots of rain, so I have been doing a lot of this:
That spot on the radiator is really quite special. Can you see that too am wearing a Christmas collar. Mine has little Christmas trees on it! It's from Beastie Bands.
#1 is quite pleased with this portrait of me. She says it really shows off my lovely eyes well. Many Abyssinians, such as our pesky bro Genji, have amber eyes, but in my family, we have green eyes! My Mama, Viña del Mar, had the most amazing emerald eyes.
Last but not least, here is a photo of me giving #1's hand a very gentle bitey!
Violette: Pretty Neighs, Everyone! How are you all? Our # is so busy right now that we are not seeing her as often as we would like, but here is a lovely photo she took of me the other morning, when the mist had not yet lifted properly:
It's rather mysterious, don't you think?
Vidock: Studly Neighs, EveryFriend. I agree with Violette about insufficient visits from #1. Here is a photo she took when she last visited:
She says she loves my white head with the dark body! She also says that my colouring is pretty good at hiding dirt!
#1 here. Please indulge me for my third "V" of the day. I have for several years been a huge fan of British dressage rider Charlotte Dujardin and her amazing horse, Valegro. This week, the pair broke two world records in two days at the Olympia International Horse Show in London. The records they broke had both been set by them! They are a true inspiration to anyone who has ever loved watching horses and riders at their best. So, here is a photo I took from the TV set as they were breaking the world record in the Grand Prix Freestyle to earn an amazing 94.3% (to give you an idea, the rider who came second got 83.5%):
Genji This is Exhibit A and it is what we are all wondering about:
It apparently contains our Christmas present, but she will not let us take a look or even a sneak peak at it. She says she is going to wrap it and put it under the tree. She is refusing to give us any hints but she is going around talking about a Sseriously Ssenssational Sssurprise. Is she taking up Parseltongue? Is that a hint in itself?
I suppose we can only wait. Sssssssigh…
I the meantime, here are some of our Bird TV companions, as seen from the outside:
Tama-Chan: It would seem, Dear Friends, that I shall be known as "Two-Bell-Tama until the end of the holidays. Why, you wonder? Well, it could have something to do with my beautiful glittery red Christmas collar:
That's right! It has TWO bells on it! That's the way it came and #1 says it makes me extra special! Here is another view of the collar, although you cannot see the bells:
As I have been a little out of practise, I have been working on my dangles. Here is a little head dangle to get us going:
And here we have a reverse foot dangle!
And a classic tail dangle:
Here I am having a little bit of fun in one of our tunnels:
All of this activity is quite exhausting and so the next step was of course a proper nap!