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, a Percheron mare.
Tommy: Woofs everyone! Yesterday was the start of the latest session of Camp Tommy. Fernant's parents went off on holiday for over a week so he is hanging with us. We are also feeding Basha, of course.
In case you were wondering, Fernant is as crazy as ever. Fortunately, we had nice weather yesterday, so we were able to play outside quite a bit. We started out by saying good morning:
And then we played!
More fun was to be had in the afternoon!
Fernant seems pretty happy for a guy who has just been abandoned by his parents!
Tama-Chan: The weather has remained fairly awful. Yesterday, we had very strong winds in addition to the rain. We should be getting some sunpuddles today, but then more rain on Wednesday. And I am still coughing, despite the cortisone. In fact, it's pretty much like it was last year, except that we now know what it is and therefore #1 has not been panicking. I guess it's like a human getting really bad hay fever. I continue to eat well and generally am in good shape. Just coughing fits throughout the day. Yuk...
As Sei-Chan has been spending ore time downstairs, I tried out her basket on the shelf above the desk:
The view is great!
I still spend a lot of time in the living room, though:
By the way, remember we told you that the #1 camera had been sent off for repairs so we were using #2? Well, #2 committed suicide a couple of days ago. Flew out of #1's hands and onto the (carpeted) floor, since when its lens has refused to budge. So, we are using camera #3... It's a good job we have a lot of cameras lying about...
Tommy: #1 says she is in a race against time to get all her Christmas cards and gifts mailed in time for Christmas, so today's blog post will have to be a "singel shot affair". Let's try to make those shots special, shall we?
We were hoping for some new photos of The Big V but the friend who was going to take them couldn't go over because of the snow yesterday, so here is one from earlier:
Tama-Chan: To be honest, it has been so gloomy this week that taking photos indoors has been a real challenge, except with flash, and you know what that does to our eyes a lot of the time. So, our offerings this week are rather reduced.
I do have one of me snuggling with #1!
And here is one of my Beebs in bed with #1:
Da Genj in bed with #1:
And here is a pretty cute one of Beebs and Tommy snuggling:
Me snuggling with Tommy:
And Sei-Chan snuggling with Tommy:
We also have a couple of guest shots showing #1 snuggling with our cousin, Tora-Chan!
And Tommy with Mr. G:
And that's it for today, folks! By the way, our good camera has gone off for repairs, which is another reason our offerings are not as good as usual. Camera #1 doesn't really cut it a lot of the time.
Sei-Chan: The weather has been cold, grey and miserable most of this week, and #1 has complained a lot about the difficulty of taking decent photos. I have been spending a lot of time on the radiator in the kitchen, and she did manage to snap a few shots of me there, thank goodness.
You're not hiding a syringe with medicine in it, are you, #1?
Because if you are, I am not planning to cooperate!
Violette: Pretty Neighs, Everyone! I know, I know... You are all awaiting and wanting news of Vidock, right? We got a first video of him at his new boarding school in England, so here are a couple of pics:
You know the Big V. Always loves an audience!
Now can we talk about me?
I am always on the lookout for #1:
She has been coming to see me regularly, and bringing me my treats:
Even when the weather is cold and foggy!
One day, a carrot tried to escape. Ms. P tool this fun photo!
Can you see the flying carrot?
She has also been taking treats to my mama and sisters. She is a good #1.