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.
Sei-Chan: That little brother of mine, Yuu-Chan, does tend to leave a path of destruction behind him. The other day, he jumped up here and up-ended a vase with tulips. This was after he jumped on the sideboard and created a big mess there. Anyway, #1 removed everything to clean up the mess and I decided that, being the more grown-up, I had better get up there, turn on the lasers and keep that boy away!
We're also wishing that the forecast is wrong and there won't be snow this afternoon. We are expecting a very important visitor tomorrow and we don't want to be stuck down here!