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.
Tom: Hello everyone, Tommy here. #1 has returned to us but boy did she have a journey! She left the house in England bright and early but when she got to the Eurotunnel terminal at Folkestone, she found out there were delays averaging an hour. So, she waited, and eventually got across to France. She was driving happily along, heading home to us, when, about two hours out from home, she was crowded by a huge truck coming to a roundabout and had to swerve towards the concrete dividers. End result was both left-hand side tires exploded! She managed to get the car around the roundabout and stopped on the side of the road.
She immediately phoned Ms. A, who had been about to head home herself, and asked her to stay put until she knew more, and then called the Automobile Association. They promised that someone would come and tow her within 45 minutes. Once she knew what garage they were going to, she called Ms. A back and asked her if she would drive out to meet her there so she could unload the car and get home! Ms. A was the real hero of the day, driving a couple of hours in the dark, on unknown roads. I went with her to lend her a paw, and we eventually made it to the garage just before it closed! #1 was SO happy to see us!
Four new tires have been ordered for the Big Cat and Ms. A is driving #1 back up there, on her way home, this afternoon to collect the car. We hope that will be the end of that!
So, with a huge thanks to Ms. A, here is a photo of one of the dead tires: