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.
Tama-Chan: YES, she is back. Our #1 is home!!! This time, she got home a little later than usual because she took a wrong turn along the way and ended up wasting almost an hour. She says it's probably because she was so exhausted from all that power shopping. It took her hours to unload the car but she then said she was too tired to actually sort and put things anyway. So, everything is sitting in the living room in bags and boxes, and we have no idea what she brought us! Even worse is that she left at 8am this morning on a job, and won't be back until 6pm, with much the same scenario on Wednesday, so who knows when the proper unpacking will take place? Ah well, at least, she is here and last night was wonderful, knowing she was in the house with us. She says she missed us terribly.
I am spending the day in the sky hammock in the study:
PS: The whole of this week is going to be pretty crazy for #1, so we apologise in advance for not getting around to commenting properly, as we would wish to do.