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: First of all, I would like to thank all those who left such sweet birthday comments for my sister Sei. She was quite chuffed!
It has been a quiet time since my last post. #1 has been here, it has been raining a lot, and we have just been hanging out. By the way, we are 100 miles (160km) from Paris, for those of you who were worried we might be flooded too.
I have been hanging out with #1 at shower time:
Enjoying quiet naps in the guest room:
And looking cute in the study:
I also like to supervise #1 when she is using the laptop downstairs:
Da Beebs: I discovered pasta the other day! It is the yummiest food I have ever eaten! I am very lucky that #1 let me share her plate of spaghettini with grated Parmesan (the real thing not the pre-grated sawdust stuff) cheese the other day:
Da Genj: #1 always says that I tuck myself in really well when I nap!
I have also been sharing some special times with my nip banana!
Tommy: I don't need chemicals. I have my walks and #1 to throw me my ball!
We even had a little bit of blue sky on our Saturday walk!
Choupinou, the calf next door, has been growing bigger and more manly, so we thought we would include a pic of him too!
Sei-Chan: Hello, Dear Friends, and welcome to my 9th birthday "SEIlebration"! Neither I nor #1 have actually been able to get our heads around the fact that I am actually 9 years old. She said that I was a tiny kitten only yesterday!
Some of you already know this but #1 first met me when I was 3 weeks old, and my breeder thought I was a boy!
In this pic, I am about 7 weeks old:
I was a happy kitten!
And I loved my Mummy!
Now here is something that has never been shown on the blog before! It is a video of me nursing, with my mama, Viña del Mar. I was about 10 weeks old at the time.
The years have passed, as they do. I remain the shyest of the Chans but #1 always says I am adorable (blush). As you know, I adore my Tommy who had been my champion right from the beginning. I think this is our first photo together:
And then I just kept on getting closer!
My sister Tama also looked after me really well when I was a little kit:
I have always been known for my pink pawpads:
And I have always been told that I have a really cute face, so here is my official 9th birthday portrait for you!
TO OUR SWEET SEI-CHAN, we wish you a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY and Many Happy Returns with all of us, from your #1, Tommy, Tama-Chan Da Beebs, Da Genj, Vidock and Violette
Sei-Chan: Hello, Dear Friends! Yes! This weekend is going to be mine, ALL mine? Why? Can you guess? Tomorrow is a special day so #1 has decreed that I can have it too. Isn't that nice of her?
Aside from the fact that it rained every day except yesterday, I had a nice week. #1 was around and she napped a lot. She has been taking some photos. I am saving the nicest one for tomorrow, but here are a few.
In the hammock in the study:
In the living room, checking to see whether #1 needed my help with anything:
Hanging with my big sis, Tama, at the entrance to the cat run:
You will come back tomorrow, won't you, and help me celebrate?
Tommy: One of the things I love about y #1 is that, even when she is feeling unwell, she always thinks of me and tries to take me out to have a romp in the fields around the house. And that is what happened yesterday afternoon,. It was wet and the fields were muddy but we went out with my ball and launcher, and I had a blast!
Genji: #1 was in a bit of a state when she got back from England. On Monday night, she slept for 11 hours, and then had several naps during the day on Tuesday! Someone had to watch over her carefully, right? The Wellness Watch task fell to me, the Shining Prince!
I have been watching her like a hawk!
I am purring she will be feeling much better soonest!
Tama-Chan: #1 is back! She was home by 10am yesterday but she was so very tired. The crossing was apparently quite rough and the weather was so awful during the whole weekend. She was drenched most of the time, but had to get on with what she was there to do. She is totally exhausted and she says it is going to take her a couple of days to recover. She also still had the residue of that cold.
I have just a couple of photos for you today:
I thought she would enjoy a little dangle on her return: