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.
Violette: Pretty neighs, everyone! On Monday, The Big V told you about being ridden by Ms. M. Well, he's not the only one who has been out and about! This week, there are two trainees at Ms. C's yard, and yesterday, they decided to take me on the long reins into the village, along with two other mares.
As it is getting close to Christmas, I decided I had to be festive!
On our way:
#1 kept telling me how cute I looked!
Here I am posing in front of the church with Ms.T:
And here are Ms.C, Ms.T and Mr.P, along with me, Ursula and Harlem:
And with #1:
#1 said that perhaps next year, I would be well trained enough to do a Santa carriage ride!