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: This week, as Sei-Chan & Co are very busy accompanying #1, I thought I would take the opportunity to do another blog post myself. You may know that Europe has been going through a terrible heatwave. Some parts of France have been experiencing temperatures of 45°C (110°F). Over here, it's only been around 35-37°C (95 to 100°F). Lucky #1 and her entourage are in England, where it's been a lot cooler. Ollie is in Normandy, near the coast. But we are in the thick of it. The good thing is that we do have several fans, and the downstairs in our house is half underground which ake sit cooler, and we have terracotta tiles on the floor.
So, here are a few pics that Mr. G has sent #1:
By the way, today is our 11th BLOGOVERSARY! We almost forgot in all this heat. You can find the very first post by Sen-Chan and Tommy here. The blog started with Sen-Chan and Tommy. Then came Tama-Chan and soon after, we lost Sen-Chan. Then came Sei-Chan, and a few months later, Yuu-Chan who was only with us for a short year. Next to join the gang was Vidock. Then Tama had her kits and Da Beebs chose to stay. Then came Violette, followed by Genji. We have lost too many over the years but are happy that Ollie joined us this year.