Oh, Claude!





You crack me up! When a kitten turns your shoes into play things, you know he’s got to come home with you. He is a bit of a ringleader – he settled into my hoodie and invited his friends to come and kip.

Caturday Kitten

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,
bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens,
brown paper packages tied up with strings,
these are a few of my favorite things.

Thank goodness for kittens to help us over our sadnesses.

Good night, Sirius Black

I am sorry to tell you that we had to have Sirius Black put to sleep a short while ago. Born on 25 July 2009, we met him ten days later and soon fell head over heals in love with him.

What is not to love about this furry little bundle of fun. I’d christened him Pesto from time to time when he got into things he shouldn’t or tried hard to get his tail cut off

(remember how much he loved the sewing machine, Louise).

And paper patterns were the business. Jan and I had quite a lot of help cutting out this blouse.

Sadly his brother, Minerva, passed away quickly too so we like to think they will be reunited together with their other sibling who only made it for a few days. He’ll get to meet Ophelia and Merlin again who he knew when he was tiny.

He was definitely Paul’s cat and would greet us every day by running up and jumping on the hall table with a ‘Wah!’. It was his ‘Wah’ that made him as he’d often surprise us by launching himself mid air remembering to ‘Wah’ just as he landed.

Those of you who knew him would know this wild-eyed crazy look he would get. We knew we were in for some fun as he loved to be part of things.

He really loved gardening and helping with gardening and frightening the life out of us when he made a break for it and ran off to the neighbour’s garden.

I’m not sure what I’m going to do without my seed inspector. There is nothing quite like putting your hand in a bag of compost to find a kitten in the bag. He spent his last morning at home with me in the garden and I’m glad he was able to feel the sun on his fur and breathe the fresh air as he loved it so much. He was taken much too soon and will always have a place in our hearts.

Good night, Sirius Black. We will miss you, dearly.

Healing thoughts, please

Sirius is critically ill at the vets with a blocked bladder. He had an op yesterday but took a turn for the worse this morning. We are waiting to take him to our vet to be unblocked again as he is currently with an out of hours service for nursing care overnight.

UPDATE: I saw him as he was being transferred back our own vet this morning. He looked a bit sad, a bit in pain but he did manage to pee on the way back to the vet which is an immensely good sign. Poor chap 🙁