Wednesday, 28 August 2013

The Gallery - Pets

I have always been a cat person, at one point I was single with 4 cats, never a good thing.

In fairness 3 of the cats weren't actually mine, I was just looking after them - indefinitely....

Anyhoo...When I got married I agreed with my husband that we would only have one cat, as he is neither a cat nor a dog person.

At the time we moved in together this was my cat.  His name was Lister, named (incorrectly) after a Red Dwarf character by my ex-boyfriends ex-girlfriend, whom I got him off (not confusing at all) -  He was a great cat, he was so used to being handled that you could pick him up and he would just go all long and dangly. I had Lister for 13 years, sadly he got hit by a car which broke his back and he passed away on my birthday in 2006. I loved Lister.

After Lister, I missed having a cat in the house, so 4 months later in the February of 2006 we went off to the local RSPCA and found Tao (named by the RSPCA). We took Tao because they had loads of black cats but people wouldn't take them as they were superstitious about black cats. Tao had been there 6 months since he was a kitten. Here he is at the end of 2011 looking very grand. The reason this is quite an old photo is because he is a nightmare to photograph. Black cats absorb light. Fact.

Tao is quite an aloof cat, not a lap cat, he  lives with us because he wants to and he could change his mind at any time, and we mustn't forget it!

At the beginning of 2012 I was feeling quite low and in need of a more loving cat and managed to persuade my lovely husband that after 12 years of marriage it was time for a change. We became a 2 cat household, and Millie arrived (again named by the RSPCA). Millie is a big softy, totally silly and incredibly clumsy, she tries to drink my coffee and is my lap cat. Tao despises her but ironically has become more loving since her arrival.

These are my pets, to meet other people pets go over to the Gallery at Stickyfingers

Saturday, 24 August 2013

The Gallery - World Photography Day

I have been meaning to do this much sooner but life, and school holidays have totally taken up my time. So here is my some what late photo for this weeks Gallery over at Ms Cain's Blog Stickyfingers.

This picture was taken at my Dad's on Monday 19th August (World Photography Day), I have been worried that I am only seeing white butterflies, and that the impact of the wet summer last year really had had a devastating effect on the butterfly population. This Peacock butterfly cheered me up no end. To find out more about butterfly conservation click here

Saturday, 17 August 2013


We are making some changes to our home. 

We moved in, in 2000, got married in 2001, I was pregnant in 2002...well you know how it goes and now 10 years later, we are going to try and do some of the things to the house that we wanted to, way back when.

So for the last week I have spent packing up the bottom floor of our house, trying not to panic that it won't get packed in time for the storage people to come and take it away. I succeeded with minutes to spare. 

Yes, even pink horse is going into storage. 

This is what it looks like now.

It's very blue....
The plan is this: 
  1. Get rid of patio doors inside the house which were left there when the kitchen extension was built
  2. Get a lovely new kitchen (with a pantry cupboard) 
  3. Convert the galley part of the kitchen into a utility room 
  4. Level the kitchen floor and get some lovely tiles - these are the ones we have chosen. (see below list)
  5. Get a new fireplace which is more in keeping with the period of the house (It's 1930's) 
  6. Get a new living room wood floor.
  7. Re-plaster everything.
  8. Improve storage and add more plug sockets. 
  9. Get bi-folding doors into the garden
Suffice to say I am v.excited. We aren't going to have any kitchen for at least a month and the new kitchen won't be finished until November (I hope) but I am hoping all the disruption will be worth it. Anyway, I will try and keep you posted. Wish us luck. x

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