Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Saturday, 27 November 2010
Thursday, 25 November 2010
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
We loved to stroke your jet black fur
We loved to hear your contented purr
To tickle your belly or just sit with you
That’s all we ever needed to do
We see you still, just waiting there
To be fussed and teased, on your favourite stair
You came to our lives by accident
But – goodness! – how much to us that meant
We watered, fed and cared each day
But ten times over did you that repay
With your companionship and care
From dawn ‘til night you were always there
No more shall we brush you, nor clip your claws
Nor play with your ears, nor hold your paws
No more can we cradle and comfort you
Though we know we’ll still always want to
So stretch out and rest in everlasting sunshine
Until we see you again in the course of time
Farewell dear friend, evermore to rest
You were our Bobbie…..the very best!
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Our beloved cat, Bobbie, died very suddenly today.
We never acquired Bobbie; she acquired us, having previously lived with a neighbour. She gradually wedged herself firmly into our affections and became – in all seriousness – part of the family.
She’s been here as long as Louise and I have been together and she’s had several health scares, always fighting through them. She was, despite her small size and delicate nature, a real battler.
She enjoyed simply “being with us”, not necessarily doing anything, not being excessively fussed but just being there, sitting quietly, indoors or out, with us. She wasn’t usually one for playing with cat toys but a long piece of fabric Louise bought in a pet shop in
Like all family members, she had her routines, even if she did have to get used to “parents” who have wildly-variable times for getting up. Be it or , she was there, at the top of the stairs waiting for morning fuss. Then she would follow down four stairs and stop, with her head through the balustrade, so that she could be fussed from one of us as we arrived in the hall below. Then – and only then – was it time for breakfast.
She was there to provide company for us both when we were down and happiness for us when we weren’t.
When we were away, she too enjoyed going on holiday “to grannie’s” and even when she developed health problems, she was always impeccably behaved for her “Australian friend” (ie the vet!).
I’d rather dwell on Bobbie’s life than her passing, so suffice it to say that it all ended suddenly and painlessly this evening.
Thanks for letting us share your life, Bobbie. You were an integral part of “us” and we’ll miss you!
Monday, 15 November 2010
There is an interesting phrase employed by Robbie Burns in his “Ode to a Louse”: “to see ourselves as others see us”.
Inspired by this, I always keep a look out for coverage of
But their coverage of
Don’t take my word for it. Have a look!
Thursday, 11 November 2010
Friday, 5 November 2010
I’ve a bit of an announcement to make.
Not many people have been aware of this but…….for the last 18 months or so I’ve been studying away and sitting exams to qualify as a Blue Badge guide for the South West of England.
Well, today’s post brought the news that I’ve passed the final one, a bit of news I was hoping for but – shall we say - not confident about.
My new region overlaps a little with places where I’m already qualified (notably Gloucestershire,
So here we are.
If you happen to know anyone who would like to book slightly off-the-wall tours in any of these areas, do send them my way!