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: The big event that #1 has been working towards is on today, so she left early and we won't be seeing her until late evening. Tommy is spending the day with Fernant, and Ms. H from next door will make sure we don't starve.
I rested up in preparation:
I also helped #1 with showering and getting ready:
I did however, expect my breakfast to be served at the usual place and at the usual time:
Tama-Chan: well, Dear Friends, it has been quite a week. The sensation of a little wind inside the house indicated that #1 was passing through. Although... I have to say that her Japanese guests dined here twice and they were very generous with their snuggles! Needless to say, Genji was at the forefront of it all:
Let's face it. Nobody else even comes close, right?
Tommy was out ad about with them, so he got constant snuggles!
My Beebs managed to catch her in bed early one morning:
And #1 managed to snuggle with Miss Violette!
And here is a snuggle shot of her with our neighbour kitty Basha last weekend!
As for me, I don't have a snuggle pic, but here I am having rather a good game of wand with one of our Japanese visitors:
Oh, and if you are wondering about Sei-Chan, same old, same old...
Lastly, yesterday, another friend of #1's arrived, this time from Italy. She is the owner of one of Tommy's girlfriends, Sofia, and Sofia now has a little sister , Olivia. We have a lovely snuggle shot of #1's friends with her two girls:
Wishing you all a very snuggly Sunday. The madness will continue at this end for a few more days.
Tommy: Woofs! It's me again! You will never guess what happened to me yesterday! I went off for an adventure with #1 and her Japanese guests, but it took rather longer than expected. We got back late and had to go straight to the restaurant where she had made a reservation. The only problem is that I had not had my evening meal. She knows the guys who run this restaurant pretty well so, before the humans put in their order, she asked them if they could make me something to it. They settled on steak and pasta, with a few green leaves. LOOK!!!!
Tommy: What can I tell you, Dear Friends? I have been BUSY! Aside from Monday when #1 had to leave me at home as she went to Paris to get our visitors from Japan, I have been accompanying her everywhere! This means spending quite long hours in the car, but I generally have a nice Japanese lady sitting with me at the back, handing me treats!
Here is a nice sunpuddle shot #1 took of me, taken a few days ago:
We went to visit a horse logger, Ms. C, and here is a shot of me with one of her dogs right behind me!
The Japanese visitors are not staying with us but they did come to dinner a couple of nights ago:
Sadly, it has rained quite a bit the last couple of days, but here is one from a few days ago, when the sun was shining: