Cancelled Show

The Notts & Derbys show was cancelled, but we had a good trip anyway. The rest is just an update on the cats, and some cute photos!!

I had been holding off doing another post until after the Notts & Derbys show, which was meant to be last weekend.  Unfortunately, the show was cancelled due to people being afraid to travel with reports of snow on the way.  The daft thing is, we had already got to Richard’s parents’ house in Loughborough by the time the show was cancelled, and the show venue is literally about 15 minutes drive from there.  There was a bit of snow falling on the Friday evening, but by the Saturday morning it had stopped and the roads in that area were beautifully clear.  In fact, we had the best run home that we’ve had in months.

The M1 approaching the junction for the show hall
The M1, approaching the junction for the show hall

The road into Judith's village, near Bedford
The road into Judith's village, near Bedford

Donny thoroughly enjoyed his trip away, though, because it meant he got to spend the night with his ‘mummy’, and he came and cuddled down in the bed with me.  Dàrna stayed with Richard in his old room, but she couldn’t make up her mind where she wanted to sleep, so I don’t think she and Richard had quite such a settled night’s sleep!

Donny being cute on the edge of the bed

It was good to be able to enjoy not only dinner on the Friday, but also a leisurely breakfast on the Saturday, with Richard’s parents.  Since we had gone all that way, and now didn’t have a show to attend, we thought we might as well make use of the time by making some other social visits in the area.  We travelled down to Rushden, near Bedford (again on fabulously clear roads!) and visited Tracey and Gary, whom we haven’t seen since their little girl, Emily, was born last summer.  As always, they were very hospitable, and made us lunch, and we enjoyed getting a chance to catch up with them, and obviously meet little Emily as well.  Since the last time they saw us was when Donny was a kitten, Tracey was very excited to hear that we had him with us, and asked us to bring him in so she could see him all grown up.  He promptly jumped up beside Tracey and Emily, and gave Emily a ‘kiss’!

A very happy Donny cuddled up beside Emily
A very happy Donny cuddled up beside Emily -I know Tracey hates appearing in photos as much as I do, which is why I've tried to cut her out as best I can!

We also visited Judith Noble (Larksong Russian Blues), who is on the RACCS (Russian & Abyssinian Cat Club of Scotland) committee with us, and is a very good friend of Elisabeth’s.  She has recently imported a girl from Holland, who Elisabeth was very keen to see, and visiting with Judith is always a good laugh.  As usual, she didn’t disappoint!

Other Updates

We’ve had an email from the Variants’ owner, letting us know that the girls have settled in well and are becoming really cuddly.  When he emailed, both girls were sitting on his lap cleaning eachother, which is lovely to hear.  From the looks of the first photo I’ve had from him, they’re going to be great companions:

The Variants in their new home
The Variants in their new home - Carrie on the left, Becca on the right

Unfortunately, we still haven’t found the right home for Bru, which I find incredible, given how stunning he is.  We can’t quite believe that he’s the last in his litter to go!  He’s developed into not only a beautiful cat, but also a rather lovely Ocicat, so I thought you might like to see a few photos of him, as he now looks.

Bru & Fiona
Okay, so Fi's in this as well, but don't they look gorgeous together??

Bru showing off his gorgeous markings
Bru showing off his gorgeous markings

Showing his lovely muzzle
Looking every inch the wild cat he is supposed to resemble

Looking like a spotty version of his granny Kia
Looking like a spotty version of his granny Kia

I’ve had request for some photos of Tilly, so we tried to get some for you, but she is an absolute Minx when the camera appears, and absolutely refuses to keep still.  Even with our shiny new camera, the only two photos we have that are in focus are still pretty rubbish.  Thought you might want to see them anyway, though.

Tilly looking cute
Tilly looking cute

Tilly doing a meercat impression to sniff the tickle stick
Tilly sniffing the tickle stick

Finally, since Etak lives in the kitchen (Donny is spending most of his time up with Keela at the moment!), we’ve been using him as the practice subject for the new camera.  A couple of the photos are just so daft that I had to share them.

Etak in his new bed, yawning and looking daft
Etak in his new bed, yawning and looking daft

Etak splatted
Etak sprawled out asleep on his towel - there's a heated bed underneath!

I also took the cutest video of Donny and Etak sharing their drinking fountain:

The boys sharing their fountain - bless!

Okay, that’s it for today.  Shropshire show next weekend – all get outside and do your non-snow dances for us, please!!

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