I think I've mentioned to you before how timid my cat Poppy is, but she took this to extremes the other day. She has a fantastic relationship with my daughter Sophie and they spend hours together on Sophie's bed while she is on her laptop or reading.
Last weekend Sophie had to have a minor operation on her wrist to have a ganglion cyst removed. She came back from the hospital with her forearm swathed in bandages and holding her arm at right angles to her body (apparently it has to be kept above heart height).
On hearing the front door, Poppy came running down the stairs to greet Sophie and stopped dead in her tracks. She dropped her belly to the ground and her ears went flat against her head (Poppy not Sophie!!) and as Sophie took a step towards her, she dashed upstairs to go and hide.
How strange. No amount of coaxing would bring her anywhere near Sophie, she just didn't seem to recognise her. She even preferred rubbing up against Sophie's boyfriend Rick, which is slightly unfortunate as he is allergic to cats and promptly started sneezing profusely.
Poppy is also very funny on grass. She is predominantly a house cat but in the summer when all the doors are open, she goes outside onto the patio and rolls around in the dust quite happily. However, if I call her from the bottom of the garden and she is required to walk on the grass, it's like she's traversing hot coals… it's hysterical!!
She also loves to listen to all the rustlings in the hedges of little mice and voles. Fortunately she's not a very good hunter so rarely catches anything, unlike Daisy, the cat we lost about 2 years ago, who would constantly bring us little 'pressies'!!!
Just like my children they were chalk and cheese - Daisy was adventurous and daring which was probably her downfall in the end. I always remember her first Christmas; she was six months old and thought it was great fun clambering to the top of our fully decorated Christmas tree – fortunately it never toppled over, but it did wobble a bit!
Talking of Christmas, it's that time again – it's Christmas in July this weekend. There will be opportunites to get your Christmas lights and decorations early and of course some great ideas for presents. I've got a double helping of Yankee Candles so I'm well chuffed as my home is dotted with them. Favourite fragrance… difficult choice but 'Baby Powder' just edges it for me. What's your favourite?
Enjoy your weekend,
Love Julia x