Sunday, 14 December 2014

Basil the Press Assistant

We spend most of our spare time at home letterpress printing. Basil has been incredibly helpful on that front this week. Setting type, overseeing production, giving his (muddy) seal of approval on our printed cards...






His soon-to-be little sister, Saffy, is now less than a week away from coming home with us. She is very excited:


But also slightly nervous:


We understand sweetheart. Don't worry, you'll settle right in. We promise not to let Basil eat you.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Basil's New Bed

We bought a new cat bed this week. It was amongst the bits and bobs we actually bought for our imminent new arrival, Saffy, but Basil has commandeered it already.



He's also been helping me make our bed, which is very thoughtful of him.



It passes the test.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Basil is feeling mellow

Basil has been pretty chilled out this week, bringing nothing more worrying than mud in with him from the garden. Here's hoping he's mellowing out in time for the arrival of his little sis in a few weeks.








Sunday, 23 November 2014

Kitten visit

Cuteness overload! Today we went to visit the litter of kittens and picked out our little girl. So, everyone, I'd like to introduce... Saffy.

That's short for Saffron, sticking broadly with the herbs and spices theme. Thanks for all the suggestions for various names by the way, those that have gotten involved, it's been fun choosing.










I love her asymmetrical markings, it kinda looks like she's got an ink splodge on her face. Supercute! Adorably, she was the only one of the kittens that hung around the whole time that we were there as well, so I think it's meant to be.

And here's their wonderful mum. She's a beautiful cat, about a year old, very petite and incredibly friendly. She's looking for a home too, so if you have a cat-shaped hole in your life, drop me a line, I'm sure she'd be a delightful addition to any household.




In other news, Basil brought in a pigeon this evening. Rather alarming for all involved. No idea how he managed to even get it through the cat flap, and he's never managed to catch anything before. Like, ever. The pigeon was still alive, flapping about on our stairs, and seemingly unharmed aside from being very shaken. We've put him in a cosy box outside with some bird seed, and hopefully he'll recover and get himself out of here. If not, I guess that's just nature.
Basil is currently locked in and howling like a banshee at the cat flap. It's all a bit distressing really. I wonder if this is some sort of psychic statement from Basil as to his feelings about us getting another cat...

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Friday, 14 November 2014

Flashforward Friday... New kitten imminent

The time machine is set for the other direction this week, with the stupendous news that we have just committed to adopt a new kitten! Yippee!

In the interest of minimising the possibility of death-by-Basil, we're going to get a female kitten, from this lovely brood here (apologies for the quality of the pics, not mine)...







We haven't chosen one yet, hoping to go and meet them next week, and our new little lady will be ready to come home just before Christmas. Best Christmas ever!!

We're still debating on a name. Have given up on the Herbs theme, as for a girl, there's not much choice. Current favourite is Molly. Any thoughts? Better suggestions? Answers on a postcard please.

More news on the new baby (and better photos I hope) to follow once we've been to visit. 

Monday, 10 November 2014

What Basil has seen cannot be unseen

Dunno what he's looking at here, probably that girl from The Ring crawling out of the telly or something.



(He's not really traumatised, btw, this is just an unfortunate start-of-yawn face I think).