Tuesday, 13 June 2017


It seems that Thomas - my beloved elderly cat child - is coming to the end of his days.
We've had several other occasions over the last fourteen months when he's been very ill and we've been able to help him with tablets/pain medication but for the last week or so, he's just been restless and unsettled.  I know that. at 20 years old, we were on borrowed time with him... but you can't help hoping that you're going to squeeze another few months of time together.
I am SO upset....
For many reasons, it hasn't felt like the right thing to go on a two week holiday this year.
We had our long weekend at Spa circuit in May and there are no plans to travel until October.
However, we're very lucky to have a beautiful part of England on our doorstep....
On Friday afternoon we went for a walk on Hartlebury Common (near Stourport in Worcestershire).  It was a perfect 'early June afternoon'... warm but not roasting and gorgeous skies.

We made our way down from the common to the bank of the river Severn, then followed the tow paths into the canal basin/marina.  It's been restored over the last few years and is a fascinating place to explore.  The combination of locks and docks makes it feel a little like a Escher painting!!

Mark always has time for a Sundae!!!

We walked up the High Street and took a quick look in one or two of the shops.
I found a lovely cotton skirt for £2.95 in a Charity Shop. 
It's blue and cream and the label says that it was made in Italy.... perfect when the weather improves!
Then we retraced our steps back up to the car park on the common
(and came home to the challenges of elderly cat care....)


  1. Thinking of you Jan, we went through this last August with our beloved Chloe who was 20, her brother Max is 21 so I understand about planning days out around elderly cat care. It's hard to leave them for very long. Your walk looks lovely. Take carex

  2. I'm so sorry to read this, even at a ripe old age we're never ready to let our fur babies go, it's always so hard. Sending you lots of hugs and still keeping my fingers crossed that Thomas can pull round again.

  3. I'm so sorry about Thomas. He's your guy, and a big piece of your family. Enjoy your day trips. We have many planned.

  4. Lots of huggles to you Jan. It is hard to let them go & we know as our Tabitha reached eighteen & a half & I still miss her & her daughter Fluffy who only made it to 14. We've had many cats, but these were our longest. Take care & I'll try to email soon.

  5. Poor Thomas, our pets are part of our families so no wonder you feel so upset, let's hope he may have a few months yet xx

  6. Sorry about your Kitty, it's so hard when they get that old. Every time ours hacks up a hairball I worry.

  7. I'm sorry to hear about Thomas whose been with you for a long time and part of your family. It's hard for you so I'm thinking of you.

  8. I'm so sorry to read about Thomas. It's so difficult when our furries reach their last days. X

  9. Oh bless you. It's so heartbreaking. My love goes out to you my dear friend 💖

  10. So sorry to hear about Thomas, but think of the life he has had with you, all the love and care you have given him and how lucky you have been to have each other xxx

  11. We had two long haired cats, brother and sister, for almost twenty years. It gets to a point when you can't remember not having them. It took a long time to get used to them not being here. Hopefully Thomas will rally and be with you for a little longer xx
    I was happy to see your reference to Hartlebury Common and Stourport on Severn, both places well known to me, as I was born and grew up quite near there in Kidderminster.

  12. i really likes your blog and You have shared the whole concept really well. and Very beautifully soulful read! thanks for sharing.