Joolz and I are off to London to pick up Phoebe and Cleo. My ex-husband no longer wants them, so although they will miss the countryside, they are much better off where they will be loved and cherished, in the way those with an oriental feline persuasion like best. We are working on Monday until mid-afternoon in London, then we’ll meet the cats (in their travel boxes, and accompanied by ex-husband) at King’s Cross for the 6pm train up to Edinburgh. I’ve been informed that they are in very good voice, so the journey should be interesting 🙂 We have invested heavily in cat nip.
We are SOOOOO looking forward to having them with us, and despite my not having lived with them for over 18 months now, I’m hoping they’ll settle in fairly swiftly – the first week or so just in the flat, then we will have had cat flaps installed so they can make their first tentative steps out into the great beyond of masses and masses of back gardens back to back – two crescents effectively, all with small walled gardens. They will encounter more cats than they have ever met before and absolutely no deer or badgers, but probably the odd fox here and there. We shall endeavour to keep them away from the road at the front for as long as possible. They haven’t seen 5 storey buildings yet, but I’ll wager Phoebe will give it a go.
Goodness knows how they will respond to a highly restricted outdoors playground in terms of space… but more interest per square inch than they have ever dreamed of. At least they will be allowed in the house at night, which should probably go down very well. We are thinking warm, soft, radiators, sofas, beds, airing cupboards, that sort of thing. In fact I shall be encouraging them to lounge around in the flat as much as possible. In terms of inside interest, I think the rope bannisters up the stairs will provide good climbing facilities, and the flat lends itself nicely to being developed as a race course 🙂
In the meantime we are sitting on the train on our way down to London, and I am revelling in the ability to mess around with my laptop, check out ravelry, and get some knitting in at the same time, all of which is impossible when flying. It does bump around, though!