Two weeks ago the toothless cat had starey fur that was a bit sticky-feeling and off-putting and she also really really wanted a lot of hugs - so gave her a rub down with a slightly damp towel like it was a gigantic mother's tongue and put in a bit of regular brushwork with a soft rubber brush ... she's come up all lovely and shiny.
I'm hoping that the owners are going to be ok with this new shiny cat when they come home because maybe they like sticky cats and they might just think that I've broken her
he hadn't been that keen on music* so there were no hymns or any kind of singing, instead we told stories about him that made us laugh because he was the funniest man in the world, he saved butterflies and kept a supply of food plants in his garden for distressed caterpillars and he would chase people up the street with the litter they'd dropped and wave it in their face - which sometimes got them angry and he had collections of bits of old motorbikes and interesting bicycles and big mechanical pencil sharpeners and his yard was full of the bee hives that he'd made because he kept rescuing bee swarms - once he inadvertently upset one of the hives and made a bee so angry that it chased him inside and upstairs and managed to follow him into his bedroom to sting him.
we'll miss him
*He went to a concert once - the Rolling Stones - and slept through it
when I came downstairs this morning it had been turned into a cat's nest and one arm was covered in sicked up hairballs
I read until cross-eyed then walked out across Highbury Fields which were teeming with frisbee-playing youth. I should've been happy in the sun and the smokey barbeque air but an enormous gloom has descended.
but today I had to return to London - another cat sit and a study binge before exams.
I am looking after a pair of rescued cats, one of them is already sitting in an alert position in my half-unpacked suitcase, the girl cat has neither teeth nor tail and talks incessantly - naturally I am already very fond of them.
We're in Highbury which is quite posh and appears to be a lesbian hotspot
exams next week - scary
houseboat study continues - great
a death - tragic
home - messy
weather - changeable/British
friends - brilliant-but-not-enough-time
end of first school year - emptiness looms
job-hunting - grim