Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
Kevin and I welcomed a new arrival to our home today - Gracie??s successor. Although it??s only been two weeks since Gracie died we both felt it was the right time for us so we booked an appointment at the Cat and Rabbit Rescue Centre in Sidlesham, where we adopted Gracie four years ago. We were introduced to about eight cats but we quickly decided that this young lady was the cat for us. She??s fifteen months old now but arrived at the centre last spring expecting kittens, when she was little more than a kitten herself, and was christened Kelis by the staff. Her kittens were born on 21st May last year and at first they tried to re-home her with one of the youngsters. However, the kittens were eventually adopted separately and Mum was left looking for a home on her own. By the time we saw her today she??d been there for seven months and it seems she??d often been overlooked because she??s a little nervous. However, she took to a shine to us when we sat with her and she quickly won our hearts.
As we drove her home she demonstrated a fine soprano voice and we both agreed that the name Kelis just didn??t suit her. Once home we opened her box and after a quick circuit of the room she dived straight for the bookcase and climbed in behind a row of books. The first book she pushed off the shelf was ??Kobbes Complete Opera?? and that, combined with her musical miouw, set us thinking about possible operatic names. We plumped for Lucy, one of the characters from the Beggar??s Opera. The fact that the name features up in one of our favourite Beatles songs too was the clinching factor.
After about two and a half hours she eventually emerged from her hiding place in the bookcase and has spent the rest of the evening exploring the living room in detail. She??s ventured out of the room a little but seems quite distracted by noises around the house ?? I guess that after spending all her adult life at the rescue centre there are many sounds she??s never heard before. No doubt there will be many more photos to come. So far she??s proving to be a good model, although taking photos in our living room this evening was rather reminiscent of trying to shoot a piece of coal in a black hole!
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