Cats are renowned for showing us their love by bringing us presents.
With 10 furries we do get our fair share at times.
When I was hosting the needlework retreats at the farm we only had the one cat, but she never lost the opportunity to be part of the picture.
One lunch time as we were all around the table chatting away, she strolled in with a live baby rabbit, holding it by the scruff. After strutting around for awhile she then let it go.
We had to stop everything to round it up and return it to the fields whilst she just sat preening herself with a satisfied grin on her face.
When ever MIL visited she would always present her with a mouse, MIL hates mice at the best of times and would be on the lookout for one of her ´pressies´
Occasionally she would bring a bird but funny enough she would never touch the hens or chicks or even the ducklings, she always gave them a wide berth, head and tail up in the air showing no interest.
Of course here there is a wide range for them to try to play with or catch as we live in the campo, including crickets, mice, voles, tree rats, lizards etc.
Monster surpassed himself the other evening, luckily I had already gone to bed, when he trotted into the lounge, proud as punch, with this dangling from his mouth
It was about two and a half feet long, a bit skinny, but never the less, still a snake.
Not sure if it was poisonious, but he had killed it luckily
Thank goodness Chris was still up, couldn´t bear to think what would have happened if he had brought his present to the bedroom.
A few years ago Amber had brought a very live and angry one in to the craft room, but she soon decided that her new playmate was not very happy when it kept rearing and spitting at her. So she dropped it, turned tail and headed outside, leaving us with the task of trying to locate its where abouts amongst all the drawers and craft materials.
We did find it, but had to clear the room to do so, we put it in a large plastic box to dispose of it.
I do not like snakes, never have, so whilst I would be able to deal with most other things I would certainly have turned tail and ran.
Thank you for your gift Monster, but next time don´t bother.......
Chris has continued to revamp some of the old family photos, painstakingly repairing and researching colours of buildings etc.
This is his latest one
Certainly brings it to life
Better be off as I have something new on the needles that I am trying......