So, it's been a while, over three months in fact and I don't really know where to begin. I rebranded in the new year and had every intention of sticking to blogging more regularly but, well, that didn't happen. I feel like I have a very good reason (or reasons, plural) though and thought I would share them with you.
So, you can probably tell from the first image of this post; I bought a house! That's probably the biggest thing to report. I bought a little terrace in the little town that I went to university in. It's in fairly close proximity to my parent's house, about half an hours drive away, so not too far from everything I know, and it's only a couple of miles from my work so location-wise I'm very happy.
The first thing most people thing of getting when buying a house is probably something like a bed, or the rest of the furniture for that matter, but my priorities were a little different...
This handsome chap is Boris and I fell in love with him the moment I laid eyes on his goofy little face on the local RSPCA website.
Ash and I knew that when we had our own place that we wanted to add a little cat to our family, especially as I was leaving my two girls behind with my parents (as they are family pets) and I had a pretty good idea that I'd like to take in a rescue so I set about browsing a few cat rehoming sites a few weeks prior to completion on the house. I quickly found this little guy and after a Sunday afternoon ice cream, we popped by the shelter and met Boris.
When I met him I wanted him as soon as possible so I was determined to get the house liveable and get moved in as quickly as possible.
Boris had been a stray prior to being taken in by the RSPCA and had been found with a nasty wound on his tail which the vets took care of and is now all healed up. We have since found out that this was likely caused by a cat bite left too long that turned into an abscess. Because of this Boris' tail hangs down and we think it's caused some nerve damage to his back legs as they're very sloppy and he struggles to find any power in them. He's been left with one hell of a sassy walk thought because of this and seems, on the whole, pretty unbothered by the whole event and the implications of it.
We put down a reserve for Boris, which involved a £10 non-refundable deposit and arranging a home visit for an inspector to come and talk to us, assess our living situation and basically check that we were a good match for Boris. We got the go ahead and two days later (and after a mad dash round Pets at Home to pick up every cat supply under the sun) I went to collect him from the RSPCA.
He has been an absolute rascal. He bites and claws for attention, wakes us up at highly unsociable hours and is eating us out of house and home but he constantly has us in stitches with crazy eyes and even crazier ways. I have never met a cat like him and after only a week, he has brought so much to our lives and I absolutely adore him.
While we are on the subject of rehoming, I'd like to pop in a couple of websites that we browsed when looking for a cat to re-home in case you have the space in your lives for a furry friend. It's so super rewarding in that you're giving an animal a home and donating to charity in the process, but you also get a little mate to play with, so it's a win-win situation really.
We checked RSPCA and Cats Protection which have centres all across the UK, as well as Animal Care, which is based in Lancaster, if you're local to us. It's worth checking whether there are any independent shelters nearby to your area also.
Before writing this post, I re-read my New Years post which included a number of things I wanted to achieve this year. I've covered the house. I also passed my final university exam which was another big thing for me this year, and career-wise, there have been some changes and progression also, however, I'm going to keep that to myself for a little while longer before I share it with the whole of the internet.
And that's it. I'm all talked out.
Speak soon guys!