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July 25, 2010

The Cats

Filed under: Uncategorized — Darren & Malcolm @ 4:01 pm

We thought you would all like an update on the progress of the cats.  This is a little difficult as we only seem to see them at meal times and sometimes not even then.  Anyhow, here goes!

 Above is ‘Alfie’ or more formally Alfonso. He does not require formality of any sort he is just a very friendly young man who is anyones for the price of a bowl of cat food.  He is not as smart as his sister but he always aims to be first whenever there are good things to be had.  Unfortunately we have a lots of cats around the village and he has the scars now of a few good fights already.  But we cannot understand why anyone would pick on Alfie, he is so cute, flashing those blue eyes at you!  He had been flashing them at few local pussys too but now he has been ‘done’ as they say.  The next door neighbour thinks we have taken away his manhood and made him ‘femmina’ but he is still all guy to us.

Mean, Moody and Magnificent


Above you can see Caramella, sometimes called ‘Fudgie’.  This portrait captures her precisely.  At a distance she seems small soft, delicate and very cuddly.  However, this is one hell of a lady to deal with!!  If she ever comes near, and you sure want her too, then watch out because if you have any designs to pick her up and play ‘cutsie-cutsie’ with her then she is capable of reaking havoc and mayhem; she is just not that kind of a cat.  She has had to survive being the smallest in her litter, and she knows how to look after herself, with those sharp claws and scream to make your blood curdle. Caramella also knows how to be naughty and is definately smarter than the average pussy, always seeming to know what is going on or if there is something amiss.  At the house we used to have lots of lovely colourful lizards but ‘purtroppo’ not anymore.

That look of hers is serious and means business, you had better take her seriously she is not a girl to be messed around with.  However just occassionaly she will play with her favourite bit of ribbon and then come and sit on your lap for a while – well for 2 minutes anyway.



  1. We’re delighted to see this update on Alfie and Fudge. Many thanks. Please wish then a happy birthday from all of us at Villa Rosalena, incuding Coop their mum and Frosty their dad. They were born pretty much a year ago now, exact date unknown as Coop took herself off under the fig tree for the big day! ‘Caramella’ sounds like she has exactly her mother’s personality, Coop is still snooty with us even now! And she clearly has her brother Indy’s taste for lizards, we’re facing a distinct lack here too now he’s around. I bet they’ll be back to being lap cats in the winter though!

    Comment by Caroline — July 25, 2010 @ 9:26 pm

  2. Many thanks Caroline, we will wish them a happy birthday and see you in Bagni di Lucca shortly.

    Comment by Darren Hackett — July 26, 2010 @ 8:44 am

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