This is our beautiful cat called Carlotta. She will be four years old this year. We found her at Borgo a Mozzano  beer festival where she had been rescued by the piccole cucce (small pet baskets) association.

She was all alone in a little cage. Her name carlotta had already been given to her by the association. We couldn’t resist her and promised piccole cucce that she would receive a good home and all the correct inoculations.

Francis was hoping to have a pint of beer there but instead we returned with a pint-sized cat…

Carlotta is truly beautiful and with her three colours (common only in females) she is also known as a calico cat. Calico cats bring luck and wealth and while we are not yet millionaires our lives have been incredibly enriched by her presence.

Carlotta loves to go on long walks with us. She is incredibly affectionate and very undemanding with a cool and placid temperament.

We are truly in love with her!




Another True Blue Day

The weather continues fine. As I drew the curtains a lovely view of our valley opened out. Blossoms and flowers are sprouting everywhere. Napoleon our cat is sitting patiently on a chair waiting for us to get up and feed him. a lovely day to do lots of things, especially in the garden.



Turandot’s Carillon

From London to Longoio (and Lucca and beyond) Part One

Proceeding from Ponte a Serraglio to Bagni di Lucca Villa the road is lined on the right –hand side, just past the art-deco styled Carabinieri headquarters (the “Casa del Fascio” under a previous regime), with a mysterious, somewhat dilapidated-looking and orange-stuccoed villa displaying signs of former architectural splendour in its ionic columns and details.  This elegant building happens also to be of the greatest significance for Puccini opera lovers for reasons which will become clear…

I stopped there the other day to take the following pictures which show that what we see of the villa is just its back-end: the façade faces a beautifully extensive garden sloping down to the Lima River, now still in full flood after the recent heavy rains. Not only does the villa always seem shuttered but even its present ownership is a mystery although I gathered from my barber that it may be now in…

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This Animal trough is the influential factor that led me to my title “Be Kind and Merciful to All Animals” note the  key word All well that is it we are all truly Animals whether we agree or not is another matter and notwithstanding this fact according to recent studies we have the same number of hair follicles as the  Chimpanzees how about that I wonder how this finding  was investigated! As so called Superior Beings we are supposed to have been looking after all the other animal species what a mess we have made of this. So many species vanish from our planet Earth on a daily basis! What are we doing to make amends to this well it seems that some scientists are trying to revive the extinct creatures such as Dinosaurs from recently found matter I think that our energies would be better directed in saving what we have at present which in itself is a daunting task but I applaud the work that Zoos are doing worldwide as we have collections of animals not just to oogle at but to hopefully use and to restore to their natural habitats around the world as has often been the case in question by reproducing further creatures. The recent good news is that finally animals will no longer be tested on for cosmetics so from now onwards animals will enjoy their well earned freedom!

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