Daisy is a clever little cat. We keep her toys in the bottom drawer of a chest in the kitchen. Most of her toys are small objects she can chase and several of them have ended up out of reach under the kitchen units. I had no idea she knew where we were keeping them until I spotted her helping herself the other day. Nick had left the drawer open and in less than two minutes she had the “mouse on elastic” out and was playing with it.
In this photo she is playing with a real mouse in the utility room. This is one that we caught ourselves in a trap in an upstairs cupboard. We thought she might as well have it and gave it to her outside. Moments later she brought it in through the cat flap and was playing with it indoors!
A few minutes after that I found her eating it in the barn. I spotted her just as the tail disappeared!
Yesterday she found a brussels sprout on the kitchen floor. They are just as much fun as a mouse, real or pretend, to play with it seems. The only difference is that she didn’t eat it!
(In these photos you can also see the condition of the tiled floor that we want to replace and that led to our decision to have a whole new kitchen!)
There were no sprouts on the menu at my birthday lunch today. There was some doubt whether we would be going out for lunch – it all depended on what time the boiler man turned up. Luckily he’d been and gone by 11.30 so Nick quickly rustled up a reservation at one of our favourite restaurants, L’Auberge de l’Ile at L’Île-Bouchard.
One of the things I liked very much, apart from the fact that the food was obviously excellent, is that the Christmas decorations were incredibly subtle. We rarely go out for my birthday in the UK as everywhere is knee deep in tinsel and cheap crackers this close to Christmas and we usually find ourselves sitting next to a table of revellers determined to get as drunk as possible as quickly as possible at the boss’s expense. By contrast the ambience at L’Auberge de l’Ile was calm and relaxed, as always.
For starter we both had something called “le Mac Ko”. It is obviously a take on another sort of burger that we’re all familiar with but this one is fabulous! It contains fois gras, rocket and sundried tomato, served in a lightly toasted seeded bun on a plate signed by the chef himself in balsamic dressing. Delicious! In fact the whole meal was, as always, truly delicious and, along with the promise of a new boiler in the not too distant future, made for a very pleasant birthday.