for a while we ( janie and I ) have been meaning to buy a cat/cats. encouraged strongly by steve and tom we actually got around to doing something about it yesterday. picking steve up ( tom doesn’t do weekends ) we visited the blue cross animal rescue centre at hedge end – only to discover that they were having a major part of their cattery rebuilt over the summer and so were missing out “kitten season” this year. they did however provide us with a list of other local animal rescue centers to try. the first one we tried had two pairs of kittens and so we went around to have a look. this particular rescue center consisted of a really nice middle aged lady and her back garden full of cat accomodation. the kittens were great – there were two brother/sister pairs a black girl / tabby boy and a tabby girl / ginger boy. after many cries of “oh – they’re sooo cute” we decided on tabby girl / ginger boy. the lady running the center reckonned that the cats were only seven weeks old ( aparently their blue eyes change colour at eight to nine weeks ) and she would rather wait until they were eight weeks before we had them so we paid a deposit and now have to wait until next weekend before the new members of our family arrive.
today (sunday) we’ve had another food consuming day. my sister, sarah, and her husband, martin, ( currently on holiday in the uk from singapore ) were meant to be popping in before lunch and our friends john and danielle were also coming over. sarah rang at about 10am to say that they couldn’t make it, john and danielle however turned up on time for a pub lunch. we went to the “white hart” in cadnam – the food was amazing and the beer ( flowers original ) was pretty good too. I am always surprised how much beer can vary from pub to pub. yesterday we ( jane, steve and I ) went on a bit of a pub afternoon after our cat aquisition antics. the first place we went was a pub called “the bear and ragged staff” we originally were going to eat there but the pints of gales HSB we were served was so bad I had a job to finish mine. we decided not to eat there but rather to pop up the road to the “mill arms” currently one of my favourite pubs. they normally serve excellent beer and yesterday was no exception, they had however finished serving food. so after a quick pint ( mottisfont meddler ) we decided to try the “star” at east tytherley. they also had stopped serving food so we eventually arrived at “the old farmhouse” in totton ( where we live ) as they serve food all day. we had more HSB here and although the beer didn’t taste sour like the HSB from earlier – it did taste decidedly watery. anyway – I’ll stop talking about beer now because it is sad.