February 23rd

We went to The Orange Tree for lunch yesterday.  We were ready to drive there and I put Otis in his pen and secured all the clamps and hooks that hold it shut so that he cannot push the lid up and get trapped.  What did he do? Jumped into his litter tray and did a dump!  There was no way I could leave it until we got back as the smell is dreadful. So I had to don rubber gloves, unlock the pen…Otis immediately jumped out…empty the litter tray, wash it out , dry it and re-fill it and then find and catch Otis and put him back!  I was not best pleased!

Eventually we got there. It was very nice. Tastefully decorated in cream and duck egg. We had a wheel of Camembert between us to start with – this came with home made crust bread, red cabbage cole slaw and caramelised onion chutney.  Then John had roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and carrots. I had guinea fowl cooked three ways which came with dauphinoise potatoes and cabbage. It was beautifully presented. We had two glasses of wine each and the bill was £58 – about US$90.  We will definitely go again.

I am now putting Otis back in his pen when he bites or claws me – he has not been quite so bad today.He plays for hours with a ball of foil and also likes hunting for things in shoes. I put my keys is a shoe and he spent ages trying to hook them out.

Must go and cook a pheasant for Slip’s dinner now!

February 13th

Otis is being very naughty!  He is insistent in coming into the kitchen – he is not allowed in there as John does not like animals in where food is prepared!  As soon as I open the kitchen door, Otis is there! He is so small and he wriggles through the tiniest gap.  He is also watching how the door handles work and I think he will be opening them for himself when he is a bit bigger.

Two small pieces of news – Louisa Harding Luzia and Araucania Malpo and Puelo are all being totally discontinued.  And the Rowan Crochet-Along will start in March. There are four projects to choose from. They all use Rowan Summerlite and the largest one only takes 10 balls. There are four different colour ways  – some bright and some more subdued. Otherwise all quiet here!

Better go – Otis has just stolen a box of rubber bands off my desk!