I am so sorry .... but Wednesday and WOYWW just came and went in a haze...I'm not even sure that there was a Wednesday ....and it was all Smudges fault.
We have ... as most of you know ... too many cats but they are all very precious to us. Five go out but never stay out all night ...in fact most have a quick promenade around the surrounding gardens ...hastily crossing the garden that contains both children and Boxer dogs ...and are calling at the door to be let in within half an hour ... when its cold.
Tuesday night ... around nine ... Smudge begged to be let out. Although Jay and Vicki had their doubts I let him go ...giving him instructions not to be long especially as it was so cold. At 11 I was still calling and again at 11.30 The girls then covered their PJ's with a coat and put trainers, on in order to check that no ill had befallen him on the nearby streets. They returned but thankfully had nothing to report ..... we all felt uneasy and I felt guilty.
We went to bed but slept very little ...stupid I know but they are all very human to us so we feel their loss especially when the mind start imagining all manner of horrible things.
Dawn still brought no sign of our lost friend and the frost was so thick that it looked as though it had snowed. All day I called to no avail and I was just listing tasks for Thursday like ....make 'lost' poster and phone all local vets, and also preparing my self to face that he might not return, when I heard a cry at the door ...exactly 24hours after he had left. He didnt even look cold but he was very hungry .... probably shut in a shed or garage ... I wish I could stop worrying about them, when they disappear, but I fear that the day I do will be the day they dont return.
Hopefully I will have some crafting to show on my next post.
Take care xx
19 hours ago