This is my cat Jasper who shared our family for thirteen years from 1985 til 1998. I have often commented on Blogs with ginger cats. I love them, don't know why. I just love ginger I suppose. Anyway, Jasper was a very special cat. He was the family pet and he grew up with the children.
Here he is catching some shade...
Having a snooze on the draining board. You have to understand that this cat ruled the house.
He did whatever he liked whenever he liked and we all loved him SO much.
The little snowman etc. that you can see on top of my yellow colander are the decorations from my Christmas cake that year so the picture must have been taken at the end of December because the cake was all gone and I had set about the task of washing the decorations ready to put away for another year.
He was a very laid back sort of a cat, who didn't worry too much about anything.
He slept wherever he liked! oh o!
He ate whatever he liked, whenever he wanted it.
He liked to wash and kept himself very clean.
Here he is sharing my lap with a tortoise. He looks a little bit put out!
but not for long. He liked freshly ironed tray mats.
He loved to drink out of my water jug.
This was his favourite spot in the garden.
When I went looking for him, he was hard to find because he blended in with the toys and the clothes and all the other stuff in the children's bedrooms. It used to remind me of E.T. in the cupboard full of toys - you only saw him when he moved.
He used to lie down in dangerous places like in the middle of the staircase.
He loved old people. This is my friend, Kath. This was her 82nd birthday. She turned 102 years old this month!.
Then one day Jasper got old himself. He got thyroid disease and he got very thin. His heart beat very fast and he lost his energy.
and he couldn't clean himself like he used to.
But we will never forget our ginger friend.
Jasper died in the autumn of 1998. In the same season my middle son went to live in Paris, France, at the age of only 21; my youngest son went off to University and I was made redundant from the school where I'd worked for thirteen years. It was a time of great loss for me.
xxx for Jasper