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One week with “Forest”

Our new pussycat “Forest” has been with us for one week now.  He is a timid cat and is taking time to get used to us and the house.

When we first brought him home and let him out of the travelling box, he shot out of the box and through the lounge, up the stairs and disappeared.  We searched all over for him and couldn’t find him, then eventually we saw him on top of some bags under our bed.  When we went out to choir in the evening, he came down for some food but he didn’t use his litter tray for over 24 hours, he must have been crossing his legs!!

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As you can see Forest is a black semi long-haired pussycat and we got him from Ferne Animal Sanctuary.  He is 2 years old and we don’t know much about his history except he came from a house with lots of cats and they were unable to look after them all.

After a day or two Forest decided to explore a little more and befriend us.  He is very affectionate, has a gentle purr and loves having his tummy tickled.  He’s not at all aggressive, hasn’t put his claws out at all, but is just lovely and soft and soppy.  However he seems to be scared of noises, and runs away at the smallest thing, an opening door squeaking or a carrier bag rustling.

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Ferne told us to feed him pouches of meat in jelly, but he turned his nose up at Prawn in jelly and Rabbit in jelly, and wouldn’t eat until I cleared it away and replaced it with chicken!!.  Oh dear  – a fussy eater!! Our other cat eats whatever you put in front of her and Tarquin did too, so I am not used to a fussy cat.

Yesterday we opened the door into the dining room and Forest met Tia for the first time.  He seemed fairly nonplussed with her as he had been living with other cats at Ferne, but she growled and hissed at him as if to say “Who are you in my house?”  I’m sure it will take time for them to come to some happy living arrangement.

Forest is back under our bed as I write.  I think he feels this is a safe place and this is where he runs to.  Gradually we will introduce him to the rest of the house and eventually to outside, but not in a hurry.  We don’t know what has made him a timid cat and only with patience and time will he settle into our home and life.

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Lovely walk up Staple Hill

Yesterday was a glorious sunny Autumn day, clear and crisp, but also bright.  We went for a walk up one of my favourite places called Staple Hill. There is a thick pine forest wood, with such densely spaced trees that there is only a little light that can be seen through them.

There was still a frost about and I got a picture of these leaves on the grass still with their white frosty covering.

We bumped into some friends as we were walking along the path.  They  had their dogs with them and we stopped for a chat as the dogs chased each other.

When we got through the woods we were delighted with the view, it was so clear you could see right over to the estuary and then to Wales.

Neil’s sister was with us and took a photo of us two:

It was a glorious day to go for a walk and just breathe in the fresh clean cold air.

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Lovely walk at Staple Hill

The other day we went for a lovely walk at Staple Hill.  It’s only a 5 minute drive from here and is managed by the Forestry Commission as part of Neroche.  There are signed paths and viewpoints.  The forest is dense pine forest.

Pine Forest at Staple Hill

We did the short loop walk, where there is a proper made up path so not muddy, and various benches along the way for people to sit.  This path is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs too.

An unusual shaped tree at Staple Hill

Along this walk are a couple of viewpoints with fantastic views across the west country.  On a fine day you can see as far as Wales.  It was a bit overcast when we went but still the views were marvellous.

View to the west

The car park is free, which is nice to find in this day and age.  We met several people walking their dogs or their children!!  So we asked someone to take a picture of all 3 of us.

Us 3 at Staple Hill, the day after Boxing Day

There are longer paths/walks starting from Staple Hill car park, called Herepaths but these looked to be a bit more muddy, after all the rain we have had recently.  Still it’s a lovely place to visit and so near to here.  If you want to come for a visit look us up at

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