A while back I somehow stumbled upon a blog called Letters form Schwarzville, I think it was a link someone had put on Twitter. Anyhow, I'm so pleased I did, because this blog is written (and brilliantly illustrated) by Viviane who is a very talented writer and illustrator. Her picture book There are Cats in this Book was nominated for a very big prize; although the judges didn't vote for her to win, she has just been awarded what's probably an even nicer accolade :-)
What really caught my eye was a link on Viviane's blog saying 'knit some cats' – how tempting is that! So I clicked, downloaded and knitted three very charming cats named Andre, Moonpie and Tiny. They have been living on the bookshelf in my office, but I sensed they were restless and wanted some exciting adventures; so this morning I packed them into a bag . . .
. . . and off we went in my car through the road works and diversions all around Cambridge, out the other side and down the long, straight, hot, dry and dusty roads through The Fens. We went to see Mrs P aka Emma who makes lovely things from silver and precious stones and treasures inspired by the countryside and seaside. Mrs P gave me a glass of her home-made elderflower cordial because I was very hot and tired and we also had toast and Dulce de Leche (which I'd bought from the Daily Bread Co-op and is very naughty but very very nice and thoroughly recommended as a pick-me-up!).
Mrs P agreed that she, Mr P and the Miss Ps, would love to adopt Andre, Moonpie and Tiny :-) so I waved goodbye, knowing they had lots of new friends and will no doubt have lots of exciting adventures.