Many lives of a cardboard box

We moved into our apartment at the beginning of August and we still have some of the packaging boxes, which have passed though many incarnations.

In answer to the cat question

Of course I got a kitten!


After the cooking course on Thursday, I got the heads up on the possible location of some kittens. I headed straight there, it was only  a ten minute walk – I am getting so much better, and braver, at getting around. There are lots of dog shops in Korea, but cats are not so popular (though both still eaten occasionally) so I was really pleased when I found this shop. I actually had a choice of kittens.


It was between one of these blue (grey) sisters (I didn’t get the breed.)



Or a boy or girl of these, extremely cute, Turkish Angoras.

The girl had tow blue eyes while the boy had one yellow and one blue.


I went for personality though and one kitten was a lot more friendly that the others. Here she is, our new kitten.



Also, could you image how much fur you would get of the Angoras – Richard’s black work trousers would be covered. At least the grey hair won’t show up so much (well I can hope).


She has been a huge hit with Katrine and Gregor, poor Hamlet the hamster is not longer getting so much fuss. At first she was very shy and hid behind the still-no-put-up pictures but by day two she was friendly happy wee soul, who occasionally pounces at you from behind the sofa.  First thing we had to do was choose a name, and where else could we turn to for inspiration but Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, by T.S. Elliot. We have a copy illustrated by Axel Scheffler, which has been a bedtime favourite for some months now.

The Naming Of Cats by T. S. Eliot
The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn’t just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I’m as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
First of all, there’s the name that the family use daily,
Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey–
All of them sensible everyday names.
There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter–
But all of them sensible everyday names.
But I tell you, a cat needs a name that’s particular,
A name that’s peculiar, and more dignified,
Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum-
Names that never belong to more than one cat.
But above and beyond there’s still one name left over,
And that is the name that you never will guess;
The name that no human research can discover–
But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
His ineffable effable
Deep and inscrutable singular Name.
Drum roll please. Her name is Electra, we haven’t picked the second name yet, suggestions welcome.
She spent one night hiding somewhere, one night with us – when we was determined we should wake up and play – and one night snuggled up on Katrine’s bed. Gregor’s bunkbed is too high for her at the moment, but hopefully she will sometimes sleep with him as well.
Some more photos of Electra, I found this multip-picture setting on my camera so thought I might as well use it.


Should I get a cat?

Title says it all really – should I get a cat/kitten?

Reasons for getting cat:

  • Richard is travelling loads and the evenings are long and lonely.
  • Even when he is home, the kids are at school from 7.30 til 4.30 (5.30 Mondays and Fridays) so I spend a lot of alone time.
  • I miss our pets from back home (Funny I didn’t in Singapore at all, but I do here.)

Reasons for not getting a cat:

  • We would have to find someone to look after it when we go away.
  • Finding a vet that we can understand (if we managed in Azerbaijan then I’m sure we can here).
  • Katrine has a hamster and there is aways a chance that the cat will eat him.
  • We already have 2 cats in the UK, being looked after by Richard’s sister (they were too old to travel this far, plus we were doing a double move that was just too complicated)
  • It costs a whole heap of money to take the cat back to the UK – no more quarantine though, which is good news.
  • There is chance that cats make me sneeze (but I am  the one sneezing and I want the cat).

From this the sensible thing is to not get a cat. But still…

So, should I get a cat?