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Thursday Favourites ’14’

Here are a few things I have enjoyed or appreciated over the last seven days. πŸ™‚


Rumaging through a box at a Crafty Vintage fair. I found a copy of The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley. Such gorgeous gorgeous illustrations in this magical childrens tale. πŸ™‚ I had this book as a child and had all but forgotten ~ a hundred precious memories came back to me as soon as I opened it. I had to have it. πŸ™‚


Some lovely friends of ours have opened a shop in our home town. They were kind enough to stock some of my tea cup candles. Hurrah! The shop is called Chillimoon and is in Clitheroe. Do pop in if your in town!


Are you on Instagram? I have recently started the #100happydays challenge. The aim is to take a photo of one thing that makes you happy, every day for 100 days in a row! All you need to do is register over at 100happydays.com and then using facebook, twitter or instagram and the hashtag #100happydays get snapping away. Hopefully the challenge will make me appreciate the little things in life that make me smile.

Day 2/100  #100happydays  :)
Day 2/100 #100happydays

If you would like to follow me on Instagram look for Shazzarobzy. Thats me ! I will follow you back. πŸ™‚
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Slinky Malinki

A few weeks ago I found myself Googling the name Slinky Malinki. Why? ,you may ask! Well we had just brought home with us a bright red pet carrier, containing a little black cat. I had not planned on getting another cat quite so soon. Our vocal adventuress Mrs Tibbs passed away in the summer. She was 15, though still bombing round the house like a wild thing and jumping up and down walls and stealing several neighbors moggie’s food. It was a shock when she fell ill and the house felt so much quieter without her. 😦

A friend alerted me to the plight of ‘Slinky’ whose owner had had to move into rented accommodation, where no cats were allowed. I saw a picture of an adorable looking black kitty with a shock of white under her chin and was immediately smitten.When we went to see her, we were told about Slinky’s sad start to life. She had been one of a box of several very young kittens abandoned outside a school one cold winter 3 years ago. None of the kittens survived except for her. Her owner had hand reared her so she was obviously a little fighter. It turned out her full name was ‘Slinky Malinki.’
Feeling curious I googled the name……….and discovered she is named after Slinky Malinki ,a mischevious black cat in a children’s story book. πŸ™‚

slinky malinky

This Slinky is quite a character. A poem about him goes like this…

Slinky Malinki was blacker than black
A stalking and lurking adventurous cat
He had bright yellow eyes and a warbling wail
And a kink at the end of his very long tail

He was cheeky and cheerful
Friendly and fun
He’d chase after leaves
And he’d roll in the sun

But at night he was wicked and fiendish and sly
Through the moonlight and shadows he’d prowl and pry
What was he up to?
At night to be brief, Slinky Malinki turned into a THIEF!

Lynley Dodd

My Slinky is still getting used to her new life here. Like her namesake she seems to come alive at night and this is when she demands attention by nudging and rubbing against us. Of course we haven’t let her go out yet. I’m seriously considering keeping her in until after Christmas so she becomes properly accustomed to her new surroundings. I have heard she is a bit of a mouser so who knows what lovely presents she may bring us!



I’m looking forward to sharing our lives with Slinky and seeing how her character develops. πŸ™‚

slinky catflaps